Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In as many configurations, this being the fifth now, as HyperX has offered in the Alloy mechanical keyboards series, we have seen many attempts to put forth the perfect device. There are some stipulations to that quest, as not all users prefer the same switch type, nor do all users need a 104-key layout.
To help combat user preference, many of the keyboards have come with switch options on all but two models, where usually Cherry MX red, blue, and brown switches are the choices to sort through. However, every once in a while, HyperX also chooses to go with one switch only for the design, and what we have now happens to be one of them.
No matter the layout or the switches used, there are many common features that the Alloy lineup brings to the table. All of the Alloy models sport a frameless design, which exposed the switches so that the LED lighting shines better and further. All of the Alloy keyboards have LED lighting, but only some of them are RGB LED backlit, and the one we have for you now falls into the latter category.
All of them offer a steel top plate, all of them work with NGenuity software, all have detachable cables, and all but one model comes with a charging port on the back edge. Of course, while the software delivers even more features than what we have listed, on its own, at first glance, the Alloy Series from HyperX is something that can and will draw in the masses to look deeper into which of the lineup is best for their needs.
The Alloy FPS RGB is the latest to hit the desk for testing, with its 104-key layout and full range of RGB LEDs, the switches used in this model is the make or break deciding factor for many. Much of what the Alloy FPS RGB offers, we have seen in some form or fashion from HyperX in the past, however, this is the first from them to support Silver Speed switches from Kailh.
A select few other companies are also offering this sort of an option when it comes to switches, and in our opinion are the only keyboards to rightfully be called Gaming Keyboards. Due to the switch action, gaming with them is a breeze, and with all of the other accouterments such as dual layer key functionality and software customizations, the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard is a product worthy of the name and leaves nothing on the table as to give anyone reason to dislike it.
Following the chart we grabbed from the "buy" tab of the product page, we can see HyperX is quite thorough as to what they show the Alloy FPS RGB to contain. We start at the top, skipping the switches, for now, to move into the inclusion of three profiles, which do not need software for functionality.
HyperX goes on to cover the USB 2.0 connectivity for the keyboard, as well as for the mobile phone only charge port on the back edge of the Alloy FPS RGB. The polling rate is 1000Hz by default, Anti-ghosting is built in, as well as NKRO support, all right out of the box. There are multi-media controls offered, there is a Game Mode button, and the Alloy FPS RGB works with any Windows OS since and including Windows 7.
Back to the switches, we saw earlier that they are built by Kailh, they are mechanical, and exposed at the back of each switch is an RGB LED capable of displaying nearly 16.8 million colors. Moving down the chart a bit, we see that the Kailh switches come in only one flavor for this keyboard, and those are the Kailh Silver Speed switches.
The switches are linear, with no bump or click, and require 40g of pressure to start to collapse. The actuation point is at 1.1mm of travel, with a total travel of 3.5mm from resting, to pressed, to resting again. The last bit about the switches that will interest many, is that the lifespan is up to seventy million clicks per switch.
Near the bottom of the chart we see that the cable is detachable and braided, totaling 1.8 meters in length. We also find the dimensions at the bottom, where the Alloy FPS is shown to be 442.26mm wide, 129.81mm deep, and stands 35.59mm tall without the feet extended. All told, with the keyboard and cable combined, the Alloy FPS RGB weighs in at 1100 grams. While HyperX makes no mention of software, the Alloy FPS RGB works with NGenuity software, which delivers features like remapping, Macros, lighting control, and so much more.
As we searched for the Alloy FPS RGBG, we find that Newegg, Amazon, and even BestBuy are all offering it at the same price. At all three locations, we find a $109.99 price tag associated with this product, and compared to the market as a hole, the asking price is reasonable. With the wide availability and a price suited for the masses, so far we see not a single reason why you should pass up the opportunity to give the Alloy FPS RGB a try, as it is the best of what HyperX is currently offering in RGB backlit gaming mechanical keyboards.
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