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HyperX Alloy FPS: Test the new mechanical keyboard for gamers

HyperX Alloy FPS is a very particular keyboard primarily to the use of Cherry MX Blue, whose use in the solutions of this type is rather rare.

HyperX is a brand linked mainly memories, SSDs and gaming headphones like those of the already reviewed the Cloud family, but now becomes also part of the mechanical keyboard market. It marks its debut HyperX Alloy FPS, a keyboard for gamers equipped with the Cherry MX Blue switches. it is not the most popular by far mechanical switch, and this makes the HyperX Alloy FPS a rather particular product.

The name of the HyperX solution flows from the frame of steel alloy.

The Cherry MX Blue switch that, unlike the more recurrent Red, offer audible click and tactile feedback to the pressure, which makes them also particularly congenial to typing as well as to gaming. It is for this reason that HyperX Alloy FPS proves very noisy, virtually unusable within a work environment if you do not want to bother other people who share with us the office.

The actuating force is extremely reduced, as happens for Cherry MX Red, but the sound and tactile feedback makes it easier to type. These characteristics mean that HyperX Alloy FPS can be recommended to players who have at the same time extended typing needs.

The strength of the Cherry MX Blue implementation is extremely low, as happens for Cherry MX Red, but the sound and tactile feedback makes it easier to type. 

The name of the HyperX solution flows from the frame of steel alloy, which ensures both robustness and minimalist setting that can give pleasure to a certain type of player. Then red LED backlight with 6 pre-set mode (the keyboard does not need software to work and to be configured). HyperX Alloy FPS also provides the game mode that disables the Windows key to prevent undesired back to the operating system, along with anti-ghosting capability and rollovers on all keys.

As for the backlight mode, Fixed is a constant light and is the default; Breathing involves the slow blink that recalls precisely the image of a breath; Pressure, the most spectacular of all because the individual keys are pressed just light up and then go out slowly after the pressure; Explosion generated by on the button pressed a luminous effect which radiates in all directions; Wave, instead, provides for the illumination of the keys from left to right, precisely simulating the passage of a wave.

But in the custom mode, you can also freely decide which buttons light up. For the configuration must first press Ctrl + FN until the backlight turns off. Then, push the key or keys that you want to turn on the backlight. Finally, when it ends, press FN + Ctrl to save the custom configuration profile. So, from the point of view of configuration, HyperX Alloy FPS follows the minimalist approach and is particularly suited for those who have the patience or inclination to use an external software for configuring.

HyperX Alloy FPS does not need software to operate and to be configured. 

Via various key configurations that still involve FN can enable multimedia functions, manage the computer audio, turn on Game Mode, increase or decrease the intensity of the backlight, switch from one to another backlight mode. Specifically, the Game mode allows you to disable the Windows key to avoid unintentional disruption to anti-gambling sessions. The indicator corresponding to the F12 button also lights up when the Game mode is activated. At the top right of the keyboard are three indicators, which notify the player if Game Mode, Num Lock and Caps Lock is enabled or not.

The USB charging port is on the back of the keyboard, in a position that favors above all the ease of access. The HyperX keyboard allows you to remove the cable to facilitate portability: it is a cable at one end has a mini USB connection, the other a double USB port for charging and manage the keyboard backlight.

The requirement of a dual USB input is abnormal for the keyboards of this type and can be a source of weakness, especially if you have a system with USB input shortages. Behind, close to the mini USB port on the keyboard it offers a second traditional USB port that can be used for charging the smartphone. The cable is braided and is 1.8 meters long.

The keyboard has a polling rate of 1,000 Hz not adjustable. It weighs just over a pound, while these dimensions: 441.65 mm x 129.38 mm x 35.59 mm.

Inside the box, the players are also 8 keycaps for gaming that can be replaced with the original ones. Additional key covers for W, A, S and D, in particular, offer a knurled surface that reveals pleasant to the touch and improves adherence to the most demanding gaming sessions. There is also the classic of the keycaps removal tool, concomitantly with an elegant travel case.

Inside the box, the players also are 8 keycaps for gaming.

Ultimately, HyperX Alloy FPS can be an ideal solution for those who love the minimalist mechanical devices and immediate to use. On one, side is reminiscent of other minimalist keyboards already on the market, while the other is original to the use of Cherry MX Blue (but there are also variants with Red and Brown), who turn out very noisy.

The lack of software can be appreciated by players who prefer the immediacy, but not by others, because you cannot record macros. There are keyboards that allow you to do that though lacking software, but HyperX has not thought about such a solution.

HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Blue, Red LED (HX-KB1BL1-NA/A1)
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HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Blue, Red LED (HX-KB1BL1-NA/A1)
  • Compact design ideal for FPS gameplay. Solid-steel frame.
  • Ultra-portable design with detachable cable.
  • Cherry MX Blue mechanical keys, Convenient USB charge port

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