Inside the Alloy Origins
The keycaps are standard to the mechanical keyboard market, where the mold is injected with white plastic. Once pulled from the mold, all of the keys are painted with a black coating, blocking the light from everywhere but the legends. We also see that the HyperX switches use the same stems as the rest of the mainstream options.
All across the Alloy Origins, we find a slew of these HyperX branded switches, and if you look closely, you can see their name on top of the transparent bodies. The stems are bright red, and the LEDs are mounted at the back of each switch. As for the torsion bars, they are enclosed, and use helper studs to connect to the keycaps.
Opening the Alloy Origins was a bit of a mess until we realized that the front feet were hiding a pair of screws. Once apart, we can see the PCB attached to the aluminum top plate, and in the lower section, we see a two-layer lower part with ridges running from side to side to support the PCB.
This random spot on the PCB was as good as any to take a look at the quality control. All of the solder points are clean and free of globs, and there is just the slightest hint of flux residue remaining. Very nice, very clean, and this on something most will never see!
We managed to get an image of the 32-bit MCU in charge of what the Alloy Origins can do, but the most information we have for you is that Sonix makes it. Searching the part number leads us to dead ends to see if we could find a speed, ARM Cortex version, or just how much onboard memory it has.
Back together, we powered up the Alloy Origins, and even with all of the photo booth lighting on target, the RGB LED illumination stands out. It is due to their move to offer a more brilliant experience, and we have to say they delivered!
Slightly visible in the last image, the part that looks like a shiny bit of trim plastic, has a function hidden under it. Rather than exposed LEDs for lock indicators, there is a screen backing this section where the Game Mode, number, and Caps locks show if they are active.