HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 21, 2020 at 08:34 am
HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Picture
7.6
Mixed usage
9.0
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
7.7
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is an outstanding mechanical gaming keyboard. It has features most gamers are looking for, such as macro-programmable keys and customizable RGB backlighting. The proprietary HyperX Red switches provide a good typing experience and have a low actuation force. The dedicated NGENUITY software offers excellent customization options, but it's only available on Windows. It feels well-built with a steel plate on top, but the ABS keycaps feel like they're a bit cheap. It has dedicated media keys, great if you listen to music while gaming, and it has a USB passthrough, allowing you to connect your mouse or to charge your phone. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest and you may feel tired typing on it for long periods.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed usage

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is a good overall keyboard. It's an outstanding choice for gaming because of its linear switches' low actuation force, macro-programmable keys, and RGB lighting. It's a decent choice for office use as it has good typing quality. However, the keys don't offer any tactile feedback, and it doesn't provide much in terms of ergonomics.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • RGB backlighting.
  • Linear switches are light to press.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics.
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
9.0 Gaming

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is an outstanding gaming keyboard. It features proprietary HyperX Red switches, which have a low actuation force. It has full RGB backlighting and every key is macro-programmable. Sadly, using it may feel tiring for long gaming sessions and it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • RGB backlighting.
  • Linear switches are light to press.
  • Onboard memory.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics.
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is a wired keyboard that can't be used with mobile devices.

7.2 Office

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is decent for office use. The proprietary HyperX Red switches don't offer tactile feedback, so it's more difficult to know if you've actuated a key. However, the keys are well-spaced and they're very easy to actuate. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a wrist rest and you may feel tired using it for long periods.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Linear switches are light to press.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics.
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
7.7 Programming

Good for programming. The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 offers good typing quality with well-spaced keys. It has full RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to virtually any key. Unfortunately, the linear switches don't offer any feedback, and it may feel fatiguing typing on this keyboard for long periods without a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • RGB backlighting.
  • Good typing quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics.
  • ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap.
  • 7.6 Mixed usage
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 7.7 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.6 cm)
Width 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Depth 6.6" (16.9 cm)
Weight 3.4 lbs (1.5 kg)

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is a full-sized keyboard that takes up a good amount of space on the desk. It's deeper than the HyperX Alloy Origins because it has dedicated media keys on top.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Great build quality. The top plate of the frame is steel while the rest of the keyboard is made out of plastic, including the top row with the dedicated media controls. The volume wheel feels good, but the other media keys feel cheaper in comparison. It's sturdy, and even though it flexes just a bit, it shouldn't be an issue for most people. The ABS keycaps feel solid, but they give off a slippery and cheap feel. The keys wobble a bit, but it's not too distracting.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

Okay ergonomics. The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 has one incline setting. The feet feel solid and prevent the keyboard from sliding around easily.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can customize the color and lighting effects through the dedicated software.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard has a thick braided cable with two USB endings. One ending is to connect the keyboard to the computer, and the other is for the USB passthrough.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Wheel
USB Passthrough
Yes
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 has a good amount of extra features. Every key is macro-programmable through the dedicated software, except for the media keys. There's a 'Game' mode that acts as a Windows Key Lock, which prevents you from accidentally minimizing your game. The USB passthrough works; you just have to make sure both USB plugs are connected to the computer.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Alloy Elite 2
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
HyperX Red
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
43.1 gf
Pre-Travel
2.22 mm
Total Travel
4.07 mm

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 comes with proprietary linear HyperX Red switches, which are similar to the Cherry MX Red switches found on the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. There's no tactile bump and they don't require much force to actuate. The pre-travel distance is a bit high compared to the advertised 1.8mm, but this may be due to manufacturing differences.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Good typing quality. The keys are well-spaced, so you won't accidentally hit the wrong key. The ABS keycaps feel a bit cheap on the surface, but they're solid and don't wobble all that much. The higher pre-travel distance leads to a slower typing speed than other keyboards with linear switches.

Unfortunately, you may feel fatigue while typing without a wrist rest. If you want a better typing experience, take a look at the Razer Pro Type.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The HyperX Red switches are quiet and shouldn't bother others around you.

Software and Operating System
9.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software HyperX NGENUITY
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The HyperX NGENUITY is currently only available to download on the Microsoft Store. You can set macros, customize RGB lighting, and you can save as many profiles as you like on the program. The keyboard has onboard memory for up to three profiles, and you can carry those profiles to another computer that doesn't have access to the software, such as a macOS computer. You can access the cloud sync feature through your Windows Live account, which is a nice touch because you won't have to create an extra HyperX account.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is only fully compatible with Windows. All keys work on Linux, but there's no software support. There's no software on macOS, and the Pause/Break and Scroll Lock keys don't work.

Compared to other keyboards

The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is an outstanding full-sized gaming keyboard. It has more features than some other mechanical keyboards, such as a USB passthrough and dedicated media keys. Unfortunately, you can't get it in a variety of switches, like the similarly-priced Corsair K70 RGB MK.2, and the proprietary linear switches aren't ideal for office use because they don't offer tactile feedback. Also see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins is better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The Origins feels better-built, the linear switches have a lower pre-travel distance, and the typing quality is better. However, the Elite 2 has dedicated media keys and a USB passthrough.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is much better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The SteelSeries has unique optical switches that you can customize the pre-travel distance, and at its lowest, they offer a quick gaming experience. Its software is also compatible with macOS and it has better ergonomics. However, the HyperX has a Windows Key Lock.

Corsair K95 PLATINUM

The Corsair K95 PLATINUM is better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The Corsair comes with a wrist rest, it has dedicated macro keys, and the Cherry MX Speed switches we tested have a much lower pre-travel distance. However, the keycaps on the HyperX feel a bit more solid and don't come off as easily.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman is slightly better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The Razer comes with proprietary Razer Optical switches, which are easier to press and offer a low pre-travel distance, but they're loud. On the other hand, the HyperX has a USB passthrough, dedicated media keys, and the HyperX Red switches are quiet.

Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE

The Corsair K70 RAPIDFIRE is a bit better than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2. The Corsair comes with a wrist rest, the switches have a much lower pre-travel distance, and it offers better typing quality. However, the HyperX has onboard memory and full RGB backlighting.

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