The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is the best that HyperX has to offer at this time. Adding in RGB backlighting was the obvious next step in the evolution, but adding in a software suite for co9mplete customization was key to the success of this product. Previous samples were fine as keyboards, and while they will work with games, none of them offered the abilities that the Alloy Elite FPS delivers. Remapping, custom colors and layout options for the lighting, Macro programmability, being able to make the keyboard do just about anything conceivable, these are all factors that should be looked at when buying your next keyboard. Anti-ghosting, NKRO, and the use of a 32-bit MCU are also great additions to the package, but when you say gaming and keyboard, we expect such things to be included.
The keyboard is solid, and even when trying to, flexing the Alloy Elite RGB is a hard thing to accomplish. Many exposed keyboard designs have a hollow sound when the keys return to their uppermost position, and that is something you will find in the Alloy Elite RGB as well, especially if you type fast and have a lot to write. In gaming, this is much less obvious, as you tend to rest on keys and press them gentler, but for keys which are considered silent, there is noise to deal with. What we did find that benefits the user is a complete lack of vibrations. This is what will lead to numb fingers and sore fingers, but with a few reviews under our belt with the Alloy Elite RGB, we feel no pain, and could type on this thing all day long if we were able to stay awake long enough to accomplish that feat.
While software development does not come free, and changing from red only LEDs to RGB LEDs does come with a cost increase as well, we are not so sure we can rightly say that the Alloy Elite RGB is an economical choice. As we mentioned, the standard Alloy Elite is half the cost of the Alloy Elite RGB, and at $69.99 to $179.99, HyperX is asking for a price which is out of many users grasp. We are not trying to downplay the options, comfort, and usability of this mechanical gaming keyboard, but we are saying that for what you get in this product, it can be had with a similar look, and less money involved.
Of course, the fact that eSports is now on TV, and many will see the HyperX brand right in their living rooms now, there is a bit of a pull to want to have what the professional use. We get that. At the same time, if on a budget, there may be products better suited to those people.
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The Bottom Line: The Alloy Elite RGB is the best of the best from HyperX at this time, but it does come at a cost. While strong, customizable, comfortable, fully featured, and all of that, the high price of admittance will likely keep this mechanical gaming keyboards out of reach for many!
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United States: The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Software-Based Light & Macro Customization - Wrist Rest - Media Controls - Tactile & Quiet - Cherry MX Brown - RGB LED Backlit (HX-KB2BR2-US/R1) retails for $139.99 at Amazon.com
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