HyperX has released yet another wonderful peripheral for your gaming PC setup. The new HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard is a smaller, more compact version of the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Keyboard that I reviewed earlier this year (or, if you would, an upgrade to the Alloy Elite FPS). Being more compact of a design, this keyboard gains easier mobility but does lose some of the ease of access that came with it’s larger counterpart. The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard is outfitted with some of the best switches (that I’ve used so far) on a mechanical gaming keyboard. The switches are the Kailh Silver Speed switches and offer some of the sleekest and quietest key presses I have experienced with a gaming keyboard. At the same rate though, the keys are super sensitive to the press. While playing World of Warcraft, without even noticing, I put sleight weight down on the ‘s’ key and I was turning left and I had no idea why.
Being of a smaller build, the keyboard had to lost the dedicated media buttons that were on the top of the Elite RGB. The Alloy FPS RGB still has media controls, but you have to use a function key to be able to access them. The Alloy FPS RGB keyboard also boasts the same color customization of the RGB keyboards before it. Of course this uses the shoddy Ngenuity software from HyperX. When the program actually works, it works well and I am able to create different profiles for different games that I play. The super responsive keys are held up by a solid steel frame that bolsters this keyboard, making it just as sturdy as it’s counterparts.
This compact keyboard has a lot to offer. There are plenty of good choices for $100 keyboards on the market right now, but HyperX truly makes a great product. From the new switches to the usb ports on the keyboard, HyperX has done a lot from the last iteration to make sure that they stay on top. I wouldn’t recommend this keyboard if you are doing longer typing sessions as it picks up every single input, so mistyping happens a lot. Being a smaller keyboard, it does lose out on some ergonomic qualities because of this. HyperX was gracious enough to send one of their memory foam pads with it as well that sits at the bottom of the keyboard. Using things makes a world of difference since my wrists don’t have to rest on the table when I set them down. If you’re looking for a keyboard that has more functionality over comfort then I can’t suggest this one more.
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Review statement: HyperX sent a unit for the sake of this review.