We have covered over a hundred different keyboards on TechPowerUp so far, and it would be a good bet to say that no other company has released more keyboards in the past few years than CORSAIR. It has gotten to where they not only have iterations of existing keyboards coming up with newer features, but also totally new keyboards to show off innovations such as their Slipstream wireless technology and the Capellix LEDs for lighting. The CORSAIR K95 Platinum was among the very first reviews I wrote here, all the way back in January 2017, coinciding with its announcement at CES 2017. It is all the more fitting then that today, as part of CES 2020, we take a look at its update. Thanks to CORSAIR for sending along a review sample!
CORSAIR seemingly is shying away from discrete names for their keyboards, with precedence given to the Kxx naming scheme to keep things simple. In general, the larger the number in the model name, the higher up in the keyboard product portfolio it is placed. Their popular K70 series is a fantastic full-size keyboard which has evolved to have a lot of features that were previously on the larger flagship K95. Indeed, it got to where simply having a bank of dedicated macro keys was not enough to sway the public to purchase the K95 over the K70, or even other competing options. The K95 Platinum introduced a light bar at the top to have more LED zones, as well as a pretty nifty wrist rest, and we see the former at the very least retained here with the new K95 RGB Platinum XT. There are a few more tricks up its sleeve, however, which help make this an actual gaming keyboard, too. We will cover this and more more in the review we begin with a look at the specifications below.
|CORSAIR K95 RGB Platinum XT Keyboard|
|Layout:||>104-key form factor in a modified US ANSI layout, language support dependent on region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, anodized aluminium frame, PBT plastic keycaps|
|Weight:||1.31 kg / 2.88 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, included|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Dimensions:||171 (L) x 465 (W) x 36 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Brown, Blue, or Speed (Silver) RGB switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key RGB lighting|