The HyperX Alloy Core RGB Keyboard
With the rise of so many keyboards in the market right now, one must wonder what to pick up. Kingston has come out with its budget offering, The “HyperX Alloy Core RGB” A Beautiful, Premium, Eye-catching and Well-built keyboard. The HyperX lineup of products has always been targeted towards all sorts of Gamers. Most Gamers nowadays prefer Mechanical keys than the age-old membrane keyboards, but the Alloy Core actually might be a viable option since most of the good Mech’ ones are really expensive.
Today we’re going to be reviewing this keyboard and see if it lives up to its standard from a Gamer’s perspective. So let’s skip the introduction and get right into the review!
The first time I saw this keyboard I was honestly impressed at how good it was. The HyperX Alloy Core has a very Gamer-ish aesthetic, a black matte finish and trust me it honestly looks damn good for the price.
It comes with RGB backlighting of 16.7M programmable colors. The lightning on this keyboard is especially commendable as no part of the keyboard looks unevenly lit. The sides of the keyboard have a unique vented texture, though they don’t provide any ventilation for the keyboard they make it look sexy. The front of the keyboard does come with a wrist rest but it is very small which is quite a letdown but consider that most keyboards don’t have one.
The front does have an angled finish and has the HyperX logo at the center. There is also another branding placed on the top of the keyboard just by the wire, This metallic and reflective design alone makes the keyboard look and feel premium. The only complaint from me is that be that they could have maybe created the same finish on the front of the keyboard for the HyperX logo. The Cable of the keyboard is braided which is a trait you only see on expensive keyboards and this helps keep the cable from snapping or getting tangled.
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- Key-Type: Membrane
- Backlight: RGB (5 Zones Multi-color Customization)
- Light effects: 6 LED modes and 3 brightness levels
- Connection Type: USB 2.0
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz
- Anti-Ghosting: Multi-key anti-ghosting
- Media Control: Yes
- Game Mode: Yes
- Spill Resistance: Tested up to 120ml of liquid
- OS Compatibility: Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7
- Cable Type: Attached, Braided
- Cable Length: 1.8m
- Dimensions(WxDxH): 443.20mm x 175.31mm x 35.68mm
- Weight: 1121g
The HyperX Alloy Core is an entry-level keyboard that comes with a plastic frame, but it doesn’t mean to say it is cheap. In fact, it is well constructed and quite heavy as well. The Alloy Core has Dedicated Media Keys which are very useful if you watch a lot of content, quickly want to turn up/down the volume or straight up mute it. It is very convenient to have them laid out on the keyboard without having to use any macros. This, in my opinion, is truly a great addition to the Alloy Core as most keyboards don’t offer this kind of functionality.
Now we’ll be looking at the keys of the Alloy Core.
The HyperX Alloy Core is a membrane keyboard. So, you guessed it right, these are plastic keys that don’t use any switches underneath but rather a mushy pad to detect presses. The keyboard is spill-resistant, so if you accidentally spill any liquid on your keyboard, it will just drain through the holes at the bottom of the keyboard(up to 120ml). This doesn’t mean you can dump this in water and later expect it to work.
The Keys are made out of plastic, but they are double injection keys which means that they last very long without having any worry of them wearing out. The Keys of the Alloy Core do not feel like a normal membrane keyboard, they are somewhere in the middle of being a membrane and a mechanical key. The keys are not very loud but they are definitely not silent, they do feel a bit clicky, but they don’t suffer from any type of key-wobble that makes the keyboard miss input.
The Keys can be removed if you want to clean them but you can’t swap them out with other types of keycaps. The Alloy Core RGB comes with Anti-ghosting, Game Mode, 6 key RollOver and a Maximum Report Rate of 1000Hz.
You can get a very comfortable experience of typing on this keyboard, it is not as good as typing on a mechanical keyboard but certainly better than most membrane keyboards out there. I was easily able to get to my average typing speed of 80 WPM(Words Per Minute).
The keyboards RGB can be controlled with these 2 buttons. The Alloy Core RGB comes with 6 different modes and they can all be customized on the keyboard itself but you have no Ngenuity support :[ .
Color Cycle, Spectrum Wave, Breathing, Solid, 5 Zones, and Aurora. Personally I find the Aurora the best mode to use.
The first key is used to adjust the brightness of the backlighting, the second key is used to change the mode and the third key is used to switch on Game Mode.
In case you wanted more control over the adjustments you can use the
FN + Up/Down Arrow Key – Control the speed of the mode.
FN + Left/Right Arrow Key – Change the colors.
Like I said this keyboard is not silent but it isn’t as loud as Cherry MX keys. You can peacefully use this keyboard knowing the person sitting next to you won’t get irritated by the annoying clicking sound.
- A Sturdy and well-built frame along with spill resistance.
- Dedicated Multimedia Keys
- Silent and Anti-Ghosting Keys
- RGB with dedicated keys to control brightness and modes
- Braided Cable
- Membrane Keyboard
- No support for other types of keycaps
- HyperX Ngenuity is not supported
Honestly, I’m not a fan of membrane keyboards but after using the HyperX Alloy Core RGB I think this is certainly worth considering to purchase, because of all the functionality it offers over other membrane keyboards. If you’re a person that does not care about Mechanical switches, wants something that is branded, looks and feels premium at an affordable cost then you’re looking at one of the best keyboards under 4k. Honestly, I would recommend the Alloy Core RGB over the Razer Cyanosa only because of its pricing here in India. It is a great offering from HyperX and we would like to thank them for sending in the Alloy Core RGB for a review! ?
Amazon Link: HyperX Alloy Core