HyperX Allow Origins
has been in the peripheral market for a few years now, and in that time the brand’s approach to growth and change has been commendable. Slowly but surely making changes and improvements to its efforts. A couple of missteps along the way sure, but a clear sense it was always moving forward. In the keyboard space it began with a few well-made but not very appealing efforts – sticking to third-parties for mechanical switches and a mid-range price point that resulted in a lack of any sort of premium features.
No doubt HyperX has fared better when it comes to gaming mice and headsets, but with the arrival of the HyperX Alloy Origins
mechanical gaming keyboard - this no-frills solid performer that also sits well within the mid-rage of the company’s past also doubles as a clear statement of intent. In that sense it comes as a bit of a surprise at just how great it is – with HyperX spending the time to create its own tactile mechanical switches that make sense, alongside a solid and robust aluminium frame to keep it all feeling sturdy, and a portable and compact design perfect for the competitive scene. Also, some of the most vibrant RGB lighting we’ve seen in a keyboard to date.
Look and Feel
Right, so the aluminium frame of the HyperX Alloy Origins and solid weighty feel give this effort an immediate air of quality that is then reinforced by the feel of the HyperX Switches
. Our review unit included the Red Linear versions, which compared to the somewhat prevalent CherryMX
design in the mechanical keyboard space offers up a slightly shorter actuation distance (1.8mm versus 2.0mm). Not exactly noticeable, but a difference none the less.
“This no-frills solid performer that also sits well within the mid-rage of the company’s past also doubles as a clear statement of intent. In that sense it comes as a bit of a surprise at just how great it is... ”
This puts the feel and responsiveness of the Alloy Origins well within the realms of both productivity and straight-up gaming. An in-between that is just as comfortable to use in rounds of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
as it is letting friends know how you feel about campers in chat logs on Discord
. With that in mind it’s worth pointing out that we spent more time playing Planet Zoo
with the Alloy Origins than we did multiplayer CoD.
Anyway, with the large number of esports partnerships that HyperX has been involved with in past couple of years alone – it’s an aspect that has been felt throughout its peripheral range, so it makes sense that the Alloy Origins is the direct result of working closely with both pro players and enthusiasts. With their great feel and 80-million keystroke lifespans, the HyperX Switches feel like the step that was needed to ensure that the company’s keyboards could compete against the likes of Razer
Switch Type: HyperX Switch (Red Linear tested for review)
LED Color: RGB
Cable: Wired (USB-C), detachable
Dimensions: 442.5 x 132.5 x 36.4 mm
Product Weight: 1075 grams
Features: On-board memory, On-Board Memory, 100% Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover
Okay, so that bit about the vibrant RGB per-key lighting of the Alloy Origins – well, it comes down to the HyperX Switch design also incorporating exposed LEDs resulting in some serious brightness. Which thankfully can be turned down if you don’t want your monitor to constantly glow with the RGB hue of your keyboard. Outside of the it’s overall build and hardware components there really isn’t much to the HyperX Alloy Origins design and functionality that sets it apart from the mid-range pack. No detachable wrist-rest, no dedicated media buttons, only a handful of function calls to do things like change LED brightness and switch between three profiles, and no USB passthrough. In their place, a minimal floating key and un-assuming compact design.
Which again, is comprised of the two things that help propel the HyperX Alloy Origins to greatness – the solid metallic build, and the new HyperX Switches. On that front it didn’t take long to get used to the Linear switches with the shorter actuation points – in fact after several hours 1.8mm feels like a pretty good sweet spot to cover a both a wide range of gaming genres (the shooty shooty stuff and the simulation of lives spent building and maintaining lavish parks with animals in captivity) in addition to so-called productivity tasks like sending emails, searching for specific gifs from ‘80s films, and, yeah, writing the occasional review.
“Two things that help propel the HyperX Alloy Origins to greatness – the solid metallic build, and the new HyperX Switches.”
The only real downside comes from the HyperX NGenuity
software, which although improving with each passing month still feels like a few updates behind the competition. Outside of that though this is the most impressive keyboard to date from HyperX – and a very clear, and bright, step in the right direction.