COR­SAIR K95 RGB

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - RGB MECHANICAL GAMING KEYBOARDS SHOOTOUT -

The Cor­sair K95 RGB is a mas­sive key­board with a de­tach­able wrist rest and a whop­ping 18 ded­i­cated ‘G' macro keys on the left-side. Like the Armaggeddon MKA-11R and Razer BlackWidow X, the K95 has an in­dus­trial de­sign with the keys at­tached di­rectly to an air­craft-grade black an­odized alu­minum plate. The metal con­struc­tion is rock solid and looks great, while the soft-touch, tex­tured wrist rest is com­fort­able and prac­ti­cal. If we have one com­plaint, it's that the ‘G' macro keys sit on a plas­tic ex­ten­sion con­nected to the alu­minum plate, which doesn't look as nice and makes the keys feel dif­fer­ent too.

At the top right of the key­board, you also get ded­i­cated me­dia keys and a vol­ume wheel. Small rub­ber feet on the base of the key­board let you ad­just the typ­ing an­gle. A small BIOS switch on the back lets you choose between 1ms, 2ms, 4ms, and 8ms polling rate, but there's really no need to set it to any­thing but 1ms.

The key­board uses Cherry MX switches in a choice of Red or Brown and uses stan­dard stems and key­caps that can be eas­ily re­placed with a cus­tom set. Like the Cooler Mas­ter MasterKeys Pro, the switch hous­ing is trans­par­ent, which helps the LED light shine through. The key­board has 122-key rollover and anti-ghost­ing.

LED light­ing on the K95 RGB is nice and bright and can be pro­grammed to glow in any color. Each key can be in­di­vid­ual pro­grammed to dis­play a dif­fer­ent color. You can also add ef­fects, such as chang­ing the key color when pressed. The usual wave, rip­ple, and breathe ef­fects are also avail­able. Light­ing is con­trolled through an on­board 32-bit ARM pro­ces­sor.

On top of the 18 G keys, the key­board also has three M pro­file keys that you can switch between, giv­ing you a to­tal of 108 pro­gram­mable com­mands. Macros can be recorded on the fly with the MR but­ton, but you'll need the Cor­sair Util­ity En­gine soft­ware in­stalled to do so.

The Cor­sair K95 RGB has 18 macro but­tons on the side!

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