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Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 24, 2020 at 07:20 am
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Picture
7.9
Mixed usage
9.2
Gaming
1.0
Mobile/Tablet
7.7
Office
8.2
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is an amazing gaming keyboard that's versatile enough for other uses as well. The dedicated software lets you program all keys, including the six macro keys, and customize RGB lighting. The keyboard has a solid build, and comes with a comfortable wrist rest that most people would be satisfied with. The double-shot PBT keys are durable and have a nice feel to them, and the good tactile feedback helps reduce typos. Unfortunately, it has limited compatibility on both macOS and Linux systems, but the majority of keys still work on them. Overall, it has a better feel than its predecessor, the Corsair K95 PLATINUM.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed usage

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is a good keyboard for mixed usage. It's available in tactile switches, which give a good typing experience, and linear switches without the tactile bump. Unfortunately, some keys don't work on macOS and Linux, but the software is available on Windows and macOS, giving it a ton of customization options. The keyboard comes with a wrist rest that most people should find comfortable for long periods of typing.

Pros
  • Dedicated macro keys.
  • Well-built design.
  • Doubleshot PBT keycaps have a nice feel.
Cons
  • Not fully compatible with macOS or Linux.
  • High actuation force with tactile switches.
9.2 Gaming

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is amazing for gaming. The double-shot PBT keycaps are good and feel stable, and overall the keyboard has an excellent build quality. There are six dedicated programmable macro keys on the left side, and the RGB backlighting is amazing for gaming in the dark. The tactile keys might feel a bit too heavy for gamers, but the keyboard's available in Cherry MX Speed switches for a faster actuation.

1.0 Mobile/Tablet

The Corsair K95 PLATINUM XT is wired-only and isn't made for mobile use.

7.7 Office

Good keyboard for an office. The Corsair RGB K95 PLATINUM XT has excellent typing quality with good tactile feedback, but the Cherry MX Blue switches are too loud and would bother your co-workers. However, the keyboard is available with Cherry MX Brown (tactile, silent) and Cherry MX Speed (linear) switches as well. The ergonomics are also good as it comes with a comfortable wrist rest.

8.2 Programming

Very good keyboard for programming. The tactile keys give good feedback, which most programmers should enjoy. The Corsair K95 PLATINUM XT comes with a comfortable wrist rest, and the ergonomics are good enough to use it for a day of programming. The six macro programmable keys are good for programming, but unfortunately, Linux users will need to use another operating system to program them first, since the iCUE software is only available on macOS and Windows.

  • 7.9 Mixed usage
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 1.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.2 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 18.3" (46.5 cm)
Depth 6.6" (16.8 cm)
Weight 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)

The K95 PLATINUM XT is fairly big because of its full-sized design. It takes up a good amount of space, and even more so if you use the wrist rest. If you want a full-size keyboard with a simpler design and a smaller footprint, check out the Logitech G512 Special Edition.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

Excellent build quality. It's fairly similar to the Corsair K95 PLATINUM, with a metal top plate and a solid plastic base, but there's a bit of flex to it. On the upside, the double-shot PBT keycaps on the K95 PLATINUM XT have a nicer feel than the double-shot ABS keycaps on the standard K95. In addition, it has a comfortable wrist rest made out of a cushion-like material.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Detachable

Good ergonomics. There's one incline setting with the feet opening sideways, so you won't close them by mistake if you put pressure on the keyboard. The K95 PLATINUM XT comes with a detachable wrist rest, which is comfortable thanks to its plushy cushion.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard has amazing backlighting. Each key is individually backlit with some glow underneath the keyboard as well. You can change the brightness directly on the keyboard.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 7.2 ft (2.2 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable is very long and thick, with a sturdy feel to it. There are two USB plugs, as you need both for the USB passthrough.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

There's no wireless connectivity on the K95 PLATINUM XT.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Wheel
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

There are dedicated media keys at the top right, but they're made differently from the rest of the keyboard, and feel like they're cheaply made. There's also a wheel for volume control. On the top left, there are profile switch and brightness buttons, plus a dedicated Windows lock key so you don't accidentally minimize your game. The K95 PLATINUM XT also supports Elgato Stream Deck integration for streamers.

