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HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring from 6 days, 13 hours ago
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: HyperXModel: HX-KB1SS2-US

Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation

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In classic HyperX fashion, we find the bright red and white of the backdrop to grab your attention immediately. On the front of the box, the name of the keyboard is on the left side, and a terrific looking image of the keyboard is in the middle. In the corners, we also see that this can be used on PC, PS4 or Xbox One, that there is NGenuity software available, a notation to the RGB backlighting, and a box highlighting the HyperX linear red switches used on it.

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Lying the box flat on its back exposed this long side panel. On it we find the name of the device at the left end, four sponsored eSports teams in the middle and the company name at the right.

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Spinning the box ninety-degrees, we see the first of the smaller ends of the box. Both ends are identical and show the HyperX name and logo as well as the Alloy Origins product name.

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The second long side of the box offers information worth looking at as well. Here we are given a list of package contents, minimum system requirements, NGenuity software requirements, ending at the right end with a sticker that has the model and serial number on it.

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The back of the box is used to show off some of the main features, and the text offers explanations in nine languages. What we see in the images are the USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, the aluminum alloy top plate, options for switch types, and the three levels of height adjustment found from the modular feet.

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After cutting a couple of transparent stickers, we can open the box to see what is inside. The keyboard is shipped inside of a plastic bag, nestled tightly inside of the cardboard box. Doing so ensures the least possible damage from shipping. The thick red section of the cardboard at the back contains the cable, and under the keyboard, you will find the literature.

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The cable sent with the Alloy Origins is a 1.8-meter cable which has been sleeved with black, tightly braided material. On the left we see the USB Type-A connection to plug into the PC, while on the right we see the USB Type-C connection for the keyboard. We do wish we would have gotten a strap for traveling, but the rubber bands on it will last longer than a wire tie will.

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The literature from the box is in three parts. The first part congratulates you and welcomes you into the HyperX family, and the next card to the right delivers a link to the support page, should you have an issue. The manual at the bottom runs through the keyboard layout with features pointed out, tells you where to obtain the software, and even explains how to use the dual-layered features found on the Alloy Origins. While not the end all be all of the information, it will guide you through most of the questions, and tinkering around with the software and buttons won't harm anything to try them and see what happens.

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