The K95 impressed MakeUseOf right out of the box with its "sleek, modern design" capable of matching the "decor of any room." PC Mag calls it "visually striking," liking its machined aluminum base and the way the keys appear to hover over the deck. Computer Shopper says it's "premium-made," finding it "one of the most attractive consumer keyboards we've tested to date."
A big part of the keyboard's construction is the choice to use Cherry MX Red switches in the keys, which Tom's Guide says are "easy to press and don't require much pressure to activate," though Legit Reviews notes they are "least forgiving with typing mistakes since so little force is needed to actuate keystrokes." Unfortunately, the macro keys don't sit on the same aluminum base as the rest of the keys, resulting in a feel and sound "softer than the metal mounted keys."
However, even if the feel of the macro keys isn't totally on par with the rest of the deck, Legit Reviews calls them "a great luxury for hotkey lovers and gamers," with Computer Shopper noting that "truly serious MMO/real-time-strategy gamers will go ga-ga over the deep shortcut functionality." Computer Shopper and MakeUseOf both loved the extensive backlighting options and, while Tom's Guide does note that the software is a little dense, "it can still accomplish just about anything a user desires."
If you don't need 18 dedicated macro keys you can pass on the K95 and go for the cheaper Vengeance K70, which leaves out the macro keys but still includes the same aluminum deck and crazy backlighting options. But if the idea of being able to set up 54 preprogrammed commands gets you salivating, the dough you shell out for the Vengeance K95 will be well worth it.