HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 22, 2021 at 08:44 am
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Picture
7.6
Mixed usage
9.2
Gaming
0.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
7.7
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is an outstanding gaming keyboard that feels very well-built, with an aluminum plate on top and small, grippy feet to prevent it from sliding around. It's only available with linear Kailh Silver Speed switches, which have a low actuation force and a short pre-travel distance, providing a light and responsive gaming experience. It also offers extra features like macro-programmable keys and full RGB backlighting, and you can easily customize it within the fantastic HyperX NGENUITY software, though it's only available on Windows. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are only okay, as it doesn't come with a wrist rest and has only one incline setting, but typing on it shouldn't cause much fatigue even during long gaming sessions.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed usage

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a good overall keyboard. It’s an outstanding choice for gaming thanks to its very responsive switches, macro-programmable keys, and customizable RGB backlighting. It’s good for programming, as it provides good typing quality and has fantastic companion software for easy customization, though it doesn’t have any dedicated macro keys. Sadly, it’s only decent for office use, as it’s quiet and well-built, but its short pre-travel may lead to more typos and its ergonomics aren't good because it lacks a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Good typing quality.
  • Fantastic software support with plenty of customization options.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with a wrist rest.
  • Can't be used with mobile devices.
9.2 Gaming

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is an outstanding keyboard for gaming. It feels very well-built and has extra features like macro-programmable keys and a Game Mode that acts as a Windows key lock. It uses linear Kailh Silver Speed switches that don’t require much force to actuate and provide a very responsive feel. The keyboard also comes with full RGB backlighting that’s easily customizable within the fantastic companion software.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Fantastic software support with plenty of customization options.
  • Very short pre-travel distance.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with a wrist rest.
0.9 Mobile/Tablet

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a wired keyboard that isn't recommended for use with mobile devices.

7.2 Office

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is only decent for office use. It’s a full-sized model that’s quiet enough for open-office environments. It has great build quality, though the ABS keycaps may feel a little slippery. It provides a good typing experience that shouldn’t cause much fatigue over time, but the quick responsiveness of the switches may lead to more typos if you're not used to it. Also, the ergonomics are only okay, as it only has one incline setting and doesn’t come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with a wrist rest.
  • Linear switches may lead to more typos.
7.7 Programming

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a good programming keyboard. It’s only available with linear Kailh Silver Speed switches, which don’t give any feedback at all but feel very light and responsive. The build quality is great, but the ergonomics are only okay as it lacks a wrist rest. On the plus side, it comes with nice extra features like macro-programmable keys, full RGB backlighting, and superb companion software offering plenty of customization options.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting.
  • Good typing quality.
  • Fantastic software support with plenty of customization options.
Cons
  • Doesn't come with a wrist rest.
  • No dedicated macro keys.
  • 7.6 Mixed usage
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 0.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 7.7 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 17.4" (44.2 cm)
Depth 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Weight 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is fairly large, as it's a full-sized keyboard with a NumPad. If you prefer a smaller model, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a TKL keyboard, but it has a single red color backlight instead of RGB.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB has great build quality. It's made out of plastic with an aluminum top plate and doesn't exhibit any flex at all. The ABS keycaps feel a little slippery, and all the alphanumerical keys have a slight wobble to them, but there aren't any noticeable loose parts. Also, there isn't much rattle as the larger keycaps use stabilizers. The feet are small but feel pretty grippy.

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

Ergonomics are only okay. The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB has only one incline setting and doesn't come with a wrist rest, though it's possible to purchase one separately from HyperX.

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

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can fully customize it to your liking in the companion software or cycle through brightness settings and profiles directly on the board.

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

This keyboard comes with a detachable braided mini-USB cable that retains kinks from the packaging.

