HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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The HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is what it says on the tin: a device best suited for gamers.

Strengths

  • Tank-like durability/stability
  • Easy access media controls
  • Improved USB ports
  • Cherry MX Red switches

Could be better

  • Lack of RGB
  • Thicker cabling
  • Plug and play, but no macros

Clear everything off your desk with a big swipe-left of your arm. That HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboard you were eyeing is last season now – its successor is more your type. The HyperX Alloy Elite delivers the same excellent response that all “PC master race” gamers expect, but also manages to include some much welcome creature comforts.

But before we target those, let's explain why a new buyer ought to tap into the joy of mechanical keyboards. Gamers who require precision movement for their murder are obviously the main target audience with these products; however, the high durability of these units is also desirable for folks who don't so much type as they do stab at the keys in an accusatory fashion. Do too much of that on a regular butterfly-style keyboard and you'll kill it in no time, innocent or not.

Last year's HyperX Alloy FPS was Kingston's first foray into the crowded mechanical keyboard space. It was a solid statement of intent, though not without a few downsides; we personally had issues with the noise of the thing, the USB charge-only nature of its ports, and the redundancy of some of its backlighting modes. Not insurmountable flaws, but definitely things we looked out for when testing this new kid on the block.

Design

  • Tank-like durability/stability
  • Thick cabling

Performance

  • Available with both Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Blue switches
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Features

  • Easy access media controls.
  • Improved USB ports
  • No RGB
  • Plug and play, but no macros
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Verdict

The HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is what it says on the tin: a device best suited for gamers. It differs from its predecessor in that it hasn't been built with much portability in mind and the additional money you're spending above the Alloy FPS only nets you a few more features, most notably a superior USB port and a handy media bar. Be that as it may, you're still looking at a very respectable mid-level mechanical keyboard that may not satisfy every gamer, but is still a pleasure to have at your fingertips.


Pricing and availability

HyperX sells the Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard directly through its web site for $149 outright. Otherwise, you can buy it from a range of sellers at online retailers like eBay.

HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

With built-in USB ports, dedicated media controls and detachable wrist rest, the HyperX Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard has plenty to offer keen gamers.

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Specs

HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Build

Connections

Features

Type Mechanical
Form Factor Full-size
Supported Switches Cherry MX
Build Material Steel
Depth 169mm
Width 444mm
Height 38mm
Weight 1.5g
Colours Black
Wired/Wireless Wired
RGB Lighting No
N-key Rollover Yes
USB Passthrough Yes
Dedicated Media Controls Yes
On-board Memory 3 profiles

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