HyperX Alloy Origins Keyboard Review

HyperX released a new keyboard featuring its own proprietary switches to improve performance and durability: the Alloy Origins.

First Impressions

HyperX has always made amazing low profile keyboards with an aluminum chassis, RGB lighting, great support software, and high-performance switches. Upon unboxing I had a very familiar and positive feeling about this keyboard. I still use the HyperX Alloy FPS as my main keyboard. I do all of my writing and gaming on it.  So when HyperX sent me this new keyboard I was very excited to see what it had to offer. Set up was simple since I had previously installed the NGENUITY software. The cable provided is a strong and durable USB to USB-C that is detachable from the main body just in case you want to take it apart or if the cable ever fails it can be easily replaced. The RGB lights fired up and seemed a bit brighter and sharper than in the previous HyperX keyboard builds.

It was time to start tapping out some words. The new red switches designed by HyperX feel excellent. With and an actuation force of 45g and travel of 1.8mm typing felt great and had a good resounding click to it. I fired up my copy of Dead By Daylight Stranger Things Edition to see how it reacted in combat. The layout is compact so being able to reach all of my pertinent keys was no issue. The keys when hit had a wonderfully quick and solid reaction.

Specifications (From the Manufacturer)

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Cable Type: Detachable, Braided
  • Dimensions
    • Length 1.8 m
    • Width 442.5 mm
    • Depth 132.5 mm
    • Height 36.39 mm
  • Weight (Keyboard and cable) 1075 g

*Per key RGB lighting customizable with HyperX NGENUITY Software

Final Thoughts and Recommendation

I have yet to be disappointed with a HyperX keyboard. The Alloy Origins is another winner for them in this category. Even with the change in switches, this is another elite gaming keyboard that offers anything you will need to go to battle or even just write a paper. Great response, beautiful LEDs, solid construction and dependability make this a keyboard you want to put high up on your list!

A sample of the HyperX Alloy Origins Keyboard was made available by HyperX

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