Review of HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard
The majority of CSGO and other eSport gamers have invested in one or more of the many gaming mice that is out on the market, but what about investing in a keyboard specifically made for gaming?
As more and more players from around the globe take gaming to the next level, the need for having the best equipment only rises, and keyboards are one of the things that many players probably don’t invest too much time or money in, but as you will learn in this article, it’s actually an important area to explore if you want the best conditions for your goals while competing in eSports.
In this review I will be taking a close look at the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard and give you the information needed about what to look for when you want to upgrade your current keyboard.
Compact design ideal for FPS gameplay
Ultra-portable design with detachable cable
Cherry MX mechanical switches
Convenient USB charge-port
100% Anti-ghosting & full rollover functions
HyperX red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects
Additional coloured, textured keycaps for FPS gameplay
1000 hz polling rate
Unboxing and contents
Fresh out of the box HyperX have made a sleeve with their well-known logo that you can easily use for transporting your keyboard. This comes very handy to gamers who often attend various tournaments and LAN events, so this is a really nice feature to start up with.
Besides the sleeve and the keyboard itself, we also get extra buttons which differs from the plain ones and can easily be added to the keyboard so you always know that it’s the ones you use for gaming that your fingers are pointed to.
One thing I really like about HyperX Alloy FPS, is that as you can see on the picture, you can fully unplug the keyboard with the cord in the bottom of the picture, which also comes in handy for the gamer who travels a lot.
You don’t need any drivers for this keyboard, and this is where I get the sense that this keyboard differs a bit from other high-end keyboards with Cherry MX keys. Usually other manufacturers make a dedicated driver for the keyboard in order to have different LED-light options and alike, but it seems HyperX wants to focus on the keyboard itself, and not having 500 different colours beaming out.
Mechanical keyboards explained
One thing that people often notice quickly when looking for a mechanical keyboard for gaming, is the price tag. With prices often starting at about $100 for a good keyboard and upwards, it can seem pricey to many gamers.
However, there is an explanation behind the relative high pricing, and it all lays in the quality of the buttons and the keyboard itself.
The cheap keyboards you can find anywhere at about €10-€20 are made with membrane-buttons which relatively easy get used up and can be hard to press, and also requires you to press it harder than with mechanical keyboards.
As a gamer, you use your peripherals many hours every day, and it’s therefore the quality needs to be a priority so you don’t have to get a new keyboard every month, because it will get used up very quickly if you go for the cheap membrane-based ones.
That’s also one of the reasons why I in general view quality eSport gear as an investment, given that the right materials have been used in the product I’m looking to buy.
The most sought-after switches on a keyboard is the Cherry MX switches which is featured on the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard, which only has a total travel of 4mm, but registers an input with only 2mm of effect.
One well-known downside of mechanical keyboards in general, is that they make a relatively high noise when being used, but more silent versions of the Cherry MX switches have already hit the market, though for a bit higher pricing.
However, if you mainly play games on your pc, the noise-level from the keyboard will hardly ever annoy you, and like with a lot of other things in life, it’s something you get used to.
Testing HyperX Alloy FPS in CSGO
The keyboard feels solid and reliable in all situations when playing CSGO. You immediately feel the buttons are lightning fast to respond, and I never sensed any kind of ghosting or lack of performance whilst playing, and therefore HyperX Alloy FPS is doing great this far.
Keybinds for grenades and such also worked on point, and no matter if it was pugs, deathmatch ore retake servers, the keyboard lived up to my expectations.
It’s kind of hard to add more in this subject since it is “just” a keyboard, but I’m very pleased with the lag-free performance, and the reliability of the keyboard.
HyperX Alloy FPS vs. Corsair RGB Strafe MX Silent
Before the HyperX Alloy FPS arrived at my door, I was using the very praised Corsair RGB Strafe MX Silent keyboard.
This is one the most expensive keyboards you can get, and as the name reveals, it also uses the Cherry switches, but a more silent version which reduces noise-levels when being used.
One of the key differences between these two keyboards is the size. HyperX Alloy FPS is about 30% smaller when the waist-holder is applied to the Corsair keyboard.
Besides the difference in size and noise output level, there isn’t that big of a difference between these two keyboards.
I don’t really have a particular favourite, and thus I’ve just been sticking to the HyperX Alloy since this was the keyboard on hand.
I’m not sure what polling rate the Corsair keyboard operates at since I couldn’t find it anywhere online, but given that the HyperX Alloy has 1000 hz, it will always be incredibly responsive.
CompassGaming Rex’s thoughts
I am in agreement with my colleague (byx), the keyboard performs well and is very solid! Compared to my Steelseries 6gv2 it does make a lot of noise, but it also feels more responsive and has an awesome tactile feedback. The sound from the switches should annoy me (they annoy the shit out of my step-daughter) but they remind me of the typing sound in ICQ (if you know what this is, you are old!).
I like the added padding on the gaming keys, when I saw them in the box I thought it would just be a gimmick but now that I have used them for a week I really like my new WSAD!
I’ve enjoyed using the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard for about one and a half weeks, and it serves as a great alternative to the more flashy gaming keyboards which often are priced higher and have more attention to LED effects and software.
The compact and steel-framed design is very appealing, and the unplug-feature for traveling with the keyboard is just what every competitive gamer will appreciate.
As always with mechanical keyboards, the Cherry MX switches provides easy use and durable quality which should last you a least a few years with daily use.
For me, the HyperX Alloy FPS is an ideal keyboard for the gamer who wants solid, compact design with high quality features.
The noise level can be an issue to some people, so it would be a great idea to test an average mechanical keyboard in terms of noise-level if you are a bit sensitive to this.
The pricing of the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard is about $100, which puts it in the middle of high-end keyboards, and seems fair to me all things considered.
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