CES 2020: Corsair’s K95 XT keyboard features Elgato Stream Deck controls

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Ever since Elgato’s streaming boxes were integrated into Corsair’s giant PC peripheral basket in 2018, I’ve been waiting for the inevitable moment of merger where the two companies collide in a single piece of hardware. Finally, that moment has arrived, as Corsair unveiled a new version of its high-end K95 Platinum keyboard at CES earlier this week, which supports Elgato’s Stream Deck software. Dubbed the K95 Platinum XT, you can now control your streaming apps and devices directly from any of its programmable macro keys without the need for an external device.

The K95 Platinum XT still comes with the same Cherry MX mechanical switches, 19-zone LightEdge RGB lighting, and brushed aluminum bezel as the regular K95 Platinum, but the XT lets you program custom streaming controls onto its keys. dedicated macro using Elgato’s Stream Deck software. It also comes with another set of blue keys for macro keys, making it easier to see at a glance, and a detachable leatherette palm rest. It will also be available in three Cherry MX switch types: the tactile and bumpy Brown, the Linear Speed ​​Silver (both now guaranteed for 100 million keystrokes, according to Corsair), or the clacky Linear Blue type.

Speaking of streaming, Elgato also announced a smaller version of its Key Light LED system, the Key Light Air. While the Full Key Light has 160 OSRAM LEDs powering its customizable studio lighting, the Key Light Air reduces that number to 80. It is also not as bright as its big brother, reaching a peak brightness of just 1,400 lumens. instead of 2800 lumens. Alas, it’s not quite half the price of the big Key Light, as it will still cost you £ 130 instead of £ 190. Still, if you’re short on space or don’t have the budget for a suitable large light key, the Air should hopefully fill the void.

Finally, Elgato also announced a new 4K60 S + external capture box, which can now capture 4K HDR10 gameplay at 60fps without lag without needing to be connected to a connected PC. Instead, you can just record directly to the newly added SD card slot. Additionally, Elgato says its built-in HEVC encoding should get you around seven hours of gameplay on a 256GB SD card.

You will need to plug it into a PC, however, if you want to take advantage of its live commentary or flashback recording features, as the former allows you to record mic audio to a separate track while the latter allows you to go back and save the game retroactively.

On the Corsair side, the only major announcements to note were a few new coolers: the iCue RGB Pro XT liquid cooler (pictured above, left) and the A500 Dual Fan air cooler (pictured above, right) . The former is the latest in Corsair’s long line of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, featuring dynamic RGB lighting in radiator sizes up to 360mm, while the latter uses a four-way heat pipe design. direct contacts to help get rid of all that hot air from the processor. The A500 Dual Fan also has a sliding and locking fan mounting system that allows you to adjust the height of the fan so that it doesn’t end up clashing with your motherboard’s RAM. Practice!

Personally, I’m just glad they haven’t announced any more mice, because damn it, I reviewed so many Corsair mice last year and I could really take a break. So thank you, Corsaire. I appreciate it. Now where’s that iCUE RGB compatible indicator light, eh?

For more information on this year’s CES, check out our CES 2020 label.

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