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Review of the Gaming Keyboard HyperX Alloy Elite

Written by Tyler Rondman

Review of the gaming keyboard HyperX Alloy Elite

Alloy FPS” was the first gaming keyboard of HyperX and it turned out very successful. It is easy to use, compact, rugged, reliable and equipped with proven switches Cherry MX. In the beginning of the year, there was information about Alloy Elite RGB with additional buttons and multi-colored illumination. Obviously, it will appear on sale later. And at Computex, we noticed a variation of HyperX Alloy FPS without an additional digital block. Recently announced, this device was named HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. Today we will talk about HyperX Alloy Elite that was coupled with Alloy FPS Pro. Alloy FPS was made focusing on-site use. Its compact size, detachable cable and the cover in the kit spoke directly about it. The Elite model looks more like a comfortable home solution. 

What is it?

HyperX Alloy Elite is a gaming keyboard with standard layout, additional buttons, mechanical switches Cherry MX, red illumination, have access to USB port and 100% Anti-Ghosting (capable of enduring simultaneous keystrokes).

Why is it interesting?

HyperX Alloy Elite inherited steel frame from the predecessor, hence equally stronger. Its notable weight helps it stand more confidently on the table and not slide. But now a supplementary plastic unit with separate multimedia keys is added. Backlight adjustment buttons and a game mode button were also found over the main part of the keyboard. Apparently, it seems to be separated from the main part of the keyboard by a highlighted strip. Switches were the same – Cherry MX. Reliability and durability? I believe, it is not necessary to repeat it again. Our linear Cherry MX is Red, but the keyboard will be available in brown and blue too. The backlight is red and the brightness is adjustable. Various dynamic modes, including a custom one, are available. Of course, HyperX has followed their tradition and you’re going to do all this without any software. Other add-ons include a detachable stand for brushes, removable caps for WASD and 1234, and an end-to-end USB port, through which you can connect a mouse or flash drive if necessary. If you could remember, in the previous model, the USB port could only charge mobile devices.

What is in the box?

The keyboard comes in a large cardboard box with a trademarked black and red color scheme. The box shows the keyboard itself, some features and type of switches used. Inside the box, you’ll see a keyboard, a detachable stand for brushes, exchangeable caps with a tool for replacement and the instruction:

What does HyperX Alloy FPS look like?

Regarding appearance, HyperX Alloy Elite is quite similar to the previous model. The keyboard is black, the buttons (or rather Keycaps) are made of matte plastic. The shape is also familiar, with a small groove. The base of the keyboard is a black steel plate. Consequently, the keyboard becomes sturdy, feels monolithic and never bends. In the upper right corner, there is a white HyperX logo and 3 LED indicators for CapsLock, NumLock and game mode. Looking above, you’ll see the photo of an additional plastic block. On the right side, there is a roller for adjusting the volume whereas the buttons help to control the multimedia content of the rounded form with illumination:

The entire unit is visually separated from the main channel with a luminous line across the entire width of the keyboard:

On the left, there are 3 additional buttons for adjusting the brightness, switching backlight mode and game mode (the Windows button is disabled). In Alloy FPS, all these actions were performed by a combination of Fn and F. In Elite, the Fn button doesn’t exist because of its uselessness:

The keyboard has a “frameless” design without a top cover. Between the button caps and the main plate mechanical switches are visible. This feature makes the keyboard look very cool:

Behind it, a cable is attached which isn’t removable and very thick. You’ll see a full-fledged USB port at its left using which you can connect necessary devices:

The wide stand under the brush is made of matte plastic. The entire length of the main button block is covered with a textured pattern. Without any print on it, it feels extremely pleasant to touch:

The bottom of the keyboard is made of matte plastic. A sticker with technical information is attached in the middle. 4 large rubberized legs are used in the corners which are significantly larger than those of HyperX Alloy FPS:

To prevent slipping, rubberized inserts are included on the folding:

You can place the keyboard using two mini stands below. I personally found the raised version practical and natural while printing and gaming:

The cable is non-removable, thick, wrapped with black braid. Near the end, it is divided into 2 thinner cables with two USB connectors. One for the keyboard itself, the other for the keyboard port.

How convenient is the keyboard?

The HyperX Alloy FPS uses mechanical switches for the Cherry MX switch, which can withstand more than 50 million strokes. Here we reviewed with Cherry MX Red, but there will also be Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Blue available and you can choose according to your desire. Cherry MX Red switches with a linear stroke doesn’t have tactile response. The click stroke is 4mm and before the trigger, it’s 2mm. They are close to the MX Black, but it takes less effort to trigger (similar to 45g versus 50g for “black”). These switches are best for fast game play, where you need to show the maximum speed of clicks. While working with texts, the speed remains less, unless you’re addicted to fast typing. I typed a couple of reviews (including this one) on the HyperX Alloy Elite.

The keyboard received a standard, full-fledged layout. All the buttons are in their places, the F row starts exactly above the “2” button. Windows disconnect buttons are set on both sides that ensure safe disconnection. Fn is absent for obvious reasons about which I did not bother this moment. The caps of the buttons themselves have a slightly curved-in shape, the buttons and layout are also in a usual form.

In the kit 1234 and WASD have alternative caps. They are silvery, and WASD have a ridged surface, so feeling them will not be a problem:

The detachable stand under the brush is very handy. With the optimal width and moister free coating make it a preferable model. If desired, you can safely remove it though. The keyboard was tested in DOOM, Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefront 2 (alpha), Hitman, Witcher 3, CS: GO, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, GTA V, Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, XCOM 2 and StarCraft 2. In the games, the keyboard proved itself perfectly. Fast performance and the minimal effort to develop high speed are recorded. However, for typing purpose, you’ll need some practice on it. Because understanding the required pressures on the switches is a must thing for it. in spite of this, we don’t consider it a problem since we’re given the option of choosing from different type of switches.

The keyboard has well-lit red buttons with several modes of operation. The brightness is customizable between four levels. Using the specific design of Cherry MX, Cyrillic characters are highlighted by shifting them upwards. There are several modes of operation of the backlight: static, wave, backlighting of pressed buttons, and the illumination of game buttons. Through the user mode, you can choose which buttons will be highlighted.

Final thought

HyperX adeptly develops a line of its keyboards and gradually releases models of different categories. HyperX Alloy FPS was portable and compact, whereas Elite is a more home version with additional chips. With the same reliable design accompanying a metal plate at the base, the keyboard looks great. A familiar standard layout, that hardly needs practice to get used to it. long-lasting Cherry MX switches and a uniform red illumination perform beyond expectation. In addition to separate playback control buttons, a removable stand under the brush and a full-fledged USB port were also added. Nearly flawless, the keyboard lags behind by not supplying additional buttons for recording macros although I personally did not consult any gamer who uses it. The retail price will be around $ 135. The start of sales is on August 21st. However, who did pre-order until August 20, would get the playing surface of the XL format as a gift.

4 Reasons to Buy HyperX Alloy Elite:

Sturdy, high-quality formation with a metal base and mind blowing appearance;

dependable mechanical switches Cherry MX;

standard layout;

uniform red illumination.

1 reason not to buy HyperX Alloy Elite:

you definitely need programmable buttons and macros.

HyperX Alloy Elite

Switches

Mechanical, Cherry MX (Blue, Red, Brown)

Life time

50 million presses

Stroke to the trigger point

2 mm

Number of programmable buttons

0

Actuation force

45g

Polling frequency

1000 Hz

Backlight

Red

Connectivity

wired, USB

Cable

1.8 m, non-detachable

Weight

1467 grams

Dimensions

444×226.8×36.3 mm

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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