|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro - Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - 87-Key, Ultra-Compact Form Factor - Linear & Quiet - Cherry MX Red - Red LED Backlit (HX-KB4RD1-US/R1)
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- Ultra-minimalistic tenkeyless design ideal for FPS pros
- Solid steel frame provides durability and stability
- CHERRY MX mechanical keys for reliability
- Portable design with detachable cable
- Game Mode, 100% Anti-ghosting and Full N-Key Rollover Functionalities
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The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is for the FPS gamer who wants a reliable, accurate tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard to maximize their desktop space. This 87-key keyboard provides everything a pro player needs, but without the numpad. Alloy FPS Pro is available with reliable, responsive CHERRY MX Blue or Red keyswitches, and its tough solid steel frame ensures you’ll have a stable platform during the most important parts of your games. The ultra-minimal design and detachable cable make the keyboard supremely portable, but it’s still packed with features; Game Mode, N-Key rollover, and HyperX red lighting and dynamic effects to accentuate your system’s style.
- Ultra-minimalistic tenkeyless (TKL) design ideal for FPS pros
- Solid steel frame
- CHERRY MX mechanical keyswitches
- Portable design with detachable cable
- HyperX red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects
FPS Pro keyboard with space-saving tenkeyless design
Smaller footprint without number pad maximizes desktop space for greater mouse movement to enable dedicated FPS players to take their games to pro levels.
Steel frame durability
The sturdy metal alloy top plate is designed to ensure a stable platform during play.
Reliable CHERRY MX mechanical keyswitches
CHERRY MX keyswitches ensure precision contact and matchless reliability.
Minimalist design with detachable USB cable reduces storage bulk, cable damage and offers easy portability.
|HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless||HyperX Alloy FPS||HyperX Alloy Elite||HyperX Alloy Elite RGB|
|Switch Type||Cherry MX (Blue/Red)||Cherry MX (Blue/Brown/Red)||Cherry MX (Blue/Brown/Red)||Cherry MX (Blue/Brown/Red)|
|Backlighting||Red LED||Red LED||Red LED||RGB LED|
|Construction||Exposed Steel Frame||Exposed Steel Frame||Exposed Steel Frame||Exposed Steel Frame|
|Form Factor||Tenkeyless (87 Keys)||Full Size (104/105 Keys)||Full Size (104/105 Keys)||Full Size (104/105 Keys)|
|Game Mode Button||Secondary||Secondary||Dedicated||Dedicated|
|Key Rollover||N-Key||6-Key / N-Key||N-Key||N-Key|
|USB Port||Mobile Charging Only||USB 2.0 Pass-Through||USB 2.0 Pass-Through|
|Cable Type||Braided - Detachable||Braided - Detachable||Braided - Attached||Braided - Attached|
|Additional Accessories||Travel Bag, Extra Gaming Keycaps||Detachable Wrist Rest, Extra Gaming Keycaps||Detachable Wrist Rest, Extra Gaming Keycaps|
HyperXTM Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features an ultra-minimalistic, compact design that's ideal for FPS pros. Its tenkeyless design maximizes desktop space for FPS mouse movement. Ultra-portable, HyperX Alloy FPS comes with a detachable, mini-USB braided power cord. For high-precision, gaming-grade key contact and reliability, it features Cherry MX Red mechanical keys.
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- major fingerprint magnet
- can't see the indicator lights without leaning forward
- the clips on the bottom of the wrist wrest seem kind of cheap (like they'll break when detaching from the keyboard)
- takes up 2 usb plug ins, and you can't detach the cables from the keyboard
- NGenuity software is extremely unintuitive, but you can look up YouTube tutorial videos by HyperX
- some limits to RGB pattern combinations (details below)
That being said, this is still an extremely nice quality keyboard, and I have no want of another. Material-wise, the HyperX Alloy Elite feels of higher quality than other gaming keyboards that I've tried in store (i.e., Corsair Strafe, Razer boards, Logitech G910). I like it better than the WASD V2 as well. The volume wheel on the HyperX Alloy Elite has a bit of weight to it, and I like the matte coating on the stock keys. Standard key sizes means that swapping out key sets won't be as difficult to shop for either. Looks to be cherry stabilized. Stock keys are OEM profile. Actual typing is as good as I could expect (i.e., keys don't feel cramped for me, there is n-key rollover, no ghosting).
