Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Gaming Keyboard Overview
The K95 RGB Platinum XT looks pretty much identical to the K95 RGB Platinum of 2017. Corsair’s keyboard design is proven so I don’t see any reason to drastically change it around. The keyboard chassis is still made of aircraft-grade aluminum and for those wondering the official dimensions of the keyboard (without palm rest) are 465mm x 171mm x 36mm (LxWxH).
One of the big changes with this keyboard are the actual keycaps. Corsair has gone with PBT double-shot keycaps. You typically see these on professional keyboards and many people buy aftermarket PBT double-shot keycaps. The PBT material is resistant to wear, shine, and is 1.5mm thick for stability. Each keycap is molded with a two-shot process that prevents the legends from fading. The original K95 RGB Platinum had ABS keycaps so this is definitely a nice upgrade.
Besides being a full-size keyboard (full compliment of keys + full number pad), you also get six dedicated “G” keys on the far left of the keyboard. These use a different texture keycap so you know you are pressing them. These can be configured with Corsair’s iCUE software, but now since Corsair acquired Elgato they can be also be configured in the Elgato Stream Deck software. Corsair even includes blue keycaps if you plan to use them with your Elgato Stream Deck.
On the top of the keyboard towards the left there are three small buttons. The first is the profile button, which allows you to cycle through the 5 different profiles on the keyboard. The next is the brightness button. This cycles through 3 different brightness levels and allows you to turn the lighting on the keyboard completely off. Finally the last button is the Windows lock key.
On the far right side of the keyboard you have your multi-media controls, which is great to see. There is a mute button, volume roller, and stop, backwards, play/pause, and forward buttons.
Corsair is making use of Cherry MX mechanical key switches on this keyboard. You have the option of Cherry MX Speed, Brown, or Blue switches. We opted for the Blue switches.
The palm rest is another upgrade over the previous K95 RGB Platinum. On the old keyboard has a double-sided rubber palm rest, but here you have foam cushioning and a soft textured leatherette surface. The palm rest extends the entire length of the keyboard.
Looking at the keyboard from the side we can see that it sits at a slight angle, but extending the two feet on the bottom of the keyboard we can increase that angle.
Flipping the keyboard over we can see those two pop-out feet along with rubber feet on the keyboard as well as on the palm rest. This should keep the keyboard in place on your desk.
On the top edge of the keyboard there is a USB pass-through port and we can see the attached USB cable, which is not removable.
The attached cable is a 6-foot braided cable that is quite thick and spits off into two USB connections at the end. One for the keyboard and another for the USB pass-through port.