Inside the Alloy FPS RGB
Removing a few of the keycaps, we find clear bodies Kailh switches. Each switch has an LED at the back which is outside of the body, and is placed under the legends on the keycaps. These are made to take on the Cherry MX Speed switches we have seen in Corsair keyboards, but they are somewhat different in feel than the Cherry versions. More on that later though.
The keycaps are standard fare to what we see shipped with the majority of mechanical keyboards. A single shot keycap, done in white, allows light to pass through easily. Then, paint the outside black, leave the legend black, and you keep the lighting to a minimum and only brightest where it is needed most.
Upon opening the keyboard to have a look inside, there isn't much to see, honestly. We find that the black PCB is mounted securely to the steel plate, but looking at the lower plastic components, we do not see much support. That is not to say it is not solid or sturdy, but it does bring up something we will address later.
While many will never see the PCB or anything inside of the keyboard for that matter, since we had it open, why not see what is going on. The flat black PBC is not as easy to clean as the shiny ones, and we do see residue in minute spots, but on the whole, it is clean, and the soldering job is precise without any faults we could see.
Then it comes to control and onboard storage, this is the chip taking care of all of the finer details while you click away on the keyboard. The ARM Cortex-M0 processor is a 32-bit, LPC11U35F/410, which is more than capable of handling what the Alloy FPS RGB offers in features and software options.
With the Alloy FPS RGB back in one piece, it was time to plug it in and see what shakes. Once powered, a "wave" of colors sweeps across the keyboard, and in dimmer light, there is a bit of light that escapes under the keycaps as well as what you see on top of the keycaps. We did forget to turn on the locks, but we can say that all three LEDs are bright and white, so that they can be easily distinguished at a glance.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST