Thursday, 03 November 2016 08:30

REVIEW: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (HARDWARE)

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“The HyperX™ Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features a minimalistic, compact design that’s ideal for FPS gameplay. Its space-saving layout maximizes desktop space for FPS mouse movement. Ultra-portable, HyperX Alloy FPS comes complete with a high-quality mesh travel pouch to store and protect the keyboard and accessories, and the detachable, mini-USB braided power cord reduces storage bulk and potential cable damage. For high-precision, gaming-grade key contact and reliability, it features Cherry® MX mechanical keys.”


That’s what the HyperX website says about its newest mechanical keyboard. That is pretty much everything in a nutshell. I have used a few mechanical keyboards in my time and to this day, I am undecided on whether or not they better or worse than their "soft-key" counterparts. It really comes down to personal preference I believe.

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The HyperX has an awesomely small footprint without compromising the keys. For those with a smaller amount of desk space, this is fantastic. I swapped it out with my SteelSeries keyboard and it would have to be quite literally half the size. Its great!
The mechanical keys sit higher than a standard keyboard. This is to make room for the mechanical parts underneath. If you are not used to higher set keys, it can take a little bit to get used to, but once you do, it just feels normal.

The keys are also quite loud. When we received our keyboard for review, I swapped it out straight away on my office PC just to try it. I like new shiny toys. Needless to say, after not too long, I was annoying poor Lance sitting near me with the noise.

In the pack you also get colored “WSAD” & "1234" keys that you can swap out with the tool provided. I quickly installed the red textured ones. They have a “checker-plate” style look and feel about them. You can also sort-of customize your keyboard with the lights. The Alloy FPS keyboard has red backlit keys that you can turn off/on & change the pattern. The patterns are preset and not customizable. There is a wave style pattern that acts like a light wave flowing across your keyboard. There is a ripple-type pattern. The light “ripples” out from whatever key you happen to press and there is also a “breath” preset. I personally just went with “on”. It was the least distracting. There is no software required for the keyboard either. The preset patterns are hard-coded into the keyboard and can be changed simply by pressing a certain key combination.

It also has one feature that is overlooked by many keyboards... Gaming Mode. By pressing 2 keys, you can put your keyboard in gaming mode and ta-da... the Windows keys are disabled. Simple, yet effective.

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The keyboard is super solid and should withstand almost anything you can throw at it. This is the type of keyboard that would be perfect for a friend of mine who has broken more keyboards in a rage than I have had hot dinners.

Another use for this keyboard could be protection. Have you ever been at your PC, in your own world, playing your favorite game and then had a thief break in to your place? No? Me either, however, if you ever found yourself in that situation, you could easily disconnect the great looking braided USB cable from the keyboard and what that would-be thief over the head and continue on playing without even so much as a dent in your keyboard.

The Alloy FPS is made for quick & easy packing up to take with you wherever you go. It is powered by a braided USB cable the can be disconnected easily at the keyboard and then stowed away in the supplied HyperX mesh style bag.

Overall, the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard is one tough mother. It looks great, feels great and is super-responsive. A less-is-more approach has been taken with the keyboard. While it may not have all the bells and whistles other keyboards have at this price point, it has what is needed plus good looks. This is a great keyboard for any serious PC gamer.

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Features:

  • Compact design ideal for FPS gameplay
    Solid-steel frame
    Ultra-portable design with detachable cable
    Cherry® MX mechanical keys
    Convenient USB charge port
    Game mode, 100 per cent anti-ghosting and full N-key rollover functions
    HyperX red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects
    Additional coloured, textured keycaps for FPS gameplay

Game Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Hardware
  • Price: AU$159 Online
  • URL: http://www.hyperxgaming.com/en/keyboards/HX-KB1