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HyperX Alloy Origins 65 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 08, 2022 at 11:03 am
HyperX Alloy Origins 65 Picture
9.1
Gaming
4.0
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
7.9
Programming
4.9
Entertainment / HTPC
Size
Compact (65%)
Connectivity Wired
Mechanical
Yes

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a compact, mechanical keyboard designed for gaming. It's part of HyperX's Alloy Origins series, and it has a 65% form factor with dedicated arrow keys and a few parts of the navigational cluster tucked into the right side of the keyboard. The build quality is outstanding as it features a solid aluminum chassis and baseplate and durable PBT keycaps. It offers very low latency, N-key rollover, and macro-programmability on all keys. It's only available with HyperX's proprietary linear Red switches, which have a slightly longer pre-travel distance, but a very low actuation force, so keypresses feel very smooth and responsive. While these linear switches are great for gaming, many other comparable keyboards have a range of different switch types available or a hot-swappable PCB, so you can use whatever switches you like.

Our Verdict

9.1 Gaming

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is an outstanding gaming keyboard. The linear HyperX red switches are light to actuate and have a fairly short pre-travel distance, meaning they feel very responsive. The keyboard as a whole feels incredibly well-built thanks to its solid aluminum case, and the RGB backlighting shines through each key, and you can easily customize it in the companion software. It also has incredibly low latency, and all keys are macro-programmable using the companion software. On the downside, its ergonomics are only okay as it's a high-profile board that doesn't come with a wrist rest, though it does have two incline settings to alleviate any strain.

Pros
  • Very low latency.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Keys are individually backlit.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • No wrist rest included.
4.0 Mobile/Tablet

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a wired-only keyboard, so you can't use it with mobile devices or tablets.

7.6 Office

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a good keyboard for office use. The PBT keycaps have a textured surface, which feels nice to type on. The linear switches feel light and responsive, and they're also very quiet, as there's no tactile feedback. Overall, its build quality is excellent thanks to its solid aluminum case, and it's also compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, though the software is only available on Windows. On the downside, its ergonomics are only okay as it's a compact, high-profile board that doesn't include a wrist rest.

Pros
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Keys are individually backlit.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • No wrist rest included.
7.9 Programming

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a very good keyboard for programming. It feels extremely well-built and solid, and the PBT keycaps feel great to type on. The RGB backlighting makes it easy to see the keys in the dark, and every key is macro-programmable using the companion software. It's also compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, although the software is only available on Windows. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest to improve the ergonomics. Also, it doesn't connect wirelessly, so it's not a good choice in a multi-device setup.

Pros
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Keys are individually backlit.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • No wrist rest included.
4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a poor keyboard to use with a home theater PC setup since it's wired-only. It means you'd have to run a wire across to your PC from your keyboard. It lacks a trackpad or trackball, meaning you'll need an additional peripheral like a mouse or remote for on-screen navigation. On the upside, it has media hotkeys to control playback, and each key is individually-lit, making them easy to see in the dark.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Keys are individually backlit.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • No trackpad or trackball for navigation.
  • No wheel or knob to control volume.
  • 9.1 Gaming
  • 4.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 7.9 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 30, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 comes in a black colorway with linear HyperX Red switches. There are no other variants. You can see the label on our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a compact, 65% keyboard designed for gaming use. Like others in the HyperX Alloy Origins lineup, it has an excellent build quality thanks to its solid aluminum chassis and baseplate. It uses durable PBT keycaps, which feel great to type on. The 65% form factor is a fairly uncommon size that's gaining in popularity with gamers as it has dedicated arrow keys and some of the navigational cluster. Also, its small desk footprint leaves you with much more room for mouse movements or mobile devices. Unfortunately, it's only available with linear HyperX Red switches, which isn't very common, as most keyboards offer a wider range of switch types or have a hot-swappable variant to allow you to change the switches out without soldering.

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HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are very similar wired, mechanical gaming keyboards, but with a few differences. The Origins 65 is a compact 65% keyboard with dedicated arrow keys. It feels better built since it uses PBT keycaps instead of ABS, and it comes with some extra goodies like a wire keycap puller and additional space-themed keycaps. On the other hand, the original Origins is a full-size form factor with a Numpad and navigational cluster. The linear HyperX red switches have a shorter pre-travel distance on this keyboard. Both have very low latency and use the same straightforward software for customization.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are two very similar compact mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but with some minor differences. The Origins 65 has dedicated arrow keys and a few navigational cluster keys, which the Origins 60 lacks. The Origins 65 also has slightly better latency.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both compact mechanical gaming keyboards that connect with a wired connection. However, the Razer has slightly lower latency. It also has better color mixing in the RGB backlighting, and you can program macros directly on the keyboard without the software. On the other hand, the HyperX feels better built and comes with extra goodies like a wire keycap puller and additional space-themed keycaps.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are two wired, mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Origins 65 performs better overall. The Origins 65 feels better built, has full RGB backlighting, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. Also, its latency is significantly better, and it comes with companion software for customization, which the FPS Pro lacks.

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both wired, mechanical gaming keyboards, but the Razer performs better for this use. It has better latency, and it uses linear Optical switches, which have a very low pre-travel distance, so keys feel sensitive. On the other hand, the HyperX has proprietary linear switches that have a slightly longer pre-travel distance, so you're less likely to make typos, and the overall typing experience feels significantly better.

Corsair K65 RGB MINI

The Corsair K65 RGB MINI and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both compact, mechanical gaming keyboards, with a few notable differences. The Corsair has a 60% form-factor, so it doesn't have dedicated arrow keys like the HyperX. Also, the Corsair has better latency and allows you to program macros directly on the keyboard without the software. On the other hand, the HyperX has incline settings for better ergonomics. 

