- Handy shortcut and media keys;
- Hypnotic disco lighting;
- Stylish aluminum build
- Clumsy software;
- Rubber palm rest gets dirty and unkempt quickly
The K95 RGB Platinum is most excellent option from all the RGB keyboards that Corsair has put on the map so far. It takes things to an extreme with an integrated light bar and 16.8 million color options. It also comes equipped with 8MB of memory, solid aluminum frame, as well as Cherry’s proven Speed switches.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is both in its styling and its price tag as the Rolls Royce of gaming keyboards. Even though it has only six macro keys, there’s no keyboard that matches with its' classy all-metal build quality, disco lighting, and comfy shortcut buttons.
As its predecessor, the K95 RGB Platinum has almost the same design, shape and aluminum build, but there are some important differences.
The most obvious change is that the Platinum is much narrower due to the cut in macro keys from 18 to just six. Some dislike this, but honestly, having just a single column of keys, you’ll actually be able to reach all of them.
Rather than relying on Corsair’s software, users will simply be able to program up to three sets of macros which can be stored on the keyboards 8MB built-in memory. This allows you to be more flexible.
Although the K95 Platinum is put into a bigger competition with more affordable keyboard options because of the massive drop in macro keys, it still kills it when it comes to shortcut keys. You can find media controls, gaming modes, a volume wheel and lighting toggles all within a handy reach.
Everything In Its Place
The Corsair K95 RBG Platinum has most likely one of the best wrist rests ever that’s integrated with a keyboard. The wrist rest is made of the same military-grade aluminum as the peripheral itself and it offers a great support.
Even though a magnetic and reversible rubber pad provides a smooth micro-finish on one side, it has a rougher texture on the other, which apparently attracts crumbs, dust, oils, and detritus of any kind - therefore, it requires constant cleaning.
However, lighting has been upgraded significantly. There’s a new 19-zone light bar that stretches along the top of the keyboard's frame and it’s gorgeous.
The King Of Speed
In speed and focus the K95 RGB Platinum follows in the footsteps of Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire keyboard. The keys are highly responsive thanks to the featured Cherry’s new, linear MX Speed switches.
A little fact - the switches actuate with just 45g of force and 1.2mm of movement. With that said, the keys require just a fraction of the pressure and bottom out faster, which makes them perfect for twitch shooters or any other game that requires fast reflexes.
CUE The Pain
The complex software of Corsair has always been a stumbling block, but it’s gotten better over the years. Right now, Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) provides many templates to have colors wave, pulse, and rain across the keys. There you can get into a much more technical level of creating custom color shows per key with complex triggers. Fortunately, creating macros is much more painless task to do and CUE offers you a lot of tools to make custom keystrokes.