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HyperX HX-KB1SS2-UK Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Kailh Silver Speed Switches (UK Layout)

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The legends are placed at the top of the keys for great shine-through, including the secondary legends on the number row. Second, the keycaps need to be PBT and double-shot, that would be a great selling point against other companies and would make the longevity of keyboards longer, delaying the need to switch keycaps by a lot. Of course, RGB lighting is not really the same between models (different effects, light intensity, keycaps) but that's not all since consumers also need to know which type of switch they would like (mechanical, membrane or hybrid), brand name (the most well-known of which are Cherry, OMRON, Kailh/Kaihua, Gateron, Outemu, Greetech and Matias - brand also equals quality in most cases) and also what characteristics they want those switches to have (defined by their color when it comes to mechanical switches). Upon first glance, it appears the same as what we have seen with the previous Alloy models, but as you go on about trying to customize the keyboard, that is where things get a bit different. In an era where higher-end mechanical keyboards are expected to have a software driver and RGB lighting, at least as it pertains to the more mainstream arena, HyperX was definitely found wanting before they came out with the Alloy FPS RGB, a natural extension of the older Alloy FPS keyboard with a few tweaks here and there in addition to merely adding more colors to backlighting.

We begin the review of the keyboard and the keycaps with a look at the specifications of the keyboard below. The HyperX has onboard memory to save your preferred settings, and all of its keys are macro-programmable. Once powered, a "wave" of colors sweeps across the keyboard, and in dimmer light, there is a bit of light that escapes under the keycaps as well as what you see on top of the keycaps. The Alloy FPS RGB has a small footprint geared for space-constrained setups so you'll get room to maneuver without having to ramp up your mouse sensitivity. The spacebar not only is poorly stabilized but also has some kind of issue with the left side of the keycap, which is able to get stuck.Never miss an important keypress with the Alloy FPS RGB’s customisable Game Mode, 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover features. The PCB itself is connected to the steel plate such that the switches are soldered through, and this makes it harder to swap out switches for modding. Finally, size and other features like aluminum top plates, extra macro keys, dedicated media buttons and removable wrist rests also matter but to a lesser degree than the above.

Overall, it feels pretty light and responsive, and shouldn't cause much fatigue even after typing on it for long periods. No matter the layout or the switches used, there are many common features that the Alloy lineup brings to the table. I pictured the keyboard with its default multi-color “wave” pattern, but each key can be set to any color – or turned off completely. Still it wasn't perfect so leaving out the lack of a passthrough USB port releasing a single backlit color keyboard in the midst of a somewhat large number of RGB backlit models obviously didn't help sales (at least not much as it would, had it also been an RGB model) . While also not directly related to my in-game experience, I can’t state enough how gorgeous the backlighting looks.On the plus side, it comes with nice extra features like macro-programmable keys, full RGB backlighting, and superb companion software offering plenty of customization options. There's also no software on macOS, and the Print Screen button acts as F13 while the Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys adjust screen brightness if you're using an Apple display. But that’s pretty much it, and really the lighting controls are the only design change from the original Alloy FPS. This keyboard comes with Kailh Speed Silver switches and those only, there’s no variety (like Kailh Speed Copper or Bronze) but that’s the least of my worries, it could very well be due to mass production of one single keyboard type being cheaper than producing 2 to 4 different variants not counting different layouts and keycaps. Some want a “silent” model for use in their living room or even in their bedroom while others ask for a model with good audible feedback for use in the office or for gaming.

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