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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 11, 2020 at 07:29 am
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
6.8
Mixed usage
6.7
Gaming
2.5
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
6.8
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a decent gaming keyboard with an impressive build quality. The Cherry MX Red variant that we tested offers a great typing experience; it feels light and responsive, while keeping typing noise to a minimum. Unfortunately, even though this keyboard has backlighting, it's limited to a single red color and there's no software for customization. Overall, it's a keyboard that's designed for those who only need the bare minimum; if you need more features, you may want to take a look at the HyperX Alloy Origins.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed usage

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a decent keyboard for most uses. It offers a great typing experience that doesn't feel tiring, and its Cherry MX Red switches should satisfy even the most hardcore gamers. The lack of programmable keys is disappointing, but its quiet typing noise makes it suitable for almost any work environment.

6.7 Gaming

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a decent keyboard for gaming. It feels very responsive and won't cause any fatigue during long gaming sessions. MMO players will find the lack of dedicated macro keys disappointing. For those who like dark room gaming, the keys are easy to see due to its great backlighting, but customization is limited, as there's no software support at this time.

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2.5 Mobile/Tablet

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

7.4 Office

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a satisfactory keyboard for office use. The keyboard is comfortable to type on and isn't fatiguing, but it doesn't come with a wrist rest if you need the extra support. Its typing noise is quiet and shouldn't bother your colleagues, and it has good compatibility with all desktop operating systems, though some keys don't work on macOS.

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6.8 Programming

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is an okay keyboard for programming. Its mechanical switches offer a light typing experience that won't tire you out, and it has a great build quality that should last for years. Sadly, it doesn't have any programmable keys, but it does have good compatibility with all desktop operating systems.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 6.8 Mixed usage
  • 6.7 Gaming
  • 2.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 6.8 Programming
Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No programmable keys.

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Black Alloy FPS Pro
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 14.2" (36.0 cm)
Depth 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Weight 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a small, tenkeyless keyboard. There's a full size variant with a NumPad, the Alloy FPS, but it uses different switches.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. The frame is plastic on the bottom with a steel plate on top. The board exhibits a little bit of flex, but its overall build feels fairly sturdy. The keycaps are made of high quality ABS plastic and the kickstands feel solid.

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

Ergonomics are okay. The keyboard has one incline setting and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, though you can purchase one separately from HyperX. If you want a wrist rest included, then check out the Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard.

8.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color Red
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The keyboard only has red backlighting. Since there's no software support, customization is done on the keyboard. There are six lighting effects to choose from.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Mini USB

The keyboard comes with a detachable braided cable.

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

This is a wired-only keyboard. If you want a similar keyboard with wireless connectivity, check out the Corsair K63 Wireless.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

There are hotkeys for media control and a 'Game Mode' hotkey to lock the Windows key, which prevents you from accidentally minimizing your game.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard
  • User guide
  • Mini-USB to USB cable

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Red
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
51.0 gf
Pre-Travel
1.95 mm
Total Travel
4.07 mm

We tested the Cherry MX Red variant of this keyboard. These switches are linear, so they don't have a tactile bump to indicate when a keystroke is registered. Actuation force is low and shouldn't require a lot of force to press the keys.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Typing quality is great. It feels light and responsive, and shouldn't cause any fatigue over time. Although the keycaps are ABS, they feel nice to type on; however, the spacebar has a slight wobble. It feels very similar to the HyperX Alloy Origins, but just a tad heavier due to the higher actuation force.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise is quiet on this keyboard and should be fine for most offices, but it can be loud if you bottom out the keys, and the spacebar has a slight rattle.

Software and Operating System
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Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no software for customization.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro has good compatibility. All keys function properly on Windows and Linux, but Scroll Lock and Pause/Break don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro with Cherry MX Red switches, but it can be purchased with Cherry MX Blue switches as well. Aside from the overall typing experience, most of our results are applicable to the other variant. There's also a full-size version called the HyperX Alloy FPS, which has a NumPad, but it uses Cherry MX Brown switches instead.

Compared to other keyboards

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a pretty basic mechanical keyboard. It doesn't have a lot of features compared to other keyboards on the market, but its Cherry MX switches feel great to type on. It's very similar to the Redragon K552-RGB, though it doesn't have as many customization options for its backlighting.

HyperX Alloy Origins
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The HyperX Alloy Origins is significantly better than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. The Alloy Origins has a much better build quality, and it has a full RGB backlighting with much more customization options due to its software support. The Alloy Origins uses proprietary switches that feel lighter to type on, and it has onboard memory to save profiles.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is much better than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. The Alloy FPS Pro has mechanical switches that feel much more responsive than the rubber dome switches found on the Alloy Core, and it has a significantly better build quality. The Alloy FPS Pro has individually lit backlighting instead of the zone lighting of the Alloy Core, but the Alloy Core has dedicated media keys.

Redragon K552-RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Redragon K552-RGB is a bit better than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. They're practically identical in build quality and features, but the Redragon has full RGB backlighting and has more customization options than the HyperX. The only other difference is that the HyperX offers a Cherry MX Red variant, while the Redragon only has clicky mechanical switches.

Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is much better than the Logitech K840. The Alloy FPS Pro has a significantly better build quality and backlighting, while the K840 doesn't have backlighting and has cheap pad printed keycaps. The FPS Pro's Cherry MX Red switches provide a much better typing experience compared to K840's Romer-G switches, but the K840 has software support and programmable keys.

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