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HyperX Alloy Elite
Conclusion The hyperX Alloy Elite is more Alloy FPS goodness, with extra tools for those who work with their gaming rig.
Back in April, we reviewed the HyperX Alloy FPS, which we really liked a lot. Now, we’ve been given the chance to review another HyperX Alloy keyboard, the Alloy Elite. Heads up, there’ll be a lot of comparisons made between them.
Now, for all intents and purposes, the Alloy Elite is very much identical to the Alloy FPS. But the differences are what separates the two, and by extension, their optimal usage scenarios. The most immediate difference would be the extra keys at the very top of the keyboard. On the left, you have dedicated keys that control the backlight’s brightness and mode, as well as a dedicated Gaming key to disable the Windows key.
On the right are dedicated media control buttons that allow you to skip to a previous track, play or pause the current one, skip to the next track, or mute your system. There’s also a wheel for easy control over the master volume.
Unlike the Alloy FPS, the Alloy Elite comes with a nondetachable USB cable. It’s also especially thick, and splits into two USB connectors at the end. Plugging one in would be enough for the keyboard to work, but you’ll need both to get the USB 2.0 pass-through to work. This allows you to attach a mouse to the Alloy Elite instead of using the port simply for charging a mobile device.
On the opposite end is a detachable wrist rest. It’s not the fanciest by design, but it does have its own visual appeal. The textured bit is only found on the segment directly below the QWERTY area, and it does help with maintaining comfort, especially if you’ve got sweaty palms.
And from this point on, it’s all about similarities. The Alloy Elite is as much a pleasure to use as the Alloy FPS was, whether it was for gaming or for typing. It also comes in three varieties of switches – Cherry MX Red, Blue, and Brown. Our review unit just happens to be Red.
That said, the differences mentioned above would mean that the Alloy Elite is more suited to be connected to a workstation at home than to be brought around. The fixed cable and the wrist rest are vulnerable to damage if moved around often. You’re also more likely to appreciate the media control shortcuts if you work with music.
Not something you’d usually use when gaming, but these are really helpful when you work with music.