HyperX Al­loy Elite

This key­board might look flashy, but does it ac­tu­ally paint the town red.

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Add a lux­u­ri­ous 18 zone LED light bar, a suite of me­dia con­trols and a gen­er­ous rub­bery palm rest to HyperX’s well re­ceived Al­loy FPS and you have the el­e­va­tor pitch for the lat­est key­board from the rel­a­tively new pe­riph­er­als com­peti­tor.

The HyperX Al­loy Elite is built from a solid steel frame and comes with a gen­er­ously sized palm rest that give this key­board a unique stur­di­ness. If you’re at­tracted to the RGB lights of the lat­est gam­ing key­boards, you’ll be dis­ap­pointed by the red only LED light­ing across the Hy­per Elite, but for those who see key­boards through rose coloured glasses, the local ver­sion of this key­board puts ev­ery­thing on red by adding Cherry Red switches.

The in­cluded N-key rollover, anti-ghost­ing tech­nol­ogy and an 1,000Hz polling rate add to what is, all up, a pretty good fea­ture set, but there are some con­sid­er­able lim­i­ta­tions you’ll have to be on board with. Most no­tably is that the Al­loy Elite has no com­pan­ion soft­ware what­so­ever. This means no cus­tomis­able func­tion keys, no con­trol­lable light­ing schemes and no recorded macros. When other ven­dors of­fer this, it’s hard to not feel as though you’re miss­ing out, but in re­al­ity, the best el­e­ment of per-key RGB light­ing is the abil­ity to cus­tom colour gam­ing keys — a fea­ture that the Al­loy Elite com­pen­sates for with eight swap­pable sil­ver gam­ing keys and a ded­i­cated WSAD light­ing scheme.

Ver­dict

A quiet, re­spon­sive board that is good for typ­ing and gam­ing, but misses out on a soft­ware suite.

$149 | WWW.HYPERXGAMING.COM Cherry MX Red switches; red LED back­light­ing; 44.4c x 22.7 x 3.6cm; 1,467g

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