HyperX Alloy Origins 60 gaming keyboard, a solid choice for gaming and work

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The Alloy Origins 60 gives you more room for the mouse.

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After partnering with keyboard maker Ducky on a few limited edition One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboards, HyperX made its first 60% mechanical keyboard, the Alloy Origins 60. It is significantly smaller than the keyless keyboard. of the brand, the HyperX Alloy Origins Core, as it lacks the numeric keypad as well as the inconspicuous arrow keys and other keys like Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End. The smaller size frees up desktop space for the mouse and is better for travel. But this keyboard is not limited to its compact body.

The $ 100 keyboard (around £ 75 or AU $ 130 converted) uses the company’s own red linear mechanical switches, which are fast, smooth and responsive. Switches have MX and HyperX type rods used double-hit PBT keys and there is no noticeable wobble of the keys. The key presses have a solid feel and sound, although there is a slight click on the space bar and it doesn’t sound as good as the Ducky One 2 Mini. Still, there is a lot more to love about this keyboard.

Small and bright but not light

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Function layer controls are labeled on the front of the keys.

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The Alloy Origins 60 has an aluminum body like other Origins keyboards. This gives it more weight compared to other keyboards at 60%, which tend to be all plastic. For comparison, the Ducky One 2 Mini weighs 583 grams (1.3 pounds) while the Origin 60 weighs 741 grams (1.6 pounds). It’s not a huge difference, but it’s noticeable and the metal gives it a premium feel and sturdiness. On the left rear side of the keyboard is a recessed USB-C port into which the included USB-C-to-USB-A braided cable fits snugly.

HyperX’s key switches have exposed LEDs, which really makes them shine through and around the keys. The keyboard features a cap puller, HyperX branded cap, and an aftermarket space bar with a swirling and somewhat topographic design that looks fantastic when turned on. It seems silly to swoon over such a small detail, but it really increases the appeal of this keyboard.

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The Origins 60 has two pairs of folding rear legs, giving you three striking angles.

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Per-key RGB lighting can be programmed using HyperX’s Ngenuity app, as can basic key and function layer assignments. The preprogrammed function layer keys are on the right side of the keyboard and their labels are on the front of the keys. I especially like the placement of the arrow keys as they are right next to the function key, making it easy to use with one hand. Up to three profiles can also be stored directly on the keyboard, so that they are accessible no matter which computer you are using.

At $ 100, Origins Alloy 60 is similarly priced to other mechanical keyboards at 60%, but the solid build quality makes it more valuable. Since he does not have hot swappable switches, however, you’ll have to settle for HyperX’s linear switches, which I am (although I prefer its Aqua touch switches for typing). With an operating force of 45 grams and an actuation point of 1.8mm, they work well for games and typing. The category may be dominated by smaller brands, but the Alloy Origins 60 stands out.

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