‘HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard’ Review

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HyperX Alloy FPS RGB

Kingston HyperX returns with a new keyboard for hardcore game enthusiasts: the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB.

What Is It?

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a gaming keyboard for those looking for league-quality gaming as well as style and high performance. The new keyboard features Kalih Silver speed mechanical switch keys that offer shorter travel and quicker response.

Specifications

Key switch: Kailh
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
Light effects: Per key RGB lighting and 5 brightness levels.
Onboard memory: 3 profiles
Connection type: USB 2.0 (2 USB connectors)
USB 2.0 Pass-through: Yes (mobile phone charging only)
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Anti-ghosting: 100% anti-ghosting
Key Rollover: N-key mode
Media control: Yes
Game Mode: Yes
OS compatibility: Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Thoughts

I had previously reviewed the Alloy Elite RGB and this keyboard is a bit under the quality of that product…but to be fair the Alloy Elite RGB is the best keyboard I have ever used. The Alloy FPS RGB is a solid gaming keyboard with decent switches and a great customizable color scheme. I had a bit of an issue with the USB pass-through on mine which ended up being that it is only to charge mobile devices which seems like an odd choice. My HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard came with a wrist rest but the consumer model does not so you may have to spend a couple of extra dollars to increase your level of comfort. It also does not have the media keys that I enjoy on my Alloy Elite RGB. This makes it more compact but if those features are something you enjoy then you will be at a loss. The power cable does detach to add to the portability for those looking to take it to their next e-sports event. The Kalih Silver speed mechanical switch keys are decent but not the same quality of the Cherry MX keys that HyperX has on their other Keyboards. To be fair, this is probably why this keyboard goes for $110.00 and not $150.00; they are still far superior to the average keyboard. I am also still experiencing difficulty with the HyperX Ingenuity software which seems to freeze when I open it to customize the keys. It took a bit of updating but I was able to get it up and running. The LEDs are bright and look great. I tend to go with the flame pattern but there are so many choices to match your style that this should satisfy even the hardest of critics.

Performance

Playing Fortnite and Overwatch I tried to give the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard a beating only to have it beat me back at every turn. The movement was fluid and every keystroke rang true without any sticking. Any gripes I may have had disappeared once I began gaming.

Recommendation

If you are a gamer looking to grow past that sub-$100 keyboard you have been using, then you should definitely give the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard a look. You may eventually evolve into the $150.00+ market but this is a great mid-point into high performance.

You may purchase you own HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard for $109.99 here.

A complimentary sample of the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard was made available by the Kingston Technology Company.

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