The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is one of the most attention-grabbing keyboards I have ever used. It looks and feels expensive, and I think that's where that $40 premium over the stock of Alloy FPS comes from.
Pretty RGB lighting
Good in-game performance
So-so key switches
Few bells and whistles
HyperX has recently updated its Alloy FPS keyboard with a new model that supports NGenuity RGB lighting. The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is now available for $88. It features Kailh Silver Speed linear mechanical keys, a steel alloy frame, and some of the brightest RGB LEDs I’ve ever seen on a gaming keyboard. This is HyperX’s attempt at a premium gaming keyboard, and I think it achieves that goal. HyperX hasn’t made too many changes to the core of its design language to create the Alloy FPS RGB.
It is essentially a fucked up version of the Alloy FPS keyboard that it released of 2021. That first device was great for gaming, and this update is even better. The big difference here is the Kailh Silver Speed switches, which are a deviation from the Cherry MX Red switches that launched the Alloy FPS. Mechanical keyboard keys come in a multitude of flavors. Still, the most important thing to know about the Kailh Silver Speed is that it provides relatively light keys that have a short journey before they are activated.
The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is one of the most attention-grabbing keyboards I have ever used. It looks and feels expensive, and I think that’s where that $40 premium over the stock of Alloy FPS comes from. The frame underneath the keys uses a solid steel alloy that gives the whole device a sense of weight and value. I love how the metal almost always feels refreshing. It makes other keyboards that depend on cheaper polymers feel dusty compared to other keyboards.
But the steel also has this excellent reflective property that makes the RGB LEDs pop. HyperX puts the LED lights on top of the switch housings to show more of their appearance than you get from keyboards that place the LEDs inside the switches. That already makes for a more vivid RGB keyboard, but then the light bounces off the steel chassis with a powerful glowing effect that I can’t help but admire.