Corsair K95 Platinum XT review: A lot of keyboard for a lot of money

    In 2017 Corsair put out essentially the most ostentatious keyboard I’d ever seen, the Ok95 RGB Platinum. I dubbed it “the luxury sedan of keyboards,” a nod to its desk-dominating dimension and charming lighting—and its eye-watering $200 price ticket. Three years later, it’s nonetheless the bar by which I measure different premium keyboards.

    And but Corsair’s elevating the bar anyway. At CES 2020 we obtained our first glimpse of the Ok95 RGB Platinum XT, Corsair’s try to higher its personal best-in-class keyboard. Now after spending time with one at dwelling I can say they succeeded, even when solely barely. It’s onerous to construct on near-perfection.

    This evaluate is a part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.


    The Ok95 Platinum XT is each bit as stunning as its predecessor, a sentence I write with a smile and wink as a result of nothing’s actually modified. Not at first look, anyway. Corsair’s aesthetic is as smooth as it’s acquainted: Exposed steel backplate, raised keycaps, macro column down the left aspect, quantity curler with assorted media keys within the prime proper, slanted wrist relaxation.

    IDG / Hayden Dingman

    Oh, and as of 2017? The mild ribbon. Unique to the Ok95 Platinum, an RGB strip runs throughout the highest of the keyboard. I known as it “Peak RGB” in our earlier evaluate, and congratulations to Corsair for retaining that title. Yes, three years later I’ve but to see something as showy—barring maybe Razer’s Huntsman Elite and its RGB wrist rest.

    Let’s name it a tie.

    It’s one hell of a showpiece, both manner. I prefer it, although you’re positively committing to dwelling inside Tron—or at the least turning your desk into Tron. That received’t be to everybody’s tastes, however it actually units the Ok95 Platinum aside from Corsair’s different keyboards.

    That was final time’s innovation although. The Platinum XT merely retains the sunshine ribbon, and thus deserves no particular credit score right here. So what’s new to the Ok95 Platinum XT?

    Corsair K95 Platinum XT IDG / Hayden Dingman

    First and foremost, Corsair lastly upgraded its pack-in wrist relaxation. Corsair was early to the wrist-rest-as-value-add. Every Ok70/Ok90/Ok95 I can bear in mind reviewing has had one. But being first to a pattern solely means everybody else has an opportunity to do higher—and do higher, they’ve. In latest years each Logitech and Razer have began providing plush leatherette wrist rests with their flagship keyboards, which made Corsair’s low-cost plastic options really feel dated. The earlier Ok95 Platinum upgraded to a rubber-and-plastic hybrid, however it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient.

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