|Item model number||HX-KB2RD2-US/R1|
|Item Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.5 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||17.48 x 6.65 x 1.53 inches|
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HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Red, RGB LED(HX-KB2RD2-US/R1)
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- Unique radiant light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
- HyperX NGenuity software provides advanced customization
- Store up to three favorite lighting & macro profile settings with the on-board memory
- Solid steel frame provides durability and stability, CHERRY MX mechanical keys for reliability
- Comfortable, detachable wrist rest with soft-touch coating
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The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is a full-featured, multimedia keyboard ready to drop jaws and rock faces with its dazzling RGB splendor. Customize coloring for each of your keys with the easy to use HyperX NGenuity software and wow the world with your personalized lightshow. The solid steel frame will help provide sturdy, stable controls even when you’re frantically spamming actions, while the Game Mode, N-Key Rollover, and anti-ghosting functions keep your inputs accurate and on point. The feature-rich Alloy Elite RGB comes built to satisfy any user’s needs with dedicated media buttons, USB 2.0 pass-through, quick access buttons, and a variety of reliable Cherry mx keyswitches*. Once you’ve tweaked your lighting and effects, save your custom set-up directly to the keyboard’s onboard memory. Alloy Elite RGB also features a comfortable, detachable wrist rest, and optional HyperX textured, titanium-colored keycaps designed to help you find the most important keys faster when every millisecond matters.
* Available keyswitch colors vary per country. Please check your local retailer/etailer for availability.
- Unique radiant light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
- HyperX NGenuity software provides advanced customization
- Solid steel frame
- Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches for reliability
- Feature-rich, designed for convenience
- Onboard memory
- Comfortable, detachable wrist rest with soft-touch coating
- Additional titanium-colored textured keycaps
Unique light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
Stake your claim atop the scoreboard of style.
HyperX NGenuity software enables advanced customization
Customize Game Mode, build macros, and setup per-key lighting.
Solid steel frame
Built to stand the test of time and to stand fast when the action heats up.
Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches for proven reliability
Available with Cherry MX Blue, Brown, or Red keyswitches1, so you’ll get reliability and the switches that fit your needs.
Dedicated media and quick access lighting buttons
Convenient control of your media and lighting is at your fingertips.
Conveniently connect devices with USB 2.0 pass-through
Maximize connectivity and minimize cable clutter.
Onboard memory for keyboard customization
Save up to 3 profiles and have your setup ready to go, even on the go.
Detachable wrist rest and extra colored, textured keycaps
Added extras to help you game more comfortably and effectively.
|HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Tenkeyless||HyperX Alloy FPS||HyperX Alloy Elite||HyperX Alloy Elite RGB|
|Switch Type||Cherry MX 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|
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|Are Batteries Included||—||No||No||No||No||No|
|Are Batteries Required||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Color||RGB LED||RGB LED||RGB||Black||Black||RGB - Cherry MX BLUE|
|Connectivity Technology||—||usb 2.0||—||—||—||usb 2.0|
|Hardware Connectivity||—||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||—||USB 2.0||USB|
|Item Dimensions||6.65 x 17.48 x 1.53 in||6.6 x 18.9 x 1.4 in||6.7 x 17.6 x 1.57 in||6.73 x 14.37 x 1.61 in||6.7 x 18.3 x 1.4 in||5.1 x 17.3 x 1.7 in|
|Item Weight||3.3 lbs||1.8 lbs||2.65 lbs||—||2.92 lbs||2.65 lbs|
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is a full-featured RGB keyboard that has as much stunning style as it has substance. Customize your keyboard or individual keys with RGB lighting which is simply set up using the HyperX NGenuity software. The solid steel frame helps ensure you’ll have sturdy, stable controls in the midst of the most frantic action, while the Game Mode, N-Key Rollover, and anti-ghosting functions keep all your keypresses on point. The Alloy Elite RGB comes built to satisfy any user’s needs with dedicated media buttons, a USB 2.0 pass-through, quick access buttons, and your choice from a variety of reliable CHERRY MX key switches*. Once you’ve customized your lighting and effects just the way you want them, save your set-up directly to the keyboard’s onboard memory. Alloy Elite RGB also features a comfortable, detachable wrist rest, and optional HyperX textured, titanium-colored keycaps designed to help you find the most important keys faster when every millisecond matters.
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Problems arose when the connection at the back of the keyboard became intermittent. The included cord had a flaw in it that eventually made the board inoperative. At first I thought there would be no problem, as it was still under warranty. I notified the company, and it was placed into their computer. I figured I'd just let them send it to me, and not try to chase it. Two weeks later I was starting to get a bit nervous as I hadn't received a new cord, phone call, or an email regarding the replacement. I called them again and yes, the request for the cord was still in their system but there were problems with availability. I wasn't able to figure out whether there were any cords that were available for warranty replacement, as the lady in charge of cords(?) was out to lunch. Still the soft spoken country boy, that hates to make trouble, I'm now three weeks into the process of finding out when they're going to send me a cord, or even if. Still no call, email, or cord has appeared. That wonderful keyboard (built like a tank) sits forlornly on the far shelf, waiting for that cord.
