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CORSAIR RGB KEYBOARD | Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Specifications and Review | TECHHARRY

Updated: Apr 2

Corsair’s flagship K95 is a classic of the gaming keyboard realm, first arriving in 2013 with the RGB model arriving a year later. The company updated the K95’s Platinum RGB model in 2017 to include an RGB light bar up top and Cherry MX Speed switches alongside MX Blue and Brown options. In its latest iteration, the K95 RGB Platinum XT adds premium Double Shot keycaps, integrated Elgato Stream Deck software support for the six macro keys on the left side and an appreciated padded wrist rest. 

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Specs

Switches Cherry MX Blue

Lighting RGB LED

Onboard Storage Yes

Media Keys Yes

Game Mode Yes

Interface 2x USB A

Cable 6 feet (1.8m), braided, non-removable

Additional Ports 1x USB 2.0 passthrough port

Key Caps PBT plastic

Construction Aluminum top plate

Software Corsair iCue, Elgato Stream Deck

Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.3 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches (465 x 171 x 36mm)

Weight 2.88 pounds (1.31kg)

Warranty 2 years

Price $199.99

One of the substantial, if not especially noticeable, changes in the Platinum XT is the switch from Corsair's standard ABS keycaps to so-called "doubleshot" keycaps. The 104 standard black keys are now made from a thicker polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) material. This should, in theory, make the keys more durable and keep the lettering looking sharper longer. It isn't something you feel when you use the keyboard, but extra durability is always welcome, and since some players go out and spend money to replace their keys with doubleshot caps, it makes sense that a top-of-the-line board would have them. There are also eight buttons: At top left you'll find a trio of buttons to hot-swap among onboard profiles, toggle the RGB lighting on and off, and lock the Windows key. On the right, above the numeric keypad, are a set of dedicated media controls, an audio mute button, and a thinly textured volume roller. These extras add a lot of functionality—the profile-switch button even lights up to indicate which profile you're using, a surprisingly rare and helpful feature. They also feel good to press, particularly the media buttons, which again are surprisingly rare even among high-end keyboards.

XT Stands for Extra Terrific

Like the original, the K95 RGB Platinum XT is a superb, top-of-the-line keyboard for gamers who are willing to spend a lot to get a lot. With all the bells and whistles you could ask for, including dedicated macro keys, USB pass-through, well-made media controls, and more, it makes as good a case as any keyboard for its steep but not unheard-of price tag. That said, much of that value was there in the original.

The new features—doubleshot keys, Stream Deck support, the wrist rest—add to what was already an amazing keyboard, though not enough that I'd recommend K95 Platinum owners upgrade. Instead, these improvements coalesce to make sure that the K95 line remains an inspired keyboard choice in 2020 and beyond, and a superb pick if you are new to the K95 family.


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