Friday, August 11, 2017

HyperX Alloy Elite Review


HyperX entered the keyboard scene as a serious contender when they released the superb HyperX Alloy FPS back in 2016. By strictly focusing on high-quality materials and raw performance, HyperX managed to stand out amongst competitors by offering a leaner alternative to traditional gaming keyboards. A little less than a year later HyperX has returned with two new models, the HyperX Alloy Elite and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro, proving that the minimalist approach is exactly what the gaming keyboard market needs at the moment.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing the HyperX Alloy Elite model, and it has quickly become one of my favorite keyboards for competitive gaming. The HyperX Alloy Elite impresses in just about every way. The design, performance and price are perfectly balanced, making the Alloy Elite one of this year’s best values for FPS enthusiasts.

The HyperX Alloy Elite boasts an elegant design aesthetic. The sleek and modern style is an extension of last year’s Alloy FPS, and it looks fantastic when in action. The matte black surface accentuated by vividly lit LEDs is a real treat for the eyes, and the added light bar situated towards the upper end provides a nice visual touch.


"The HyperX Alloy Elite impresses in just about every way. The design, performance and price are perfectly balanced, making the Alloy Elite one of this year’s best values for FPS enthusiasts."

Its most immediate standout feature, however, is the weight and overall sturdiness. The Alloy Elite is a 3.2lb tank. The steel frame is designed to withstand rigorous gaming sessions, and the extra muscle ensures a steadier foundation while gaming. I absolutely adore the heavy, industrial build quality as it makes the keyboard feel like a premium product.

Much like its predecessor, the Alloy Elite omits a handful of features commonly seen across other popular brands, like programmable macro keys and a management software. HyperX is all about effortless, raw performance. While it does offer features like light controls and a game mode switch, it’s a more streamlined gaming device that’s geared towards users that seek premium quality on a budget. And frankly, the added multimedia buttons and volume dial are so practical, they make up for the lack of extras.

The HyperX Alloy Elite ships with three different options: CHERRY MX Blue, Brown, or Red keyswitches. Blue switches are for gamers who prefer old-school, mechanical keyboards. They provide substantial aural and tactile feedback, which is a love or hate situation depending on the user preference. Brown switches are the most balanced between speed, accuracy and comfort. They still deliver satisfying clickiness but drop the extra weight and resistance. Red switches are the most quiet, boasting ultra-rapid responsiveness with minimal tactile feedback. They’re certainly not as soft as membrane switches, but rather somewhere in between. Our review unit came with the Red switches.


"The steel frame is designed to withstand rigorous gaming sessions, and the extra muscle ensures a steadier foundation while gaming. I absolutely adore the heavy, industrial build quality as it makes the keyboard feel like a premium product."

There is barely any learning curve when first using the Alloy Elite, and the snappy Red Cherry switches feel natural within minutes. The responsiveness is particularly helpful when using the number keys. A subtle touch is enough to get a response, which brings great relief to my aching hands after hours of gaming.

The keyboard also ships with replaceable textured WASD keys that provide tactile aid while gaming. They’re a great addition to the package, and they add a notable benefit when moving your hands across the keys blindly.


"The Alloy Elite is a superb offering for those who crave the snappy performance of gaming keyboards without any of the extra bells and whistles."

My only minor complaint would have to be the thick cord that sticks out like a sore thumb. Compared to the Alloy FPS, the cable is substantially thicker and doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But to be fair, this is just a nitpicky flaw that never interferes with the keyboard’s performance.

Conclusion: The HyperX Alloy Elite is yet another phenomenal entry from an unexpected manufacturer. The Alloy Elite is a superb offering for those who crave the snappy performance of gaming keyboards without any of the extra bells and whistles. It looks fantastic, feels great and delivers smooth action with impressive precision.

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