In summary, if I was only rating the keyboard, I'd give it a five. However, a keyboard requires a cord to work, and the cord would get a one. Finally, warranty performance is part of the equation as well, and I'm afraid that would only be a two right now. They did get me right into the system to request the cord after I scanned the invoice to them as the agent helped me over the phone, but after two calls, I'm still the owner of a cordless keyboard, and the wrong kind of cordless keyboard at that! Averaging the three factors, I come up with a three. Looking forward to getting the keyboard working again.
My first mechanical keyboard several years ago was a Corsair K70 with red LEDs and cherry mx red keys. I absolutely loved that keyboard, and after about 2 years of use I upgraded to a Corsair K70 LUX RGB. I've owned that keyboard for just under a year at this point, and I gave it a 5 star review here on Amazon. I'm a big fan of Corsair's keyboards, and obviously have gone back to a K70 when I upgraded, I think the K70 is one of, if not the best gaming mechanical keyboard on the market.
Having said all of that, I actually think the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is even better. I'll explain the areas where I feel the Elite RGB tops the K70 LUX.
HyperX has been killing it in the PC peripheral game the last few years. The Cloud II is the best gaming headset on the market in my opinion, and the value you get for $99 is incredible. Their entire line of gaming headsets has basically changed the gaming headset landscape and moved it toward a more audiophile-centric approach. They also have a very solid first mouse in the Pulsefire FPS, and they have been releasing great mechanical keyboard entries- focusing on great build quality, understated aesthetics and standard key sizing (standard bottom row!).
When I first unboxed the Alloy Elite RGB I immediately felt like it was a better built and more premium keyboard than the K70 LUX. The design was definitely heavily inspired by the K70 series, but HyperX seems to have focused on addressing all of the cons on the Corsair boards. For one, the keycaps are much higher quality than those found on the K70. I like the shape of the keycaps better, as they are more angular and sleek. The caps also feel much better to the touch- the K70 caps feel decidedly cheap and thin, while the alloy elite caps have a smooth, soft coat to them. They feel fantastic. The included gaming keycaps also feel much better than those included with the K70. Perhaps most importantly, this keyboard has a standard layout including a STANDARD BOTTOM ROW, making it super easy to buy replacement keycaps sets if you so desire. Corsair has continually used a nonstandard bottom row, which makes finding replacement keycaps a pain. Because of this, although this is a "gaming" keyboard, mechanical keyboard enthusiasts will be more likely to give it a shot and/or recommend it.
Cherry MX reds are my favorite mechanical switch. I had reds on both K70s I owned, and I chose to go with reds again on the alloy elite RGB. For some reason, the mx reds feel different on this board than they do on the Corsair. The actuation is smoother, and they are much quieter. The reds on the K70 LUX are really loud- I this this is due to a combination of the keycaps Corsair is using as well as the mounting of the switches on the back plate. Although reds are marketed as a "quiet switch" I never really understood that because I still found them quite loud on the K70 (although obviously not as loud as something like mx blues). On the Alloy elite RGB, the mx reds are actually fairly quiet- another win for the HyperX board.
The lighting on this board is just as good as on the K70 LUX. I actually think the colors are more accurate, even though they are using the same Cherry mx RGB switches. It probably has something to do with the brushed aluminum back plate of the K70 LUX. Blue especially never looked quite right on the K70 LUX, but on the Alloy Elite RGB is looks more vibrant and true blue. Orange also looks quite a bit better. I am not sure if Cherry made improvements to the RGB switches, or if this is a result of having a matte black metal plate instead of the brushed aluminum on the K70.
The HyperX Ngenuity software is just fine in my opinion. Its obviously in its infancy, and I expect it to improve as time goes on (Corsair's CUE software was a hot mess when the first K70 RGB released). Its easy to set up basic lighting effects in the Ngenuity software, but it doesn't seem to have the ability to create as complicated profiles as users can on the CUE software. However, the CUE software is probably the main reason I wanted to move away from a Corsair board. CUE is a buggy mess- my K70 LUX would often not be recognized by the software, the software would crash periodically, and sometimes my keyboard's lighting would just refuse to work. Only uninstalling and reinstalling the software could fix it. I haven't had any of those problems with the NGenuity software.
