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HyperX Alloy Origins review

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With its heavy aluminium frame and ultra-sensitive switches, the HyperX Alloy Origins is a top-notch mechanical keyboard for gamers who like to play fast.

The Good

  • Sturdy design is capable of taking a few bumps and bruises
  • Surprisingly compact for a full-size keyboard
  • New HyperX Red switches are blisteringly fast

The Bad

  • No option for folks who prefer a clickier switch
  • Quite heavy for a "portable" keyboard

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It's tough to innovate in the gaming keyboard space. PC gamers – and the games they play – rely on a standard set of features that have been refined over decades, and straying from these is a risky proposition.

Rather than fiddle with the established formula, HyperX's latest keyboard looks inwards for innovation. The aptly-titled HyperX Alloy Origins sees HyperX ditch the third-party switches found in all its previous keyboards in favour of debuting its own, custom-manufactured mechanical switches. It's a bold move considering how closely tied switches are to the feel and flow of using a keyboard, but it's one that HyperX pulls off remarkably well.


Design

  • Aluminium frame is sturdy and resilient
  • Surprisingly compact for a full-size keyboard
  • Adjustable feet provide ergonomic options
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Performance

  • Custom HyperX switches are tremendously fast and responsive
  • No option for fans of punchier switches
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Features

  • Braided and detachable USB cable is handy for travel
  • Full RGB customisation
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Verdict

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a stout and sturdy mechanical keyboard built for folks who prioritise speed above all else. Its new proprietary switches prove that HyperX can hang with the likes of Cherry and Kailh just as well as it can with Razer and Logitech. If the Alloy Origins is, as its name suggests, the first step on a new path for HyperX keyboards, I for one am excited to see where it leads.
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Pricing and availability

The HyperX Alloy Origins retails for $189.

HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Satisfy your need for speed with the HyperX Alloy Origins and its ultra-sensitive custom mechanical switches.

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Specs

HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Finder score: 3.5

Build

Keyboard Type
Mechanical
Build Material
Aluminium
Depth
132.5mm
Width
442.5mm
Height
36.39mm
Weight
1.08g
Cable Length
1.8m
Colours
Black

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired

Features

RGB
Yes
N-key Rollover
Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Dedicated Media Controls
No
On-board Memory
3 profiles

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