Priced at $169 (£149, AU$229), the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB would have been probably the most inexpensive RGB-lit gaming keyboard – had it launch two years in the past. Nonetheless, in the identical time span, the Corsair Ok95 RGB Platinum has since come down in worth to $169 (£184, AU$249). In the meantime, Cooler Grasp has come out with an much more budget-friendly $149 (£149, AU$189) MasterKeys MK750.
With virtually no options to make itself distinctive and inferior customization choices, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB comes up towards stiff competitors. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless one among our favourite gaming keyboards and subsequently worthy of reward.
There’s nothing new to notice concerning the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB’s design. It’s a carbon copy of the Alloy Elite – or vice versa going when you go by which was introduced first – besides the pink backlight has been upgraded to a full spectrum of RGB LEDs.
The per-key RGB lighting and 18-zone mild bar are spectacular. Not solely do they show all the colours underneath the rainbow, the entire lighting is evenly subtle, as we might anticipate from Razer and Corsair, whom we think about to be the masters of RGB lighting.
That mentioned, the combination of metal and plastic leaves extra to be desired at this worth level. For as a lot because the Alloy Elite RGB prices, we might have anticipated your entire system to be product of steel. As a substitute solely the body across the keys is product of metal, whereas the highest lip, the place the media keys stand, is product of plastic, and the identical goes for the remainder of the keyboard.
As we complained with the Corsair Ok63 Wi-fi, the Alloy Elite RGB’s palm relaxation is little greater than a chunk of plastic with a coat of sentimental contact paint. Comparatively, the much more inexpensive MasterKeys MK750 comes with a magnetic and barely pillowy wrist relaxation.
The excellent news is that this keyboard has a really clear setup with a simple, frameless design. Alongside the highest of the peripheral, you’ll additionally discover among the largest media shortcut keys within the trade alongside an honest-to-god quantity wheel we want had been on extra gadgets.
With the Alloy Elite RGB, Hyper launched its first piece of software program, and it reveals. It’s not a lot that the NGenuity – HyperX’s software program answer – is horrible, but it surely feels slightly opaque.
For starters, to even get began with customizing your lighting or macros, you must create an preliminary profile. From there, you may dive into your freshly created profile to start out constructing your RBG look, however then met with three separate menus for international results, adjusting colours in zones or freeform to customise particular person keys.
It’s all slightly convoluted and, not like Razer Chroma or Corsair CUE, there’s no solution to stack lighting results, so it feels slightly behind the curve.
After all, all of this can solely matter for many who prefer to high quality tune each key with a precise shade. For probably the most half, we had been proud of the usual wave sample. HyperX additionally has a singular ‘Flame’ sample that causes a small ripple of lighting to burst round any key you press whereas taking pictures a jet of illumination throughout the sunshine bar.
There’s additionally loads the peripheral maker is doing proper, with its first piece of software program together with the flexibility to export and import profiles.
The keyboard comes preloaded with lighting profiles for nearly each in style PC sport at present accessible, together with a number of titles we weren’t anticipating to see on the checklist, resembling Firewatch. The corporate additionally plans to replace its web site with an ever-growing roster of lighting profiles for brand new video games as they launch as properly.
We’ve little question that HyperX may also enhance on its NGenuity software program within the close to future.
Regardless of being largely product of plastic, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is a totally strong platform for all of our typing and gaming wants. Outfitted with genuine Cherry MX switches select between the Blue, Brown and Purple varieties.
This time round, our evaluate unit got here with Cherry MX Blue switches – this editor’s favourite – they usually ship an amazingly tactile expertise for each gaming and our common day by day use. Nonetheless, when you’re on the lookout for a keyboard designed for purely gaming, it’s exhausting to move up the Cherry MX Pace switches you’ll discover on the equally-priced Corsair Ok95 RGB Platinum.
The Alloy Elite RGB is a full-featured peripheral with all of the lighting, media keys and options worthy of being HyperX’s flagship gaming keyboard. Nonetheless, when you look slightly outdoors of the corporate’s lineup, you’ll discover different choices just like the Corsair Ok95 RGB Platinum and Cooler Grasp MasterKeys MK750, at an equal, if no more inexpensive, worth level.
We love HyperX’s easy, simple design a lot that we’re prepared to look previous the dearth of options and software program humps – which we hope might be smoothed over in time. For those who’re on the lookout for a easy keyboard that also lights up like the perfect of them and feels strong all through, it is a nice alternative.