Published on Saturday, 10 December 2016 20:38
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Compared to even just 2 years ago the market is not filled with mechanical gaming keyboards that promise superior durability, improved typing speeds and tactile/audible feedback for when you play your favorite games (always compared to regular membrane models). Now although there are currently many manufacturers out there that try to cut corners and reduce costs by either by developing and using their very own mechanical switches or by using one of the Chinese made models by Kailh, Gateron and Outemu some keep using the ones gamers trust most by Cherry. Of course features too play a huge role when deciding which mechanical keyboard to get but for people who have space issues on their desktop and people who attend LAN events size and enclosure quality are the two things that matters the most (after the type of switches used). HyperX entered the gaming peripherals market not too long ago and today we're testing their first mechanical gaming keyboard the Alloy FPS.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that have delivered superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent product certifications, HyperX is committed to delivering reliable products with the highest performance standards. In addition, HyperX is the proud sponsor of over 20 gaming teams globally and the main sponsor of the Intel Extreme Masters and DreamHack festivals. HyperX products are designed to meet the most rigorous demands of professional gamers to give them the winning edge and help gamers stay on top of their game.
The Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by HyperX uses the tactile (and clicky) Cherry MX Blue switches which require 50g actuation force, have a durability of up to 50 million keystrokes and feature "self-cleaning" golden contacts. For good or bad although backlit these are not of the RGB LED variant so the only illumination color available with the Alloy FPS is red (6 modes with 5 brightness levels). Other features include the usual N-Key / 6-Key rollover, 100% anti-ghosting, 1000MHz polling rate, detachable braided cable and even a USB passthrough via which you can recharge your mobile devices. What stands out the most however is the size of the Alloy FPS since thanks to the lack of dedicated macro and media keys and a wrist rest its' a lot more compact than most of its competition. The Alloy FPS however scores high in build quality too since it features a metal alloy top plate which not only improves its looks but also adds to its durability. Let’s take a closer look at the Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by HyperX shall we?