Corsair has revealed two new computer peripherals at CES 2017 – a keyboard and a mouse, both of which are updated versions of their predecessors and here’s what they each have to offer the masses.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard
Corsair did already release the K95 keyboard as the successor to the K70 earlier. But they thought that they could do better so they added the platinum tag and said this would be a better successor than the other. What the platinum version offers is about 8MB of memory for memorizing up to three profiles for lighting and macro combinations. The macro keys on the keyboard now number to six, located on the left of the keyboard.
The keyboard also comes with a ‘Light Edge’ that has LEDs that are atop the edge of the keyboard. It consists of 16RGB LEDs and users can program their lighting patterns and colours much differently than the rest of the keyboard. We aren’t really sure what it’ll be useful for, but it does seem like Corsair is trying really hard to make their LEDs stand out. There’s a USB pass-through, rubber feet, as well as neat wrist-rest that’s reversible, with different textures on either side.
The frame of the keyboard is made of brushed aluminium and uses the popular Cherry MX switches but no clarity on which exact ones will be utilized. It’ll be available on January 22 with a price tag of $199. Not cheap, considering that there are keyboard and mouse set up options available with most of the same features. We’re not sure how much of a convincing option this keyboard will make.
Upgraded Scimitar Mouse
This time around, Corsair also decided to upgrade their Scimitar wired mouse. It’s got 12 side buttons, surrounded by a black frame, has a max DPI of 16,000, more than its predecessor which was just 12,000. Even the sensitivity of the mouse’s DPI levels can be changed in increments of 1 DPI. Users can pair up the mouse with the K95 RGB Platinum keyboard so that the lighting patterns match. There are three ready profiles which can be used just right out of the box by Corsair for the mouse and they can be altered through the proprietary software provided by Corsair.
This mouse isn’t cheap though and will come at $80, making it $30 more expensive than its predecessor. Again, Corsair isn’t making such a convincing case for itself for the high price point. All it adds really is the extra DPI sensitivity. It’s also not a very attractive looking peripheral.
Let’s hope Corsair knows what they’re doing.