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HyperX's Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard comes with HyperX's own linear switches

By Koh Wanzi - on 11 Oct 2019, 3:03pm

HyperX's Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard comes with HyperX's own linear switches

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HyperX has announced the local availability of its Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard, a sleek 104-key model that is the first to utilise the company's own linear Red switches. The Alloy Origins was first announced back in August, alongside a bunch of other wireless peripherals, but it's now available to buy in Singapore at S$199

The Alloy Origins sits near the top of HyperX's keyboard line-up, and it features most of what you'd expect from a mechanical gaming keyboard today, including per-key RGB backlighting and a full aluminum body. It also comes with a detachable USB-C cable, a much welcome upgrade over the more common micro-USB.

It is also equipped with three pairs of keyboard feet, so you should be able to find a typing angle (3°, 7°, or 11°) that works best for you.

All the lighting and macro customisations are done within HyperX's own NGENUITY software, which will let you create your own custom profiles and store them in the keyboard's onboard memory. It also allows you to set up a personalised Game Mode, where you can choose which keys get disabled with the Game Mode button. 

Other than that, the Alloy Origins is a pretty no-nonsense board. You don't have to contend with any extra row of macro buttons or dedicated media keys. Personally, I prefer this approach since it keeps the footprint of the keyboard down and ensures it doesn't take up too much space on your desk. 

The HyperX Red linear switches have a rather light actuation force of just 45g, the same as Cherry MX Reds, and a total travel distance of 3.8mm and actuation point of 1.8mm. The company is also working on a model with its own tactile Aqua switches, also with a 45g actuation force, but those won't be available until next year. 

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