A util­i­tar­ian take on de­sign

HyperX Al­loy Elite

HWM (Singapore) - - Front Page - By Koh Wanzi

CON­CLU­SION A solid, fuss­free key­board for those who want plenty of fea­tures but none of the has­sle.

Kingston’sngston’ HyperX gam­ing divi­sion is dou­bling down on its de­ci­sion to churn out gam­ing key­boards that fa­vor sim­plic­ity over a ton of su­per­flu­ous fea­tures. The HyperX Al­loy Elite fol­lows a very sim­i­lar de­sign ethos as the HyperX Al­loy FPS, but it xes the short­com­ings of its pre­de­ces­sor.

For one, the USB 2.0 port on the HyperX Al­loy Elite now al­lows you to plug in other pe­riph­eral de­vices, and it’s not just an ex­tra charg­ing port any­more. There are also now ded­i­cated me­dia but­tons for nav­i­gat­ing your playlist and con­trol­ling the vol­ume, but the price of this is a larger foot­print than the HyperX Al­loy FPS.

To­ward the left, you’ll nd but­tons for ad­just­ing the light­ing e ects, bright­ness lev­els, or tog­gling on Gam­ing Mode, which dis­ables the Win­dows key. There are four di er­ent bright­ness lev­els and six light­ing modes, in­clud­ing things like wave, re­ac­tive, rip­ple, and se­lec­tive il­lu­mi­na­tion of the keys you’d nor­mally use for FPS games.

There aren’t any driv­ers for this key­board, so it runs clean and lean, and ev­ery­thing you need to tweak the set­tings are on the key­board it­self. This means set­ting it up re­quires no other work than sim­ply plug­ging it in, but those of you who are used to pro­gram­ming your own macros may need to con­sider some­thing else.

You’re lim­ited to just a sin­gle-color red back­light how­ever, so those of you look­ing for RGB cus­tomiza­tion may be dis­ap­pointed.

Our re­view unit came with Cherry MX Red switches, a pop­u­lar choice on gam­ing key­boards to­day. Th­ese are light, lin­ear switches, with an ac­tu­a­tion force of just 45g. They’re al­right for gam­ing, but the light ac­tu­a­tion force means it’s di cult not to bot­tom out with them while typ­ing.

That said, ev­ery­thing feels su­per easy to use and get used to, and the good thing is you no longer have to hit the Fn key and squint to look for the right key bind­ings.

You also get a plas­tic wrist rest that snaps se­curely onto the bot­tom, which comes across as a nice bit of added value.

The cable is thick and non­de­tach­able, and you’ll need two USB ports for it.

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