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HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Keyboard Review: RGB Light Bar Bling

A Quick Look At The HyperX Alloy FPS

Although the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is the flagship, the HyperX Alloy FPS marked the company's first entry in the keyboard market. The Alloy FPS is comparable to models like the non-RGB Corsair Strafe and Razer Blackwidow line (which includes the BlackWidow X Ultimate and BlackWidow Ultimate). When lined up with its competitors, the FPS’ only standout feature is a branded carrying case.

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The Alloy FPS has single-color backlighting and a metal plate. It resists flex and doesn’t creak at all when handled roughly, which indicates good build quality. The HyperX Alloy FPS also sports a USB power passthrough--for charging purposes only, which is slightly disappointing. A complete USB passthrough would be better in every way, and it wouldn’t cost significantly more to implement or manufacture.

The Alloy FPS' greatest weakness is a lack of programmability and customization options. It isn’t possible to reassign keys, turn individual LEDs off, program macros, or do any of the other things that one expects from a ~$100 gaming keyboard. Nearly every competing keyboard offers better features in that regard, though some may struggle to match this model's excellent build quality.

HyperX Alloy FPS Specifications

SwitchCherry MX Red
LightingSingle Color
Onboard Storage
Media Keys
Game Mode
Key RolloverNKRO
Polling Rate1,000 Hz
Interface(2) USB 2.0
Cable1.8 m (~5.9 ft.), braided and detachable
Additional PortsUSB 2.0 power passthrough
KeycapsPainted ABS, translucent legends
ConstructionPlastic case, metal plate
AccessoriesHyperX carrying case, novelty WASD keycaps
Software
Dimensions (W x D x H)44.5 x 17 x 3.7 cm (17.5 x 6.7 x 1.45 in.)
Weight1 kg (2.2 lb.)
WarrantyTwo-year limited

The HyperX keyboard line has come a long way. Now that we’ve touched on their first model, let’s look at the Alloy Elite RGB.

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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.
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