The keyboard also comes with a profile switching button on the top left of the board, and the 3 default profiles are actually really great. The first is rainbow wave, which is just as nice as that found on e K70 LUX. The second is a basic blue with white WASD and 1-4 keys, and the 4th is basic red with "HyperX Flame" key press effect. They all look great- which means if you don't even have to install the software if you don't want to. On the K70 LUX, the software is required to run to use any sort of lighting effects. You can only save one basic static lighting profile to the board (which I should mention would sometimes not load on startup- sheesh!).
Also, the light bar at the top looks FANTASTIC and is a really nice touch.
The media keys compare well to what the K70 has on offer. The volume scroller is MUCH nicer than the one on the K70 LUX. The K70 has a really unpleasant metal-on-metal feel when scrolling, while the alloy elite is smooth. I also really like the silver accents of the media keys.
The wrist rest on the Alloy Elite RGB is also really nice. I was worried about it from the pictures, and how it would compare to the K70 wrist rest with its soft rubberized plastic feel. The left side of the wrist rest feels really nice and soft, even better than the Corsair. The right side is plastic, but still soft to the touch. I also think the wrist rest pops on and off easier than on the K70. Its a really nice inclusion and adds to the value of the board.
Overall, I think the Alloy Elite RGB is just a better keyboard than the Corsair K70 LUX. Although it borrows a lot from the design of the K70, it improves on it in a number of ways. At a price of $170 at the time of this review, you are getting a really great value, and what I feel is the best gaming keyboard in the price range. The K70 LUX can often be found for cheaper, but do understand that you will be sacrificing quality in a number of areas. I think the Alloy Elite RGB is worth the price premium. HyperX has yet to let me down with any of their PC peripherals. They also have incredible support (I had experience with it for my Cloud II, and it was painless and...actually fairly pleasant).
I can highly recommend this keyboard for anyone looking for a gaming keyboard with all of the features- media controls, RGB lighting, onboard profiles, gaming keycaps, wrist rest, etc. This board has it all, with an extremely premium build.
While my personal holy grail – yet to be met – is a wireless, backlit, mechanical keyboard with a tenkey (number) pad, I believe I’ve found the next best thing in the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. My current standing desk at home has a lot going on with its top surface, including two lights, a 3D printer, Surface Pro 3 dock, XRGB-mini, AverMedia Live Gamer Portable, and an ultra widescreen monitor, in addition to my keyboard, wireless trackball, various knick knacks, and a small workspace for books, magazines, or notepads to reference. As such, I was looking for a way to supplant my effective, but bulky, ROCCAT RYOS MK Pro, which has a permanently attached, and thick, braided USB cable. Basically, there was no easy way with my current setup to place that keyboard to one side when I needed more desk space. With no suitable wireless options available, the compact HyperX Alloy, complete with detachable, braided USB cable, seemed like a great alternative. I can just detach the miniUSBcable from the back of the keyboard when I need more space, and plug it back in when I need it again. Simple.
Here are the HyperX Alloy’s key features:
- Cherry MX Blue switches, which are ideal for typing
- Compact design with a solid-steel frame
- Detachable miniUSB cable
- Red backlit keys
- USB charging port (if a second USB port is used on the computer end of the USB cable)
- Full anti-ghosting and N-key rollover support (basically lets you press as many keys as you want at the same time)
While there are no dedicated media or other specialized keys, nor software for things like backlight and other customization, you can still control media functions and cycle through six preset LED modes for the backlighting (including “off,” of course, and keys you specify) with simple key combinations. For all the fancy keyboards (and related) that I’ve bought over the years, I rarely, if ever, used the customization software (other than maybe a one button press to bring up something like Notepad++ or the calculator), and I rarely, if ever, changed my lighting preferences, including when fancy RGB light shows were available. In that regard, I absolutely don’t miss any of that here.
In the package you get the keyboard itself, mesh travel pouch, USB cable, and various paperwork. You also get a keycap puller and optional textured, red keycaps to replace the usual gaming-centric A, W, S, D, 1, 2, 3, and 4 keys.
The important part of course is how this all works. Fortunately, even though there’s the usual small user learning/comfort curve that comes with almost any new keyboard design (and particularly one that’s fairly radical like this one), it works great. Keypresses provide suitable physical and audible feedback, and I’m able to type at full speed without issue. My gaming tests proved just as successful. While compact, there are no sacrifices to key size, and the steel structure provides plenty of weight.
If you’re like me and want a no sacrifice, yet compact mechanical keyboard with removable USB cable, then the HyperX Alloy makes a fine choice. In fact, I may not even need that personal holy grail solution.
- Cherry MX Blue switches
- Well-built and compactly designed, with no sacrifices to key sizes
- Removable miniUSB cable
- Easily transportable, complete with travel pouch
- Red backlighting is generally less distracting than other types (and can be disabled)
- Limited customization options and no dedicated software