Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 24, 2020 at 07:20 am
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Picture
8.8
Gaming
2.8
Mobile/Tablet
8.0
Office
8.1
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC
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 should be satisfied with. The doubleshot PBT keys are durable and have a nice feel to them, and the good tactile feedback helps reduce typos, but the keys can feel a bit heavy. 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

8.8 Gaming

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is amazing for gaming. The doubleshot 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 luckily, it has extremely low click latency.

Pros
  • Six dedicated macro keys.
  • Extremely low click latency.
  • Low pre-travel distance.
Cons
  • Heavy operating force.
2.8 Mobile/Tablet

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

8.0 Office

Great 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 may bother your coworkers. However, the keyboard is available with tactile Cherry MX Brown and linear Cherry MX Speed switches as well. The ergonomics are also good as it comes with a comfortable wrist rest.

Pros
  • Low pre-travel distance.
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Comfortable typing experience.
Cons
  • Heavy operating force.
  • Cherry MX Blue switches are loud.
8.1 Programming

Great for programming. 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 tactile keys give good feedback but may feel a bit heavy. The six dedicated macro keys are good for programming, but unfortunately, Linux users can't download the iCUE software, which is only available on macOS and Windows.

Pros
  • Six dedicated macro keys.
  • Low pre-travel distance.
  • Comfortable typing experience.
Cons
  • Heavy operating force.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is disappointing for HTPC use. It's a wired keyboard, so you have to sit close to the TV if you want to use it like this. It also lacks a trackpad, so you'll also need to use a mouse. On the plus side, it has dedicated media keys and backlighting that you can use in the dark.

Pros
  • Low pre-travel distance.
  • Dedicated media keys.
Cons
  • Wired-only keyboard.
  • No trackpad.
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 2.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.1 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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)
Depth With Wrist Rest
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight
2.65 lbs (1.200 kg)

The Corsair 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
Keycap Material PBT

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 doubleshot PBT keycaps on the Corsair K95 PLATINUM XT have a nicer feel than the double-shot ABS keycaps on the standard K95. Also, it has a comfortable wrist rest made out of a cushion-like material.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
5 °
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
10 °
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 Corsair K95 PLATINUM XT comes with a detachable wrist rest, which is comfortable thanks to its plushy cushion.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT has outstanding backlighting. Each key is individually backlit with some glow underneath the keyboard as well. You can change the brightness directly on the keyboard. Sadly, it's just okay with color mixing as pure white still looks slightly pink.

Design
Cable & Connector
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 at the end, as you need both for the USB passthrough.

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

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

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

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 Corsair K95 PLATINUM XT also supports Elgato Stream Deck integration for streamers. If you'd like a keyboard without a Numpad, check out the Corsair K65 LUX RGB.

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
Operating Force
65 gf
Actuation Force
52 gf
Pre-Travel
2.0 mm
Total Travel
3.8 mm

The Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit give good tactile feedback. There's a short pre-travel distance and a high operating force. It's also available with linear Cherry MX Speed and tactile Cherry MX Brown 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

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT has excellent typing quality. The tactile switches give nice responsive feedback, plus the doubleshot 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 operating 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 should both be quieter.

8.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
6.8 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT has excellent click latency. You shouldn't notice any delay when gaming.

Software and Operating System
9.6
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name iCUE
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
Yes

The iCUE software offers a ton of customization options. Each key is programmable and is individually backlit as well. The keyboard has onboard 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 Windows or macOS before, thanks to the onboard 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 doubleshot PBT keycaps. The six dedicated macro keys give this keyboard an advantage over some of its competitors, whose keyboards don't have them, so MMO gamers should 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 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 doubleshot PBT, which are more durable than the double-shot ABS on the SteelSeries.

Corsair K100 RGB

The Corsair K100 RGB and the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT are similar gaming keyboards, but the K100 is much better because it has much lower click latency. The K100 is only available with two types of linear switches, but the K95 is available with clicky and tactile switches as well, so those switch types offer better tactile feedback for typing.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT and the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 are very similar, but the K70 is better for gaming mainly because it has lower click latency. However, the K95 is also better built, offers better typing quality, and how dedicated macro keys. They're each available with a variety of switches, but you can get more types with the K70.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

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

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.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a slightly better gaming keyboard than the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT. At a smaller size, the SteelSeries is more suited for gamers who also need to move their mouse around a lot. However, the Corsair 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 K65 LUX RGB

The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is better than the Corsair K65 LUX RGB. The K95 feels better built, has a plushier wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, and a volume control wheel. Also, the K95's Cherry MX Blue switches have a much lower pre-travel distance than our K65 unit's Cherry MX Red switches, so they should feel more responsive. However, the K65 is a TKL size and is perfect if you don't want a numpad.

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 IBM 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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