HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 11, 2020 at 07:29 am
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Picture
7.7
Gaming
3.6
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.1
Programming
4.3
Entertainment / HTPC
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

7.7 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.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No programmable keys.
3.6 Mobile/Tablet

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

7.6 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.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No programmable keys.
7.1 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.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No programmable keys.
4.3 Entertainment / HTPC

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No programmable keys.
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 3.6 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.1 Programming
  • 4.3 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Feb 26, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.900 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
Keycap Material ABS

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. If you want a keyboard with PBT keycaps instead, consider the Varmilo VA87M.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
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.

8.0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
Red
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Red Only
Effects
Yes
Programmable
No

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. If you want full RGB lighting, look into the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 or the HyperX Alloy Origins 60.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
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
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
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
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

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
Operating Force
52 gf
Actuation Force
55 gf
Pre-Travel
2.1 mm
Total Travel
4.0 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.

7.4
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
10.9 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro's latency is decent and is likely fine for everyday tasks and casual gaming. However, if you're a more serious or competitive gamer, you may prefer a keyboard with exceptionally low latency, like the EVGA Z20.

Software and Operating System
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Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
No
Ease Of Use
No Software
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no software for customization. If you want a similar keyboard with software, check out the Logitech G413 instead.

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. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards under $100, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Redragon K552-RGB

The Redragon K552-RGB and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are good TenKeyLess gaming keyboards with great build qualities. The Redragon has full RGB lighting, 18 lighting effects, and you can set colors for individual keys. It comes with clicky Outemu Blue switches and doesn't have any other switch types available. On the other hand, the HyperX has significantly better latency, a better-feeling typing quality, and although it has backlighting, it's only in red and only has six lighting effects. Our unit has linear Cherry MX Red switches, but it’s also available with clicky Cherry MX Blue switches.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins is significantly better than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro for gaming. The Alloy Origins has a much better build quality and full RGB backlighting, whereas the Alloy FPS Pro's is only in red. The Alloy Origins' latency is much lower, and it uses proprietary linear switches that are easier to actuate. It's also more customizable because it has software support, which the Alloy FPS Pro lacks.

Logitech G413

Although they're both designed for gaming, the Logitech G413 and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are quite different. The Logitech is a full-size keyboard and is only available with Romer-G Tactile switches, while the HyperX is a TKL keyboard that's available with Cherry MX Red or Blue switches. The Logitech is better for gaming because it has much lower latency, macro-programmable keys, and customization software.

Ducky One 2

The Ducky One 2 performs better overall than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. The Ducky is available in different variants, including one with full RGB backlighting, and you can get it with a wider variety of switches. All keys are macro-programmable on the Ducky, and it offers better typing quality. However, the HyperX is fully compatible with Linux, and since it's a TKL keyboard, it's easier to carry around.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are both mechanical gaming keyboards. The Origins 60 has RGB backlighting and much lower latency, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. Also, the Origins 60 has customization software. On the other hand, if you want a dedicated F-row, dedicated arrow keys, and you don't mind only having red backlighting, the FPS PRO could be a good choice. Also, the FPS PRO is available with Cherry MX Red linear switches and Cherry MX Blue clicky switches, while the Origins 60 is only available with HyperX Red linear switches.

HyperX Alloy Core RGB

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.

HyperX Alloy FPS RGB

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a better overall keyboard than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. The FPS RGB is a fairly large full-sized keyboard that comes with full RGB backlighting, macro-programmable keys, and outstanding software support for easy customization. On the contrary, the FPS Pro is a small, TenKeyLess keyboard designed for those who need the bare minimum. It only has red backlighting and doesn’t have any software support, meaning you can’t reprogram keys.

Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard

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

Varmilo VA87M

The Varmilo VA87M and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are almost identical in feature and performance. The Varmilo feels better built because it has PBT keycaps, and it's available in more switch options. The Varmilo has white backlighting, while the HyperX's is red.

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