HyperX Alloy 65 Origins Review
Long the preferred choice of many programmers, 65 and 60 percent keyboards have also recently begun to catch the eye of gamers looking to save space on their desks. Cutting fat without losing any functionality is the name of the game, and more than a few manufacturers have done it. Top picks like the Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and Corsair K70 RGB Pro Mini Wireless lead the pack, but they’re certainly not the only razor-sharp options on the market. Enter the HyperX Alloy Origins 65, a 65% board with a lightweight aluminum body, pleasing RGB lighting, and comfortable HyperX key switches that make every key press satisfying. And at $99, it’s sure to be a favorite among budget gamers.
A keyboard with humble origins
The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 looks no different than most compact keyboards available, and I’m not saying that in a bad way. A matte black finish wraps around the 67-button layout and gives the HyperX an attractive sheen, while double-shot PBT keycaps protect the keys from wear, with translucent lettering that lets RGB lighting shine through. The Alloy Origins 65 is down about 40 keys from the standard full-size keyboard layout, so the secondary functions have been moved to the sides of the keys as additional functions.
Flipping the aluminum body over to examine its underside, you’ll find four rubber grips, one at each corner, and three adjustable keyboard angles, a nice addition for those concerned with their keyboard’s ergonomics. At the top, you’ll find a USB-C port for the included USB-C cable. If you’re looking for a wireless keyboard, look elsewhere, as there’s no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth support here.
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At 1.4 x 12.4 x 4.15 inches (HWD), the HyperX is a compact keyboard, and while you could get slimmer if you opt for a 60% keyboard like the Kinesis TKO, the HyperX Origins 65 is just a hair thinner than many other leaders. 65% cards, like the Asus ROG Falchion. The extra 5% allows for an extra row of functions on the right side, as well as comfortably spaced arrow keys. In terms of weight, the Alloy Origins 65 tops out at 1.8 pounds, fairly light but not the lightest compact board.
Pointing to the keys themselves, advanced users may notice that HyperX does not use key switches made by Cherry, but instead leans towards its own brand of switches. Our review unit uses HyperX Red linear switches, the same type found in the HyperX Alloy Origins 60, the 60% variant of the card. If linear keys aren’t your thing, you can instead configure your board with Aqua Switches, HyperX’s touchscreen option.
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The switches feel unique, striking a balance that lends itself to both gaming and general use. They have an operating force of 45g, the same as a Cherry Red switch, but with a slightly shorter actuation point and travel distance (1.8mm and 3.8mm respectively). The actuation point is the distance in the downward pressure at which the switch registers an input, while the travel distance is the maximum distance a button can be pressed. A standard polling rate of 1,000 Hz is also found here, which affects your keyboard response time. (The higher the number, the faster the response.)
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To complete the set, a key puller, always a welcome addition, and some replacement keys. The included alternate spacebar ditch the topographic artwork of the Alloy Origins 60 and opt instead for starships and planets. It’s still a very cool upgrade that looks great with RGB lighting underneath, although the red key and cartoonish print might not be for everyone.
A little ingenuity goes a long way
HyperX always uses the Ngenuity configuration app for all your customization needs. The app itself has gotten quite impressive, with a fantastic feature set, and it’s very easy to navigate. Here you can remap keys as well as adjust RGB lighting and a host of other settings. The Alloy Origins 65 can support up to three profiles, a nice bonus for those who like to customize their settings for each game. works very well.
Taking the keyboard into battle, I mainly used it to type in commands and queries in various MMOs on the PlayStation 5 and PC. Although I always grab a full size board when I can, I can’t say I’ve had any issues with the Alloy Origins 65 in every game I’ve played on either board. -form.
Finally, at $99, the 65% version of the board is slightly more expensive than its 60% variant, but you get a few extra keys to work with, so the trade-off isn’t bad at all. It’s far more affordable than recent 60% deals from Razer and Corsair, but with fewer bells and whistles to its name.
Verdict: A small and mighty keymaster
Despite the lack of wireless functionality, the 65% HyperX Alloy Origins is a solid keyboard all around, easily keeping up with the competition thanks to excellent HyperX key switches and attractive RGB lighting. While it doesn’t have the feature set you’d expect from high-end keyboards, ultimately most gamers want a keyboard to handle the basics well, and the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 does just that. all while saving space on your desktop along the way. The Fnatic Streak 65 and Kinesis TKO are our top and second picks in this category, but the 65% Alloy Origins is no slouch and a worthy $100 buy.
The HyperX Alloy Origins is a great 65% keyboard for gamers looking to save desk space without sacrificing their wallet.
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