We know that our readers may have heard that HyperX is being acquired by HP. What that bodes for the future of the company remains to be seen. As it stands, I have recommended HyperX headsets and keyboards for some time now and feel like the brand tends to offer solid products at a good value. My hope is that HP stays as hands off with HyperX as possible, as the brand has been doing great things and earned a reputation for quality that HP’s own Omen brand is far removed from. That’s all I am going to say, as I don’t want to remove the focus from this review and the excellent job HyperX has done with their Alloy Origins Core and their switch lineup.
Solid build quality, a simple, sleek aesthetic and HyperX’s proprietary key switches really come together to make the HyperX Alloy Origins Core a truly great keyboard. At $89.99 MSRP the Alloy Origins Core offers good value with a few minor shortcomings. While HyperX could have included extra keycaps and the USB-C cable placement was a bit questionable, pretty much everything else on this keyboard is a hit, especially the beautiful aluminum body that surrounds the keyboard. The ability to program macros and customize the Alloy Origins Core was also really impressive.
For years we saw Cherry MX switches touted as being the best on the market, because they were. However, things have changed over the past few years and we now have quality switches coming from a number of manufacturers. While HyperX isn’t manufacturing their own switch, they clearly did their research and have done a great job of working with their manufacturer (likely Gateron) to produce quality switches that are relevant to their product line. I am not typically a fan of clicky switches, but these are some damn smooth clicky keys that are simply far better than Cherry MX Blues, which feel scratchy, heavy and have a more annoying, more ‘pingy’ click by comparison.
Right now, you can get the HyperX Alloy Origins Core for $89.99 and that includes a two year warranty. At $89.99 via the HyperX webstore, the Alloy Origins Core offers good value and when the unit is on sale, which I have seen happen since release, it’s an absolute bargain. If you are looking for a tenkeyless keyboard that offers solid build quality and no frills performance, the HyperX Alloy Origins Core is an excellent choice. If you’re a fan of deep customization within software and a quality software suite is essential to your peripheral experience, HyperX is steadily working on ngenuity and the software has improved a lot over time. I only hope HyperX continues to improve ngenuity and moves it from the Microsoft Store.
Legit Bottom Line: The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is an excellent keyboard for gamers and typists alike. HyperX has three excellent switches available now and their Blue is the first clicky switch I’ve enjoyed using.