HyperX Alloy FPS RGB
With its latest mechanical keyboard, HyperX has decided to do something a little different with the Alloy FPS RGB. By focusing entirely on game performance, the hardware and peripheral maker has, err, switched things up in the switch department. Gone are the tried-and-tested Cherry MX switches that come in different flavours depending on the type of performance you’re after - with gaming being Red. In their place, the low actuation distance and high-speed of Kailh Silver Speed switches.
Okay, so what does that mean in a language not defined by a deep understanding of mechanical keyboards? Well, fast and responsive keystroke performance where it doesn’t require much in the way of force to register a press – a design approach best suited for high-speed gaming. Or accidentally spelling the word keyboard when typing up a review as ‘kkkeyyybboarddddd’. The Alloy FPS RGB, as per its namesake, is perfect then for first-person shooters like Quake Champions or Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege, i.e. anything in the FPS genre really.
Look and Feel
This high-speed design philosophy is also present in the visual side of the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB – which offers a clean floating key design with little in the way of wasted space or additional visual touches. And a solid steel frame that feels every bit as robust as it looks. Convenience isn’t what’s on offer here, so don’t expect a wrist rest or even dedicated media keys or fancy casing with a logo. Well, there’s the addition of USB-passthrough but we’re not big fans of the extra thick cables that brings. Plus, we tend not to plug USB devices directly into keyboards for fear of disrupting years of USB common practise.
In terms of full-sized keyboards though, the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is probably one of the smallest mechanical keyboards you’re likely to find, which is probably by design – with an eye for both professional and amateur tournament play. And with the USB passthrough listed as “mobile phone charging only” – taking this on the go seems to be the general idea. There’s barely enough room for the HyperX logo. The only real visual flourish to be found comes in the form of per-key RGB lighting which can be configured into various light-shows like rainbow effects, breathing, and many more - thanks to the included HyperX NGenuity software.
Switch Type: Kailh Silver Speed
LED Color: RGB
Cable: Wired (USB)
Dimensions: 442.26mm x 129.81mm x 35.59mm
Product Weight: 1.1kg
At a solid 1.1kb, the build quality of the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is uniformly excellent – and again the only real point of difference comes with the addition of Kailh Silver Speed switches. These silent mechanical switches have a small actuation distance and force required to register a keystroke, meaning that touch-gaming or touch-typing is a breeze. If you’re used to the more clicky and subsequently firmer mechanical switch types out there then the change will take some getting used to. With a 70 million keystroke lifespan those worried about a loss in quality from the move away from Cherry MX shouldn’t worry too much, as in the end it will come down to feel as the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB only offers the one switch type.
Outside of that though the Alloy FPS RGB is a solid performer offering deep levels of customisation and profiles to switch between, with most functions you’d expect to find hidden behind a Function Key + Whatever press. With everything handled by HyperX’s own Ngenuity software, configuration and basic setup is easy thanks to intuitive menus. But, the software package itself is quite large for seemingly no reason that we can see – taking up more memory and drive space than it needs to. In the end though this is a keyboard best suited to competitive gaming, namely titles that require multiple key presses in quick succession. When paired with games like Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege the switches feel great, but regular non-game activities like typing feels a little off. A solid, no-frills, mechanical keyboard designed for gaming that’s built to last.