Kingston Hyperx Al­loy FPS

Loud and Clear

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - by Pa­trick Al­can­tara

Kingston has made it very clear: the Hyperx Al­loy FPS me­chan­i­cal key­board is specif­i­cally built for first-per­son shooter jour­ney­men, who work in the of­fice for their day job. From its com­pact de­sign down to the ac­ces­sories in­cluded in the bun­dle, this key­board stays true to its mis­sion. The Al­loy FPS hap­pens to be Kingston’s first key­board in the field of gam­ing and comes with Cherry MX Blue, Red, and Brown switches.

The first one to greet us was the Al­loy FPS’ soft car­ry­ing case. Aside from its frame­less de­sign, the key­board ob­vi­ously wants you to take it with you when you leave home by equip­ping the key­board with enough tools for travelling. Speak­ing of the frame­less de­sign, the key­board will surely fit any desk whether in the of­fice or at home play­ing games. This makes the name “FPS” or “First Per­son Shooter” slightly in­valid since this key­board will tickle ev­eryon’e heart.

On the up­per right side of the key­board is a USB hub that can charge your smart­phone. There’s also a braided mi­cro-usb ca­ble for bet­ter wire pro­tec­tion and ver­sa­til­ity. A Game Mode key is also present to dis­able the Win­dows key when play­ing games. The Al­loy FPS, how­ever, misses soft­ware, macro, and ded­i­cated me­dia keys, dis­abling us to cus­tom­ize func­tions and key­board light­ing. The Al­loy FPS may not have fancy RGB light­ing, but there’s a va­ri­ety of light­ing op­tions to choose from via Fn key com­bi­na­tions.

The sur­face be­neath the keys is metal and causes the board to weigh heav­ier. Thanks to this ma­te­rial, how­ever, the Al­loy FPS kept the classy style and sleek im­age of a gam­ing key­board.

We had fun eval­u­at­ing this board due to its crisp Cherry MX Blue switches. Due to its loud clicks, how­ever, the Cherry MX Blue switch might be too an­noy­ing to other peo­ple in the of­fice. You may want to opt to use a qui­eter switch such as Cherry MX Reds or Browns in the of­fice.

Over­all, the Hyperx Al­loy FPS can shine in both ends of the com­put­ing world: gam­ing and typ­ing. Heavy gamers would have to look for an­other op­tion if cus­tomiza­tion plays a sig­nif­cant role in the gam­ing mood. On the other hand, if you are the type of per­son who prefers typ­ing on a me­chan­i­cal key­board and trav­els a lot, the Kingston Hyperx Al­loy FPS could be your new best friend.

CON­CLU­SION If you are a type of per­son who prefers typ­ing on a me­chan­i­cal key­board and trav­els a lot, the Kingston Hyperx Al­loy FPS could be your new best friend while gam­ing.

The Kingston Hyperx Al­loy FPS was de­signed for travel with its frame­less de­sign.

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