HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 30, 2021 at 09:59 am
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Picture
9.2
Gaming
4.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.9
Programming
4.9
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a compact 60% mechanical gaming keyboard. Thanks to its aluminum body, it feels fantastically well-built. It uses HyperX Red linear switches which feel very light and responsive, and they require less force to actuate than other linear switches do. It has full RGB backlighting with an extremely customizable brightness level, letting you bring the minimum brightness to 1%, which isn't something we see on most keyboards. The click latency is incredibly low, so it should feel very responsive while gaming. You can set macros to any key you want using the NGENUITY software; however, its customization software is only available on Windows. Unfortunately, while it has two incline settings, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Our Verdict

9.2 Gaming

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is fantastic for gaming. This very well-built keyboard uses HyperX Red linear switches, which feel very light and responsive. It has an incredibly low click latency, full RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to any key through the NGENUITY software. Unfortunately, while it has two incline settings, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Feel fantastically well-built.
  • Light and responsive linear switches.
  • Incredibly low click latency.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Mediocre ergonomics.
  • Customization software only available on Windows.
4.4 Mobile/Tablet

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a wired keyboard and isn't designed for use with a mobile device.

7.6 Office

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is good for office use. This very well-built keyboard uses HyperX Red linear switches that feel very light to type on and are quiet, so they shouldn't bother anyone around you in a quiet setting. Unfortunately, it isn't wireless so you can't pair it to multiple devices at once. Also, while it has two incline settings, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Feel fantastically well-built.
  • Quiet typing noise.
  • Light and responsive linear switches.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Mediocre ergonomics.
  • Customization software only available on Windows.
7.9 Programming

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is very good for programming. This very well-built keyboard uses HyperX Red linear switches that feel very light and shouldn't cause any fatigue; however, the compact size may cause you to make more typos and to type slower if you aren't used to the condensed layout. It has full, customizable RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys. Unfortunately, it isn't wireless, so you can't pair it to multiple devices at once. Also, while it has two incline settings, it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Feel fantastically well-built.
  • Light and responsive linear switches.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Mediocre ergonomics.
  • Wired-only design.
  • Customization software only available on Windows.
4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 isn't ideal for home theater PC setups. It's a wired keyboard, which isn't ideal if you want to avoid running a cable across the living room. It also lacks a trackpad, so you need a mouse to navigate the user interface. Due to its compact size, it doesn't have any dedicated media keys.

Pros
  • Customizable RGB backlighting.
Cons
  • Wired-only design.
  • No trackpad or trackball.
  • Customization software only available on Windows.
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 4.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.9 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Width 11.7" (29.6 cm)
Depth
4.1" (10.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.63 lbs (0.740 kg)
9.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 feels incredibly well-built. Its aluminum chassis and base plate feel sturdy and have no flex to them. The base plate has a smooth, matte black finish, and the PBT doubleshot keycaps don't accumulate oils or fingerprints. The secondary functions are printed onto the front-facing side of the keys, so they're easy to see when using the keyboard; however, light doesn't shine through them. Unfortunately, the keys don't feel very stable since there's some wobble to them. While it isn't unreasonable, it is noticeable. It comes with an additional spacebar and HyperX keycap, but note that they're made of ABS plastic and not PBT like the other keycaps already on the board.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
3 °
Medium Incline
9 °
Maximum Incline
14.5 °
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics are just okay. It has two incline settings, with a very steep maximum setting that may cause some wrist strain. The four rubber feet and the rubber pads on each kickstand feel sturdy and shouldn't collapse if you push the keyboard forwards. Note that while the HyperX website advertises the two inclines at 7 degrees and 11 degrees, we measured 9 degrees and 14.5 degrees, respectively.

9.6
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Poor
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys that can be customized via HyperX's NGENUITY software. Its color mixing ability is poor since white looks more like a bluish-purple. You can change the brightness level from the board itself, but the software lets you set the brightness even lower to 1%. While the letters hardly show in our Minimum Brightness photo, they're legible in person if you're in a very dark room.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60's USB-C to USB-A cable is detachable, making it easy to replace if it gets damaged or if you want to replace it with a different one.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator No Indicator

You can set macros to any key on the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and change the backlighting effects using the NGENUITY software. Secondary functions, including the media keys, can be accessed through hotkeys.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Alloy Origins 60 keyboard
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Additional spacebar and HyperX keycap
  • Keycap puller
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
HyperX Red
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
45 gf
Actuation Force
45 gf
Pre-Travel
2.0 mm
Total Travel
3.9 mm

