HyperX Alloy Origins series mechanical keyboards are designed to be ultra-compact and sturdy products that give gamers a blend of style, performance, and reliability. Each version of the Alloy Origins Core keyboards have slightly different features and ranging between $89.99 – $109.99. In this review we will look at the HyperX Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless version featuring HyperX Aqua – Tactile mechanical switches, a Full aircraft-grade aluminum body, Onboard memory for three profiles, per-key RGB lighting, and more priced at $89.99.
When you look at the list of features, I think the one that stands out the most is its full aircraft-grade aluminum body. WOW… this is some heavy-duty aluminum. Before I read the spec sheet, I thought it was steel because of the 900g weigh-in. Keep in mind you are missing the num pad keys with this compact version. Its material feels super dense, if you were to drop it the keyboard would break the floors. I am really impressed with how sturdy the aluminum body is, there virtually no play when trying to twist the base. No lies this is one of the most solid keyboards I have ever held. I think this size specifically is the happy medium between a full-size keyboard and a 60% keyboard that does not have the D-pad section separated. You will big-time notice the extra mouse movement space on Tenkeyless.
HyperX has its own custom switch system which claims to be rated for up to 80 million key presses with no loss of quality. This model features HyperX Aqua – Tactile switches with a 45g actuation force, a 1.8mm key travel distance, and 3.8mm of total travel. What a phenomenal value to get numbers like these at such a great price. This keyboard is ultra-fast and responsive. As every standard gaming keyboard should have it is equipped with 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology. This way all you go into full-face roll mode you do not miss a key! This keyboard is going to outperform other products in much higher price brackets, it is a “Pumper”.
We decided to test this keyboard with the HyperX Ngenuity Beta software built into the Microsoft store. This specific model features a Backlight Per key RGB with 16,777,216 colors and 5 brightness levels. While I have seen deeper levels of RGB customization with other companies’ software, Ngenuity does get the job done. As all gaming keyboards should the Ngenuity software allows you to map all your keys. This specific model has shortcut keys built into the function buttons 1 – 3 that let you quickly swap between profiles.
I think the theme behind this keyboard is performance, durability, essentials. You are not going to get all the fancy bells and whistles you see some other keyboards at higher price points have on the Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless. I can say however this keyboard has everything it takes to get the job done at a competitive level. It will be really difficult to find a keyboard that competes with this at $89.99.
Switch – HyperX Switch
Type – Mechanical
Backlight – RGB (16,777,216 colors)
Light effects – Per key RGB lighting2 and 5 brightness levels
On board memory – 3 profiles
Connection type – Detachable (USB Type-C)
Anti-ghosting – 100% anti-ghosting
Key rollover – N-key mode
LED indicator – Yes
Media control – Yes
Game Mode – Yes
OS compatibility – Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
Switch – HyperX Red, HyperX Aqua, HyperX Blue
Operation – Style Linear, Tactile, Clicky
Actuation – Force 45g, 45g, 50g
Key Travel Distance – 1.8 mm
Total Travel – 3.8 mm
Life Span (Keystrokes) – 80 million
Type – Detachable, Braided
Length – 1.8 m
Width – 360.0 mm
Depth – 132.5 mm
Height – 34.5 mm
Weight – (Keyboard and cable) 900 g