Disclosure: The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard is loaned by Kingston
About the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro…
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is a tenkeyless cherry MX based mechanical keyboard. Typically, the word ‘Pro’ for keyboards from some manufacturers will get you multiple functions, dedicated switches for volume and macro & even a wrist rest. None of those whistles here! This is a tenkeyless design with no dedicated switches or macro keys or wrist rest. Its a compact design with a detachable USB cable function having some illumination and media controls in the standard layout. As a result, it is easy to carry, easy to maintain and easy to replace bad USB cable if and when the situation comes up.
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is in a very compact packaging with minimum necessities- just the keyboard and the braided cable. No additional keycaps and no keycap puller. This keyboard is with a two-year warranty.
|Item Height||36 Millimeters|
|Item Width||13 Centimeters|
|Item Weight||816 g|
|Product Dimensions||35.8 x 13 x 3.6 cm|
|Item model number||HX-KB4RD1-US/R1|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Included Components||One HyperX Keyboard|
Keyboard Design and Overview
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard is a tenkeyless (TKL) design with a steel frame and a floating design. Unlike certain keyboards made by Cooler Master which has an internal steel design, the top frame is steel.
It has red backlit keys with few lighting effects. The compact keyboard design is accompanied with a detachable USB connection bundled with a braided cable. Typical of gamer keyboards, it has a game mode, N key rollover, and anti-ghosting. The game mode disables the windows key. Additionally, there are media and volume keys in the Fn keys, include one for mute. There is a little flex in the mid portion of the keyboard but you wouldn’t notice it during typing unless you exert a force on the keyboard’s frame.
The built quality is great, no different than HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard.
Keycap Font Design
Thankfully, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro has a bold, clear font and symbols for the key. The illumination is good enough to have its light spread internally with the keycap. This way, the symbols on the lower side of the caps are properly lit. The floating design helps to make the keyboard appear to have the least amount of Z-Axis. Though coming from a Havit HV-KB390L low-profile switch keyboard, the Z-axis height is typical for a standard profile mechanical keyboard. Personally, I prefer the floating design since its much easier to clean. The borders are angled.
To help with the compact design, the indicators for the Caps Lock and the Game Mode is above controls. It illuminates white when enabled.
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro has a good z-axis height and a decent angle once you use the feet.
The issue with the Havit HV-390L was despite using a detachable cable, it is compatible with those cables with a slim housing. That isn’t the case with the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro’s mounting as I was able to use any Micro USB cables that I had.
There are textured rubber feet underneath the keyboard, even for the pop-out feet. The base is all matte-black finish with related information at its center.
Keycap and Switches Type
The version I have is the cherry MX red switches which provide a linear actuation. The keycaps are stand ABS with laser etching. It would be nice to see double-shot keycaps like how Motospeed CK108 provides.
There are five brightness levels and five illumination effects. Kingston prefers to have its HyperX stick with a common theme- red LEDs- for now!