Click clack, click clack — the sounds a mechanical keyboard makes when you type on one. Typing on a mechanical keyboard is similar to typing on a typewriter, and the feelings your fingers get to experience is simply exquisite. The Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard created by HyperX is nothing short of phenomenal. The Alloy FPS was designed to be a full-sized keyboard with an emphasis for first person shooter (FPS) games, while still remaining compact and portable.
The keyboard is well packaged. When you first open it, you are presented with a travel pouch — something that is not commonly seen with other mechanical keyboards, especially ones at this price. Next, you will find a detachable USB cable, the mechanical gaming keyboard, eight interchangeable gaming keycaps, a keycap removal tool, and a quick start guide. Something I want to note is the inclusion of the gaming keycaps and the keycap removal tool; many competitors will charge you for these accessories, but HyperX is giving them away as part of the package, which should be applauded. The red keycaps included are red and textured, making them better for making sure your fingers stay in the right places while gaming.
The Alloy FPS weighs in at 2.31 pounds, which is about a pound or so lighter than its competitors while still feeling very sturdy. The Alloy FPS is a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue keys and a numeric keypad. It also has media controls, keyboard brightness and LED lighting options, and a two-connector cable to charge your phone.
The two biggest features to me are the detachable USB cable and full N-key rollover. A detachable braided USB cable greatly helps in keeping the keyboard portable as it allows for easy storage in the travel pouch without worrying about the connection point on the keyboard fraying. The braided cables also help to ensure long term durability. The detachable USB cable has two USB connectors, one to plug into a laptop or desktop and the other to charge another device. The keyboard has 6-key/N-key rollover — some competitors have 8-key rollover, but they require two USB ports to be plugged in. 6-key rollover means that up to six keyboard inputs can be registered at once, allowing for commands to be issued faster in games.
Two interesting features on the Alloy FPS are brightness and LED lighting option controls. There are five brightness levels, including unlit. This is useful for users who like to play their games with the lights off to fully immerse themselves, but do not want the light from the keyboard to distract them; or, for the user who wants to see what they’re typing in the dark. The Alloy FPS also has six LED modes for the user to choose from, including standard total illumination of the keyboard, lighting up of keys as they are pressed, to a rolling LED from left to right, and a few others.