Huh? so you have potential, discipline, and desire to win, yet you still lack something? Well, what you need is HyperX Alloy Core RGB, and if you have been in the gaming industry for as long as me then you know that HyperX Alloy Core RGB has an esteemed ranking in the market of budget gaming keyboards.
This HyperX Alloy Core RGB review will take you through all the dominant features of this budget gaming keyboard until you are sure that you want this and nothing else.
But before we move on to the specs and features of the said device, let’s discuss some factors that will ensure you that this review is not holding anything back.
Factors to Consider In a Gaming Keyboard
To make sure that your money is well spent on HyperX Alloy Core RGB, consider the following factors carefully.
The first and most obvious is the size of your keyboard. There are mainly 2 sizes for a gaming keyboard; Full-size and TKL. The full-size as the name suggests has all the 104 (sometimes 105) keys along with a full QWERTY alphanumeric section, the number pad, function keys, and the four cursor keys. Full-size keyboards are wider in size, hence might be too big for your surface.
If you want something smaller to fit, your desktop, or you are annoyed by the unnecessary space covered by the number pad then you might want to opt for a TKL keyboard. The TKL or the “tenkeyless” keyboard is the one without the number pad. Except for the removal of the number pad, everything else is intact; the function, alphabet, and cursor keys are complete.
Secondly, consider the gut of the keyboard, that is, the usual Mechanical vs. Membrane debate. The gut of the keyboard stands for the way by which the keys register that they have been pressed, how they have been pressed, and the sound when they are pressed.
Most standard keyboards use the -inexpensive silicon/rubber layer- membrane technology under each key. The membrane technology lacks the “click” sound making it hard to know from a tactile point of view that you have pressed the key. While there is nothing wrong with this technology, it just makes it hard for gamers to understand.
What you want, is a mechanical keyboard, and while these are a decade-long outdated on the appearance front they still are your best shot at PC gaming. These keyboards have a mechanical switch under each tall keys. These switches have their own housings, springs, and stems resulting in 3 different types of “clicks”. Most mechanical keys can withstand 40-50 million clicks before you need to replace them.
The third aspect of a decent gaming keyboard is its Customization and Macro buttons. You need to check if your keyboard can provide you with an edge when it comes to speed and personal preferences. Some gaming keyboards provide the luxury of Macro buttons.
These buttons are basically a dedicated set of buttons programmed to execute in-game macros. These buttons are saved with long commands for games like World of Warcraft, where instead of typing multiple actions commands repeatedly, you just dedicate them all to one button.
The fourth point to consider is key rollover and anti-ghosting. While playing a game there is always a need to press keys simultaneously- ghosting. In normal keyboards, this is considered a mistake and is often let go of, which might result in disastrous gaming.
To avoid this conflict, gaming keyboards have an “n-key rollover,” where n is the number of keys that can be pressed at the same time. You won’t need a keyboard that can support every single key pressed simultaneously, but the higher than “n” number, the more flexible the gaming keyboard will be.
Gaming keyboards also have anti-ghosting features, which enhances their association with mixed signals.
Lastly, the backlit illumination might seem a bit excessive and more ornamental than functional. However, they are an important factor to look for especially if you like to play in the dark. The rainbow spectrum on the keyboard is to highlights zones on the board so the players don’t always have to think for when pressing the key.
HyperX Alloy Core RGB Specs and Features
- Full Size
- Backlit illumination
- Customization is possible
|Weight (Keyboard and cable)||1121g|
|Dimensions||443.2 × 175.3 × 35.6 mm|
|Connection type||USB 2.0|
Quiet as A Mouse
HyperX Alloy Core RGB uses silicon membrane technology, which makes this gaming keyboard to be a perfect device to be used at late-night gaming sessions and not freak out your neighbors. Although some gamers might prefer mechanical keyboards to membrane keyboards, it’s nothing to worry about.
Although Alloy Core uses a membrane keyboard you are advised to not worry about whether or not you clicked. The n-key rollover on this thing is about 3 keys at a time and it also supports anti-ghosting functionality.
What it means is that your keyboard will be able to register 3 clicks at a time, in addition to having a well signal transactional system. None of your commands will fall on deaf ears.
As we talked about the importance of RGB lighting in gaming keyboards that it makes up for much more than pleasing aesthetics. The RGB lights help players in performing better. Something similar can be expected from the HyperX Alloy Core RGB membrane keyboard.
Alloy Core RGB offers 5 Zones of multi-color so that you can customize those five zones of the keyboard with the color of your choice. You can just simply customize the colors to your preference so the rainbow spectrum on the keyboard will highlights zones so you don’t always have to think before pressing the key.
Other Key Features
Some other main key features supported in HyperX Alloy Core RGB will definitely be accounted for in your decision to buy it. The most in-demand feature, i.e, the spill resistance. Alloy Core is a spill-resistant keyboard with a durable frame, which has been tested to resist up to 120ml of liquid and features a reinforced plastic frame.
Another cool feature supported by Alloy Core is its keyboard lock mode, which means that now you can lock your keyboard without having to lock your system.
Lastly, you can’t ignore the Signature light bar with smooth, stylish RGB effects, which offers stunning radiance paired with six effects presets; Color Cycle, Spectrum Wave, Breathing, Solid, 5 Zones, and Aurora.