At first glance, one may think, this is just a money grab putting lipstick on the K95 RGB Platinum, but it is so much more than that! While we did not get the correct switch type to take advantage of it, the silver and brown options deliver the most extended lifespan of a standard mechanical switch we have ever tested! To the tune of two to five times the standard options out there now! The fact that Corsair opts for PBT double-shot keycaps extends its wear life to coincide with the switches, which means hypothetically, you would have to buy two lesser models to get the longevity of the K95 RGB Platinum XT!
Aesthetically, we appreciated the use of brushed black aluminum on top, and we like the look of PBT caps over the duller and less textured ABS options. The lighting effects are some of the best out there, the LightEdge is a nice touch, and the ability to illuminate this keyboard to whatever your imagination can concoct delivers a ton of ways the keyboard can appear. With the ability to create custom modes and patterns now, it gets even easier for the average user.
With a 32-bit MCU to control the features and functionality, there is plenty of horsepower to get things done, and we also appreciate the 8MB of onboard storage for the five profiles and whatever customizations have been made to those profiles. We like the easy access buttons on the keyboard for profile switching, the brightness of the lights, the Windows lock, multimedia control, and with the EDM playing in the background, we appreciate the roller bar to crank up a tune rather than holding a button or multiple presses. The extra goodies are helpful for the specific users who enjoy extra keycaps or want blue keycaps on the left versus the stock gray; it is the wrist rest that impressed us the most!
Corsair stepped up with a redesign to a less aggressive look, and also increased the padding level. Things like feet that flip out to the sides, the highly textures space bar to reduce shiny spots, the extra USB pass-through port to help keep the desk clean, and the wire trails to keep cords out of your way, from all angles, there is something to appreciate in the K95 RGB Platinum XT, and we are sure we haven't touched on everything it can and will do!
What it comes to at this point is whether the $60 increase in cost over its older brother is worth the investment. If you opt for the silver or brown switches, getting twice the lifespan, or more, out of this keyboard means it's worth at least two $100 keyboards, but what else is there? We run into things like how iCUE has advanced and has compatibility with Elgato now. The new, more comfortable, wrist rest, no dual-layer functionality, extra keycap sets, the first set to include a Corsair logo keycap, and the fact that it works with Window, MAC, and XBOX ONE, they all come together to sweeten the deal.
With the MSRP at $199.99, we do feel there will be plenty of sticker shock, but once you look deeper into what the K95 RGB Platinum XT Gaming Mechanical Keyboard delivers, and the shock will subside. As it stands, we honestly cannot come up with a reason not to go with this keyboard unless you just cannot come up with the cash! The K95 RGB Platinum XT is the new high mark that other companies will spend this year trying to match!
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Jan 13, 2020 at 03:38 pm CST
The Bottom Line
Near perfect, if not for the USB 3.0 connectivity requirement, and the sticker shock, the K95 RGB Platinum XT would have gotten a completely perfect score! On the flip side, this is the new hotness, and Corsair raised the bar so high, it will take others a while to pack in this level of customization and features.