The HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a mouthful to say, but it’s also a fantastic keyboard for all your gaming and non-gaming needs alike. The major focus for this keyboard is without a doubt customization and performance. While it looks beautiful with its jet black exterior and glowing red LEDs under each key, the keyboard itself looks very similar to most mechanical keyboards out on the market to date. Unlike most, I have seen and used the level of customization HyperX gives you, and it is bar none the most versatile.
When it comes to LED control you are given several options. Of course, you can adjust the brightness levels or turn them off entirely. You can also set five different patterns: Solid is standard; Breathing, which lets the keys dim and brighten; Trigger, where only the key you touch lights up; Explosion has the surrounding keys also light up like a chain reaction, and Wave—where the board will light up from left to right. There is, however, an additional option. By pressing FN and CTRL you can individually choose which keys stay lit, and if you’d like you can make it spell a dirty word for a simple chuckle every time you look down.
Customization does not end with lighting, however. You can also swap out the WASD and 1234 keys with bright red ones that stick out. Several keyboards have this feature, but what makes the HyperX Alloy Mechanical Gaming Keyboard special is that the WASD keys are textured. A common issue for myself (and I am sure many others) is finger slipping when playing a game, leading you to walking left instead of straight. With these textured surfaces my fingers never slipped to the wrong key once. The WASD is also raised slightly; if you do move your hand, you can easily feel where to go to. A key-remover tool is also included, so if you don’t have one, you are covered.
The biggest thing this board brings to the table is the added performance over other brands of mechanical keyboards. I played several different types of games, and in each one I found my performance was noticeably better. I tried Blizzard’s FPS sensation Overwatch and found I had better control over my movements. I stopped as soon as I let go of the key—previously I had a small delay in release and reaction. The key’s response time for my skills and ultimate abilities all triggered slightly faster, making me much more successful in my matches. I also played Smite, and again all of the skills triggered the moment I pressed the key; and with the keys being colored differently, I had no issues with pressing the wrong ones. Purchasing and placing wards was a smoother-feeling process. Finally, I tried out Skyrim Special Edition. Both movement and jumping felt much more smooth than with my old keyboard, and quick-switching weapons felt just that quick.
There is also an additional feature that really makes this a gamer’s keyboard: the gaming mode which locks the Windows key, preventing you from kicking yourself out of the game. The last thing I want to say about the performance is about the actual board itself. The frame is solid steel, so breaking this will not be an easy task, even for those who quite literally rage against the machine.
HyperX has made another stellar product, and one that I absolutely recommend to any and every PC gamer out there. For the $99.99 price tag, you are getting a product much higher quality than some keyboards that can cost more than double this. Its main use is for FPS games as that is where I saw the most improvements, but it really works great for any kind of mouse and keyboard-focused game. And on a personal note, I preferred this keyboard for general daily typing, as well.
Get this keyboard if you want to get into PC gaming seriously.
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Review Statement: The author of this review received a sample unit from the manufacturer for the purposes of this review.