HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard - Testing and Final Thoughts

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HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard
Testing and Final Thoughts

Testing:

Testing out keyboards is great. It gives me an opportunity to play games and as part of my “job”. This keyboard feels super sturdy and strong. The keys are plastic, but you can put metallic keys on the high traffic areas if you feel like rocking as much as you can with metal. The compact size is great as I don’t use the number pad for anything on a regular keyboard. I’ve had this for a while and managed to use it at a local LAN and it worked 100%. I pulled it out of the box for the LAN and with no software setup it was truly plug-and-play. The keys are Cherry MX switches and I picked the Blue ones to make it as loud as possible. 

Key Switch Ports

 

The extra keys it came with were metallic red in color, which makes you think they are metal, but they are not. The WASD keys are textured to help you find your home keys in the heat of battle. Changing keys is not an issue as they snap in and out just fine.

The keyboard itself has soft feet that grip your desk and help prevent the keyboard from sliding when you’re gaming. As far as mode switching, you must do that manually as there is not software to do it automatically when you launch different applications. All the media keys work just as they should. The keyboard has a nice even lighting effect, even though there is just one color. You can have it do some cool effects though – and that’s a plus. The modes are changed by using the function key and either the left or right arrows. 

The modes are as follows:

  1. Individual key presses to light up
  2. Ripple effect
  3. Wave effect
  4. 1234, WASD, CTRL and Spacebar only light up
  5. Breathing
  6. Solid

 

In addition to the different modes, there are four different levels of brightness that are cycled through by using the function key and up and down arrows.

I think the ripple effect is my favorite because it looks cool when you press different keys at once. It almost looks like a strobe light party or your keyboard is having a seizure.

Keys

 

A handy feature on this keyboard is the additional USB port that is built (and labeled) for charging your device while you work or game. Obviously, you can use your PC’s USB port as well, but this saves you from reaching around behind it to plug into a spare USB port. It came in very handy when I was at the LAN party while gaming as power bars were full and it’s easy to reach.

 

Conclusion:

All in all, for a classy, yet simple gaming keyboard, it does well. There are no macros to program and no software to install. It’s solid. The “game mode” simply locks out the Windows key so you don’t accidentally press it while in the middle of a virtual firefight. If you're looking for a gaming keyboard that’s not complicated to set up and that works as good as it looks, give the Hyper X Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a try. The keyboard can be found at Gamestop and Best Buy for $99.99 CAD and much cheaper in the USA.

Personally, I miss the macro features that other keyboards have, but that’s all personal preference. Inherently, there is nothing wrong with this keyboard at all as it’s solid, performs it’s functions perfectly and has a great feel and sound.

 

Pros:

  • Portable
  • Cool carry bag
  • Braided cord
  • Different lighting effects
  • Charging port for devices
  • A few switchable key caps that change easily
  • Sturdy metal frame


Cons:

  • WASD keys textured
  • Manual game mode function  

 

 

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