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Experience with the HyperX Alloy FPS…
There are minor differences which will make you appreciate this keyboard. Provided you want a good keyboard with good build quality and keys’ reliability, this is a great keyboard not just for gamers. That’s the reason why Cooler Master shed its ‘CM Storm’ series to appeal to a wider audience. To speak about its actuation, its Cherry MX Blue switch. For those who appreciate such keys, you get a sleek design, lesser space (or the feeling of it) between the keys and the quality of the keyboard. Unlike the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L, it does not have 1x to 8x polling rate and Macro keys.
Listen to the song, the song of my people!
The decibel levels were measured using a digital sound level meter with a distance of 1 feet from the keyboard.
The true comparison will be with the TVS Bharat Gold, a very old and long-running mechanical keyboard in India which traditionally uses Cherry MX Blue which costs Rs. 2,190/- IN. Of course, the difference in the quality of materials influences the amount of noise a mechanical keyboard generates. But with the same switch type, the comparison makes sense. Due to the characteristic of the Cherry MX Blue switches, you hear the click resulting in higher sound than the other keyboards. Yet the HyperX Alloy FPS results in lesser noise.
Comparison with the Masterkeys Pro L
The quality of the keyboard, accessories and the reliable Cherry MX switches are reason enough to shortlist this keyboard. While I have no complaints against MasterKeys Pro L, I never imagined that the Z-Axis height could be reduced in a mechanical keyboard. The choice of using micro USB is wise. Its housing is rigid and thanks to the thickness of the cables, there’s enough flexibility. Usually, I am not a fan of paracord cable as they eventually begin to fray and some manufacturers using thicker ones which add to inflexibility. Did HyperX stick with mobile-only charging for this reason? Who knows!
Should you buy it?
This is a full size-yet-compact keyboard will all the reliability you’ll need. Aluminum faceplate is a nice touch but due to the choice of colour, it hardly gets noticed. Maybe the additional keycaps could have had rubber tops? I know HyperX is aiming this towards gamers but this is wonderful to type on and easier to clean. I can’t complain about its price when compared with other Cherry MX mechanical keyboards. HyperX is late to the mechanical keyboard party, but it did a good job. Phew!
When I thought it couldn’t get any better than that, here comes the Alloy FPS! Small improvements matter as it optimizes end-user experience. But it is equally tough as some people may prefer (and even got used to) thicker Z-Axis that mechanical keyboards traditionally have. MasterKeys Pro L being one of them.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) March 29, 2017
- Removable USB Cable
- Floating Keys Design
- Thin Z-Axis Height