HyperX Alloy Origins gaming keyboard gets clicky Blue switches: Hands-on

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HyperX added a satisfying click to its Alloy Origin gaming keyboard with its own HyperX Blue switches. The $110 full-size gaming keyboard (£110, AU$153 converted) was previously available with the company’s tactile Aqua switches and linear Red switches. The combination of the Alloy Origin with HyperX’s Blue mechanical switches gives you a slim, sturdy gaming keyboard with a classic clicky typing experience and a bit more speed over the competition. 



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Compared to the Cherry MX Blue switch, the HyperX Blue has a slightly shorter 1.8mm actuation point and 3.8mm total travel distance to the MX Blue’s 2.2mm actuation point and 4mm total travel distance. It’s also a lighter switch with a 50-gram operating force to the Cherry’s 60 grams. 

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While I can’t say I noticed a difference in travel between the two, the switch does feel lighter and has a less pronounced tactile bump than Cherry’s. I found the HyperX switch overall less tiring than MX Blues and a bit easier to rapidly tap (though you’re better off with the company’s Red switches for that). The HyperX’s sound better to my ear, too, with a loud, clear click. The aluminum keyboard’s solid body helps deaden some of the hollow and tinny sounds I’ve experienced on cheaper mechanical gaming keyboards and there’s no discernible spring noise. 



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Regardless of the switch you go with, the HyperX Alloy Origin is a great streamlined gaming keyboard. There are no discrete media controls, but the function keys are marked out with media controls as well as a Game Mode so you can disable the Windows key and certain key combos while gaming. (The markings are illuminated also, which isn’t always the

HyperX Adds Blue Mechanical Switches to Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard Lineup

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New Durable Mechanical Keyboard Offers Reliable HyperX Blue Switches and Minimalistic Design for Gaming Setups and Home Offices

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is shipping the new HyperX Alloy Origins™ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard featuring HyperX Blue mechanical switches. Built for performance and longevity, HyperX Blue mechanical switches offer a shorter actuation point and 80 million click rating to meet gaming and work from home needs. The full-sized HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard features a minimalistic, compact design with RGB backlit keys to enhance home offices and PC gaming setups. HyperX blue switches are favored by gamers that like clicky key sounds and operating action.

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HyperX Adds Blue Mechanical Switches to Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard Lineup. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard is the first full-sized gaming keyboard built with HyperX Blue switches. As a durable, stable gaming keyboard, Alloy Origins features an aluminum body with an aircraft-grade brushed finish and leverages a space-saving layout to maximize desktop real estate for ultimate mouse movement.

“HyperX is committed to making reliable keyboards and has invested years in developing a series of key switches with features and design specifications required by gamers,” said Jennifer Ishii, keyboard business manager, HyperX. “Adding the new HyperX Blue switches alongside the existing Red and Aqua options allows gamers to choose their preferred switch type while receiving the performance, reliability and style found in HyperX-branded switches.”

Alloy Origins includes RGB backlit keys with exposed LED for brighter illumination with radiant lighting effects and five adjustable brightness levels to enhance gaming, day or night. Equipped with HyperX NGENUITY software, Alloy Origins offers advanced customization features for lighting and macros, including simple customizable per-key lighting effects. The USB Type-C to