Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Review, Good Mechanical Keyboard
In this article we will be doing a Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Review. Because you are gaming you may be in search of a good mechanical keyboard in order to keep your performance as high as possible. Gamers are always looking for the best equipment, but what makes a mechanical keyboard good? What do all the different switches available mean? If you are still using a membrane keyboard what are the benefits of switching? Continue reading to find out the answers. I will also do my best to help you decide if you should buy the Corsair K95.
Best Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Personal Ranking: 97/100
Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Specifications
- Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity
- 100% Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches for ultimate performance
- Multicolor per-key backlighting for virtually unlimited game customization
- 18 G-keys with up to 108 macros for faster gaming
- Display controller driven fast and fluid for an amazing multicolor light show in a pulsing, waving and cascading array
- Entire keyboard is programmable to assign a macro to any key
- 100% anti-ghosting with 122 key rollover on USB
- Onboard memory to take performance and lighting settings with you
K95 Video Review
Design and Build Features
To start off it is 100% mechanical and equipped with 18 ‘G’ (gaming) keys, 3 mode keys and multimedia keys as well.
For a gamer the added keys on the left side are one of the most powerful assets you have. You will be able to use each and every one for keybindings, macros AND switching between 3 different modes, which would be good if you are going between different profiles, characters or play styles on the fly.
The Corsair K95 RGB is a big full featured keyboard with all the amenities you would expect for a top end piece of hardware. It earned Editors Choice from PCMag among other high accolades.
A tough brushed aluminum frame provides an excellent backbone and quality feel.
In the department of ergonomics Corsair provides an awesome wrist pad to keep the carpal tunnel at bay. This feature is detachable so if you like to use it for certain situations and take it off for others. You may do this at will or leave it off entirely.
If you haven’t experienced the backlighting on this board then you are in for a treat. The best way to describe it is: full customization. If the ability to change the colors to whatever you want isn’t enough (this really is enough haha) then you will also be able to program the brightness and even make the lighting dynamic as shown in the video above. The options really are limitless here.
Like with most gaming keyboards the K95 comes with multimedia buttons for controlling your music, video and whatever media you are into. The way everything works here is pretty much standard save for one pretty awesome feature. Volume control.
Corsair added in a dedicated volume control wheel which is such an awesome upgrade to the normal plus (+) and minus (-) keys we are used to. Not a lot of keyboards have this feature and although it may seem trivial I think it is pretty darn handy.
What do all the different color switches mean?
There are a few different ‘color’ (or types) mechanical keyboard switches you will have access to choosing from. Switches are the part of the key that is under neath the letter caps. They are the work horses of the keyboard.
The different types are the Cherry MX, Cherry MX Black, Brown and Blue. They all come with very slight differences that may benefit your personality or tastes. My favorite are the brown switches. Check out the video for a more in depth explanation of the switches.
Why switch to a mechanical keyboard?
Other then all the over the top sick features of the Corsair K95 lets go into the basic reasons why a mechanical keyboard would be better than a standard membrane keyboard.
Membrane keyboards, such as the Logitech G105 and Redragon K502, are quiet but require you to press the key down all the way for it to register on the computer. Mechanical keys will register when the key is pressed only part of the way down. For gaming this means that your actions will happen faster and this is an advantage gamers are always looking for in any piece of gear.
Another type of person who could benefit from this would be a writer, blogger or anyone who spends a lot of time typing. The shorter throw on your keys means you will be saving tiny amounts of time with each key stroke. After an entire paper this adds up to a lot of time and your words per minute will see a decent increase.
I would say for roughly $200 you are going to want nearly everything AND the kitchen sink. That kind of money warrants these feelings. I mean you are spending a couple bones on your keyboard alone so it better be good. The K95 delivers plenty of features and fits the bill perfectly for the high end gamer and possibly even content creator. If this keyboard is within your budget then I’d say by all means it is a great option and you will be able to enjoy all the joys of a mechanical gaming keyboard.
What did you think of the Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Review? Do you use a membrane or mechanical keyboard? Which one? Are you planning on getting a new upgrade anytime soon? Please feel free to drop me a comment at the bottom of this page anytime. I would love to share in your experience. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well!
Founder of Level Up Your Gear