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HyperX Al­loy FPS

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Peter Chu

The HyperX Al­loy FPS of­fers great per­for­mance and fea­tures at an at­trac­tive price.

HyperX is a brand that has grown to be­come syn­ony­mous with high­per­for­mance mem­ory mod­ules and stor­age so­lu­tions. But in re­cent years, Kingston’s gam­ing di­vi­sion has been di­ver­si­fy­ing its port­fo­lio with gam­ing pe­riph­er­als as well, which in­cludes head­phones like the Cloud II, and me­chan­i­cal key­boards like the Al­loy FPS.

The Al­loy FPS is ac­tu­ally the first key­board that HyperX has ever re­leased – let alone a me­chan­i­cal one. None­the­less, the fact that it’s equipped with Cherry MX switches cer­tainly does leave an en­cour­ag­ing first im­pres­sion. Our par­tic­u­lar unit was out­fit­ted with Cherry MX Blue switches, which have con­sis­tently been re­garded as the ideal switch for typ­ing be­cause of their clicky and tac­tile char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Of course, this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that Cherry MX Blue switches aren’t great for gam­ing. As a mat­ter of fact, we quite en­joyed play­ing first-per­son shoot­ers like Team Fortress 2 and Border­lands with the Al­loy FPS as our weapon of choice. It even comes bun­dled with red tex­tured re­place­ment key­caps for the WASD keys and 1-4 nu­meric keys that should, in the­ory, pre­vent your fin­gers from go­ing astray in the heat of bat­tle.

There’s no need to worry about the Al­loy FPS not be­ing able to reg­is­ter your rapid-fire key presses, as it’s en­dowed with antighost­ing and N-Key rollover ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Keep in mind that the Al­loy FPS op­er­ates on 6-Key rollover mode by de­fault, and you’ll need to man­u­ally switch to N-Key rollover mode by press­ing the ‘Fn’ and ‘Delete’ keys si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

You won’t find any fancy RGB back­light­ing on the Al­loy FPS – only a mod­est red back­light­ing. The good news is that it of­fers five bright­ness lev­els, and six dif­fer­ent light­ing modes that can be cy­cled through us­ing the ar­row keys on the key­board it­self. Yes, this in­di­rectly means that the Al­loy FPS doesn’t have a ded­i­cated soft­ware suite for cus­tomiz­ing its set­tings, so you can for­get about set­ting any com­pli­cated macros.

As you can tell from its com­pact form fac­tor, de­tach­able braided ca­ble, and the mesh car­ry­ing pouch that it comes bun­dled with, the Al­loy FPS was de­signed with porta­bil­ity in mind. What’s more, with a weight of 1.05kg, you should have ab­so­lutely no trou­ble bring­ing the Al­loy FPS along with you to your next eS­ports tour­na­ments.

HyperX def­i­nitely has a win­ner on its hands with its in­au­gu­ral me­chan­i­cal key­board, the Al­loy FPS. It’s loaded with an abun­dance of fea­tures, it pro­vides a mem­o­rable typ­ing and gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but more im­por­tantly, it has a very palat­able price tag of RM389. Rea­son­able, con­sid­er­ing that me­chan­i­cal key­boards of sim­i­lar cal­iber would eas­ily cost up­wards of RM400.

The USB passthrough port on the back of the HyperX Al­loy FPS can only be used for charg­ing mo­bile de­vices.

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