Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT review: “Extra personalization at the expense of speed”

If you’re after a gaming keyboard that fits well under $80 / £80 but doesn’t skimp on control features, you’ve found it with the Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT. Considering the fact that you’re getting a strong suite of media controls and six dedicated macro keys on a full-sized deck, there’s plenty going on here; it doesn’t depart from the original K55 in too many ways, instead focusing on additional customization options through per-key RGB backlighting. The membrane keys are returning once again too, as expected for a cheaper gaming keyboard. That means it’s still a great buy if you’re after plenty of customisation options.

However, those features come at the expense of speed, with a particularly heavy actuation and far from feather-light keys. If you want tournament-grade performance to go with the best gaming mouse (perhaps the Razer Viper 8K Hz), we’d head elsewhere as a result – the Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT won’t be for you.

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Essential info

Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT

(Image credit: Corsair)

Average price: $69.99 / £74.99
Type:
Membrane
Size: 
Extended
Connectivity: Wired
Switches: Rubber dome
Keycaps: ABS
Media keys: Dedicated hotkeys
Wrist rest: Detachable, soft-touch
USB passthrough: None


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