Cor­sair Gam­ing K95

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$264 • www.cor­sair.com • Score: 5/5

Cor­sair is a dom­i­nant force for gam­ing key­boards. It’s the com­pany’s top-of-the-line key­board that we tested here, with its most un­usual fea­ture be­ing a vol­ume wheel at the top right.

The K95 fea­tures six macro keys on the left, which are tex­tured slightly dif­fer­ently so you don’t press them by ac­ci­dent. The top chas­sis is made from brushed alu­minium, which ex­plains the high cost, and ex­tra com­pen­sa­tion comes in the form of a large, soft-tex­tured de­tach­able wrist rest, which does a great job of pro­vid­ing sup­port while typ­ing. You also get ded­i­cated me­dia con­trol keys and two sets of re­place­able tex­tured grey keys for the much-used WASD and QWERDF key sets.

In ad­di­tion to the LEDs on the Cherry MX RGB switches, which can be con­fig­ured in­di­vid­u­ally, there are 19 RGB LEDs along a light strip on the top edge of the chas­sis. Our sam­ple had Brown switches, but you can or­der the K95 with ex­clu­sive Cherry MX Speed switches, too – these of­fer a re­duced ac­tu­a­tion point, so re­spond that frac­tion quicker to com­mands. The key­board is a joy to use, with the Brown switches be­ing well suited to gam­ing or typ­ing.

Cor­sair’s Util­ity En­gine soft­ware is de­tailed and al­lows for full cus­tomi­sa­tion, as well as macros and pro­files, which can be stored on the key­board’s 8MB of mem­ory or in the soft­ware. The K95 RGB Plat­inum may be ex­pen­sive, but right now it’s the ul­ti­mate me­chan­i­cal key­board.

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