Corsair K70 RGB TKL

The Corsair K70 RGB TKL and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both wired mechanical keyboard designed for gaming, but the Corsair performs slightly better. It has better latency, dedicated media keys, and its companion software is available on macOS. Alternatively, the HyperX feels better built thanks to its metal chassis and baseplate. Also, its smaller than the Corsair, leaving you more room for mouse movements on your desk. 

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both wired, mechanical gaming keyboards, but the SteelSeries performs better overall. It has lower latency, and more extra features like a volume wheel, USB passthrough, and an OLED screen. You can also program macros to any key directly on the keyboard itself, and it comes with a wrist rest for better comfort. On the other hand, the HyperX has PBT keycaps, which are more durable and feel nicer than the ABS keycaps on the SteelSeries. 

GLORIOUS GMMK PRO

The GLORIOUS GMMK PRO and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both wired mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but the HyperX performs slightly better for this use as it has better latency. The HyperX also has two incline settings for better ergonomics. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is hot-swappable, meaning you can change out the stock switches for any that you prefer. It also has a programmable knob in the top right corner, which you can use for volume control or other functions.

GLORIOUS GMMK 2

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are mechanical gaming keyboards, but the HyperX performs better for this use. The HyperX has better latency, and a better build quality as it uses PBT keycaps rather than ABS. Also, it's stock switches have a shorter pre-travel distance than the stock switches on the GLORIOUS. That said, the GLORIOUS is hot-swappable, so you can change these switches out without needing to solder.

Ducky One 3

The Ducky One 3 and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both wired, mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but they have some key differences. The HyperX feels better built, thanks to its solid aluminum case, and it has companion software for customization. Also, its latency is marginally better. On the other hand, the Ducky feels better to type on, and it's hot-swappable, so you can change out the stock switches with any you prefer.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 are both compact, mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use, but they have some key differences. The Oblinslab can be used wirelessly and connects with Bluetooth with up to four devices, so you're able to use it with mobile devices like a tablet or phone. Also, when you use it wired, it's latency is better than the HyperX's. On the other hand, the HyperX feels better built thanks to its metal chassis and baseplate, and it also has two incline settings, with the Obinslab lacks.

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (65%)
Height
1.4" (3.7 cm)
Width 12.4" (31.6 cm)
Depth
4.1" (10.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.84 lbs (0.833 kg)

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a compact 65% keyboard, meaning it has dedicated arrow keys and some of the navigational cluster on the right side of the board.

9.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 feels incredibly well-built. Its chassis and baseplate are both solid aluminum and don't exhibit any flex. The PBT keycaps feel durable and nice on the fingertips, and the hotkey legends are printed on the front of the keycaps for easy viewing. This keyboard comes with an additional keycap and spacebar with printed space-themed designs, but these are ABS. There are four rubber feet under the board and a rubber strip on the incline feet that do a good job of keeping the keyboard in place. While the keys have a bit of wobble, it's not very noticeable or distracting during use.

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

The ergonomics are okay. It has two incline settings to help alleviate wrist fatigue during use, but it doesn't come with a wrist rest.

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

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. The key legends are shine-through, so you can see them in the dark. However, the hotkey legends printed on the front of the keycap aren't shine-through, so they'll be hard to see in the dark. Also, the white backlighting isn't very pure, as it has a red and purple tint to it due to the red switch stems. On the upside, you can customize the backlighting using the companion software.

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

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 uses a detachable USB-C to USB-A braided cable. Unfortunately, it does retain kinks from the packaging.

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 Caps Lock

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 has a few extra features. It has a Windows lock function, called a "Game Mode," so you won't accidentally minimize your game. You can enable this feature using hotkeys and customize the hotkey sequence in the companion software. You can also program onboard memory profiles and cycle between them using hotkeys. This keyboard also comes with full anti-ghosting and N-key rollover, so all of your keypresses are registered, even if you hit multiple keys at the same time.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Alloy Origins 65
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Additional spacebar and keycap
  • Keycap puller
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
HyperX Red
Mechanical
Yes
Feel
Linear
Operating Force
46 gf
Actuation Force
46 gf
Pre-Travel
2.3 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 uses proprietary linear switches that are very light to press and don't provide tactile feedback. The pre-travel distance is longer than some other red switches, but the light actuation force helps them feel more responsive.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 offers a very good typing experience. The PBT keycaps are textured, which feels nice on the fingertips, and the keys themselves feel stable with only a bit of wobble. Despite being a compact board, the keys are well-spaced and follow a standard layout, so it won't take much getting used to. Though, it's important to note that the arrow keys and navigational cluster are much closer to the alphanumeric keys than they are on TKL-form factors or full-size boards. Also, the right shift key is smaller than normal to accommodate the arrow keys. This keyboard is only available with linear HyperX Red switches, which don't provide a tactile bump to know when you've registered a key. At first, this might cause you to make more typos or bottom out the keys while trying to find the actuation point unless you're already used to typing with linear switches.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The linear HyperX Red switches are quiet to use, meaning you won't disturb others around you in a quiet environment.

9.6
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
4.1 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 has outstanding latency, so it's well-suited for fast-paced or competitive gaming.

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 65 uses HyperX's NGENUITY software, which is straightforward to use. You can use the software to customize the RGB lighting, program macros, and save settings to the onboard memory.

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

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is fully compatible with Windows, so the software and all buttons work as intended. All keys work as intended on Linux, and only the print screen hotkey doesn't work on macOS; however, there's no software for these operating systems.

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