Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Features
      • 6
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Durability
      • 9
      • Utility
      • 9
      • Functionality
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.17
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Tactile mechanical keys
    • Clean simple design
    • Chargeable USB
    • Great consistent performance
  • Cons

    • A bit heavy
    • Cherry MX Blue switches are loud

Quick Take

A clean design, and laser focus make the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard a great choice for gamers who want a streamlined peripheral.


The Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard differentiates itself with its simplicity. Amongst the sea of loud aggressive peripherals, the understated Alloy stands out with a clean utilitarian design. This paired down gaming keyboard aims to offer top-notch performance with a sleek travel-friendly form factor.

This compact mechanical keyboard features a black borderless-steel frame and plastic keys. Despite the sleek design, the metallic frame is rather dense, weighing a total of 2.3 pounds. The device feels incredibly sturdy, further bolstering the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS as a travel-friendly keyboard. Thick rubber pads sit along the bottom of the device helping to anchor the keyboard to any surface. Two adjustable lifts sit just below the top two pads, providing an elevated typing angle.

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The Alloy ships with optional red textured WASD and 1234 keys. The red keys are raised slightly along the top to provide extra grip, as opposed to the standard black smooth keys. A detachable braided 2.0 USB cable, makes connecting the device a breeze. No software is necessary, you simply connect the device and the drivers will automatically load within seconds. It’s quick and convenient. The peripheral also ships with a cushioned mesh carrying case that helps to protect the device on the go.  Additionally, a charging USB port sits on the top right corner. The charger is perfect for charging a wireless mouse, or your cell phone while traveling.

HyperX red keysThere isn’t much in the way of additional features or keys, the Alloy does offer all of the essentials though including a full number pad and arrow keys. The Alloy makes excellent use of its real estate with solid key spacing. The Alloy also offers macro media controls, anti-ghosting with full N-Key rollover, and a game mode toggle that turns off the Window key so you won’t accidentally minimize your game.

While it has become the norm for high-end gaming keyboards to offer full RGB lighting, the Kingston HyperX Alloy is all about keeping it simple. Instead, the keyboard offers an attractive red LED backlight that can be toggled between six lighting modes and five brightness levels.

Hyper X CharingOf course, the crown jewel of any mechanical keyboard are the key switches, and the Alloy features a set of satisfying MX Cherry Blues similar to the mechanical keys we previously tested on the MSI GT80S Titan. If you like keys with a short activation and positive response, then the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS is perfect for you. I’ve personally been a long time fan of the MX Browns, but this week with the Alloy has been an absolute pleasure and has me seriously considering switching. Depending on how familiar you are with mechanical keyboards, the high activation of the MX Cherry Blues may be a bit awkward at first. The responsive keys can easily be activated without a full compression, but that also means that keys can be activated much faster than you’re typical keyboard, making them perfect for games that require constant and fast inputs.

While the keys of the Alloy can be activated with a quick concise stroke, the MX Cherry Blues also offers full consistent travel with satisfying feedback. I absolutely love the tactile sensation of the keys forceful feedback and the loud audible pop as each key snaps into place. I find the “clicky” noise personally satisfying (it almost makes me feel like I’m using a typewriter), but the loud keystrokes may bother your cubicle neighbors or roommates. Seriously MX Cherry Blues get loud and will easily be heard over the ambient noise of the office, so be aware if noise is an issue.

HyperX Mesh CaseIn terms of real world performance, the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS handles like a dream. It’s easy to get into a nice steady rhythm when working, in fact, this entire review was written using the keyboard. As for games, the responsive quick action keys make it easy to quickly register any command at a moment’s notice. I played a number of Overwatch matches and found the Alloy to be even more responsive than my Logitech G710+ at home.

In the world of gaming where so many companies are trying to win over fans with promises of more, it’s fantastic to see a company that delivers something with real focus. The Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard isn’t flashy. It doesn’t boast loads of programmable macro keys or an extensive software suite. There’s no exhaustive list of RGB lighting configurations. Instead, it’s just a really well-built keyboard.

With a durable simplistic design, great real-world performance, and a relatively affordable price at only $100 the Alloy is a fantastic choice for gamers who want a high-quality tailored product.

Pros:

  • Tactile mechanical keys
  • Clean simple design
  • Chargeable USB
  • Great consistent performance

Cons:

  • A bit heavy
  • Cherry MX Blue switches are loud


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