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Solid as Steel — HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboard

The HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboard is a fantastic mid-tier keyboard. The steel frame is sturdy and sleek while the lights are bright and vibrant. The steel frame does make it a little heavy, but that is a small price to pay for a sturdy design. It does have a compact design where the keyboard is only as long as it needs to be to hold all the keys. This makes it portable if you have to carry it around which is helped even more by the detachable cable. Speaking of the cable, it is braided, which is a must. As a cat owner, I need my durable, braided cables.

The HyperX Alloy FPS may look nice but it performs even better. The keystrokes have that satisfying *click* that you expect from a good mechanical keyboard. The vibrant lights make every key easy to see, even during those late night gaming binges. The keyboard also has a USB port on it so you can charge your phone while playing. I don’t find this necessary, but I can see some people getting a use out of it.

Since this is the FPS Pro, I put it to the test with Destiny 2 and Warframe. Yeah, Warframe is third-person, sue me. The keyboard worked spectacularly in both cases proving it can handle third-person just as well as first-person games. The Kailh Silver Speed keyswitches are a little more stiff than I’m used to, however I don’t find it to be too much of a problem. Moving around was fast and fluent and I never had any issue with the keyboard not reading one of my strokes.

While this may be the FPS pro, I did decide to play some games that have nothing to do with shooting people. I played Baldur’s Gate, the Sims 4, and Obra Dinn which confirms that I have no clue how this is supposed to benefit FPS players. The keyboard works spectacularly no matter what genre you are playing. Except platformers. Don’t play platformers with a keyboard.

As for weaknesses, there aren’t many. The keys are a little more stiff than some other keyboards, even in the HyperX line, and the steel frame does make it on the heavy side. These are easily overlooked as the steel frame means you don’t have to worry about it if you take it on the go. The stiff keys would be more of an issue if they actually impacted accuracy, but it picks up every keystroke easily. It isn’t perfect, but it is hard to find better in the $100 price range.

In this day and age a keyboard is more than just its mechanical parts, it’s also software. Kingston uses NGenuity and it offers exactly what you would expect from a gaming software. It allows you to adjust the color and patterns of the lights, create macros, customize Game Mode on the keyboard, and set presets for different games. It works well and is very intuitive.

The HyperX Alloy FPS is a compact keyboard perfect for travel with great accuracy. It doesn’t have a bunch of extras outside of a USB port on the keyboard itself for charging, but it is a solid keyboard that does the job as well as anyone else. While it may be marketed as an FPS keyboard, in reality, it is a perfect keyboard no matter which genre of games you enjoy.

90

Excellent

HyperX Alloy FPS

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The HyperX Alloy FPS is a compact keyboard perfect for travel with great accuracy. It doesn’t have a bunch of extras outside of a USB port on the keyboard itself for charging, but it is a solid keyboard that does the job as well as anyone else. While it may be marketed as an FPS keyboard, in reality, it is a perfect keyboard no matter which genre of games you enjoy.

Austin Fern has been playing video games his entire life. The first console he truly fell in love with is the PlayStation 2 with Sly Cooper, God of War, and many others really leaving an impression. He enjoys all genres of games from FarCry 5 to Danganronpa and everything in between.
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