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 uses proprietary linear switches which require less force to actuate than other linear switches. They feel very responsive and very light to type on. Since they're linear switches, they don't provide any tactile feedback. If you prefer a different switch feel, the Ducky One 2 Mini V2 is also a 60% compact keyboard that is available in a very wide variety of switch types.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 has very good typing quality. The PBT keycaps feel nice, but the keys wobble noticeably while typing. The HyperX Red linear switches feel very light and responsive, but since they require slightly less force to actuate than other linear switches, you may find yourself typing slower than usual to correct accidentally-hit keys. If you aren't used to typing on a compact keyboard, you might need to focus more than usual on making sure you're hitting the correct keys.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

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

9.1
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
5.6 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The latency is incredibly low, which should provide a very responsive gaming experience.

Software and Operating System
9.3
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name HyperX NGENUITY
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
Yes
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is compatible with HyperX's NGENUITY software, which lets you customize the backlighting, the hotkeys, and set macros to any key you want. However, it can only be downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Store, so macOS or Linux users can't install it. The Cloud Sync feature relies on your Microsoft account to save your settings, so any computer with NGENUITY that's signed in to your account will have your customizations.

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

Since the NGENUITY software is only available on Windows, Linux and macOS users can't customize the keyboard. Like most keyboards, the Print Screen button doesn't work on macOS. However, all the keys function properly on Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 has a full-sized variant called the HyperX Alloy Origins and a TKL variant called the HyperX Alloy Origins Core, both of which offer similar features to the Origins 60 but have different layouts. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is an incredible gaming keyboard. It uses HyperX Red linear switches, which feel very light and responsive, but they require less force to actuate than other linear switches, like Cherry MX Red or Gateron Red. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys; however, it isn't good at color mixing, so setting the lighting to white may have hints of other colors in it.

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

Razer Huntsman Mini

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Razer Huntsman Mini are both compact 60% mechanical gaming keyboards. Both have full RGB with individually-lit keys and easy-to-use customization software that are both only available on Windows. Also, all keys on both boards are macro programmable. The Razer is available with Razer's clicky optical switches and linear optical switches, while the HyperX is only available with HyperX linear switches. 

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins and the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 are very similar gaming keyboards, but they have different layouts. The Origins is a full-sized keyboard, while the Origins 60 has a compact 60% layout. Aside from that, the Origins 60 comes with PBT keycaps instead of ABS keycaps like the Origins, and you can set the RGB brightness to a much lower setting on the Origin 60 if you don't like the lighting being too bright. They use the same HyperX Red switches which feel very light and responsive, but the Origins 60's compact layout might cause you to type slower if you aren't used to the smaller size.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

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.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition are both mechanical gaming keyboards, but the HyperX is a compact 60% size and the Razer is a TenKeyLess size. If having a dedicated F-row and dedicated arrow keys is important to you, the Razer is a better choice since the HyperX lacks both. Also, the Razer has a lower latency, and it's better at color mixing. Both boards are only available with proprietary linear switches, but the Razer uses Razer Linear Optical switches and the HyperX uses HyperX Red switches.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 are both compact 60% mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Obinslab is better overall. If you prefer a wireless keyboard, the Obinslab is a good choice since it can pair with up to four devices at once over Bluetooth, including mobile devices. Also, the Obinslab has one of the lowest click latencies we've tested, and it's available in a variety of different switch types. However, if you prefer a wired option, the HyperX is still a fantastic choice, but it only comes with proprietary linear switches.

Ducky One 2 Mini V2

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the Ducky One 2 Mini V2 are both 60% compact mechanical keyboards, but the HyperX is better for gaming thanks to its significantly lower latency. Also, it has easy-to-use customization software to set macros and change the RGB backlighting. However, the HyperX isn't as good as the Ducky at color mixing. If you don't like the feel of linear switches, the Ducky is a better choice since it's available in a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches.

Ducky One 2 SF

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is better for gaming than the Ducky One 2 SF. The HyperX has a much lower click latency, and it comes with customization software to change backlighting effects, remap keys, and set macros. The Ducky can have macros set to any key, but all customizations must be done directly from the board. The HyperX is available with HyperX Red linear switches which feel light and very responsive. However, if you prefer a different feel, the Ducky is available in a variety of Kailh and Cherry MX switches.

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