Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The left side of the K95 RGB Platinum XT looks like many other K-Series keyboards from the past, with the plastic angled lower section, topped with a thick aluminum plate, exposing the switches on the top. The grey tops of the G-keys may not be new, but typically not something we see in mechanical keyboards, but to the left, the grayish bit that looks like trim, is part of the LightEdge bar we mentioned earlier.
The K95 RGB Platinum XT offers a set of six G-keys. These are intended to be programmed by the user, and with five profiles, one could essentially set up to thirty functions for these keys to help make PC usage easier on the user.
A couple of inches to the right of the G-keys, found in the top edge of the keyboard, we find three additional buttons. The one on the left allows you to swap through saved profiles done via iCUE software. The middle button allows a selection of four stages of illumination, including off. The last button is the Windows Lock, and in iCUE software, its functionality can be customized as to what is not functional when the lock is engaged.
The eighty keys on the left two-thirds of the keyboard are what we expect to see, plus the six angled and highly textured keycaps of the G-keys. The font used is large enough to read easily, and we see no dual-functionality added to the keycaps, and at the bottom, we see the texture of the space bar matches that of the additional keys.
Back to the top edge of the K95 RGB Platinum XT again, this time looking at some of the extra buttons and lights it has. At the left are the three status indicator LEDs for the number lock, caps lock, and scroll lock, all of which can be color changed in software. To the right are the mute button and the roller bar volume control. Below them are the stop, previous track, play/pause, and next track buttons to finish out the multimedia support.
The right third of the keyboard keeps with the larger font, but in doing so, many of the command keys are abbreviated. There is a set of arrow keys at the bottom, and they can be swapped for the arrows in the number pad so that left-handed gamers don't have to struggle with keyboard placement.
Up close, we can tell immediately that these are not ordinary ABS keycaps. The shine is different, the texture is much more defined, and even the way the legends look on top of the caps is crisper than we usually see. Corsair upped to PBT keycaps this time, which to the right, we can see are shot first in the milky while PBT, then the black shot is done over the top. While 100-million clicks is a long time, we feel Corsair made the right call here to try to keep the keys looking good throughout the lifespan.
The version we got from Corsair is the lesser of the switch options, as the Cherry MX Blue option shows no information that these are anything special as far as lifespan is concerned. At this time, you must opt for the Silver or Brown switches to get a much longer lifespan. As to these explicitly, the LEDs are inside of the transparent bodies, which kills a lot of the shine that might get to the user's eyes. To support the larger keycaps, the torsion bars are not exposed, and the use of helper studs on top of them is how they connect to the caps.
Last updated: Jan 13, 2020 at 03:38 pm CST
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- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
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- Page 5 [iCUE Software]
- Page 6 [Gaming and General Impressions]
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