​Corsair K95 Review

Logitech G413 Carbon Review
We have put hours of research and testing into this gaming laptop buyer guide of the 10 best gaming laptops available in 2018.

Overview

Well made, bomb proof keyboard that can take rage quits, if you want more features, light effects and macro buttons than the K70, then this is your keyboard!

Today’s standards for keyboards most often prioritize durability, customization potential, comfort, transportability, and a handful of other important qualities for professional and recreational gamers alike. Considering the purchase of a new keyboard as an investment, we always like to be sure that the keyboard we are testing and reviewing matches up with what the industry is currently capable of producing. Most of all, the keyboard should be balanced when it comes to well-rounded quality.

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CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 6x Programmable Macro Keys - USB Passthrough & Media Controls - Fastest Cherry MX Speed - RGB LED Backlit - Aluminum Finish

  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Built to withstand a lifetime of gaming. Lightweight and rugged durability, necessary for a keyboard that's going to see a lot of action
  • 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback: Allow access up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of external software.Wrist Rest:Full length, detachable, dual-sided with soft touch finish
  • Dynamic multicolor per key backlighting with Light Edge: Adjust each key's color and illumination level in addition to 19-zones on the top edge light bar for sophisticated and dramatic animations

Features Overview

In addition to the sleek design and lightweight yet durable build, another draw for this keyboard over other the markets other top gaming keyboards is its 8MB profile storage. Gamers can now store and access up to three stored profiles on the go, without depending on external software. With this new feature, gamers don’t need to spend as much time setting up, and can spend more time gaming.

Back to that brand new LightEdge technology: not only does this keyboard include customizable backlighting for the keys, but it also includes customizable backlighting for each individual key. There is also a nineteen-zone light bar at the top for even more options. Each gamer is able to customize their keyboard easily utilizing the user-friendly Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) application to select and program multi-colored lighting effects.

In addition to its impressive storage and lighting customization capabilities, this keyboard is also cutting-edge in its layout and design of its macro keys. This keyboard offers six programmable macro keys, which is actually less than in previous iterations of this keyboard. The downsizing to six macro keys means that this keyboard is able to be smaller, more lightweight, and more durable, while still keeping the quality functionality of several keys for in-game macros.

For gamers, these keys are beautiful texturally and designed to be easy to find mid-game. They are also contoured so that it is much harder to accidentally press them. These macro keys are also customized by using the CUE app, which is somehow able to be incredibly user-friendly without compromising complexity and a variety of options.

K95 key caps

The designers of this keyboard really took practicality as well as comfort into account in including several timesaving and functional new elements including the dedicated volume and multimedia controls. These controls save gamers the trouble of having to interrupt a game to fix or change the audio.

In addition to this, Corsair has also included on this keyboard the capability for optional wrist rests. This is a wonderful investment into the comfort of gamers who play for hours at a time. Even better, instead of forcing it on gamers who buy this keyboard, Corsair makes the wrist rest detachable, so it can be added or taken off easily. The rest is dual-sided and very comfortable. It really makes a difference in comfort after a long gaming session to be able to use the wrist rest, and therefore definitely increases the gaming experience overall.

K95 keyboard product image

Design

In addition to the sleek design and lightweight yet durable build, another draw for this keyboard is its 8MB profile storage. Gamers can now store and access up to three stored profiles on the go, without depending on external software. With this new feature, gamers don’t need to spend as much time setting up, and can spend more time gaming.

Back to that brand new LightEdge technology: not only does this keyboard include customizable backlighting for the keys, but it also includes customizable backlighting for each individual key. There is also a nineteen-zone light bar at the top for even more options. Each gamer is able to customize their keyboard easily utilizing the user-friendly Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) application to select and program multi-colored lighting effects.

In addition to its impressive storage and lighting customization capabilities, this keyboard is also cutting-edge in its layout and design of its macro keys. Offering six programmable macro keys, which is actually less than in previous iterations of this keyboard. The downsizing to six macro keys means that this keyboard is able to be smaller, more lightweight, and more durable, while still keeping the quality functionality of several keys for in-game macros.

For gamers, these keys are beautiful texturally and designed to be easy to find mid-game. They are also contoured so that it is much harder to accidentally press them. These macro keys are also customized by using the CUE app, which is somehow able to be incredibly user-friendly without compromising complexity and a variety of options.

The designers of this keyboard really took practicality as well as comfort into account in including several timesaving and functional new elements including the dedicated volume and multimedia controls. These controls save gamers the trouble of having to interrupt a game to fix or change the audio.

In addition to this, Corsair has also included on this keyboard the capability for optional wrist rests. This is a wonderful investment into the comfort of gamers who play for hours at a time. Even better, instead of forcing it on gamers who buy this keyboard, Corsair makes the wrist rest detachable, so it can be added or taken off easily. The rest is dual-sided and very comfortable. It really makes a difference in comfort after a long gaming session to be able to use the wrist rest, and therefore definitely increases the gaming experience overall.

K95 Keyboard USB port

Performance

After the initial inspection of the design and functions of the product, we immediately were excited to see how it matched up to previous keyboards in terms of performance. Our testers were not disappointed. The CUE application was incredibly easy to use, and it was possible to program a series of lighting effects for the keyboard in a matter of minutes. It is also easy to change it in case you change your mind and want to go back to default settings. The keyboard is also incredibly responsive during game-play. The macro keys are a little bit more difficult to program, but ultimately ridiculously worth it. The biggest difference between this keyboard and previous keyboards is that the Corsair K95 RBG has insanely high responsivity.

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​Corsair K95 Pros & Cons

PROS & CONS

  • Corsairs focus for this model on durability and comfort make it a keyboard that will likely last even the most intense, heavy-duty gamer a long time
  • The aircraft-grade anodized aluminum makes the K95 RBG highly durable
  • Customization: With this keyboard, Corsair made a huge investment in keyboard customization abilities, which probably any gamer will appreciate
  • 8Mb profile storage
  • The wrist rest is another investment in being able to customize your gaming experience. With the detachability of the wrist rest, gamers are able to decide whether they’d like to utilize it or not, adding it for long gaming sessions and taking it off for quick check ins
  • Price: While this is an incredibly quality keyboard from design elements to functionality, the cost is a bit pricey for many hoping to purchase a quality keyboard that is also not too expensive. However, while this keyboard is costly, it is also cost-effective, in that it will not need to be replaced or repaired as soon as other keyboards.
K95 RGB light strip

Conclusion

In terms of features, design, and performance, there really isn’t a match out there right now for the Corsair K95 RGB keyboard. This keyboard is a worthwhile purchase for any long-term gamer looking for a keyboard that will withstand hours of intense gaming, and possibly traveling from the home control center. It is also a great choice for anyone who would make frequent use of one of its best features, the programmable macro keys.

For casual gamers not wanting to fork over the money, this might not be the right keyboard for you, but for anyone even the least bit excited by the 8MB profile storage, the CUE customizable lighting effects, or the dedicated volume and multimedia controls, we recommend this keyboard as a high-quality, cost-effective investment in your gaming experience.

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Best Midrange Gaming Laptop
Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming
As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

About the Author: Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.