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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
Mixed usage
Connectivity Wired
TenKeyLess (80%)

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.

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

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.

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.

  • 6.8 Mixed usage
  • 6.7 Gaming
  • 2.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 6.8 Programming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
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.

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

Board Design
Incline Settings
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.

Backlighting Yes
Color Red
Brightness Settings
Individually Backlit Keys

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.

Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Mini USB

The keyboard comes with a detachable braided cable.

Wireless Versatility
Proprietary Receiver
Multi-Device Pairing
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.

Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
Extra Controls
USB Passthrough
Numpad No
Windows Key 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.

In The Box

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

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Key Switches
Cherry MX Red
Actuation Force
51.0 gf
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.

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

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

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

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 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 G413

The Logitech G413 is a better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro if you prefer customization options. It features red backlighting and you set your favorite effects as well. However, if you prefer linear switches and want more space for your mouse when gaming, the TKL design of the Alloy FPS Pro could be a better option.

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

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

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.

Varmilo VA87M

The Varmilo VA87M is a better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. The Varmilo doesn't need as much force to actuate the Cherry MX Red switches and its build quality is a bit better overall. That said, the HyperX is fully compatible with Linux.

Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard

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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