The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is surprisingly impressive. From what we saw in the teardown of the product, we did not expect it to be as structurally solid as it is. Trying to twist the keyboard left us with virtually no flex at all, and considering the lightweight nature of this portable TKL keyboard, we assumed there would be less structural integrity than what is presented. The exposed plate design allows for a flood of LED light across the surface, not just contained in the legends, and the brightness of the LEDs is appreciated and can be seen in the brightest of environments. We love the minimalistic design, the nearly hidden name painted on the right, and the easy to notice indicator LEDs for the Caps Lock and Game Mode use. Delivering multimedia keys, LED intensity controls, and six LED Modes is just icing on the cake with this gaming oriented, Cherry MX Red switch based mechanical keyboard.
Since HyperX starts right out of the gate with things like full anti-ghosting, NKRO support over USB, and a 1000Hz polling rate set by default, when it comes to FPS gaming, we see no need for any additional software. The lack of software and programmability helps this product when it comes to traveling or using it on a PC which is not your own too. Just disconnect the cable, bundle it up, and slide both the keyboard and the cable into a backpack, and you are as comfortable on the go as you are at your home base. No hassles, not programming profiles, none of that. Just simple life with a keyboard that is not only affordable but a comfortable companion to game and write with.
With everything we have seen, the limits to the feature set, and with what the Alloy FPS Pro brings to the table, we feel that the price is more than fair. Many comparable keyboards will, and have, demanded closer to $100 for such a product, and many of them are not this well built or designed with as much attention to the fine details as HyperX presented to us today. Considering that the Alloy FPS Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard sells everywhere we looked for just $79.99; it is hard to find fault with what we were given. For those that can get by with minimal features and design elements, who just want a solid product that does the job well, we strongly urge you to give HyperX a look for your next mechanical keyboard.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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The Bottom Line: While not the most feature-rich submission to date, the Alloy FPS Pro doesn't need to be! It is solid, sleek, and minimalistic. For the limited investment HyperX requires of this design, we find it hard to not give it our recommendation.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro - Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 87-Key, Ultra-Compact Form Factor - Linear & Quiet - Cherry MX Red - Red LED Backlit (HX-KB4RD1-US/R1) retails for $69.99 at Amazon.