Software & Lighting
When you first plug the keyboard into your system it should automatically be recognized by Windows and start working right away. If you want to customize the keyboard at all you’ll have to download Corsair’s iCUE software. After you download and install iCUE and open it up you’ll see a list of connected Corsair devices, you should see the K95 RGB Platinum XT listed.
Clicking on the K95 RGB Platinum XT icon you’ll be able to go into the settings for the keyboard. If you click on “Profiles” you’ll be able to see that you now have 5 hardware profiles now (the K95 RGB Platinum only had 3). This means that you can save settings for 5 different profiles on the keyboard itself.
Next is “Actions”, here is where you can customize the keyboard. For each key you can remap it, set it to a mouse button, macro, text, media controls, launch an application, start a timer, profile switch, or completely disable the button. If you download and install the Elgato Stream Deck software you can reprogram the G-keys with streaming actions.
Under actions you have Lighting Effect. Corsair has a handful of preset effects which allows you to have an effect for the entire keyboard. You can select each key and lighting zone on the keyboard to set an effect for that specific key / zone.
The lighting on the keyboard is quite good, Corsair uses a floating keycap design so the RGB lighting reflects off the aluminum top-plate on the keyboard. The top-edge of the keyboard lights up as well as the Corsair logo in the center.
The final tab is “Performance”. Here you can disable certain keys if Win Lock is enabled, and change the colors on the indication LEDs on the board.
There are a few more setting in the main “Settings” menu in the iCUE software. Here you can set the Polling Rate, Brightness of the LEDs, Keyboard layout, clear the onboard storage, update the firmware, and increase the switch debounce time. Increasing the switch debounce time is a new feature with the K95 RGB Platinum XT, it is used to prevent a double registration if a single key is pressed too quickly in rapid succession.