The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Keyboard asks the question “What if we made mechanical keyboards… brighter?” and just runs with it. At first glance, it looks a little odd. The keys have a strange pearlescent bottom-half that looks almost accidental when the keyboard isn’t plugged in. Naturally, upon plugging it in and turning everything on you’re treated with an array of colours and patterns that make it far brighter than most RGB keyboard out there.
To get the best out of the fancy lights, you have to download a program called HyperX NGENUITY, which is where you canthe set multiple different light profiles. You can even have a variety of effects active at the same time – at present I’ve got three contrasting effects set up – though not all of them are compatible.
My first is a fairly standard RGB wave effect, though I’ve got it coming in at a 30-degree angle instead of straight across the keyboard. I’ve also set it up to trigger black bursts above whichever key I press, which means the keyboard ends a little darker as I type – this might sound counter-productive, but then I was perfectly happy with a German QWERTZ keyboard, and I like it. The second effect is a right to left sweep of just blue and purple, except whenever I type on a key it glows cyan for a while. Finally, I have one that lights up random keys as I type, but then produces red explosions whenever I push a key.
Honestly, I know not everyone cares about lighting effects, but it keeps me happy as I tip-tap my way through different articles and games.
The keys feel really great to type on. Each one of the in-house HyperX Red switches clunks in with a slightly lower tone than most mechanical switches, and it makes it a less irritating device than some others if you’re not the person doing the typing. The keys have a wonderful weight to them – they’re thicc, if you will – though typing on them requires a little getting used to. Initially, I found my fingers tripping over each other like a spider wearing roller skates, but once I’d adjusted to the HyperX Alloy Elite 2, I found it to be incredibly easy to use, and very satisfying too.
This leads to a very satisfying experience when gaming too. Thanks to the comfortable feel of the keyboard you’ll have a blast using it to play whatever you want to. It’s always responsive, and the satisfying clunk of each keypress only helps to add to the experience when you’re chucking sticky grenades at people in Halo 3.
Despite spending multiple hours at any given time using the keyboard, I never found myself getting tired of doing so. I do have to use a gel pad, because I’m old and my wrists are going, but that’s not the keyboard’s fault, that’s God’s fault.
The weight of the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 keyboard means that it’ll never move. Not only that, but the heft of the thing also means that you’ve always got a weapon to hand in case something goes awry in your real life. You never have to be AFK if your K can be used as a weapon.
While the sheer volume of RGB lighting won’t be to everyone’s tastes, the design is actually quite nice. My main criticism that the light bar, which sits above the keys, is basically invisible unless you’re typing in a top-down fashion for some reason. I can’t envision a time in which I can actually see the bar, and it makes it a somewhat perplexing addition. Aside from that, there are media keys in the top-right and keys to change your profile on the top-left. There’s also a USB port on the back of it, which is useful if you’d rather not spend your time ducking behind your desk just to change one of your devices. It does require another wire be plugged into your PC, but that makes sense to ensure it has enough power and whatnot as a passthrough to the computer.