Pick a key, a menu appears in the open area below, and is where you can pick from default functionality, another keyboard function, mouse function, multimedia, recorded Macro, Windows shortcuts, open something, or disable it. The bottom of the keyboard is flat, but the plastic is textured. A select few other companies are also offering this sort of an option when it comes to switches, and in our opinion are the only keyboards to rightfully be called Gaming Keyboards. With the wide availability and a price suited for the masses, so far we see not a single reason why you should pass up the opportunity to give the Alloy FPS RGB a try, as it is the best of what HyperX is currently offering in RGB backlit gaming mechanical keyboards. The cardboard around the keyboard is folded over for shock protection, and holds the keyboard snugly in place. Near the bottom of the chart we see that the cable is detachable and braided, totaling 1.8 meters in length. Then it comes to control and onboard storage, this is the chip taking care of all of the finer details while you click away on the keyboard. While many will never see the PCB or anything inside of the keyboard for that matter, since we had it open, why not see what is going on. The F-keys, on the other hand, do offer dual functionality, as seen with the various icons on them. F6 will play the previous track, F7 is the play/pause button, and F8 selects the next track. The second thing is that the switches are exposed, and the bodies of said switches are clear. All told, the Alloy FPS RGB we have in our hands is in excellent condition. These are located just between the command keys and the number pad for reference. Far to the right are the lock LED indicators next to the HyperX name, as well as a full number pad, with optional arrow keys on it. However, every once in a while, HyperX also chooses to go with one switch only for the design, and what we have now happens to be one of them. Paperwork can be found under it, and the cable is found in the section of cardboard with the hole to lift it out. The ARM Cortex-M0 processor is a 32-bit, LPC11U35F/410, which is more than capable of handling what the Alloy FPS RGB offers in features and software options. Then, paint the outside black, leave the legend black, and you keep the lighting to a minimum and only brightest where it is needed most. These are made to take on the Cherry MX Speed switches we have seen in Corsair keyboards, but they are somewhat different in feel than the Cherry versions. Inside of the box, we find the keyboard wrapped in clear plastic to keep dust off the keyboard as well as help against abrasions. It also comes in handy for reference while getting used to a new keyboard. This last bit can be found by clicking on the gear icon at the top. All of the Alloy models sport a frameless design, which exposed the switches so that the LED lighting shines better and further. After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. It is here that you can select and save your favorite colors, pick a color associated with each of the modes, and via a menu to the right, you can choose trigger, explosion, or HyperX Flame not Frame. The smallest side of the box is identical. First is the key assignment, which is easy to do. All of the Alloy keyboards have LED lighting, but only some of them are RGB LED backlit, and the one we have for you now falls into the latter category. A single shot keycap, done in white, allows light to pass through easily. When it comes with linear switches, and the fact that they are some of the lightest switches in the game, we are constantly adding letters here and there or an odd number or two as we type our way across the keys. Much of what we saw on the other side is found looking here, but now the first three rows of keys are flat, while the back three lean even more forward than before. As to the mini-USB connection, it plugs into the back of the keyboard. That is not to say it is not solid or sturdy, but it does bring up something we will address later. F1, F2, and F3 are used to switch profiles. As for the white paper, it can be unfolded to see the keyboard layout, how to use the software, how to connect the keyboard to the PC, as well as what the function keys do. It is solid, so much so that torsional flex is not present. The Macro Library is where you go to record a Macro, and you can name them use delays, and it even has a way to insert commands to fine tune it after attempts may fail to use it. © 1999-2020. Due to the switch action, gaming with them is a breeze, and with all of the other accouterments such as dual layer key functionality and software customizations, the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard is a product worthy of the name and leaves nothing on the table as to give anyone reason to dislike it. The exposed LEDs on the keyswitches amp up brightness of the RGB backlighting which can be customized with the easy-to-use HyperX NGenuity software to make your stream really stand out.