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Let’s talk about mechanical keyboards. Mechanical keyboards are pretty much all the buzz right now, as even laptops have it. The market has pretty much been flooded with mechanical keyboards. So today, we’re shining the spotlight onto one keyboard in particular – the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro mechanical keyboard.

It’s solidly built with minimal bells and whistles while still incorporating core and essential features that mechanical keyboard users need.

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Let’s take a look at the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro, and we even have a video for you guys too 😉

Unboxing

The box of the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro itself is pretty solid. It has the gamer aesthetics – sure, but never judge a product by its box – especially when it comes to peripherals like keyboard and mouse.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

Upon opening the box itself, it reveals the keyboard itself, wrapped in plastic. Underneath the keyboard reveals a specially designed user manual which I really like. Seriously, I was in awe when I saw that. The instructions were nicely laid out and are available in a few languages within the same booklet.

Then, there’s also a thank you note that comes alongside with the keyboard. It’s printed on a thick piece of paper, too. That’s a nice touch when it comes to customer experience. I’m glad that HyperX didn’t skim off on providing a wholesome experience.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

At the top is where you’ll find a nicely braided mini USB cable. It’s wrapped in red and black nylon with extra fortification on both ends of the cable, so that it won’t fray easily. We’ve talked about cable fraying here and our solution to it is pretty homemade. This included cable, however, is really strong.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
Extra reinforcement on the cable, too!

Design

Here’s where things get a special with the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. It takes on a very minimalist design with zero frills. Yes – not even RGB lighting. However, the keyboard is really thin and without the extra bulk of a keyboard case, I find myself not needing a wrist rest at all.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

Also, without the keyboard case, the keycaps are pretty easy to remove. Hence, I can somewhat forgive the absence of a keycap puller in the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro.

The entire keyboard though is very thin, but thanks to its solid steel frame, the keyboard is extremely well-built. It’s not really light either, which is good as it prevents unnecessary keyboard movement during intense gaming sessions.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The entire keyboard isn’t entirely flat, actually. It has a default angle of about 10°. Propping it up on its plastic kickstand raises the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro by about 5°, but it makes a huge difference in typing experience.

I really like how HyperX moved all of the indicator LEDs just above the arrow keys. That makes it a lot easier to see while maintaining the keyboard’s sleek and subtle aesthetics.

Using the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

First off, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro comes with genuine Cherry MX switches in either Brown, Blue, or Red switches like I have here. All of them are with red backlighting, though.

Speaking of the switches, I like the fact that HyperX is using the classic Cherry MX switches with a black enclosure and DIP LED. That makes maintenance and swapping LEDs a tad bit simpler, though it will definitely void your warranty unless you’re YOLO like me with my keyboard.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro comes with a set of ABS keycaps, but since it’s using the standard layout, you can swap it for whatever keycaps with Cherry MX stems you want in the future. Its legends are nice, too.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

I also like the fact that the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro comes with a menu key – a button that’s quite obscure, but I use it all the time while I’m typing or using it for navigating through menus.

As the keyboard profile is low, I find it okay to type without using a wrist rest. Of course, it depends on person to person, but I still find myself propping the feet up and use my wrist rest for an even more comfortable and faster typing experience.

Perhaps it’s the change of switch or perhaps it’s a brand new keyboard, but I can type just as fast on the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro compared to my usual Cherry MX Brown keyboard.

Features

We’ve seen many keyboards that don’t have software control to adjust the features. The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is one of those keyboards, and I have to say – the execution is done nicely on the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro!

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

You have a total of 4 brightness levels (excluding off) and a total of 6 different lighting (including custom). I would prefer you to watch the video to look at all the lighting modes that it has.

Funny enough, instead of having dedicated Fn+Key to switch between lighting modes, HyperX implemented some sort of list for you to scroll through by holding Fn and pressing left/right arrow keys. Smart design to keep the keyboard features simple for the users.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
Shines pretty brightly at its lowest brightness.

After that, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro also has full multimedia control keys at the top – previous, play/pause, and next track buttons on F6 to F8, and then mute and volume up and down on F9 to F11.

Pressing Fn + F12 will toggle Game Mode, which simply disables the Windows key

All of these can be done on the keyboard itself.

Wrapping up the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro review

To be honest, I’m liking the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro a lot. In this day and age where everything is RGB and with edgy gamer aesthetics, I really appreciate the minimal look that HyperX has gone for. With that said, the choice to retain the menu key and replacing the right Windows key with Fn is a nice little subtle detail, in my opinion.

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

For USD $79.99, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is priced a little steep, to be honest. The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro – definitely made for those who appreciate the no-nonsense mechanical keyboard design while still seek the classic genuine Cherry MX experience.

Where to buy?

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9
Build Quality
10
Comfort and typing experience
9
Features
8
Value
7
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