As someone who prefers minimalist keyboards, I was ecstatic when HyperX released the Alloy FPS—a lean, portable powerhouse for competitive gaming that’s conservative on extras, but delivers superb performance and remarkable build quality. It’s been my favorite piece of gaming gear for nearly a year now, and to my surprise, HyperX has decided to take the original design approach a few steps further with the new Alloy FPS Pro.
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is basically a 1.2 version of last year’s model. It’s constructed using the same sturdy steel frame and boasts identical red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects. Even though it lacks tuning software, micro keys and proprietary media controls, most of the important settings can be adjusted with secondary key commands via the FN key, like Game Mode, 100-percent Anti-Ghosting and N-key rollover functions, volume, video playback, brightness, etc.
• Solid steel frame
• CHERRY® MX mechanical keyswitches
• Portable design with detachable cable
• Game Mode
• 100-percent Anti-Ghosting and N-key rollover functions
• HyperX red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects
"Despite lacking advanced tuning features, the Alloy FPS Pro is practically flawless right out of the box."
Like its predecessor, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is designed with portability in mind. This is where the Pro model provides the most immediate difference. All the keys on the right number pad have been removed to make the body more compact. Having more than 10% extra space makes the portability factor even more appealing. I’ve never seen myself as someone who takes keyboards on the road, but HyperX has presented the concept in a very attractive package and I can see myself taking the keyboard with me on my next trip.
For MMO gamers who rely on macros, the FPS Pro isn’t the best choice. If, however, you don’t care for extra keys and adjustable tuning software and only want the best possible performance on a budget, then this model is the best option on the market this year. Despite lacking advanced tuning features, the Alloy FPS Pro is practically flawless right out of the box. The keyboard performs like a champ, and the keys are as snappy as the pricier HyperX alternative, the Alloy Elite.
The FPS Pro, as the name implies, is primarily designed with competitive shooters in mind, so it’s no surprise that it impresses the most when playing within that genre. The compact size and ergonomic design are perfect when gaming with the keyboard positioned at an angle. It provides more real estate on the desk to slide the mouse pad further inward. My right arm no longer flies off to the right when flicking the mouse quickly from left to right.
"Cosmetic changes aside, the new Pro version remains identical to last year's model. This is a fantastic keyboard that certainly feels and plays like a premium product, despite the price tag telling a different story."
SInce I’ve been using the Alloy FPS as my primary keyboard for almost a year, the transition to the smaller model felt very natural. While primarily a gaming keyboard, the FPS Pro also works superbly as a business solution for everyday typing. The multi-purpose appeal is what makes these HyperX keyboards such a great deal, and as with the company’s other releases, this one is perfect for gamers seeking a keyboard that’ll keep the covered across all areas of usage.
I’ve been using this model for a few weeks now, and I can’t think of any faults or negatives worth discussing. The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro skimps on extra features, but that’s kind of obvious considering that the whole purpose of its design is to offer a more streamlined version to what’s typically expected from a gaming keyboard.
Conclusion: Cosmetic changes aside, the new Pro version remains identical to last year's model. This is a fantastic keyboard that certainly feels and plays like a premium product, despite the price tag telling a different story. Retailing at only $79.99 on Amazon (at the time of this review), the FPS Pro is an absolute steal, and an easy recommendation for gamers on a budget.