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Hyperx alloy origins

HyperX Alloy Origins: is it worth 110$ ?

So yea…I decided to upgrade my keyboard again! This time I’m trying out the HyperX Alloy Origins as suggested by a friend. I’ve heard great things about this board, hopefully it delivers what is expected. So stay tuned until the end!

 

First Impressions

First and foremost, the packaging. Honestly, the packaging was great! The box was fairly small compared to its competitors, which I like as it’s easier to store this way. The keyboard was inside a clear plastic bag that was again… easy to open. Other than the keyboard, the box came with a braided USB A to USB C cable, the manual, and other paperwork.

Hyperx alloy origins packaging

Sadly, the cable was so stiff… so stiff in fact it maintains its shape if you bend it! That was a big problem for me since my cables run through a cable sleeve. Luckily, the HyperX alloy origins has a detachable cable, which gives the additional option of replacing the cable in the future. The cable’s length was perfect for me, although many may find it slightly short. But again, you can replace it in the future.

The Alloy Origins has a full aluminum body, and you can really feel the weight. The keyboard itself is sturdy with no flex at all. The board also comes with two levels of adjustable feet, which I found great for ergonomics.

The board also has a Windows lock key, which is essential for many gamers. You can activate it using FN + F12. However, there are sadly no dedicated media keys, but you can still access them using FN with F6 – F11.

The best part are those Linear Red Switches, they feel so smooth and extremely fast, with minimal to no input lag. I personally prefer quieter switches, which is why I  love these Linear Red ones!

Hyperx alloy origins keyswitch

The keycaps are ABS, not PBT. Which helps the RGB shine clearly through the characters. Though this comes at the cost of longevity, over time the ABS keycaps will become slightly slippery and show fade on them, but this will take a while.

Well, here is where it started going downhill. I plug the keyboard into my PC and downloaded the Ngenuity Software as mentioned in the Manual. I open Ngenuity excited to use the various RGB effects and macros, but my keyboard wasn’t recognized! I was worried the keyboard was a faulty unit, but it was typing fine with a default rainbow effect on. I tried asking for help online, using another USB cable, changing the USB port, but nothing worked. At this point, what held me from returning it was the amazing HyperX Linear Red switches. All I am going to do now is wait…

 

2 Months Later…

After a long gaming session, I decided to give the Ngenuity Software another try. And guess what, it detected my keyboard! Now the situation is much weirder. I checked if I made any prior changes that have caused my keyboard to get detected, but I found nothing. I’m just happy that I got to change the RGB lighting to match my setup.

Hyperx alloy origins

As for the ABS keycaps, they held up pretty well! I didn’t notice any kind of fade on the characters or the keycaps, and they don’t feel slippery at all. Overall, The keyboard held up extremely well! 

Are they Cheetos Dustproof…they definitely are!

I also discovered that the board has onboard memory that can be accessed using the F1, F2, and F3 keys. Why is this useful you may ask? Well, this means you can assign different RGB and Macro profiles on the keyboard, and it would work seamlessly on any device even without the software!

 

Would We recommend it?

Absolutely! You may even find one on a deal paired with the HyperX pudding keycaps, making it a great choice. If you’re a gamer looking for a fast and comfortable full-size keyboard, that also looks good, this may be the one!

Check the keyboard via our link here!                                           

Check the Pudding Keycaps via our link here!

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