Last week, we reviewed HyperX’s budget Pulsefire Core RGB gaming mouse (Review) on our website. Well, Kingston’s gaming-oriented sub-brand managed to impress with the product. It’s about time that we talk about the companion HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard. Just like the mouse, the Alloy Core RGB is an entry-level keyboard from the brand which currently sells on Amazon India for a price tag of INR 4,257 (roughly $60).
Note: You can get the product for an even cheaper price tag during Amazon’s lightning deals. We have seen the product selling for as low as INR 3,000 (roughly $42).
Now it is worth mentioning that this keyboard is not your high-end mechanical keyboard but instead makes use of a membrane mechanism. That’s not a bad thing at all and in fact, I had an impressive typing experience with a satisfying clicking sound. For those who’re unaware, you will generally find membrane keyboard at an entry-level price range since it manages to offer premium experience while not burning a major hole in the pocket.
With that said, the HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard undergoes immense competition from the likes of Corsair, Logitech and Razer. How well the keyboard actually performs in real-world scenarios? Let’s find that out in our comprehensive review.
Weight (including cable): 1121g or 1.121kg
Cable Type & length: Attached breaded, 1.8m
When it comes to the design, HyperX Alloy Core RGB keyboard yells flashy from all angles. It’s got everything you would want from a functional keyboard – RGB (check), media controls (check), RGB controls (check), neat design (check) and premium experience (again, check). The keyboard comes with a high gloss finish along with a pleasing design.
The whole area behind the keycaps lights up delivering out one of the beautiful aesthetics out there. To top things off, there is an additional light strip on top of the keyboard that adds up to the overall design. Sadly, the brand did not integrate the software support to the keyboard. This means that there are dedicated keys that let you control the RGB lighting. We’ll talk more about the keys and effects later on.
At the bottom, you will see a 45-degree slope with a glossy vertical line pattern. Although I really missed the wrist rest, you can not get everything at an entry-level price and that is completely understandable. The edges are quite sharp and the overall material choice seems perfect. No doubt, the keyboard is more on the heavier side. At the top, there is an HyperX logo branding with no lighting effects which was a good decision.
Lastly, there is a non-detachable braided cable of 1.8m length. One thing I like about the company is the fact that they always go with braided cables no matter what. Overall, the entire design seems pretty neat and premium. if you’re looking for an aesthetic keyboard to bring life to your battlestation, then you can definitely consider this one.
Keys & Switches
No matter how good a keyboard looks, if the overall typing and gaming experience isn’t good, then the only syllable that will come out of the mouth is going to be “meh”. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the Alloy Core keyboard here. Before we talk about the typing experience, let’s take a look at the functional keys that are present.
First up, there is a dedicated set of three low-profile silent keys on the top left corner. The setup includes brightness key, RGB effects switching key and a gaming mode key. There are three brightness levels here – no brightness, medium brightness, and maximum brightness. There are five different lighting modes from a single breathing color to an amalgam of different colors. If you’re a fan of a good old red color, then this keyboard has that too. Lastly, the third button is the gaming mode that locks the Windows key to prevent accidental pressing while playing games.
On the top right side, you will find a set of three more silent buttons that allows you to control the volume while the bottom four keys control the media playback. To be honest, this is a nice addition to the keyboard and comes in handy almost all the time. Even the high-end keyboard sometimes missed out on these nifty additions.
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Coming to the main keys, you already know that the product uses the membrane mechanism. The entire key set is responsive and gives back satisfying feedback when pressed. Being a content creator, I have literally spent hours on this keyboard typing in thousands of words. To be honest, the entire typing experience was surprisingly good. For a keyboard that comes with membrane keys, HyperX has managed to offer a solid performance on this thing on both gaming and typing.
To be honest, HyperX has raised the bar of what to expect from an entry-level membrane keyboard with its Alloy Core RGB keyboard.
Apart from the stuff we have already mentioned, HyperX is touting the spill-resistant feature with this keyboard. At first, I was reluctant to test that out but ended up doing it anyway. I poured a small amount of soft drink onto the keyboard and left it as it is for a while. Coming back, I noticed only the sticky surface and the keyboard was working perfectly fine.
Now, it is worth mentioning that I did this only for the purpose of testing. We will not advise you to do the same deliberately. With that said, this keyboard can handle a few accidental spills in my opinion. As per the brand, the Alloy Core keyboard is tested to resist up to 120ml of liquid featuring a reinforced plastic frame.
Alloy Core: The Conclusion
It’s time for me to bestow my final thoughts with you guys. After using the Pulesfire Core mouse, I was expecting a similar bang for bucks experience with the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. Well, the peripherals maker has definitely met up with my expectation and furthermore, managed to raise the bar.
Even though the keyboard touts quieter experience, the keycaps do make the sound that is very much satisfying. When compared with the other competitors, this one definitely seems much quieter. It is a wonderful entry-level keyboard that manages to deliver a solid experience while still not compromising on any functions.
If you’re currently not ready to spend huge bucks on a high-end mechanical keyboard, HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard is what you’re looking for. At an entry-level price tag, it offers everything you might need from a functional keyboard. With that said, don’t spill any drinks on the surface deliberately just to be on the safe side.
The HyperX Alloy Core RGB was reviewed using a unit provided to TechFAE by HyperX India.
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Even though Alloy Core is an entry-level membrane keyboard, it's got everything you might ever need. From RGB effects to performance, the brand has once again offered a premium product at sub-premium pricing. If you're not ready to spend huge bucks, then this is what you can buy instead.