Design
In The Box

  • Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT keyboard
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Extra textured keys (2x Q, W, E, R, A, 2x D, S, F, Corsair logo)
  • Extra blue macro keys (S1-S6)
  • Keycap remover
  • User manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Blue
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
54.5 gf
Pre-Travel
1.91 mm
Total Travel
3.74 mm

The Cherry MX Blue switches give a good tactile feedback but are loud. There's a short pre-travel distance and a high actuation force. It's also available with Cherry MX Speed (linear) and Cherry MX Brown (tactile but silent) switches. If you want a similar keyboard available with more switches, check out the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Excellent typing quality. The tactile switches give nice responsive feedback, plus the double-shot PBT keycaps feel good and are stable. Unfortunately, the Cherry MX Blue switches are too loud for an office environment. Since the keys require a high actuation force, typos should be minimal, but it could get tiring to type on.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

The keys are loud and aren't suggested for an office environment. The keyboard is also available with Cherry MX Speed and Cherry MX Brown switches, which are both quieter.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software iCUE
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The iCUE software offers a ton of customization options. Each key is programmable and are individually backlit as well. The keyboard has on-board memory for five profiles, and you can save as many profiles as you want on the software.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The iCUE software isn't available on Linux, so the G1-G6 keys are disabled by default unless you program them on a Windows or macOS before thanks to the on-board memory. The pause/break and scroll lock buttons don't work on macOS, but the G1-G6 are programmable on it.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is only available in black, but with three different variants of switches. The keyboard is also available with Cherry MX Speed and Cherry MX Brown switches, but our model came with Cherry MX Blue switches. Besides typing quality, we expect most of the results to be applicable to the other switches.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is an amazing gaming keyboard thanks to its RGB lighting and dedicated macro keys. It's not very different from the previous model, the Corsair K95 PLATINUM, but has more durable double-shot PBT keycaps. It's one of the best gaming keyboards we've tested so far but doesn't quite match up with the SteelSeries Apex Pro, SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL, or the Razer BlackWidow Elite. However, the six dedicated macro keys give this keyboard an advantage over some of its competitors, whose keyboards don't have them, so MMO gamers will be pleased with the Corsair. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Corsair K95 PLATINUM

The Corsair K95 PLATINUM is a slight improvement over the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. They virtually offer the same gaming experience. Both are available with Cherry MX Speed and Cherry MX Brown switches, but the PLATINUM XT is available with Cherry MX Blue switches as well. It also has better build quality with double-shot PBT keys, but if this isn't a concern for you, the PLATINUM is just as good.

Razer Huntsman Elite

Overall, the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is better than the Razer Huntsman Elite. The Corsair has dedicated macro keys, a USB passthrough, and it comes with extra textured keycaps. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit of the Corsair provide a much better typing experience than the Linear Optical switches on the Razer, although both keyboards offer multiple switch options.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a better gaming keyboard than the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. The SteelSeries Engine software allows you to change your pre-travel distance on each key, and its lowest setting, pre-travel is minimal. The Corsair has six dedicated macro keys, and the keycaps are made with double-shot PBT, which are more durable than the double-shot ABS on the SteelSeries Apex Pro.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT and the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 are very similar, but the K95 is better for gaming mainly because it has dedicated macro keys. The K95 is also better built and offers better typing quality. However, the K70 is available in more types of switches.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Corsair K100 RGB and the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT are both outstanding gaming keyboards. The Cherry MX Speed linear switches on our K100 have a low actuation force and a short pre-travel distance, which is great if you want a light and sensitive keyboard. The Cherry MX Blue switches on our K95 require more force and have a longer travel distance, which might feel more tiring to press but helps prevent typos.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite is a marginally better gaming keyboard than the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. The BlackWidow Elite is slightly smaller, the keys require less pre-travel distance, and offer a better typing experience. On the other hand, the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT has six dedicated macro keys, and the software is compatible on macOS computers.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries 7 TKL is a slightly better gaming keyboard than the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM RGB. At a smaller size, the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is more suited for gamers who also need to move their mouse around a lot. However, the Corsair K05 RGB PLATINUM XT has six dedicated macro keys for MMO gamers.

Logitech G910 Orion Spark

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is a much better keyboard than the Logitech G910 Orion Spark. They both have dedicated macro keys, but the Corsair is much better built than the Logitech. The Corsair feels more durable and the ergonomics are better. However, the Logitech has uniquely-designed indented keys that have a unique look, but might not be ideal for typing.

Corsair STRAFE RGB MK.2

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT and the Corsair STRAFE RGB MK.2 are both exceptional gaming keyboards, but the K95 is better for gaming and programming since it has dedicated macro keys. It requires more force to actuate the Cherry MX Blue switches of our unit, but its pre-travel distance is shorter than the STRAFE.

IBM Model M

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is significantly better than the IBM Model M. Each key is individually lit, all keys are macro programmable, and the comfortable wrist rest gives it better ergonomics. Meanwhile, the Model M has a better typing quality and it's fully compatible with Linux computers, while the Corsair is only partially compatible.

Cooler Master MK730

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is a bit better than the Cooler Master MK730. They're both available in different Cherry MX switches, and the Corsair offers better overall typing quality with the Blue switches. It's also better built and it has better ergonomics; however, the Cooler Master has a detachable cable in case yours gets damaged and you need to replace it.

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