HyperX Al­loy Elite RGB

A ro­bust but costly up­grade to a solid gam­ing ‘board.

APC Australia - - Contents - Troy Cole­man

Nigh on 12 months ago, we took a look at the Al­loy Elite and noted that this gam­ing key­board’s “fea­ture in­no­va­tion” rested solely on sin­gle-colour LEDs, me­dia con­trols and a snap-on palm­rest.

Zoom to now and we’re crank­ing out this re­view on what is es­sen­tially the ex­act same board, but with flashier rain­bow colours. And we’re per­fectly OK with that, thanks to how bloody well the Al­loy Elite RGB is built. Weigh­ing al­most three packs of mince (1.47kg), the RGB’s solid steel frame is fully up to the task of just sit­ting in the one spot on your desk. There’s a gen­er­ously large wrist rest that clips on the fore edge and keeps the over­all ramp an­gle and typ­ing po­si­tion comfy. Just like the Elite be­fore it, there’s a trio of but­tons on the up­per left which gives you quick ac­cess to key­board bright­ness, in-built light­ing modes and a game mode which (as al­ways) dis­ables the Win­dows key and can save up to three cus­tom pro­file set­tings. Over on the up­per right is the tra­di­tional me­dia bank in­clud­ing a de­li­ciously ribbed vol­ume scroller.

Apart from the rain­bow of light­ing colours now avail­able, the sec­ond-most ex­cit­ing new fea­ture is the NGe­nu­ity soft­ware suite. It’s light on sys­tem re­source use and your go-to for per­son­al­is­ing light­ing zones and ef­fects, cre­at­ing key macros and as­sign­ing game pre­sets and pro­files. Our re­view unit was decked out in clicky Cherry MX Blue switches and is also avail­able in speedy Red, tac­tile Brown and clacky Blue. Maybe next it­er­a­tion we’ll see our new favourite — Sil­ver.

ME­CHAN­I­CAL GAM­ING KEY­BOARD $259 | WWW.HYPERXGAMING.COM

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