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HyperX Alloy FPS
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.