The software allows you to remap any key with a recorded or preset macro, and game mode allows you to turn off a few other key combos if desired: Alt + Tab, Alt + F4, Shift + Tab, Ctrl + Esc. You can set any color to each individual key, or groups of keys. Lighting effects apply to all keys or none; you can't have some keys in a wave pattern while others are solidly lit. However you can choose two different patterns for when your keyboard is idle and when you activate keypresses (e.g., keyboard can be all lit blue with breathing pattern, but pressing a key can make a wave of white RGB temporarily come out from the key you pressed). But, with this latter dual pattern setting, you can only have one color for the whole keyboard (e.g., all green keys with orange keypress pattern, instead of a rainbow keyboard that radiates orange when keys are pressed).
All in all, this keyboard has just about everything I could hope for, and for the things it doesn't, they're easily dealt with (i.e., fingerprints wipe off easy) or things I wouldn't use (i.e., wrist wrest to save desk space, flashier rgb patterns because they'd distract me). The only thing I really wish was a feature would be a detachable usb cable, so that I could swap in another keyboard on the same cable without messing with cable management... but I didn't take off a star for that since the product description tells us that it's attached.
So which switch should you get?
Red: A linear switch. One of the lightest to press, and quietest. It being linear means that there's no physical indication that you've activated a keypress until you've bottomed out (i.e., pressed a key all the way down). Some people say it feels "ghost-like". This switch is the best for gaming because you have the least resistance when hitting keys, so you can hit keys in quick succession without tiring as much. However, a lot of people find they make more typos on this switch because it is so easy to activate on accident.
Blue: A tactile clicky switch and requires the most force to press of the three. It is the loudest because it actually clicks with each keypress. There is a bit of resistance at the point of actuation, unlike the reds. Best for typing because you have both the audio and tactile feedback as to when you've activated keys. Slower for gaming but certainly can be used for any game. Consider not buying this if you live or work with people.
Brown: A tactile bump switch and a go-between of the reds and blues. It has the lighter force required as the reds, but the tactile feedback more like the blues (i.e., a bump you feel when you activate the switch, so you don't have to press the key all the way down and bottom out). It's about as quiet as the reds, and definitely not loud like the blues - there is no clicking sound with the browns. Best switch if you do both a lot of gaming and typing as opposed to one or the other.
All that being said, if you can, you should visit your local Best Buy to try out their gaming keyboards on display. Many of them will have cherry mx switches, or a clone. Which switch you'll like is extremely subjective, and certainly all of them can be used for both typing and gaming just fine - it's more just a matter of comfort. Keep in mind that different keycaps can affect how switches feel too. You may want to consider buying a switch tester if you want a more comprehensive idea of how different switches will feel.
tl;dr Nice build quality. Standard key sizes for easy key swapping. Macro capabilities. Can set each key's color individually. Lot of lighting patterns, but limits on using multiple patterns simultaneously. Red switch for gaming, blue for typing, brown for both gaming and typing, but try them out free at a local electronics store.
The best thing about this keyboard is the many lighting modes, and that no software is needed to configure them. Each key has an individually-addressable light, not like cheaper keyboards where there's just some backlighting. There's Off-1-2-3-4 levels of brightness. There's six different modes, including a couple I've never seen on a keyboard before, like lights radiating out from a single key press.
Other cool things: steel frame, detachable USB cord (!), red braided cord to match the lighting, very compact footprint, stable rubber base, the keycaps are sort of squared off more than some of my other keyboards (yes, I own multiple ;-) which just looks great, it looks professional and non-toy-like.
I'm using the Cherry MX Red switches and they feel great, even response, not stiff or mushy.
If I could give 4.9 stars I would: there's a minor issue with the typography on the keys. It's got a non-standard horizontal layout for stuff.. like 1! instead of the ! being below the 1. But if you're a touch typist, it's not a big deal.
- Super fast shipping; arrived at my house within 72 of ordering.
- Solid feeling construction and materials.
- Braided cord.
- USB slot on the front for your mouse, phone or whatever.
- Sleek and minimalist look.
- Price is fair; $99 out the door.
- Great feeling on keypress. Responsive action.
- Cool keyboard sock for LAN party or general travel with your equipment.
- 8 additional colored keys to throw on, if that is your thing.
- The red glow doesn't do it for me. More of a blue or green type of guy. Not really a deal-breaker though.
- Requires 2 open UBS ports in the back of your PC. This doesn't bother me, but it may be a negative for someone.
- The cherry blue keys are LOUD. keep in mind this IS a mechanical keyboard, so you need to expect some extra noise. This does not bother me because I am used to it, but it may be slightly annoying for some.
- USB cord is only approx 6 feet long. Usually more than enough length for most people. But could be an issue for some.