Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Gaming Keyboard Review
Now and again we have products in the office for review that are difficult to sum up. If they're amazing it's hard to write a review that doesn't read like an advert. If they're terrible it's difficult to ensure that we're balancing the good with the bad. In the case of today's review, the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS the difficulty comes not from how brilliant or bad it is, just from the fact it's entirely devoid of anything particularly innovative or special. It's almost like a check list of things to put into a mechanical gaming keyboard without any of them being stretched into new territory, or even into territory which is currently the common feature set. There is nothing wrong with it, but also little to shout about.
Indeed mechanical gaming keyboards are everywhere. Every company of almost any type has got one. The Alloy FPS reads exactly as you'd expect it to. So it has Cherry MX switches with backlighting. That's a good thing. Cherry MXs are ubiquitous for a reason after all. But the lighting is only red. No RGB fun and games here. It does have plenty of different lighting styles, from explosions to stars to customisable keys to waves. Pretty much all of us will have the lights either all on or all off, but it's nice to have. We have media keys. Not dedicated ones, the fairly common "hold down the Fn key and combine it with other keys" type of media keys. But they are there. We have robust build quality. Obviously saying that a Kingston product is well made is like pointing out the sky is blue, but it is very well made with a rigid spine that removes any flex at all, and the alloy chassis looks fantastic whilst also having a very small footprint. It's not the smallest keyboard we've seen, it's not Tenkeyless and all full-size keyboards generally end up with the same width. The depth is the real star, although once you've added a wrist rest - and you're mad if you type without one as my ruined wrists will attest - it's not particularly shallow.
That's about it. No software. No macros. No macro keys. No adjustable lighting colours. No dedicated media keys. But that's okay, not everyone wants all those things. Many people just want a simple, no frills, well built mechanical keyboard, and the Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS is that in spades. Unfortunately the market is absolutely saturated with Cherry MX based keyboards and the Kingston is £100. That's just too much money for what little it does. There are dozens of keyboards that will give you RGB lighting and media/macro keys for less, let alone single colour lighting. It wins an OC3D Recommended Award based on the fact it does deserve consideration, its worthy of being on your shortlist of possible purchases, you do have a great deal of other options at this price point though so don't be afraid of taking your time to decide, hopefully we have given you enough information to make your choice that little bit easier.