We appreciate the looks and styling of the Alloy Elite, and even though there is much to do with the LED stripe across the top edge, in normal use, the user may never see it. The trio of buttons on the left used to address lighting intensity, modes, and enabling the Game Mode are handy and easy to use, much like the multimedia keys, no complaints there. While we are not huge fans of red switches, we do not find anything wrong with their functionality, and the near silence in operation is pleasing to the ear compared to clicky switches. The wrist rest is contoured well, and the textured area ensures your palms will not slide off the front of it. Without the rest, we like that the front edge of the keyboard is angled, so there is no sharp edge to dig into your hands should you choose not to use the rest. On top of that, what we like about the Alloy Elite, is that HyperX eliminated the flex and vibration we had while using the Alloy FPS, and this is a must when it comes to being successful with a mechanical keyboard.
While this is not the most feature rich submission we have seen lately, there is something to be said for that as well. It puts the gamer in an old school mode of use, where you have the basics under your hands, with nothing to confuse you or make you have to constantly look at the keyboard for the appropriate Macro or profile key. The lack of software means that what you have at home is what you will have if traveling, although we do wish HyperX had not eliminated the carrying bag with the Elite. On the whole, HyperX has improved upon the original design, added what is needed most, tried to trick it out with a bit of extra LED flare, yet at the same time, eliminates things too that we loved about the Alloy FPS.
The Alloy Elite is a bit of give and take in its design; there is no way to sugar coat that fact. However, we would rather use a keyboard that functions properly, does not flex, and has no signs of vibrations, as it leads to fatigue. Whether gaming or typing, the Alloy Elite is far superior to the original i8n feel, and that alone is a huge selling point. Considering the pricing of the Alloy Elite has only raised slightly over the Alloy FPS, we feel the $109.99 cost is justified. There are keyboards out there with superior feature sets, even some that look similar in design, but there is something about the HyperX Alloy Elite that has won us over, and that is its simplicity. The Alloy Elite may not be our first choice of keyboards to sit on our desk long term, but it is well improved and worthy of consideration to anyone who does not demand an extensive software suite and is fine with the basics to get by day to day.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: The HyperX Alloy Elite is functionally sound, and a vast improvement on the original! The feature set is lacking a bit, yet the price of this keyboard puts it in the hands of many users.
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