Best Corsair Keyboards Windows Central 2019

Corsair is one of the best developers of PC gaming accessories in the market space, and the keyboards that it designed are nothing short of excellent. So excellent, in fact, that it's hard to definitively say which one is the best. However, after a lot of consideration, we think that the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is the best due to its incredibly sturdy design, fantastic responsiveness and accuracy, useful features, and advanced RGB lighting.

Best Overall: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

If you're looking for a keyboard that can do it all, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is perfect for you. The keyboard frame is constructed with aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, which makes it incredibly resistant to scratches and other dings. The keyboard also uses high-quality mechanical switches that are extremely comfortable and effortless to press, and all of the inputs are very responsive.

In terms of features, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum has quite a few. The top right area of the keyboard has a suite of multimedia controls that come in handy when watching movies or videos, while the area to the far left has a column of six different customizable keys that allow you to program some gaming macros. In addition, the keyboard comes with a USB port that you can use for your mouse or headset, and also 8MB of onboard storage that can hold up to three different RGB lighting profiles. You can swap between them with the profile button found next to the brightness adjustment and Windows Lock ones at the top of the keyboard.

Speaking of the RGB lighting, you can extensively customize it to your liking using Corsair's iCUE software, right down to individual keys and special accent lights. Lastly, the keyboard comes with a detachable magnetic wrist rest that can be flipped between a smooth surface and a more textured one to suit your preference.

Pros:

  • Fantastic design
  • Excellent performance
  • Great features
  • Advanced RGB lighting suite

Cons:

  • Expensive

Best Overall

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Best of the best

The K95 RGB Platinum offers fantastic build quality, excellent performance, tons of features, and an amazing aesthetic in one satisfying product.

Best Mid-Range: Corsair K68 RGB

Corsair K68 RGB

The Corsair K68 RGB is your best bet if you're looking for great quality but don't want to injure your wallet. It has the same great mechanical performance that you get with the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, as well as the same multimedia controls.

However, in order to make it more affordable, Corsair made sacrifices in other areas. The column of macro keys and accent lights are gone, as is the USB port and the ability to save some RGB profiles on the keyboard. The wrist rest, while still comfortable, doesn't have a textured side, and the materials used to create most of the keyboard have changed from aircraft-grade aluminum to a combination of steel, plastic, and rubber. This design is less durable to physical damage, although it's worth pointing out that it is more resistant to liquids.

Even with these caveats, though, the Corsair K68 RGB is an excellent keyboard, especially when you consider how balanced the price is.

Pros:

  • Solid overall design
  • Excellent performance
  • Less expensive
  • Liquid resistant

Cons:

  • Fewer features
  • Less durable

Best Mid-Range

Corsair K68 RGB

Balance of price and quality

The K68 RGB is a great keyboard that, despite having fewer features than its bigger, flashier K95 brother, makes up for it by being less expensive.

Best Budget: Corsair K55 RGB

Corsair K55 RGB

Essentially, the Corsair K55 RGB is a less expensive, less durable version of the K68 RGB. It has all of the same features (and lack thereof) as the K68, with the addition of the macro keys that the K95 RGB Platinum has.

This is nice, but it isn't enough to cover up its main weakness: the fact that it is entirely made out of plastic. This means that it is significantly less resistant to damage. In addition, it uses membrane switches instead of mechanical ones. The membrane switches here still perform excellently, but membrane switches are inherently less durable than mechanical ones. Overall, if you're willing to sacrifice durability for a lower price, you'll be very happy with this keyboard.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Macro keys

Cons:

  • Weaker design
  • Membrane switches may bother some
  • Less features overall

Best Budget

Corsair K55 RGB

Cheap, but competent

The K55 RGB packs Corsair's amazing performance and awesome aesthetic into a less durable, less expensive frame.

Best Compact: Corsair K65 LUX RGB

Corsair K65 LUX RGB

If you want a keyboard that's smaller and easier to take with you on-the-go, then you should opt for the Corsair K65 LUX RGB. Corsair removed the number pad keys on this keyboard in order to cut several inches off of the keyboard's size. It's worth noting that you won't be getting a budget keyboard just because it's smaller; this is a full-fledged option.

In terms of features and performance, the Corsair K65 LUX RGB is mostly like the K68 RGB, although it's worth pointing out that it comes with a USB port, which the K68 lacks. In addition, it also features an aircraft-grade aluminum design that's like the one found with the K95 RGB Platinum, which is by far the best and most durable design Corsair offers for its keyboards.

Pros:

  • Fantastic design
  • Excellent performance
  • More compact
  • USB port

Cons:

  • A little expensive
  • Less overall features
  • No number pad

Best Compact

Corsair K65 LUX RGB

Take it with you

The K65 LUX RGB is best suited to people looking for portability, as its smaller frame and durable build is suited for traveling.

Best Wireless: Corsair K63 Wireless

Corsair K63 Wireless

The Corsair K63 Wireless is perfect for cutting the cord and playing games on your PC — or your Xbox One — while chilling on the couch. It features the same great performance seen in all of the other keyboards on this list, and it can wirelessly connect either through Bluetooth or with a USB receiver, giving you a lot of versatility.

In addition, it also has a detachable cloth lap board that's perfect for using your mouse on if your game requires one, as well as a built-in wrist rest. Unfortunately the K63 Wireless trades RGB lights for standard blue ones, so it isn't very customizable. The battery lasts for about 15 hours, which is a great result. Overall, the K63 Wireless is an excellent wireless keyboard.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Several wireless connection methods
  • Quality cloth lap board
  • Strong battery life

Cons:

  • Requires recharging
  • No RGB lighting
  • A little expensive

Best Wireless

CORSAIR K63 Wireless

Who needs wires?

If you're looking to go wireless, the K63 Wireless keyboard will be right up your alley thanks to its reliable connection and strong overall design.

Bottom line

At the end of the day, all of Corsair's keyboards are awesome, and each one will fulfill a different need or desire. However, when it comes to which one is the best keyboard overall, we think that the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum wins the day simply because it offers peak quality across the board. It's durable, it performs excellently, it looks awesome, and it has a ton of cool features that any keyboard user will love. It may cost a pretty penny, but ultimately, it doesn't get any better then the K95 RGB Platinum, and you get what you pay for.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. He's relatively new to the writing scene, but he counters that lack of experience with a rock-solid work ethic and a desire to improve at every opportunity. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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