Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
With near every company moving to fulfill the need for mechanical keyboards, it only makes sense that Kingston HyperX join the ranks and deliver their take in this market. While HyperX is better known for memory, SSDs, and USB drives, for a while now, they have been a player in gaming headsets. So why not expand on the market, and dive in to include gaming keyboards as well. This is exactly what HyperX has chosen to do, and while this product is listed for sale already, and has been released in certain areas on the opposite side of this big blue ball we call Earth, it is now ready for consumers in North America as well.
Where many companies take the easy route and tend almost to clone a previous design, HyperX takes the high road with their individual development and feature set. The main ideas that go along with this product release are as follows. HyperX wanted a minimalistic and compact design, which in their opinion, is ideal for FPS gameplay, as it reduces the footprint, leaving more room for mouse movement. They also intended to deliver an ultra-portable product, which plays back on its compact design, but HyperX also adds a padded travel pouch to make traveling easy and leaving your keyboard well protected. HyperX also made sure to add gamer-oriented features and accessory parts, backlighting, and an open key design, leaving the exposed steel plate as to what delivers the styling of this keyboard.
Out of the list of HyperX products, we have tested some RAM, used their thumb drives, and even had a go with one of their older SSDs. With these products, they have always worked as intended, and typically come with a bit of design flair. We hope that with their new ALLOY FPS mechanical gaming keyboard, these things still ring true. With what you are about to see, it may not be the most feature-rich design and they did opt out of the RGB craze, yet at the same time, the ALLOY FPS delivers in all things essential to most gamers. It is that time where we get down to brass tacks and see just how well this HyperX ALLOY FPS mechanical gaming keyboard stacks up against the multitude of options already out there.
HyperX based the ALLOY FPS on Cherry MX switches, and in any of the nine regional variants of this keyboard, we see all of them use Cherry MX blues to be exact. Each of the keys contains a LED which is illuminated in a single color (red). To help with this one color lighting, HyperX does offer six modes of lighting, and LED intensity can also be addressed in five levels of brightness. Additional features found in the ALLOY FPS include things like an additional USB port on the back, but it is intended for mobile device charging only. The polling rate is set at 1000Hz, there is anti-ghosting, 6-key and NKRO modes, multimedia controls, a Game Mode button, and a detachable braided cable, all done to enhance your experience.
Dimensionally, the ALLOY FPS is 441.65mm from the left edge to the right edge, and it is 129.38mm from the front edge to the back of the keyboard. The height of the key caps along the back of the ALLOY FPS stand 35.59mm off the desktop, but with the feet extended, this increases to slightly more than 44mm. All told, with the keyboard and cable both on the scale, the ALLOY FPS weighs in at 1049 grams, accomplished by using a thinner steel top plate, as well as using plastic for the lower portion of the frame. As far as looks are concerned, we hope you like black, as everything about this design is made black on black. The top plate extends slightly past the rows of keys, and aside from the white painted HyperX logo found in the top right corner, there is nothing to distract you while using this sleek and minimalistic design.
At this point, all there is left to discuss is pricing, and where you can find the ALLOY FPS. Tending to both questions at once, you can either go to Newegg or Amazon, and both locations list it at $99.99. This pricing is pretty good in our opinion, but you do need to take the full picture in to appreciate it fully, in our opinion. It ticks a lot of the boxes of what the typical gamer desires in features, it adds in goodies, and delivers a product which is driverless, simple to use, and does all of this is an attractive design.
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