The Alloy FPS RGB is a hot contender for your hard earned money. It is solid, so much so that torsional flex is not present. The exposed steel plate is cleaner looking than a framed keyboard, and it does allow for the RGB LED lighting to not only shine through the keycaps, but also does flood out over the top of the keyboard as well.
Coming from a line of keyboards we have praised in the past, we can see the heritage and design elements that go into this product, and with the use of Kailh Silver Speed switches, it takes the Alloy FPS RGB into the gaming category like no other. With the included software, even the most demanding user will find it sufficient, and with three onboard profiles and onboard storage, you can game in comfort anywhere you choose to connect the Alloy FPS RGB.
Sadly, though, with the good does come some bad, at least in our humble opinion. The lack of switch choices may turn off some potential clients, and for us the switch choice makes the keyboard frustrating for daily use outside of gaming. Unless you have light fingertips and are an excellent typist, if the soft linear switches do not bug you, we feel the ringing of the keyboard as it vibrates from use likely will.
With many fewer presses in gaming, the vibration is nowhere near as noticeable and is also where the choice of switches shines the best. Even while HyperX has made an impressive gaming solution to mechanical keyboards, have the lost the point in what a keyboard is intended for on a fundamental level? It is interesting to ponder.... Can gaming gear for PC be too "gaming?"
We feel that in this instance, if you do little writing and only send off the occasional email, HyperX has one of the best keyboards for you to try. If you do quite a bit of productive things on the PC as well, there are things to consider before throwing money at HyperX. With all of our knowledge at hand, the experience we had with it, and what we ran into, in the end, it is your decision to make.
Even with the good, the bad, and the ugly out there in print, we do have to say that when it comes to price, HyperX is on point. At $109.99 no matter where you look right now, you get a ton of gaming fun for what we feel is an averagely priced product with all things considered in features and functionality.
We will be removing a few points in the build quality area for the issues we ran into, but with that said, we still really like the Alloy FPS RGB. While this keyboard may not be for everyone, it is geared for gaming, provides all things that makes that possible, yet does not dig too deeply into your pocket to get one on your desk.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
The Bottom Line
Even with a few personal gripes about the Alloy FPS RGB, there are many out there who will enjoy this reasonably priced, feature rich, mechanical keyboard; the first we have seen with Kailh Silver Speed switches!