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

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

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

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB has a few extra features. Every key on the keyboard is macro-programmable within the HyperX NGENUITY software. There are hotkeys for media control and a Game Mode that acts as a Windows Key lock, which prevents you from accidentally minimizing your game. There's also an extra USB charging port on the top right side, right next to where you plug in the mini-USB cable.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Alloy FPS RGB keyboard
  • User guide
  • Mini-USB cable

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Kailh Silver Speed
Feel
Linear
Actuation Force
41.6 gf
Pre-Travel
1.34 mm
Total Travel
3.73 mm

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB uses linear Kailh Silver Speed switches. There's no tactile bump to indicate when a keystroke is registered, and they don't require much force to actuate. The pre-travel distance is very short, which results in a very responsive feel, but it may cause more unintentional strokes to be registered.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB provides good typing quality. The keys wobble slightly, but it's not very noticeable or distracting during normal use. The ABS keycaps feel a bit slippery and may take some time to get used to. You may also notice an increase in typos if you're not used to the sensitivity of the switches. Overall, it feels pretty light and responsive, and shouldn't cause much fatigue even after typing on it for long periods.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise is quiet on this keyboard and it shouldn't bother people around you, even if you're in a noise-sensitive environment.

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 Alloy FPS RGB is compatible with the HyperX NGENUITY software, which is only available on Windows. It offers fantastic customization options, allowing you to set macros, customize RGB lighting, and save as many profiles as you'd like on the program. The keyboard also has onboard memory with space for up to three profiles, and you can easily carry those to another device that doesn't have access to the software, like a macOS computer. The cloud sync feature is available by using a Windows Live account, so you don't have to create an extra HyperX account for this.

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

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB 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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB, which is only available in this size and with the Kailh Silver Speed switches. However, there are similar keyboards available from HyperX, like the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro, but it's TKL, only has red backlighting, no software support, and is available with Cherry MX Red or Blue switches. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a fantastic gaming keyboard that's quite similar to the HyperX Alloy Elite 2, though it comes with different switches that have a much shorter pre-travel distance for more responsiveness. It has a few nice additions, like macro-programmable keys and full RGB backlighting, but it doesn't have a wrist rest and dedicated macros like some other gaming keyboards. However, it does offer good value for its price and should satisfy most gamers. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards under $100, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins performs better than the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB for all uses, though both are fantastic full-sized gaming keyboards. The Origins provides a better typing experience, thanks to its well-spaced and stable keys and proprietary linear HyperX Red switches that feel light and responsive. The FPS RGB uses linear Kailh Silver Speed switches, which have an even lower pre-travel distance, giving it a very responsive feel that’s great for gaming, but may lead to more typos.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

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 G513

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is a better gaming keyboard than the Logitech G513, but the Logitech is more versatile and performs better for office use and mixed usage. The HyperX has onboard memory to save your preferred settings, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. It's only available with linear Kailh Silver Speed switches, which have a very responsive feel that’s great for gaming. The Logitech has better ergonomics thanks to its detachable wrist rest, and it comes with dedicated macro keys and a USB passthrough to plug in other peripherals. It’s available in a variety of switches to suit your preferences.

HyperX Alloy Elite 2

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB and the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 perform very similarly and are both remarkable choices for gaming. The FPS RGB has a detachable cable, though it can only be used wired, and uses linear switches with a much lower pre-travel that results in a very responsive feel, which is great for gaming. On the other hand, the Elite 2 has more extra features, like dedicated media keys, a USB passthrough, and a control wheel.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is a better overall keyboard than the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB, though both are exceptional for gaming. The SteelSeries is a TenKeyLess keyboard, so it’s smaller and lighter. It comes with a detachable wrist rest and has dedicated media keys, a volume wheel, and a USB passthrough. It’s also fully compatible with Windows and macOS. That said, the HyperX is full-sized, so it has a Numpad and a Windows key lock, and the companion software allows you to create more profiles than the SteelSeries.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite performs better overall than the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB, but both options are fantastic for gaming. The Razer feels better-built and more comfortable. It has a wrist rest and more extra features like dedicated media keys, a volume wheel, and a USB passthrough. It also provides a better typing experience and is available in more than one switch type. On the other hand, the HyperX takes a bit less space on your desk, and the Kailh Silver Speed switches it uses have shorter pre-travel and should feel a bit more responsive.

Razer Huntsman

The Razer Huntsman and the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB perform very similarly and are both fantastic full-sized gaming keyboards. The Razer uses optical switches, whether clicky or linear. It feels slightly better-built and has two different incline settings. On the other hand, the HyperX uses normal mechanical linear switches, and its cable is detachable, though it can only be used wired. It also has an extra USB port that you can use to charge your phone.

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