With NGenuity now downloaded and installed, which has a folder 1.18GB in size, we opened it up to see what is there. Upon first glance, it appears the same as what we have seen with the previous Alloy models, but as you go on about trying to customize the keyboard, that is where things get a bit different.
After clicking to add a new profile to the box on the left side, we are greeted by a tutorial as we go. A huge help to many, the software highlights what can be done, such as in this instance, we can select an image rather than the HyperX logo, there is an option to like to a specific program, or, if you'd like, you can scroll through the list of predefined lighting effects for various games.
Tinkering with the default profile, we first clicked on lighting to the left, and at the top, we are in the effects menu. It is here that you can select and save your favorite colors, pick a color associated with each of the modes, and via a menu to the right, you can choose trigger, explosion, or HyperX Flame not Frame. There are also modes like solid, cycle, and breathing that can be selected from the dropdown left of the highlighted one.
Moving on to the zone approach of illumination, simply select the keys on the image of the keyboard and add whatever keys to that zone as you wish. You can then put a color to each zone, and even name them if you wish.
Freestyle is a way in which the user can define each and every LED to whatever color they see fit. Select the key, chose a color, move along to the next. This can be as simple as solid colors on WASD keys while other keys are another color or mode, or as complex as making keyboard art. The limit is up to you.
The Game Mode section is what it sounds like it is, a place that shows what keys are disabled when the Game Mode is active. There is an LED at the top-right of the keyboard which shows if enabled or not, and in the picture, we also see how to use Game Mode, and that the Windows key is the only thing locked. Below the image we see that Alt+Tab, Alt+F4, even Shift+Tab can also be locked making it nearly impossible to accidentally leave the game.
The Macro system is broken up into two sections. First is the key assignment, which is easy to do. Pick a key, a menu appears in the open area below, and is where you can pick from default functionality, another keyboard function, mouse function, multimedia, recorded Macro, Windows shortcuts, open something, or disable it.
The Macro Library is where you go to record a Macro, and you can name them use delays, and it even has a way to insert commands to fine tune it after attempts may fail to use it. Once completed, you can use the previous assignments tab to put the Macro to whatever key is accessible.
This last bit can be found by clicking on the gear icon at the top. It is where you can choose the language of the presented information, grab the manual, and can even check for updates to the software and firmware, as well as resetting the entire suite to its factory default settings.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Inside the Alloy FPS RGB]
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