HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Viewing the left edge of the Alloy Origins, we can see that the lower half creates an angle for the keyboard, while the anodized aluminum top plate wraps around and mates with the plastic. The edges are rounded near the bottom for a more natural grip, and the contrast of clear, black, and red is pleasing, even if we see this angle very little.
The main section of keys offers cylindrical keycaps with easy to read legends, and all of the keycaps are smooth feeling. We do see some dual-layered functionality on the F-keys, and the quest to keep the keyboard small is seen with the minimal edges of the frame surrounding all of the keycaps.
F1, F2, and F3 are designed so that it is possible to cycle through the three profiles while using these buttons while also holding the Function key.
The F5 key is left to refresh the interwebs, but the F6, F7 and F8 keys are used for multimedia. On them, you can go back on track, play or pause that track, or advance on track, respectively.
F9 through F12 are also used, but only the first three carry on with multimedia, where we see mute, lower the volume, and raise the volume keys. The last of them, the F12 key, is the Game Mode lock, there Windows Flight keys and such can be disabled when in use.
The command keys, arrows, and number pad offer what we see on any other keyboard, so no surprises here. The HyperX name is at the top with a shiny bit of black plastic next to it, and on the arrow keys, while holding the Function key, you can raise and lower the RGB LED intensity with the up and down arrows.
The right side of the keyboard is nearly the same as the left, but the view of the keys above has changed, as well as the angle of attack. The feet are extended to their maximum level at this time, and there is another step half this height with the use of a shorter foot.
As one would look at this keyboard normally, we are far to the right edge of the back of the keyboard, and you can see the foot off to the left. We are looking at where the cable connects to the keyboard via the USB Type-C end of the USB 2.0 cable. For those that take their gear with them, not only does this help keep from damaging the cable, but you never have to fight with which way the connector is oriented.
The underside of the Alloy Origins is slightly textured, but the overall feel is smooth across the flat expanse. Four feet are used to secure this keyboard on the desk, and they do a good job. In the middle of the lower section is the product sticker, with all kinds of information, including the serial number.
Unlike most other keyboards on the market, HyperX is offering a two-piece foot. There is a half-height foot that can be flipped out, or if you want the full-height adjustment, you lift the larger one with the smaller foot inside of it. Both have rubber pads applied to the tips of the feet, ensuring traction is not lost.