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HyperX Alloy Core RGB review

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With the Alloy Core RGB, HyperX has raised the bar for membrane keyboards. Speedy, sturdy and affordable, it's an excellent choice for anyone wanting RGB lighting on a budget.

The Good

  • Soft yet responsive keys
  • Sturdy and resilient frame
  • Full RGB lighting
  • Good price

The Bad

  • No support for HyperX NGenuity app
  • Membrane switches aren't going to convert mechanical die-hards

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Membrane keyboards have a tough time winning me over. Ever since I touched a mechanical keyboard, I've favoured the punch and firm resistance they offer, leaving my old rubber-capped membrane keyboards to gather dust in the closet.

However, over the last week, my preference has been undermined by the HyperX Alloy Core RGB, a membrane keyboard that manages to feel every bit as reliable and satisfying as HyperX's excellent mechanical boards. Membrane switches allow HyperX to hit a far more affordable price point, too, making it a compelling choice for budget-conscious gamers, office workers or anyone looking for a softer alternative to a high-end mechanical keyboard.


Design

  • Surprisingly hardy for a membrane keyboard
  • Spill-resistant design offers welcome protection against accidents

Performance

  • Membrane keys deliver firm feedback impressively close to mechanical switches
  • Faster and softer than you're going to get with a mechanical board

Features

  • Dedicated media keys are always a nice bonus
  • Full RGB lighting, including a light bar across the top of the board

Verdict

With my feet planted firmly in the mechanical keyboard camp, I was genuinely surprised by the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. Not only is it an excellent membrane keyboard that delivers RGB lighting on a budget, it's proof that you don't need mechanical switches to enjoy fast, responsive and reliable feedback. Whether you're looking for affordable RGB lighting, soft yet sturdy keys or style that doesn't veer into outlandishness, HyperX's Alloy Core RGB is well worth considering.


Pricing and availability

The HyperX Alloy Core RGB retails for $99 and is available from local stores like JB Hi-Fi as well as plenty of online retailers like eBay.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard

HyperX Alloy Core RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Get your RGB fix on the cheap with the affordable HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard.

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Specs

HyperX Alloy Core RGB Membrane Gaming Keyboard
Finder score: 3.5

Build

Keyboard Type
Membrane
Build Material
Plastic
Depth
175.31mm
Width
443.2mm
Height
35.68mm
Weight
1.12g
Cable Length
1.8m
Colours
Black

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Connection Type
USB 2.0

Features

RGB
Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Dedicated Media Controls
Yes

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