We’re all gamers, and don’t HyperX know it. Providing the community with various gaming peripherals they certainly have the gamers needs in mind whether it be for the casuals or pros. Their newest HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is now on the market, but does it shape up to what us, the gamers or even everyday keyboard pushers need as well?
Straight out the box this is one sleek keyboard. Quite heavy with a solid aluminum body, this is something I certainly appreciate as it has minimal slip and slide movement when I madly type away. Generously spaced out, this 44cm long deck has adjustable legs, so the height is all down to your preference. Coming with three tilt sizes for the feet, it was a welcome addition to see, as I often like my keyboards at a higher angle.
It was nice to see it came with a lengthy, detachable, braided USB power cable instead of molded, I don’t like the restrictiveness of molded, and always feel it will break from tension. Each mechanical key is a silky, matte black finish, and elegantly back-lighted by individual key, RGB lighting, the glow is luminescent. It is certainly elegant and beautiful to look at, and a statement piece in any dark room.
The keys are comfortable to the touch, and are a trademarked HyperX design much like a tradition Cherry switch. These wear and tear HyperX Red switches boast durability and have only a 3.8 mm total travel distance, shaving responsiveness time. You can tap away smoothly and it just feel so fluid.
The gem that really shines with this keyboard is in fact the accompanying software. The HyperX NGENUITY software, is where the keyboard really comes to life in functionality. This is where you can store up to three custom profiles, to keys on the board. Design your own layouts, adjust colour schemes with the amazing LED combinations (yes, I am obsessed), program macros and bind buttons, all which can be saved as individual on-board profiles mapped to the F1, F2 and F3 buttons. You can change between them at a press of a button.
You also have the power to set a game mode, disabling buttons on the keyboard, essential for that pro gamer that wants no slips or mishaps in the heat of a battle. Coupled with 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover, I found every keystroke was recognized and detected, no matter how intense gameplay became. The keyboard is definitely Esports ready.
Customisation is imperative nowadays, as we all want to be unique and as comfortable as possible. If you have read my tech reviews before you will know I love an efficient software and this is as easy as it comes to navigate and utilise to get that ultimate look and feel of your keyboard usage. Kudos to HyperX.
The HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard beyond meets expectations with it’s sturdy but gorgeous metallic design and state of the art functionality. With definitive keystrokes and expansive customisation of settings, this is one keyboard suited to everyday users and gamers alike and I really can’t flaw it.
HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard //Specifications
- Type Detachable, Braided
- Length 1.8 m
- Width 442.5 mm
- Depth 132.5 mm
- Height 36.39 mm
- Weight (Keyboard and cable) 1075 g
- Switch HyperX Switch
- Type Mechanical
- Backlight RGB (16,777,216 colors)
- Light effects Per key RGB lighting2 and 5 brightness levels
- On board memory 3 profiles
- Connection type USB Type-C to USB Type-A
- Anti-ghosting 100% anti-ghosting
- Key rollover N-key mode
- LED indicator Yes
- Media control Yes
- Game Mode Yes
- OS compatibility Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7
- Switch HyperX Red Switch
- Operation Style Linear
- Actuation Force 45g
- Key Travel Distance 1.8 mm
- Total Travel 3.8 mm
- Life Span (Keystrokes) 80 million
- Heavy sturdy metal frame
- Matte silk keys
- Compact size
- Adjustable legs to 3 angles
- Braided detachable cable
- Individual key RGB lighting that is customisable
- Durable HyperX Red switches
- Easy to use HyperX NGENUITY software
- 3 key profiles
- Game mode, anti ghosting and N-key rollover