Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
A few months shy of a year ago, HyperX jumped into the mechanical keyboard market with the Alloy FPS. At that time, we found the keyboard to be a good start for HyperX, and while it may not have ticked every box for all types of users when it came to gaming on it, we were more than pleased with its performance. Even with a fair bit of flex and vibration in the Alloy FPS, we found it to be priced well and well appointed. At the same time, we do hope that some of the kinks have been worked out, and also that HyperX sticks to their guns and improves upon its already excellent feature set.
For many, the next evolution of this design might be exactly what you are looking for, yet at the same time, we find that some of the key features from the original have been lost. This time around, the design has changed slightly, the layout is also different, but things we loved like the quick charge port, the detachable cable, and the carry bag for the Alloy FPS have all been removed from their most recent submission. However, we do notice that they have taken our previous comments into consideration, and have beefed up this latest model to eliminate the annoyances we found. With the bad, there does come some good, but is it enough to win over the masses?
As we delve into the Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, we do find things that many will appreciate. Rather than multimedia keys used on the F-keys, this time around they are dedicated. The lighting has been upgraded with a fancy new light bar, but it does little more than dress up the appearance. They have kept the additional keycap set, but this time the color is changed, and rather than the protective bag for traveling, this new version comes with a detachable wrist rest. While the idea is similar, with just a glance, we can tell there are new things afoot. Hopefully, by the time we conclude this review, you may find value in what HyperX is trying to accomplish here, and get you to throw money their way when it comes time to find a new mechanical gaming keyboard.
Of course, the Alloy Elite is a mechanical keyboard, and just like with the Alloy FPS, it is backlit, and the only color choice is red LEDs. They have added a mode, now totaling six, which can be used, but the brightness levels have been reduced to just four this time around. Rather than offering a quick charge port, the Alloy Elite comes with a USB 2.0 pass-through port, for use with things like mice, headphones, various portable drives, or even to offload images from your mobile devices. By default, the polling rate has been set to 1000Hz, and there is NKRO support and anti-ghosting support, but these cannot be changed, as there is no software to accompany this device.
There are dedicated multimedia buttons and a roller bar volume control, and there is also a game mode button to disable specific keys. The Alloy Elite will work on any Windows based OS since Windows 7 and comes with the options of Cherry MX switches of red, brown, or blue. This time, the cable is attached, yet it is still braided and is 1.8 meters in length, and still has two connections at the end to be made so that the keyboard and the pass-through port have dedicated channels. Dimensionally, the Alloy Elite is 444mm wide, it is 226.8mm from front to back, and stands 36.30mm from the desk to the top of the keycaps. The weight of the Alloy FPS has increased over 300 grams compared to the Alloy FPS, where it is now 1467 grams, including the cable.
The original Alloy FPS was released at just $99.99, which to us is a fair price, considering what we were delivered. However, with the release of the Alloy Elite, we are told that the pricing has increased, however, only slightly. As this keyboard is just being released as you read this review, we are not able to do any price verifications with the likes of Amazon or Newegg, but we have been informed of the MSRP. When it does come time for you to locate the HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, you should expect to shell out $109.99 for it, and we fully expect stock to be readily available at the time, or just after, reading this review. As of this moment, we will reserve our opinion on the pricing, as we have some thinking to do as to whether the Elite has enough goi8ng for it to justify the increase in cost.
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