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Corsair K95 Keyboard Review

Corsair K95 Keyboard Review

Corsair offers a range of keyboards to suit all types of users, whether it’s the space-conscious gamer who isn’t looking for all the bells and whistles, or the budget-friendly gamer who wants performance but doesn’t want to pay a king’s ransom for the extras. The K95 RGB keyboard, however, is the ultimate offering by Corsair. Featuring RGB lighting, a num keypad, and 18 dedicated macro keys, it’s got all the features you could ask for in a gaming keyboard and today we have one on our test bench. Welcome to our Corsair K95 Keyboard Review.

Corsair K95 Keyboard Review – With Cherry MX Red Switches

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The chassis of the K95 is a brushed aluminium, giving the keyboard a premium look and feel. It comes with a detachable soft-touch wrist rest and as is always the case with high-end boards, there are also little feet on the base to prop up the keyboard if you’re used to a higher incline when typing. The keyboard also has 100% anti-ghosting, with full key rollover on USB, 1000Hz polling and all of the functionality is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor. The K95 also features onboard memory that enables you to take your lighting and performance settings with you to events, etc.

The keys on this model are Cherry MX Reds that sport an actuation force of 45g and are often considered the gamer’s choice for quick key presses. Each key has individual LEDs, controlled by Corsairs software and the onboard Panasonic Display Controller, and each can be customised with 16.8 million colour options available. Effects such as wave and pulse effects are also present as are simple solid colour schemes. Further, more advanced designs can be downloaded from the Corsair website.


On the left of the keyboard, you’ll notice 18 ‘G’ keys, each one a dedicated macro key whose functions can be customised, again using Corsair’s software. You can use these keys to string together complex key press combos, input lengthy strings of text with one click, and even substitute mouse controls.

In addition, if the dedicated macro keys aren’t enough, you can assign macros to any key on the keyboard and through profiles.

Along the top of the keyboard are the ‘M’ keys on the top, which allow for several colour profiles as well as the ability to toggle individual key lights on or off. Further along, you’ll find a brightness button that toggles the LED brightness through four stages of illumination, including completely off. Next to that, you’ll find a Windows button lock, a mute button and the volume roller.

Moving around the board we find media keys, allowing for play/pause, stop and skip backwards and forwards through tracks. Finally, there is a BIOS/polling rate switch on the back for gamers who find that the advanced features of the keyboard don’t work with their motherboard BIOS.

The Numbers:
Size: 55 x 24 x 8 cm
Weight: 2 KG
Inputs: 2 USB ports
Cable Length: 2 metres (Braided)

Corsair K95 Keyboard Review – The Software

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Corsair’s software, Corsair Utility Engine, is a flexible and in-depth program that allows for a huge amount of customisation on the keyboard. While it can take some time to understand what each feature does, once you’ve played around with it, the Utility Engine opens up a world of possibility. The software is split distinctly into sections, with Profiles, Actions, Lighting, and Settings all offering a wide range of options.

Corsair K95 RGB Mechanical Keyboard – The Conclusion

Corsair is renowned for high-quality and gamer-focused products and the K95 RGB keyboard reflects that strongly. With a range of features that gamers will love such as almost limitless macro opportunities, dedicated media controls, and the ability to create stunning RGB lighting effects, there’s a lot to like about the K95. The overall build quality is solid and as far as the tech specs go, no issues to report. Plenty of onboard storage, decent CPU and good polling rate,anti-ghosting, etc.

Overall, the only drawback is the size. This is a massive board and while having an expansive array of keys is often a boon, it can often result in misclicks. It would certainly also be worthwhile measuring the space on your desk to ensure there is plenty of room for your mouse mat due to the extension of the macro key section.

In terms of day to day use and gaming, the keys are a pleasure to type on. With responsive actuation and that satisfying click with every keystroke, it’s not just an incredible keyboard for gamers – it’s also a fantastic choice for those people looking to improve their typing experience.

The Summary: A premium priced board but well built, beautifully designed, and handles like a dream.

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