HyperX Alloy Elite 2 mechanical gaming keyboard review
Quick verdict: Low-resistance keys and a wealth of handy features make the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 a capable general-purpose keyboard, but its ultra-sensitive switches are a poor fit for precision gaming.
- Steel frame provides impressive stability and durability
- Pudding keycaps enhance the potency of RGB lighting
- USB pass-through is always a welcome feature
- Feedback from key presses is weak and ambiguous
- Highly-sensitive switches are prone to registering unintended inputs
- Expensive for a gaming keyboard best suited to non-gaming applications
I was quite keen to get my hands on the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. As the follow-up to the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB – one of my favourite keyboards from recent years – it had the potential to elevate HyperX to the top of the field alongside brands like Razer and Logitech G.
Unfortunately, the Alloy Elite 2 takes two steps back for its one step forward. Gone are the well-established Cherry MX switches in favour of custom HyperX technology, a decision that dramatically impacts precision and performance. The result is a gaming keyboard that doesn't game particularly well, and its versatility outside of games isn't quite enough to justify its price tag.
- Looks virtually identical to the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB
- Solid steel frame provides stability and durability
- The lack of a wrist rest is disappointing
- The HyperX Red switches are unquestionably fast...
- ...but they lack the clear feedback necessary to support their speed
- Robust RGB customisation with a user-friendly interface
- USB pass-through is always a plus
- PS4 and Xbox One support is a nice addition
Should you buy the HyperX Alloy Elite 2?
- Buy it if you're happy to sacrifice precision for ultra-fast switches.
- Don't buy it if you want clear and firm feedback from each key press.
As a gaming keyboard, the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is, frankly, mediocre. Its switches are mushy and overly sensitive, and its feedback is too ambiguous to deliver the precision necessary for high-level gaming.
However, as a general-purpose keyboard, the Alloy Elite 2 fares a lot better. Its pliable keys facilitate high-speed, low-impact typing, its dedicated media controls simplify the process of watching videos or listening to music and its USB pass-through turns it into a convenient hub for other USB devices. At $289, though, it's a steep investment for a solid yet unremarkable keyboard with disappointing gaming performance.