Soon after the launch of the Pulsefire gaming mouse, Kingston’s gaming arm HyperX announced that it would add two keyboards to its Alloy line-up. The Alloy Elite Mechanical and the Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical gaming keyboards will hit the shelves by the end of August.
Alloy Elite Gaming Keyboard Specifics
According to gamers who keep an eye on the peripherals HyperX releases, the company has raised the bar for personalization and comfort.
The Alloy Elite keyboard comes with Cherry MX mechanical switches, custom lighting features and a detachable palm rest. The keyboard features an 18 LED light bar, 6 preset LED effects and 4 brightness levels. The keyboard also possesses anti-ghosting capabilities, dedicated media buttons, a steel frame for added durability as well as quick access buttons allowing users to adjust the game mode, brightness and lighting effects in a breeze. The Elite also has a USB 2.0 port, an N-Key rollover functionality, and titanium colored WASD keys. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.
Alloy FPS Pro Keyboard Specifics
As its name implies the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro keyboard targets fans of first person shooters. It is a tenkeyless keyboard (it is devoid of the numpad the standard keyboards come with).
The Alloy FPS Pro comes with 6 LED modes and 5 brightness levels. It sports a USB 2.0 connection type, but unlike the Elite model, it has only one USB connector. Similar to the Elite keyboard, the FPS Pro comes with N-Key mode rollover, a 100% anti-ghosting feature, dedicated media control keys and a 1000Hz polling rate.
The keyboard is suitable for FPS players who want to find the happy balance between a space-saving layout and maximized space for mouse movement. The lack of a numpad makes the Alloy FPS Pro a good fit for users who travel often.
The tenkeyless Alloy FPS Pro keyboard features the so-called “plug-and-play” affair. It is ready to use as soon as it is connected to a PC. Further customization is possible without software.
Although players seem impatient to put their hands on the new keyboards, they questioned the keyboards’ layouts. Users living outside the US raised their concerns over the lack of different layouts and said that the availability of a US layout only makes the peripherals unsuitable for a large part of the gamers on a global scale.
The Alloy Elite Mechanical and the Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical gaming keyboards will be available at online and land-based retailers on August 21st. The Elite keyboard comes at a suggested price of $109.99. Its tenkeyless counterpart- the Alloy FPS Pro, will retail for $79.99.