HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Keyboard Review: RGB Light Bar Bling

HyperX, a subsidiary of desktop memory giant Kingston, is actively following the path into the peripherals market that was paved by the company's well-received line of headsets--the HyperX Cloud Alpha is our current pick for best wired gaming headset. The Alloy Elite RGB keyboard (which appears to have gone by the codename “DartFrog” internally at the company) is the company's fourth keyboard and current flagship, designed to compete with the likes of Corsair and Razer in the high-end gaming keyboard market. Models like the K70 LUX RGB and Blackwidow Chroma V2 are set squarely in the Alloy Elite RGB’s sights.

A $170 price tag actually puts Elite RGB in a slightly higher price tier than the K70 RGB or Chroma, but its full-size 104-key layout doesn’t compete with keyboards like the K95 RGB Platinum (which has an extra bank of macro keys). The Elite RGB offers mostly the same features as its competitors, with one exception: its RGB light bar, which adds color to a bezel area that is bare in most mechanical keyboards. (Even that appears on some other higher-end boards these days, though.) There are also dedicated media buttons, game mode/lighting mode control buttons, a few Cherry switch options, and a much-appreciated metal volume roller.


You also get a spate of features that are present on most higher-end gaming keyboards, including Windows key lock modes, macros, and per-key RGB programmability. Macros are often useful in solo games and design software, but it surprises us that so many brands lean on them as a feature meant for competitive online gamers. In most ranked or scored titles, macros are banned (or at least frowned upon).


The only feature that feels out of place here is the USB 2.0 passthrough port. It’s an improvement over the Alloy FPS, which could only charge devices via USB, but an upgrade to USB 3.0 would be ideal. USB 2.0’s 500 mA maximum current isn’t optimal for charging phones and other high-demand devices. USB 3.0, on the other hand, offers 900+ mA of current.

Specifications

Switch

Cherry MX RGB Brown

Lighting

RGB

Onboard Storage

Media Keys

Game Mode

Microcontroller

NXP LPC11U35F

Key Rollover

NKRO

Polling Rate

1,000 Hz

Interface

(2) USB 2.0

Cable

2 m (~6.5 ft.), Braided

Additional Ports

USB 2.0 passthrough

Keycaps

Painted ABS, translucent legends

Construction

Plastic case, metal plate

Accessories

Soft-touch wrist rest, novelty WASD keycaps

Software

HyperX NGenuity

Dimensions (W x D x H)

44.5 x 17 x 3.7 cm (17.5 x 6.7 x 1.45 in.)

Weight

1.46 kg (3.2 lb.)

Warranty

Two-year limited

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  • AgentLozen
    You had some positive things to say about this keyboard in the conclusion. Would it appear on your short list of recommendations or do you think buyers should look elsewhere?

    On the topic of the conclusion, I like that it makes an appearance on the front page now. I know Tomshardware made that change a little while ago, but I'm more willing to look at an article if know I can read the conclusion right away. Otherwise I usually just skip over topics like keyboards.