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HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Review

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a compact 60% mechanical gaming keyboard. Thanks to its aluminum body, it feels fantastically well-built. It uses HyperX Red linear switches which feel very light and responsive, and they require less force to actuate than other linear switches do.

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FEATURES OF HYPERX ALLOY ORIGINS 60

Unboxing of hyperx alloy origins 60

If you prefer a softer and quieter response (that does still remain as speedy as ever), you’re going to be better served here – the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 comes with HyperX’s red linear mechanical switches. With 1.8mm actuation distance and 3.8mm total travel, they’re certainly fast and nicely responsive with 45g of actuation force. 

However, they do lack that snap response you’ll find in other, more tactile switches. They also initially felt a little cumbersome and spongey when coming from a clicky SteelSeries hybrid blue, and unfortunately you won’t be able to swap them out.

Hyperx Alloy Origins 60 Design

These minimalist designs are certainly forming popular fashion these days, offering the bare minimum while keeping things super clean and highly responsive. Not only are you saving your desk space with this design, making more room for sweeping movements from the best gaming mouse or best wireless gaming mouse, but keeping your arms in line with your shoulders also makes for a more ergonomic position.

The keycaps are designed with durable PBT material that is resistant to wear, friction, and solvents. Secondary functions are printed on the sides of the keycaps for quick recognition.

The key switches are custom-designed to be a balance of responsiveness and accuracy, featuring a short travel time and low actuation force. They’re also reliable, rated for 80 million keypresses with no loss of quality.

The new HyperX Alloy Origins 60 keyboard has two side legs that we can deploy in two different heights, something that gives us the option of having three inclinations at our fingertips. In the back front part we also have two rubber pieces that prevent the keyboard from moving and being fixed in the desired position.

Software

HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Software

The SteelSeries Engine is a configuration program that is already in its third version and follows the steps marked in depth by software such as Razer Central or Corsair iCUE.

When we install and set it up for the first time our team will recognize the SteelSeries Apex Pro immediately. Already in the first panel we can change between the five configurations for local memory profiles once customized.

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The Alloy Origins 60 offers customization options through HyperX’s Ngenuity configuration app. Ngenuity has been a work-in-progress for some time, but it has become a reliable utility. It’s easy to remap keys, change RGB lighting, and adjust other settings. There are still a few places where the app is confounding. Switching among many profiles and keeping track of which ones are in the keyboard’s onboard memory is hard to follow, for example.

In general, Ngenuity gets “close enough” that I wouldn’t call it a hindrance to the Alloy Origins 60, but it isn’t as polished as top-tier configuration apps, such as the Corsair iCue, Logitech G Hub, or Razer Synapse.

conclusion

If there is one valid criticism that I can level against the Alloy Origins 60 is that while it’s all but perfect for twitch games like first-person-shooters, the travel time on the keys is a bit too sensitive for my liking when relying on them for more basic purposes.

My fingers naturally tend to rest a bit heavy on the home row and are accustomed to standard keyboards that require more force to register a keypress.

Meanwhile, over on the Alloy even if my fingers are completely at rest they will often sink into the keypad and trigger long lines of repeat letters like “s” and “k”. Sadly, there does not appear to be any way to adjust the keypad sensitivity via software; one must take it or leave it.

As someone more familiar with full-size, non-mechanical consumer keyboards there are a few other issues I have with the Alloy, such as the extremely tight spacing, the lack of a full number pad and the previously mentioned reliance on the FN key to execute basic commands (which of course can be overcome with custom macros if that’s your thing), but such is the nature of the beast with mini-gaming keyboards and is by no means unique to HyperX’s product.

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