HyperX is no stranger to manufacturing keyboards for the gaming market and have produced some solid entries under their Alloy lineup, but the newly announced HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is the companies first go at an RGB keyboard. RGB lighting on peripherals has been extremely popular over the past couple of years and various manufacturers have released mechanical keyboards with dynamic RGB lighting effects that are able to be controlled through software suites, so it was only a matter of time before HyperX hit the gaming keyboard market with a proper offering to appease the RGB Gods.
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is available with a variety of Cherry MX mechanical key switches, including Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Reds, both of which I’ve found to be excellent for gaming. The Cherry MX switches on the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB sit on top of a sturdy, high grade steel back plate that helps eliminate flex and ensure stability during intense gaming sessions. Necessary features for PC gamers and enthusiasts like N-Key rollover and a Game Mode that allows you to disable specific keys while in game are present on the Alloy Elite RGB. HyperX is also outfitting the Alloy Elite RGB with a USB 2.0 pass thru port, something I really like to see on any keyboard, as it can really go a long ways to aiding with cable management or keeping a wireless receiver close to a mouse.
HyperX is introducing their new NGenuity software, which will allow for full lighting control on the Alloy Elite RGB, with the ability to adjust per-key lighting effects and store up to three individual lighting profiles to memory on the keyboard for recall on the go. Besides per-key backlighting, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB also features an adjustable RGB light bar that sits between the top row of keys and set of media controls. The media controls on the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB are typical and no different than what you see on any other keyboard, but it looks like HyperX is using quality materials for the buttons and volume dial, something I’ve come to expect from the brand. HyperX is also including a set of extra Titanium-colored textured key caps with the Alloy Elite RGB and since it uses Cherry MX switches, you can use any aftermarket Cherry MX-compatible key caps for even deep customization.
The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB looks like a solid entry from HyperX into the PC gaming peripheral market, even if HyperX is playing it safe with Cherry MX switches and a bit late to the party when it comes to RGB lighting. The looks of the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB already have me won over, as the lines, integrated wrist-rest and lighting all flow together very well, without having an overly obnoxious feel. I am very interested in seeing how the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB feels under my hands and how it interacts with the new HyperX NGenuity software, as a solid software suite can make all the difference in such a competitive market, where its tough to set yourselves apart at the actual peripheral level.
Check out LegitReviews for a full review the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB in the near future, as I definitely am interested in seeing how it stacks up to the other high-end offerings out there. The HyperX Alloy Elite RGB keyboard will be available starting in early January and will carry a $169.99 MSRP. Visit HyperX for more information on the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB and other newly announced HyperX products from CES 2018.