The days of bland looking keyboards are fast disappearing for PC users, be they all about the game or just looking to digitize their life via word processing, music or videos on screen. Now the demand is that what their fingers are pressed against not only functions efficiently, but also looks good while doing it. And even if that means a full sized keyboard, having it be mechanical keys becomes something more than a retro attempt at the past by becoming a picture of sturdiness. In other words, regardless of whether it’s going to sit forever on your desk or travel, it’s going to be the HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard that’s doing the job.
The Alloy Elite has a commanding shape, which makes traveling between keys precise and purposeful. Still there’s enough room for a mouse besides it — surface “real estate” being more often like a New York apartment than not for many gamers. Designed for use with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10, dedicated media buttons and a large volume wheel are right there, as are other controls. Go ahead and pound those keys because they can take it — as can the chassis surrounding them ‘cause it’s made from solid steel. And no, this isn’t some wireless keyboard where you have to worry about latency biting your behind just when you’ve got the enemy in your sights: this keyboard uses dependable, simple USB 2.0 cable to connect to the PC. There’s a USB pass-through so no complaining about it taking up a socket.
Now back to those keys – first off they’re mechanical and dependable, though nobody says you have to beat them with your fist. The keyboard has Cherry MX Red backlit keys; the “red” switches requiring less force in being pressed and making quieter audio clicks compared to the other keys HyperX makes available. Plus there’s 6 lighting effects utilization a signature integrated 18 LED light bar to impress yourself of anyone looking over your shoulder: 6 preset LED modes and 4 brightness levels. There’s even added titanium-colored textured keycaps you can add on for finding those important gaming keys quicker — helping your fingers in their searching while your eyes are busy. For this purpose a keycap removal tool is included to make the process of swapping keys painless.
More to know about this keyboard? How about a Game Mode, 100% anti-ghosting and full N-key rollover functionality? That’ll do.