Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT is an amazing gaming keyboard and seems nearly the same as previous K95 model: a large keyboard (18.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches) with a black plastic and aluminium chassis. You get all the regular keys, with an upper-right corner media bar, few specific upper-left corner feature buttons, as well as an additional row of six programmable keys on the far left.
Cherry MX Speed RGB Silver key switches and an anodized aluminum frame offer extraordinary build quality. The switch from Corsair’s standard ABS keycaps with so “doubleshot” keycaps is one of the major changes in the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is significantly less bulky than other flagship keyboards that are rich in functionality, but still takes a lot of space on your desk. It is a full-size keyboard with 104 keys, with an additional six dedicated macro keys on the left side, taking the total number of keys to 110.
The dedicated CUE software allows you to programme all the keys, built keyboard map profiles that can be linked to specific programs and configure RGB lighting, including six macro keys. The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum can save upto five onboard profiles, and several more can be saved to your PC. Like it always has, iCue works accurately and very well for both of these functions.
The six macro keys on the left are the main improvement the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum offers. They now can sync with the Elgato Stream Deck software video mixers in addition to being completely mappable with whichever keyboard feature or macro you want, literally turning your keyboard into something like a mini Stream Deck, which is a big advantage for livestreamers.
For the content creators and the right players, this makes those keys far more worthwhile. And because the streaming features are connected to the Stream Deck programme, it is as simple as leaving the app to move between video streaming and macros.
You’ll find a set of buttons on the upper left to hot-swap between onboard profiles, switch on or off the RGB lighting, and lock the Windows key. A number of dedicated media controls, an audio mute button, and a volume roller are on the right, just above number pad. The profile-switch button also lights up to show which profile you are using, a very unique and useful feature. These extras add a lot of versatility. They also feel so good to click, especially the media buttons, that even among high-end keyboards are pretty rare again.
The keyboard has a good build and arrives with a supportive detachable wrist rest that will please most individuals. The wrist rest features a cushioned padded surface covered with the breathable leatherette. It is somewhat flatter than the hard plastic rest, but it is more comfortable and provides good support particularly if your chair has arms rest to maintain the level of your elbows. The double-shot PBT keys are robust and have a pleasant feel to them and the typos are minimised by great tactile feedback.
One specific upgrade for iCue: Corsair launched a macOS version of the software in November 2019, making the products of the company good choices for gamers on Apple laptops and desktops. As somebody who often hops between Mac and Windows and has an Apple Arcade membership, it’s great to have Corsair gear, particularly when it functions as well as the Corsair keyboard k95, as a universal option.
For gamers who are willing to pay a lot to get a lot, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is a fantastic keyboard with all the features including dedicated macro keys, USB pass-through, well-made media controls, and many more.
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