Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:21

REVIEW: HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (HARDWARE)

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Do you PC game bro? If your answer is yes, then have I got the keyboard for you!

A while back I reviewed the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard, this time I get to review the Alloy FPS Pro version. Basically, it is the same keyboard but without the numeric keypad on the side (tenkeyless).

I can pretty much copy my last review and call it a day, but... i’m not going to.

The FPS Pro feels super solid and never do you get the feeling you are going break this beast even in the most frustrating gaming sessions. It is quite weighty for its size which is attributed to the solid steel frame. What I really love about this keyboard is the minimalistic approach. I thought its big brother that I reviewed in 2016 was small and compact... perfect for LAN parties etc, but now we have the same quality keyboard, but even more compact because of the tenkeyless design.

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The keys on my review unit were the Cherry MX Red switches. These are the “linear” version of the keys. These are the same switches that were on the Alloy FPS I reviewed 2 years ago, but comparing the two, the FPS Pro feels nicer. Maybe because this keyboard is new and doesnt have 2 years of use on it, or perhaps the switches have had upgrades in the last couple years.

Either way, it just feels nicer. Once again, you are supplied a braided USB cable in the box however, the charging port is missing from the Pro. The original had a phone charging port which was handy, but is certainly not a deal breaker.

I don’t rate this keyboard for a daily driver because it is not the most comfortable to type on, it is a little on the noisy side and it is missing the numeric keypad. That said, this keyboard is not meant to be a daily driver. Not at all. It was built for gaming, and gaming is what is does best.

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Unlike a lot of other gaming keyboards on the market, the FPS Pro does not have any programmable keys to help aide in your game, there is just no room for that. This gaming keyboard is your little traveller that is built tough enough to take just about anything you can throw at it.

Back in the day... Many, many moons ago I got frustrated playing MOHAA (Google it if you don’t know it) and smashed my keyboard over my knee. It was a cheap keyboard, so it didn’t really matter, but I don’t recommend trying that with this keyboard... I reckon your knee would break before the keyboard would.

Playing on this keyboard for long sessions never felt like an effort. The keys have enough resistance to know you are pressing them, but not enough to make your hand tired after a long gaming session. Like its big brother, it has “Game Mode” with 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover functions.

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Once again, Kingston have built a beast of a keyboard. For a company that specialise more in RAM and SSD’s, they have certainly hit their stride with the Alloy series of keyboards without asking a premium price in return.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Hardware
  • Price: AU$139 Online