HyperX Alloy Origins Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
88/100

Customer Score (From 9041 Reviews)
4.7/5

Overview

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a premium full-size mechanical gaming keyboard released in 2019 that intends to provide gamers with a blend of style, performance, and reliability. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the highest rated keyboards on the market today. This keyboard comes with HyperX Red switches, providing a responsive and quiet typing experience.

It features fully customizable RGB backlighting and supports incline adjustment. Every key on this model is also macro-programmable. Continue reading our HyperX Alloy Origins review and see how this device compares with the most highly-rated gaming keyboards on the market today.

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent build quality
  • Macro-programmable keys
  • Fully customizable RGB backlighting
  • Excellent HyperX switches

Reasons to Not

  • Doesn’t have a wrist rest
  • Software is only compatible with Windows

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Featuring a sturdy aluminum chassis, the HyperX Alloy Origins feels better built than the HyperX Alloy Elite 2, which has a steel frame and plastic parts, However, the Elite 2 has advanced features that are lacking on the Origins. These include dedicated media keys and USB passthrough technology.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: Unlike the full-size HyperX Alloy Origins, the Razer Huntsman Mini is a 60% compact keyboard, so it lacks a Numpad and dedicated arrow keys. The Razer keyboard features PBT keycaps which provide a better typing experience than the ABS keycaps on the HyperX device.

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a much more advanced gaming keyboard than the HyperX Alloy Origins. The SteelSeries keyboard has an OLED screen for managing settings and also features USB passthrough technology. Both these features lack HyperX models. The SteelSeries also comes with a wrist rest, unlike the HyperX device.

Critic Consensus

Product researchers adore the HyperX Alloy Origins, approving it for use by gamers, office users, and programmers. They hailed its excellent build quality and full-size design. However, if you prefer a compact 65% model, see our HyperX Alloy Origin 65 review. Testers from GamesRadar lauded its incline adjustment settings, supporting placement at 3°, 7°, and 11°. However, this model lacks a wrist rest. Although the color mixing was poor, it impressed experts at ZDNET with its RGB backlighting with individually lit keys.

If you need a model with better color mixing, see our HyperX Alloy FPS RGB review. Analysts tested a model with HyperX Red mechanical switches and discovered that it requires a 46 gf operating force and a 2.0 mm pre-travel distance. However, if you prefer Gateron switches, see our Keychron Q3 review. The keys proved to be quiet, and the keyboard has a very low 4.8 ms wired latency. This keyboard has onboard memory but is not hot-swappable. If you prefer a hot-swappable keyboard, check out our Keychron C1 review.