Premium mechanical keyboards are supposed to incorporate all the features you need for your typing and gaming needs while delivering a strong build quality. Software support is also expected at this price range and the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB fulfils all of these pointers. Built with a sturdy steel top frame and plastic body, there’s no compromise in build quality. The only downside to build quality is the loosely fit keycaps. Some of them would pop out easily while typing. It isn’t a deal breaker but will cause frustration among heavy users.
The keyboard uses Cherry MX switches across the Red, Blue and Brown variants. Gaming and typing performance was satisfactory. Since full N-key rollover has been implemented, we didn’t notice any erroneous key presses. This means you can comfortably play all your favourite games without worrying about skipped or repeated key presses.
HyperX’s NGenuity software is new. Hence, it has a simple interface and has good potential to improve drastically by adding more features eventually. You can change the lighting effects on every single key and even create your own custom lighting effects. Reassigning keys and macro recording functionality is available as well.
At this price point, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB isn’t offering enough features. If you have the same budget for your next keyboard, we would recommend the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2. Not only does it include more features and better build quality, it has an impressive software. You get extra keys to assign dedicated macros along with a magnetic and cushioned wrist rest. The software experience on Razer's Synapse is also superior which allows you a higher level of customisation. However, if you’re able to acquire the Alloy Elite RGB for a lower price, you should definitely consider this one.
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