We like the direction that HyperX took, and while the name Origins would make one think you are going back to the beginning, but that is not what happened here at all. While obviously part of the Alloy family of keyboards, what we just saw is the best of them all. Listing the things that stick out, we think of the RGB lighting, which not only offers preset effects, it provides a fully customizable RGB LED setup, per key, where one could make anything they want to see under the keycaps and flooded onto the top plate. Beyond that, and one of the more significant moments for HyperX is the inclusion of switches with their brand on them now. While similar to other switches, HyperX joins the elite few who can control all aspects of their product.
On top of that, the lifespan has been pushed past the fifty-million click we typically see, on up to eighty-million clicks for their switches. For those, like us, who enjoy using the Alloy Origins, it will be there ready to take your abuse longer than all of the rest! The last thing that sticks out in our mind is the use of USB Type-C for the keyboard connector. While not USB 3, who cares, as it is the orientation solving that is the reason it's used, and we tend to prefer keyboards with detachable cables, as it makes it much easier for us to shelve a few while testing another.
Beyond the visual and what we can feel, there are things like the new software we saw, which we obtained without login details, which is a plus, from the Windows store. While not the most involved software on the market, we do have to take it with a grain of salt. The NGenuity software is still in beta form, and the issues where we could not import and export Macros, or edit them after the fact, it can all be fixed in the time between writing this review and the time the software is available in its final form. What is offered gives users full control of all of the keys and each individual LED, which, when done, can be synced in the profile menu of the software to the right side of any window. The new sleeker look and layout of NGenuity will also please potential users as it is more user-friendly and self-explanatory, where users can spend time gaming rather than trying to sort out how the software works.
With reasonable quality control, down to the guts, there is no reason why you should shy away from the Alloy Origins. Many keyboards of this nature, the STREAK comes to mind immediately, have a bit of torsional flex, as this design is not easy to get and have it still be a tank. However, HyperX pulled it off and has delivered a keyboard, that while light and compact for a 104-key keyboard, is still a tank, and will give you hours of stress-free gaming and writing. The microprocessor is more than enough for what the Alloy Origins can do, honestly, in all aspects, it appears that the Tasers at HyperX were set to overkill! We love it, and overkill is something that should never be overlooked. While many are just trying to get by, HyperX is coming out guns blazing with a keyboard that at its heart is ready willing and able to do just about anything you ask of it, for a long time to come!
What blows us away, even more, is that while delivering all of the things we have raved about so far, the do it all with your pockets in mind. By this, we mean to say that with all of the things like new cables, new switches, better lighting, new software, they haven't passed the cost on to us, the potential buyers of the Alloy Origins. At $109.99, you are getting one hell of a deal! Many others would charge more, deliver less, and not offer the lifespan that the new HyperX switches are listed to give! Even for those not in the search for a new keyboard, this is one that you should buy, set aside, and wait for your existing one to fail. We rarely say things such as that, which goes a long way to showing how much HyperX has impressed us, and how good the deal is!
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
If not for the lack of some features in the beta software, the Alloy Origins would have gotten a perfect score. In all important aspects it delivers, and for the visual aspects, it is just as pleasing. A better keyboard for this money is hard to find!