Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Since HyperX came along with the FPS and Alloy series products, we feel like we have seen every iteration along the way. It is not a bad thing to see so many products as they develop, as you get a sense of the direction the company is headed. However, we never saw them reaching past Cherry or Kailh, maybe even TTC to get their switches, by partnering with someone to make all new HyperX branded switches to be housed in their latest HyperX mechanical keyboard to hit the market. Opting to use your own switches allows manufacturers to tinker with things like travel distance, maybe even actuation force, or adding a tactile feel to a switch that maybe shouldn't have it by color, but it appears HyperX is doing it for the glory at this time, as their red switches we find in our sample carry the same specs as standard red switches, except for the travel distance in this instance.
New switches are not the only thing that will set the latest keyboard apart from the many that came before it from HyperX! The new switches deliver a 1.8mm travel to actuation, where the standard is 2mm. Besting other options for switches with red stems, HyperX also developed their version to offer an astounding eighty-million clicks per switch! The literature we were handed for this review also states that RGB lighting was addressed, and to the point to where HyperX says that they have developed a "brighter illumination with radiant lighting effects," and while uncertain of actual lumens of light, at a glance, we can concur that the RGB LED intensity is better than most! A few of the Alloy and FPS models also came with a detachable cable, but this time, not only is it removable, the end which connects to the PC is a USB Type-C connector, so there is much less fiddling around with it to make the connection. The last thing worth looking to the newest in the HyperX lineup is the fact that it appears HyperX has had a rethink of the software, at least so far, while still in beta form for testing with this keyboard.
What you are about to see is the best of the best from HyperX at this time! HyperX demands a lot of themselves when it comes to the Alloy Origins. While they can add on a bunch of features to improve upon their current lineup, something that is tougher to do as time goes on, yet doping it all in the confines of using the least space possible for a 104-key keyboard was also a considerable concern. In what you will see, you are going to find a keyboard that keeps things simple, delivers in spades, and will not put a massive dent in your account when you decide to try out the Alloy Origins on your desk!
We took some liberties with the arrangement of information as we made the chart from what was in the reviewers guide. We already know that this is the Alloy Origins from HyperX, but we have yet to disclose that it is an exposed top-plate design, using anodized aluminum for the top, with ABS plastic used for the lower section of the frame. From side to side it measures 442.4mm, from front to back it measures 132.5mm, and with the feet not extended, the top of the rear row of keys stands 36.39mm tall. The keyboard itself, without the cable included on the scales, the Alloy Origins comes in at 1075 grams.
The switches used are HyperX branded red linear mechanical switches. They need 45 grams of force to get to the 1.8mm of actuation travel. With the switches going from the resting position to a complete collapse adds another 2mm of travel for a total of 3.8mm. The biggest seller here, beyond near-silent operation, is that these new HyperX switches offer the longest lifespan in the industry, at this time, with eighty-million clicks per key before you could see degradation.
Backlighting is of the RGB kind, where users can choose from nearly 16.8-million static colors. With software, you can choose from ten effects preset as options. However, when it comes to customization, the NGenuity software allows each key to be customized one at a time, which means you can make the lighting present anything you can take the time to program. Once all of that has been done, you can sync your creations to one of the three profiles available.
Other features include a USB Type-C connector for the keyboard end of the 1.8-meter long braided cable, and saying it is detachable is only apparent at this point. The Alloy Origins offers full anti-ghosting, NKRO, and LED indicator for the lock keys, multimedia keys, a Game Mode lock, it works with all currently supported versions of Windows and is protected against defects for two-years.
Because on paper, the Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard we are having a look at today, seems the most feature-rich of the entire lineup, add in new HyperX switches, bump up the lighting and teak the software options, the price has to go up! Or so we thought! The reality is, out of all of the HyperX keyboards we have seen along the way, costs were always kept at the lower-end of the market segment, and today that rings true once again. With the Alloy Origins under wraps as we write this, there are no current sales links available, but we can tell you that the MSRP is set at $109.99. To us, if the Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard is as good as it looks in the literature, the rest of the market is about to have a thorn in their sides!
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