Closer look at the HyperX Alloy FPS
There are several reasons why some of us choose mechanical keys, one is the distinct noise that they make when typing, another is the feeling that they give, which depends on the type of the switch, and also there is the reliability. The HyperX Alloy FPS that I am testing comes with Cherry MX Blue switches as you can see from the picture below. In general Cherry MX Blue switches have a very distinct sound and feel. They are noisy, so if you type a lot, you might want to get something that is less loud, like Red or Silent switches.
A quick look at the blue switches and the position of the LEDs. Apparently I was under the wrong impression that the Cherry MX red switches were noisy, I was wrong. The blue switches are more fun, although they make more noise and also they are not as sensitive as the Cherry MX red. This allowed me to make less mistakes when typing.
Now if you are a gamer, probably the Cherry MX red would be the option to go with.
Some more information about the three types of switches that are available for the HyperX Alloy FPS.
Connectivity and multimedia functionality.
The HyperX Alloy FPS is only available with red LEDs, so the only options that you have are to change the brightness, or turn them off. The overall brightness was very good, and you have five brightness levels, going from full brightness to off. You can do this by holding the FN key then pressing the up or down arrow, which is very simple and easy to do.
There are also options to change the display mode, and this can also be done from the keyboard, without the need for software. Again hold the FN key but this
time press the left and right arrows and you will go from solid, to breathing, to trigger, to explosion, to wave, and finally to custom mode which by default lights up the 1,2,3,4 / W,A,S,D / Ctrl and spacebar keys. In this mode you can change which buttons can be lit, and the process is explained in the manual that comes with the keyboard.
The build quality of the HyperX Alloy FPS is excellent, it weights one kilogram, and the size is relatively small, without having to make any sacrifices, on functionality and build quality. The detachable cable is very long, 1.8 metres to be exact, and it’s detachable and braided.
A close look at the side of HyperX Alloy FPS, and here you will find the micro USB connector and also a USB type-A port that can only be used for charging purposes.
The mini USB connector and this end connects to the keyboard. The cable looks and feels great, and it matches the black and red colour scheme of the HyperX Alloy FPS.
On the other end of the 1.8 meter cable there are two connectors, one for the keyboard, and the other to provide extra power for that sharing port. Both are USB Type-A, and both are clearly labeled.
As with most new keyboards, there is a function FN key to give you extra functionality, and on the HyperX Alloy FPS you can control some very basic audio features, like play/pause, stop, next, and previous track. You can also mute the audio, increase or decrease the volume, and you can disable or enable the Windows key on the keyboard.
The main audio and volume functions can be accessed by using the FN key, and they worked perfectly with Foobar2000 and AIMP which I have tested.
Here are the mute, decrease and increase volume buttons, and also the Game mode button that allows you to enable or disable the Windows key. One thing that I noticed, was that with Foobar2000 and AIMP when you increase or decrease the volume it had no effect on the volume of the player, but when I was watching videos, using SMPlayer, not only did it change the volume in the Windows volume mixer, but also in the player.
The three indicator LEDs on the HyperX Alloy FPS are slightly different from what most of us are used to. This time the first LED is not for the Num Lock but for the gaming mode, and indicates if the Windows button is locked or unlocked. The other two are for Num Lock and Caps Lock. A nice idea to make it visible if game mode is on or off.
Closing thoughts on the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard.