HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Looking at the left edge of the Alloy Elite, we find two sections making it up. At the back is a taller section made entirely of plastic, on top, and on the side. The thinner section that is covered with the steel plate is plastic on the side, but we also see that HyperX took the time to add a bit of styling flare too.
The 74-key layout on the left side of the Alloy Elite has everything one would expect from a keyboard. Easy to read font, a QWERTY US layout, and every keycap has the legends etched to allow the backlighting to pass through them.
At the top-left corner of the keyboard, we locate the trio of quick access buttons. The button on the left will increase the LED intensity three levels as well as turn them off. The middle button cycles through the effects of fully lit, pulse, illumination by key press, radiation away from the key press, left to the right wave of red LEDs, and an FPS mode where only nine keys are lit. The last of the buttons are for the Game Mode, where it locks out the Windows keys.
The thirty buttons found on the right end of the Alloy Elite are all there. The commands are shortened to offer a cleaner look, there are arrows and a full number pad, and we even find arrows there as well.
In the top-right corner, we find the dedicated multimedia keys along the back edge. There is a previous track button, the play/pause button, next track button, and a mute button. The volume levels are adjusted with the roller bar at the right. We also see the lock indicators on the right edge, where at a glance you can see if the Game Mode is active, the number lock is active, or if the Caps lock has been pressed.
The right edge of the Alloy Elite mimics what we found on the left edge, with the two sections and the stylized design. However, this time around we have the feet extended, and we now find the rows of keycaps leaning towards the user.
On the back edge of the keyboard, just to the right of the cable, when positioned normally, there is a USB 2.0 pass-through port. Since it uses its own controller and cable connection, anything can be used here from other peripherals to storage devices.
The cable of the Alloy Elite is thick, braided, and black. The thick cable runs most of the 1.8 meters of length, but near the end, there is a cover which is where the cables split into the white USB 2.0 connector for the keyboard and a matching black USB 2.0 connector for the USB passthrough.
The botto0m of the Alloy Elite is stylized to match what we saw on both edges of it, where sections are shaped and angled, which also helps to stiffen the plastic. There are four rubber feet for grip, the product sticker is installed upside down, there is a pair of flip out feet at the back, and notches to accept the wrist rest along the front.
The flip out feel are rubberized on the end, to help keep it in one place while in use, but they do flip to the back. The locks are not strong, and if you try to slide the keyboard, they have the potential to collapse.
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