HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Review)

HyperX has taken upon itself to create its own keyboard switches that are built for performance and longevity with an 80 million click rating and a shorter actuation point. To complement the switches, the HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the first full-sized gaming keyboard built with the HyperX switches, and it comes complete with RGB backlit keys with adjustable brightness levels. The first switch to hit the market is the linear HyperX Red mechanical switch, and Nerd Reactor had the chance to test it out with the new gaming keyboard.

One of the first noticeable things about the HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (See on Amazon) is the slightly smaller build. Even though it’s a full-sized keyboard, it has more of a compact design to give you a bit more desk space, and it looks slim and sleek. The Alloy Origins keyboard is built with an aluminum body for a sturdier feel, and there’s definitely some weight to it while feeling too heavy.

Even though the Red Linear switches are meant for gaming, these were a perfect balance for both typing and gaming. It wasn’t prone to accidental typing, and it still has the satisfaction of that clicking sound while sounding a bit soft. The Tactile and Clicky switches will be available soon if you want more of that clicking sound.

The keyboard comes with adjustable angles with 3-degree, 7-degree, and 11-degree angles. This was a huge deal for us since the higher angle really helps with preventing accidental clicks from the palms.

We’ve tested the keyboard on different games from FPS to survival horror, and it feels very satisfying and responsive. Pressing on the keys feels very smooth, and there’s a clicking sound depending on how hard or soft you press the keys. It’s all about personal preferences, and for us, we love to hear and feel the clicks while still being quick with pressing the keys and typing.

HyperX has really made it easy to customize the RGB lighting. With the HyperX NGENUITY software, gamers can customize and choose presets including Breathing, Confetti, Swipe, Solid, Twilight, Wave, Explosion, Implosion, Fade, and Reactive. You can also rebind keys, disable and enable keys, and more. The software is still in Beta, and we did encounter some minor issues like syncing.

It uses a USB cord to connect, with the USB Type-C end connecting to the keyboard and the USB Type-A connecting to the computer. This is always a good thing since it’s detachable, and you can replace them if it gets damaged.

The HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a sturdy keyboard with its own responsive HyperX switches with a nice balance of pressure, clicks, and smoothness. It feels good under your fingers, and its customization, lights, and quality make it one of HyperX’s best gaming keyboards on the market.

Score: 5/5 Atoms

The HyperX Alloy Origins is now available for $109.99 (MSRP).

Check out the switches specs below:

  • Switch HyperX Red Switch
  • Operation Style Linear
  • Actuation Force 45g
  • Key Travel Distance 1.8 mm
  • Total Travel 3.8 mm
  • Life Span (Keystrokes) 80 million

Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Specifications:

  • Switch HyperX Switch
  • Type Mechanical
  • Backlight RGB (16,777,216 colors)
  • Light effects Per key RGB lighting* and 5 brightness levels.
  • On board memory 3 profiles
  • Connection type USB Type-C to USB Type-A
  • Anti-ghosting 100% anti-ghosting
  • Key rollover N-key mode
  • LED indicator Yes
  • Media control Yes
  • Game Mode Yes
  • OS compatibility Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Cable
  • Type Detachable, Braided
  • Length 1.8 m
  • Dimensions
  • Width 442.5 mm
  • Depth 132.5 mm
  • Height 36.39 mm
  • Weight (Keyboard and cable) 1075 g
  • *Per key RGB lighting customizable with HyperX NGENUITY Software

The HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was provided by HyperX for review purposes.

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