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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review (Page 5)

Chad Sebring | Jan 6, 2020 at 08:00 am CST - 3 mins, 8 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 100%Manufacturer: CorsairModel: CH-9127411-NA

iCUE Software

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While on an older, specific version of iCUE for testing purposes, we have to assume upon release, all future software will be compatible. Once installed, iCUE picks up all of the connected devices, where we see the K95 Platinum XT icon at the left of the four components. From the Home page, we click on the keyboard image and are off to the land of customizations.

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After doing so, we have left the top-bar menu and are now in the K95 programming, right now, dealing with the profiles tab on the left. Upon clicking on the plus sign, a dropdown list opens, showing five storage slots. Pick one, and then you move onto other tabs in the suite. You can add more profiles than the five will save, and swap from PC memory with then to suit whatever the current tasks may be. On the right, we cannot do anything yet, but we do see the keyboard lighting effect in real-time.

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The Actions menu typically deals with Macros, and things are similar here. However, we do see the information popup, telling us about the compatibility with Elgato Stream Decks, and if you install their software, you can program keys to those devices. As to the Macros, select any key on the keyboard at the top, and highlight it yellow. Once selected, move down to the menu at the bottom. Tick the record button, go to town with programming, stop, and test. The editor allows for edits in current Macros; you can import and export, and with advanced options and start settings, you can associate programs, sounds, and how the Macro is to function. There are no boundaries here!

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The section on lighting effects offers up fourteen effects pertaining specifically to the keyboard, with another list of eleven that combine all Corsair products into one effect. Depending on the effect, you may have speed, direction, what to start with as a profile setting, or when the effect should end. Single color modes offer a set of RGB boxes for number entry, and there is a color picker wheel, seven presets, and you can also do the profile thing like with the effects. There is also a customizable window in some modes, allowing you to make custom patterns or light displays, which we have yet to see in any other Corsair product we have tested.

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Under the heading of performance, things start with the Windows Lock modifications with a list of four checkboxes to shut various features off. To the right, you can address the colors of the status indicator lights, and should you get to the point where you screwed everything up past a fixable level, and you can always reset to defaults with the button at the bottom-left.

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The last section that pertains to the K95 RGB Platinum XT specifically can be found under the settings tab at the top menu. The top section allows the polling rate to be adjusted, there is a brightness slider for the lighting, and you can select various languages to display the software. The device memory can be wiped here, you can check for updates to firmware, and there is a new section on debouncing, seen twice now. Using this will affect the actuation of the switches, where a high number ensures it cannot happen, while a lower number may get you a multi-press effect with very little input from your fingers. The lower section is iCUE related, where you can change various parameters, enable OSD, change what shows in the dashboard, and get into sensor logging if heat is an issue somewhere. It is also where one goes to keep the software up to date.

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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