The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is the most inclusive mechanical keyboard we have ever seen from them. The feature set is just jam packed with LED options, profiles, a slick new Macro editor that is much easier to use, and on a basic level, the styling is on point too. The layout is easy to use, with G-keys within easy reach; we like the separation of key groups too. Where the "gaming" keys are found along at the top, the multimedia at the top right, and that we do not need to use the Function key to get any of it to work.
On top of being a great looking keyboard, usage at any time can be a pleasure if you are the type that is light on the keys. The use of Cherry MX Speed RGB switches delivers a level of exclusivity to the Corsair line, and after time and getting used to the short throw and soft feel, can drastically improve your typing speed or reaction time with your character in the game. Functionally or structurally, we have no issues with this K95 RGB Platinum in any way.
What is a huge leap for Corsair, and a great benefit to the K95 RGB Platinum is the introduction of CUE software version 2.9.53. Never before has Corsair offered a unified utility for all of their devices to work from a single software suite. On top of that, from what we found available with this mechanical keyboard, the way in which CUE is used has been simplified as well. This makes it much easier for the user to work through setting anything up now, and with full SDK support, you can even wait around and let others do work, and reap the benefits of their profiles.
From every angle, inside or outside, looking at the components used, and adding in what CUE is now capable of, we do concede that this is the best Corsair mechanical keyboard we have ever had under our hands. Well, that is except for one minor detail. We also love the effort and detail that went into the dual-sided wrist rest, but to be blunt, it should have been left out. The reason being that it does not lock into the keyboard, and when you need to move the keyboard, the rest disconnects and stays where it was.
While you do get all of the flashiness you could ever want in RGB LED lighting, tons of preset options to play with, as well as per key programmability, you will be hard pressed to be left wanting in any way when it comes to the looks of the K95 RGB Platinum. There is exclusivity with the switches offered, as well as using one of the latest 32-bit MCUs to control everything and carry the onboard memory, which is hard to get in the sea of options out there. While it is a hard pill to swallow, we honestly do not see the $199.99 price holding back sales of the K95 RGB Platinum.
The keyboard is so well rounded, feature packed, and is a pleasure to use, that many will overlook our wrist rest comments, and deploy the K95 RGB Platinum on their desks anyways. Even with a slight fault in everything that goes along with this mechanical gaming keyboard, the K95 RGB Platinum is the best of the best when it comes to Corsair keyboards.
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The Bottom Line: It is pricey and the wrist rest does not lock into place, but this is still one hell of a keyboard! It's simply the best offering from Corsair to date. The K95 RGB Platinum with MX Speed switches is something you just have to try to believe.
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