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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review (Page 4)

By Chad Sebring from Nov 6, 2017 @ 19:51 CST
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: HyperX

Inside the Alloy FPS Pro

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The keycaps are t of the standard variety. HyperX has opted for single shot caps, which are them painted black on the top and sides, and once completed, the legends are laser etched into them. As for the stems of the caps, they are standard Cherry MX type stems, which makes custom keycaps easy to find for the Alloy FPS Pro.

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All of the switches on the top of the exposed steel plate are Cherry MX Red switches. Each switch has an individual LED at the back edge of them, and we also find that the larger keys have semi-enclosed torsion bars, and use normal stems on top of them to help support the keycaps.

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Surprisingly, for as solid as the Alloy FPS Pro feels in hand, the lower plastic frame components does not have much structure to it. There are tabs in strategic locations and places around the edge to support the PCB with. Seeing what we do here, we would have expected this keyboard to be a whole lot flimsier than it actually is.

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Selecting a random place on the PCB to look at the level of attention to detail under the hood, there is something to like, and something not so much. While the soldering is done well on the flat black PCB, we do see a lot of the flux residue left behind from that process. The residue has not caused any issues we have run into, but then again, we have seen much cleaner PCBs in the past too.

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The processor of choice for the Alloy FPS Pro is this Sonix SN32F268FG MCU. It is a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller, and this 48MHz processor is more than enough to deliver full functionality of what this keyboard offers in its feature set.

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The last thing to see on the Alloy FPS Pro from HyperX is the backlighting. Red typically does not show well in images, but the intensity of these LEDs shines past the bright lights and allows us to see all of the legends clearly. While all of the keys are illuminated in red, to help grab your attention in the periphery, the indicator LEDs are bright and white.

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