In the lab: HyperX’s Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard

HyperX started as a line of high-performance memory modules all the way back in 2002, and it's blossomed into a gaming company with a full line of peripherals including gaming headsets, mice, and keyboards. We've got one of HyperX's newest clatterboxes, the Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard, in the lab to put through its paces.

HyperX pared the Alloy of all unnecessary fluff. The space between the key blocks has been winnowed down to the absolute minimum in an effort to split the difference between a full-size keyboard and one of the popular tenkeyless (TKL) models. The Alloy FPS is free of RGB LEDs. Instead, its keycaps come backlit by a constellation of Perkinje-effect-appropriate red LEDs. HyperX even got rid of the almost completely useless scroll-lock light, using its customary spot on the keyboard to indicate when the Windows Key-disabling Game Mode is activated.

HyperX didn't cut out the important stuff, though, including the buyers' choice of real-deal, accept-no-imitations Cherry MX switches. Blue, Brown, and Red options are available. I chose the Red pill in order to maximize harmony between the switches and the illumination. The switches and their circuit board are mounted to a steel frame, the top of which remains exposed.

The Alloy name might stem from the packet of faux-aluminum alternative key caps that HyperX includes in the package. The keys stand in for the 1-4 number keys and the WASD block, with a distinctive texture reminiscent of the diamond plating used for truck tool boxes and the like.

We'll assemble a heap of words and disassemble batches of binary bad guys using the AlloyX and give you the full verdict on its performance and design soon. For now, the no-nonsense Alloy is available from Newegg for a round $100.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 3 years ago

    So, its got a hyperx alloy combat chassis, but does it have a neural net processor?

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I like how minimalist and thin the top deck is, but at the same time the unnecessary use of logos (twice), the red lighting and the utterly pointless alternative WASD keys just drive away the same audience who would be potentially interested by the minimalist looks in the first place.

    • Airmantharp
    • 3 years ago

    So if you get the RGB version (+US$10), you can make it white.

    And a question for Wayne: would you mind putting O-rings on it and reporting the difficulty and improvment? These should honestly be standard on all but the most stripped-down (non-premium) mechanical keyboards…

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Bought another mechanical keyboard. Black switches with O-rings and it even lights up in white with all these snazzy effects. 40$… Oh it’s also aluminum. Why are these things 100$ again?

      • tay
      • 3 years ago

      Link?

        • JosiahBradley
        • 3 years ago

        DREVO Tyrfing 87-Key White Backlit Wired Mechanical Keyboard Black Switch Black [url<]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYVW61B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_LInSybW1EZGK3[/url<]

          • MHLoppy
          • 3 years ago

          It’s worth pointing out that those aren’t Cherry switches as far as I can tell, but damn that still looks like a good deal.

            • JosiahBradley
            • 3 years ago

            I knew fair well I was buying basically a knockoff, but it gets the job done and does it well. The tolerances probably aren’t awesome but I can’t tell.

          • Amien
          • 3 years ago

          I got one of these recently… Different name but the exact same keyboard, probably the same OEM. The quality is very good for the price and I actually prefer the knockoffs to real cherry mx blues.

          What you’re really paying for with the original switches is consistency/QC.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Or today in Cherry Blue for $80-

    [url<]https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Mechanical-Keyboard-HX-KB1BL1-NA-A1/dp/B01LWMXIRY/ref=gbps_tit_s-3_bb19_3bc6f2d8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=41fd713f-6bfe-4299-a021-d2b94872bb19&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=VE7F8Z5NHSBNY4XGXN3W[/url<]

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