Corsair Vengeance K95 Review

Editor: Tim Harmer  Date: 04-09-13   1 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction



Product On Review: Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Manufacturer and Sponsor: Corsair
Street Price: £129.99 inc. V.A.T.


By any objective measure Corsair are swiftly becoming a peripheral juggernaut, matching their prowess in the chassis, PSU and memory markets. In June we had the pleasure of reviewing the Vengeance K70, a mechanical keyboard based broadly on the K65 but for the first time with both mechanical switches throughout and an updated lighting system. It earned our Silver Award, missing out on Gold by the tiniest of slivers, and now it’s the turn its bigger brother. Will it impress us as much - or more - than the K70? Only time will tell…

The Vengeance K95 was also part of a broader range update Corsair began earlier this year, an update which included other input devices and audio peripherals. Just as the K70 is an evolution of the K65, so the K95 is the next step for a design ushered in by the K90. Whilst the Vengeance K70 could be said to specialise in First Person Shooters as a part of its gaming pedigree, the K95 has been substantially adapted to MMOs and similar titles that benefit from macro keys and a wide selection of key bindings. In common with the K70 Corsair have also augmented the design by using Cherry MX switches for every key, making it a marked improvement over its predecessor.



About The Corsair Vengeance K95

The Vengeance K95 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is made for serious gamers. Cherry MX Red key switches have super-fast reaction times and low operating force, and the key-by-key customizable lighting lets you adjust brightness and illuminate bindings. 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB ensures that the K95 will keep up. The 18 G-keys are programmable on the fly, so you can adapt and react. And Vengeance K95 has onboard memory, so you can take your K95 with you and play your best on any system.
All of this technology is housed in a professional-grade black anodized aluminum chassis for superior strength and stability.


In the UK the Vengeance K95 is priced at £129.99, only £10 more than it’s macro-key free rival. The price differential was something we questioned in our review of the K70, highlighting the increased functionality advertised for the K95 versus that shown by the K70. Although this may seem strange at first, it’s notable that the K95 does not come with the contoured, textured keycaps and keycap puller. Naturally this will keep the price down, relatively speaking, and they can be bought separately if you’d prefer.


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