The HyperX ALLOY FPS, a full-sized Cherry MX Blue keyboard designed for first-person shooters, is now available in Singapore. What’s unique about this particular set of keys is its solid steel alloy frame and minimalist layout, dumping macro keys and media controls to focus on the essentials. HyperX, a division of memory giant Kingston Technology, has set the MSRP at $160.
The prime decision behind its size is to “maximize desktop real estate for FPS movement.” According to the technical sheet, the keyboard’s dimensions are 44.1 × 12.9 × 3.5 centimeters – comparable to competitors such as Razer, Logitech, and SteelSeries, yet edging them out in terms of height and price.
Thanks to its sturdy frame and detachable braided cable, the HyperX ALLOY FPS is well-suited for travel too; it ships with a mesh pouch for easy storage. Other extras include red, textured WASD and 1234 keys for that added bit of contrast.
Interestingly, HyperX went with Cherry MX Blue switches instead of the common Red or Brown. Blue switches are considered heavy and loud, typically recommended for typing than gaming, although plenty of folks would argue otherwise; it all comes down to personal preference in the end. (HyperX does carry Red and Brown variants but not in Singapore at this moment.)
The ALLOY FPS comes with the usual host of features you’d expect: 100 percent anti-ghosting and full N-key rollover, as well as a rated lifespan of over “50 million keystrokes per key.” There’s a Game Mode to disable the Windows key and six preset LED modes, including a customizable one, for its red backlight. There’s even a powered USB 2.0 port along the top-right edge for mobile phone charging.
If you’re comfortable with Cherry MX Blue then the HyperX ALLOY FPS seems to be an affordable, no-nonsense keyboard for anyone’s desk, one that’s built to last.