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HyperX Alloy Elite RGB mechanical keyboard review

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The Alloy Elite RGB is not only HyperX's best keyboard yet, it's one of the most compelling additions to the market in quite some time.

The Good

  • Fast, highly-responsive keys that feel satisfying to hit
  • Sturdy and durable design
  • The first HyperX keyboard to feature full RGB customisation
  • One seriously comfortable wrist rest

The Bad

  • That hefty price tag

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It's funny: mechanical keyboards have advanced to the point where it's difficult for any individual model to stand out. RGB lighting is practically a given at this point, while the vast majority of keyboards either use Cherry MX switches or ones heavily inspired by them. The end result is great for consumers, as you have to try pretty hard to find a bad board these days, but it means keyboard manufacturers have their work cut out for them convincing buyers that their board is the one worth dropping $100+ on.

Instead of devising some wacky gimmick or attempting to fix what ain't broke, HyperX has taken a more subtle approach with its latest board. Sure, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is the first HyperX keyboard to feature full-blown RGB lighting on both its keys and its light bar plus a brand new PC app for customising lighting and macros, but that's not what sells it. No, what elevates the Alloy Elite RGB above its competitors is one thing and one thing alone:

It feels good.


Design

  • Sturdy metal frame provides stability and durability
  • Detachable wrist rest is supportive and comfortable
  • A premium-feeling package overall

Performance

  • Punchy Cherry MX Red switches are excellent
  • Soft keycaps make typing satisfying in its own right

Features

  • Volume wheel is great for watching videos and listening to music
  • USB pass-through is handy for quickly connecting and removing other USB devices
  • Full RGB lighting and macro customisation brings HyperX up to par with the industry

Verdict

With the Alloy Elite RGB, HyperX has built a mechanical keyboard that has no trouble standing alongside the best in the business. Its fast and smooth keys are tremendously satisfying to hit, and the firm response from each strike is a testament to just how glorious the act of typing can feel in and of itself.

Coupled with a supple wrist rest, a sturdy design and an extensive array of customisation options, the Alloy Elite RGB is a shining example of the benefits a good mechanical keyboard can offer. Whether you're a first-timer curious what all the fuss is about or a seasoned veteran looking to upgrade, the Alloy Elite RGB does not disappoint.


Pricing and availability

The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB retails for $259 and is available from a range of retailers including JB Hi-Fi and Scorptec.

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

With a detachable wrist rest, USB pass-through and a handy volume wheel, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is an excellent mechanical keyboard for gamers and regular users alike.

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Specs

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Finder score: 4

Build

Keyboard Type
Mechanical
Build Material
Steel
Depth
170.18mm
Width
444.5mm
Height
38.1mm
Weight
1,500g
Cable Length
1.8m
Colours
Black

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired

Features

RGB
Yes
N-key Rollover
Yes
USB Passthrough
Yes
Dedicated Media Controls
Yes
On-board Memory
3 profiles

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