HyperX Alloy Origins RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review
Peter Donnell / 3 weeks ago
A Closer Look
First impressions of the new HyperX Alloy Origins are great, and it’s instantly clear that this is a premium keyboard. It has a really good weight to it, it’s not mega heavy, but it has that “quality” heft to it. Aluminium may not be heavy on its own, but there is rather a lot of it, with a single piece top shell that’s 100% stiff, with no bend or flex in the keyboard at all.
They’re kept the bezel tucked in tight around the edges too, this keyboard has barely any overhang. Plus, it sits impressively low for a mechanical keyboard, low enough that they don’t feel the need to include a wrist rest.
The keys are really nice and uniform looking, with a simple slightly curved keycap design and a very minor curve to the front to back profile of the keys themselves. It’s a fairly flat keyboard overall, which is great for touch typing and fast-paced gameplay.
The keyboard is littered with on-board controls too. I’m actually impressed with that, as the Ngenuity software allows you to customise all the effects, lights, macros and more easily enough. Plus, you can save all of those profiles directly to the keyboard and then you don’t need the software loaded. However, you can control things like the lighting brightness using the Fn-Shift on the keyboard.
Here you can change through a range of various lighting effects.
Plus, you even get built-in multimedia controls, which is perfect for listening to your music while you’re working and gaming.
There’s even volume controls here. I do prefer dedicated controls, but honestly, I’d rather have these than nothing.
As I said, the keyboard has a really slim bezel, so while it is full-size, it’s about as compact as a full-size keyboard could be. Great for those who are a little tighter on space.
It’s the little detail that I really like though, such as the soft rounded edges to the aluminium, or the subtle HyperX logo and glossy LED indictor panel in the top right.
The switches themselves are pretty cool. They’ve used an externally mounted LED lighting system, so the switch can throw out a lot more light than most other brands. That should give us some pretty vivid lighting effects when we power it up.
The slick aluminium frame of this keyboard continues on the underside too. No wonder this thing is so rigid!
There’s a really cool angle adjustment system too. It has three levels, the first one being completely flat.
Then you can flip up the smaller inner stand for a slight increase in height.
Then, of course, the bigger on for even more angle.
Finally, hooking up the keyboard is done via the USB C port on the rear.