HyperX is a fast rising star in the gaming peripheral scene. We've reviewed the Cloud Stinger and the Alloy FPS previously, but the Alloy Elite might just be my favorite keyboard yet.
The Alloy Elite is heavier than the FPS edition. This gives it far more stability when it is being moved around the table or shoved aside during sudden rage-quitting moments. The heavier frame also gives it a much sturdier feel. It won't survive being thrown out the window, but it will happily take the punishment which results from aggressive gameplay.
The USB cord is non-detachable this time around. The USB pass through at the back of the keyboard also does more than charge mobile devices, as you will be able fit headphones and Bluetooth dongles inside of it.
The snap on wrist rest is a nice addition from the box. It's comfortable and easy to detach whenever not needed.
Comfort with the keys depends on what kind of
Cherry MX switches the keyboard has. The Elite comes in three variants: red,
blue, and brown. The unit we received for review arrived in red, which is the
perceived norm of what gamers prefer. Keyboards with red switches don't need a
full press of the key in order for it to register. If you're a typist, you
might want blue switches because you need to press the key all the way down for
it to register (it also has that "clicky" sound, which typists find fulfilling).
Jump to brown switches instead if you don't like the loud clicking sounds.
The WASD and 1-2-3-4 keys are replaceable with HyperX's silver textured keys. The changes go far beyond aesthetics, as the slight elevation and texture can be felt while gaming.
It is now easier to control the Elite's red backlight. A dedicated button can be found on the upper left part of the keyboard that can switch to six different lighting modes. New to the keyboard is a light bar with another dedicated button that controls its intensity.
The media keys in the upper right part of the keyboard are a welcome addition. It's fun to toy with the volume roller, even when you aren't using it to change your audio levels.
The HyperX Alloy Elite doesn't come with software that allows further customization. I'm not against this, as it tells me that HyperX is dedicated to giving consumers a strong gaming experience from the get-go. More control over the bling and additional neon colors would be great, but that's just me nitpicking at the small things.
This leads me to believe that the Alloy Elite is targeted to those who want a more plug-and-play experience. The absence of Macro keys contributes to this, which is a shame since the Elite feels like a great pierce of hardware for MOBA games.
The Alloy FPS had stood out among our favorite mechanical keyboards. The Alloy Elite has easily topped that with slight design adjustments and the inclusion of media keys. The light bar looks good and the wrist rest allows you to cool down during long loading times. On top of that, the Elite is a little more affordable compared to its competitors. Those extra few bucks you save could get you several loot boxes from Overwatch.