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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 11:45 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

 

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A view of the left edge of the K95 RGB Platinum is what we expect to see in a Corsair mechanical keyboard. Key caps are lying near flat across the top with exposed switches underneath each of the caps. There is a thick aluminum top plate which is angled and the front and back edges, and the entire thing is supported with an angular black plastic tub.

 

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The main section of the K95 RGB Platinum has all of the usual keys, a few additional sets as well, but notice the Function keys do not serve dual purposes. The caps are all convex, slightly slick in feel, all except for the highly textured space bar at the bottom.

 

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Where the original K95 has many more buttons on the left edge, with the K95 RGB Platinum, the arrangement has been streamlined and reduced to just six keys. These G-keys are used with Macros, which allows one to have up to eighteen optional commands within reach of your left pinky finger.

 

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Along the top, left of the Corsair logo and name, you will also find a trio of buttons here. These are rubber dome switches, but functionally they offer the profile selector button, the LED brightness button, and the Windows lockout button.

 

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The right third of the keyboard is typical in layout and offerings, without much to try to confuse you with. Along with the arrow keys, command keys, and the number pad, Corsair does fit the 2, 4, 6, and 8 keys with arrows for left-handed gamers.

 

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To the right of the Corsair logo, there are three lock indicator LEDs which we do not show close up, but further to the right, we do find the multimedia keys. At the top is a mute button and a wheel for volume, where rolling it away from you raises the volume while rolling it toward you lowers it. There are also four rubber dome buttons below that, and they deliver stop, last track, play/pause, and next track functionality.

 

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Extending the feet below the K95 RGB Platinum does add to the ergonomics of its design. This arranges the angle of attack better to your fingers as all of the caps are now angled forward.

 

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On the back edge of the keyboard, we do find the USB pass-through port right next to where the USB cable exits the frame. If you look above it, where the aluminum and plastic should meet, there is an opaque layer of plastic sandwiched in there. This is where the LightEdge is found, and this is RGB backlit along the entire back edge of the keyboard.

 

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The cable which connects the K95 RGB Platinum to the PC is a thick cable covered in black braided cloth. It is 1.8 meters in its length, and the thick cable eventually breaks down into a pair of leads, one to power the keyboard, and a second USB 2.0 connection for the pass-through port.

 

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Under the keyboard we find four large feet supporting the K95 RGB Platinum, solid feet at the front, and rings of rubber at the back surrounding the optional feet. There are also grooves cut into the bottom section which allows for cable management, and the product sticker is at the top, and we also see the K95 along the bottom.

 

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Corsair has decided to change things up when it comes to the extendable feet. Rather than offer them to open to the back edge, these feet open to the side, and are nearly impossible to collapse. It is also worth noting that grip is not lost with the feet in use, as the edge is made of rubber to keep the keyboard from sliding.

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