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HyperX ALLOY FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Oct 24, 2016 1:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Kingston HyperX

Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation

 

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The packaging consists of an inner box made of cardboard, with a thinner cardboard sleeve slid over the outside. On the front panel of that sleeve, there is a stylized background, over which the ALLOY FPS keyboard is shown, taking up much of this panel. There are also mentions of its compact design layout, and the use of Cherry MX Blue switches found here too.

 

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One of the longer side panels offers the company and product naming, which is then followed up with the package contents. It is here we are shown that we get the keyboard, detachable cable, eight gaming keycaps, a keycap removal tool, a travel pouch, and a quick start guide. The remainder of this panel is used for legal information as well as a sticker sporting the HX-KB1BL1-NA/A1 model number.

 

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On the back panel, we see the naming and the use of Cherry MX switches again along the top. The middle band of images shows off the mobile device charging port and the keyboard cable connection, the ends of the cable which need to be connected, the eight additional keycaps, and the travel pouch, which are explained in the text along the bottom. It is also here, in which we see the notation to the two-year warranty.

 

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The second longer side panel offers a list of features and specifications, all of which we have already addressed on the previous page. It also makes mention of the need for two USB ports for full functionality as well as it working with Windows 7 or later operating systems.

 

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After sliding off the sleeve, the inner box has two tabs holding the lid closed. Once opened, the first thing we run into is the HyperX branded padded travel pouch. This is made to help protect the keyboard if you should choose to travel with it. It uses an exterior mesh fabric to help dress it up in the looks department.

 

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After removing the pouch, and lifting the paperwork out of the way, we finally find the ALLOY FPS. It is resting in form fitting soft foam used to keep the keyboard safe on its trip to your door. Also, under the keyboard, you will locate the cable and extra keycaps that are set into molded sections of the foam.

 

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Shipped inside of a vacuum sealed plastic bag, we extracted these caps and key cap puller from. We see the caps are painted in a bright red with a metallic sheen to them. The 1 through 4 caps are smooth on the top, but will still allow for the LED backlighting to shine through. Similar is found with the WASD keycaps, but this time, the tops are textured with a diamond plate design.

 

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The braided cable is made to match the ALLOY FPS and its LED lighting, using black and red cloth in the braid. At one end of the cable, you will find two standard USB 2.0 connections, one for the keyboard, and one for the charger. At the other end of the cable, there is a mini-USB connection, which allows the keyboard to function, and also powers the charging port.

 

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The quick start guide starts with the basic layout and its features and then moves into how to connect it to a computer. After this, there are detailed instructions on how to use all the listed features, except for one. We see no mention of how to swap between 6-key and NKRO modes. Along with the guide, you do get a congratulatory insert explaining what went into the design, and ending with a thank you for choosing HyperX and a signature from their general manager.

 

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The travel pouch is handy, and it fits tightly to the ALLOY FPS. Even so, the material will stretch enough to allow not only the keyboard to slide in, but you can also slide the cable and additional keycaps and puller under the keyboard so that everything travels in one stylish package.

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