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Corsair Vengeance K95

Corsair Vengeance K95

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83 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Corsair Vengeance K95 has what it takes to be a major part of any hardcore gamer's arsenal -- good looks, dedicated macro keys and Cherry MX Red switches for smooth and quick key response. The software might be a little dense for more casual users, but users willing to take the time and effort to program their K95 will find themselves well-rewarded.

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.

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Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Ergonomic design
Standard / straight
Number pad
Integrated
Connection type
Wired
Type
Ergonomic design
Number pad
Connection type
Gaming
Standard / straight
Integrated
Wired

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83 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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