HyperX’s lineup of keyboards seems to hit every checkbox for gamers with the sheer amount of keyboard options that they have. We’ve already looked at the Alloy Origins very recently and now we’re taking a look at it’s smaller sibling, The HyperX Alloy Origins Core Tenkeyless RGB mechanical keyboard. Yup, that’s quite the mouthful to say.
|Backlight||RGB (16,777,216 colors)|
|Light effects||Per key RGB lighting3 and 5 brightness levels|
|On board memory||3 profiles|
|Connection type||USB Type-C to USB Type-A|
|Key rollover||N-key mode|
|OS compatibility||Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7|
|Switch||HyperX Red, HyperX Aqua|
|Operation Style||Linear, Tactile|
|Key Travel Distance||1.8 mm|
|Total Travel||3.8 mm|
|Life Span (Keystrokes)||80 million|
|Weight (Keyboard and cable)||900 g|
The Alloy Origins Core is a sleek, clean-looking design that minimalists will absolutely love. It’s a tenkeyless keyboard which means a smaller form factor. This is perfect for those who travel with their keyboard or want more space on their desk.
It’s good a solid yet clean aluminium body that feels premium. And since it is quite portable, it comes with a detachable USB Type-C power cable so you don’t have to worry about the cable dying since it can always be replaced. But I don’t think that will happen any time soon because the cables themselves are braided making them hard to tear away or fall apart easily.
The keyboard is simplistic in its approach. No volume rocker or macro keys or dedicated media keys. Which for a tenkeyless keyboard makes sense. However, it does have per-key RGB lighting so you can still make your setup look aesthetically appealing. It has inbuilt presets for the lighting which can be changed by using the Function kets keys and does need external software.
If you do require proper lighting management and such, it can be done with the help of the HyperX Ngenuity software. You can also set up profiles here as well for games so that your keyboard lights up in different ways. If you do get this keyboard, or any HyperX keyboard I highly suggest taking some time and going through the software to perfectly tailor the keyboard to your needs.
Onto the Switches, we go. The one we reviewed uses the HyperX Red switches which are similar to the CherryMX Red. And honestly speaking, picking which one is better is all personal preference. I had a good time using the keyboard to type (wrote this review with it) and also for gaming. It’s not like a blue switch so you won’t get the solid tactile click and sound, but it’s still got nice tactile feedback on each button press.
You also get all the regular stuff you get with gaming keyboards. N-Key Rollover meaning you can press a lot of buttons at once and have them all register, you have “Gaming mode” which just locks the windows key so you don’t accidentally alt-tab out if you press it while playing a game.
So is the keyboard worth it? Yep, I had a great time using it, had no complaints or felt anything missing. I love the detachable cable because that just means a longer life for the keyboard and more portability for this little monster. For further aesthetics, you could get the HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps(not pictured here) that are translucent from the bottom which I use on my personal keyboard and feel would look fantastic on this keyboard and give it some more flair and personality.
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