Depending on your feelings on the current wave of RGB LED-infused products, you either thank or blame the people over at Corsair for helping to usher in 2016's hottest PC peripheral trend. Corsair's Vengeance K70 was the first keyboard with per-key RGB LED lighting, all the way back in January 2014. The company's new K95 RGB Platinum keyboard renews the company's relationship with the switch specialists at Cherry, and the Scimitar Pro RGB gaming mouse reaffirms Corsair's love affair with programmable lighting.
Let's see about the K95 RGB Platinum first. Buyers can choose between traditional Cherry MX Brown or the reduced-travel MX Speed switches at the time of purchase. Either way, the switches find a home in an "aircraft-grade" anodized aluminum frame. Macro programs and custom illumination settings are stored in the keyboard's 8MB of internal storage. I will activate curmudgeon mode for just a moment to remark that my first hard drive was only 20MB and my first USB flash drive had the same 8MB capacity as this keyboard.
Users can fiddle with the included Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) software to program the illumination, then save the settings to the keyboard's internal memory and let that lighting program blink away on any system. In a pinch, you could just plug the keyboard into a USB power supply and use the K95 RGB Platinum as a very colorful and expensive night-light. Other features incude dedicated multimedia keys, a USB pass-through port for other peripherals, and six programmable macro keys with a special surface texture on the key caps.
The Scimitar Pro RGB mouse takes the MMO and MOBA-focused Scimitar RGB mouse and adds onboard profile storage and a new Pixart 16,000 DPI sensor. The on-board memory allows users to keep their illumination settings and macro programs as they move the Scimitar Pro RGB mouse from system to system. The button layout is the same 12-button Key Slider design present in the previous model. The sensor can be adjusted in single-DPI increments using the included CUE software, which can also be used to program macros and adjust the onboard lighting. The Scimitar RGB Pro will be available with blue or yellow trim.
Corsair says the Scimitar Pro RGB mouse is available now, though it does not appear to be in stock at our favorite online retailers just yet. The company says the K95 RGB Platinum keyboard should start shipping in late January. Tom's Hardware says the keyboard will sell for a hefty $200, and the mouse will set gamers back $80.