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HyperX Alloy Origins Core Review

HyperX Alloy Origins Core Review

There is something about a TKL that I just love; the extra desk space, its minimalistic design, the flexibility of easily taking it to the office or a LAN are all great and appealing features. But with a growing number of TKL options flooding the market it can be difficult to find the best TKL option for you. Luckily, HyperX is one of the biggest names in PC peripherals and it should come as no surprise that the HyperX Alloy Origins Core has been “designed to give gamers the best blend of style, performance, and reliability”, so could this be the perfect TKL option for you? Let’s find out.

Design

The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is just slightly larger than your traditional 80% TKL form factor thanks to its bezel around the keyboard. This bezel provides an elegant and premium look that is further complemented by its matte aluminum finish on both the top and bottom of the keyboard that looks fantastic. This aluminum material also reduces the weight to an impressive 900 grams, making it one of the lighter options on the market.

The famous HyperX logo is embedded within the aluminum finish that is surprisingly not RGB illuminated. This is a big tick for me as the subtle finish of the logo looks fantastic and doesn’t distract from the keyboard’s lighting effects. Many manufacturers tend to oversaturate their products with excessive RGB to the point where their product becomes a gimmick, but HyperX has got the balance perfect with the Alloy Origins Core.

Looking underneath the keyboard, HyperX has maintained the aluminum finish from the top (albeit with a split aluminum design) that incorporates two stands and rubber pads at each corner of the keyboard for added grip. The two stands are traditionally used to tilt your keyboard to aid typing/gaming, but the Alloy Origins Core has engineered a clever mechanism that enhances this with the ability to 3°, 7°, or 11° of elevation. Having the flexibility of being have to adjust the working angle of the keyboard to suit the wrist position is one feature that shouldn’t be underestimated, especially as the Alloy Origins Core doesn’t include a wrist rest in the box. It would have been great if HyperX included a wrist rest with the keyboard but nevertheless, this is a nice compensation and proves that HyperX is always thinking outside of the box.

The USB port of the Alloy Origins Core is… uniquely positioned, to put it nicely. The USB Type-C port is offset to the right of the keyboard; just above the F12 key in terms of location. This has the potential to obstruct your mouse USB cable for right-handed mouse users and in my opinion, is an odd choice by HyperX. I didn’t experience any issues in my setup but the potential is there depending on how close your mouse and keyboard are. The Alloy Origins Core also features a detachable USB-C to USB-A cable that is finished in a very nice braided material. This is perfect for TKL keyboards as one of the major attractions is the flexibility of having a smaller form factor for taking the keyboard to work or LANs. I personally would have loved to see a USB-C to USB-C cable with a USB-A adaptor instead, but maybe I’m in the minority?

The keycaps of the keyboard feature a slightly higher profile, yet somehow elevated enough to let the LEDs showcase their lighting output. This allowed for great RGB effects that can be customised through the HyperX NGenuity software. One minor feature that I wasn’t a fan of was how HyperX has chosen to print the secondary function of the key right next to the primary function rather than underneath (for example { [ are next to each other rather than [ printed underneath { ). Honestly, this is a very minor issue and probably one that won’t bother the majority of people, but every time I glance down at the keyboard I can’t take my attention away from these keys!

Performance

To ensure the Alloy Origin Core is one of the best performing TKL variants on the market, HyperX has included their very own range of switches with the keyboard. In fact, HyperX has chosen to debut their HyperX Blue Clicky switch with this release in particular. HyperX has also included their Red linear and Aqua tactile switch additional as options for the Alloy Origin Core but there is no doubt that the Clicky Blue switches are my favourite. All three switches provide an actuation depth of 1.8 mm with a total stroke of 3.8mm. To back up this performance, these switches are rated for an impressive 80 million click rating to ensure your switches will stand the test of time.

I was lucky enough to test out the new HyperX Blue Clicky switch and couldn’t be more impressed. The actuation force is a little higher than the other two options (50g vs 45g) but the response, and of course, the clicky tactile feedback is what the main attraction and definitely don’t disappoint – They’re as satisfying as any switch I have tested on the market.

Complementing these switches is pretty much the standard set of specifications associated with premium keyboards such as full N-Key Rollover, 100% anti-ghosting, and 1,000 Hz polling rate. In terms of performance, the Alloy Origins Core is a great performing keyboard and is guaranteed not to disappoint.

NGenuity Software

For those unaware, HyperX’s NGenuity software is now only downloadable through the Microsoft Store, which is good or bad depending on your experience. I personally had no issues with this but I have no doubt there are some users who hate using the Microsoft Store, especially for downloading 3rd party software such as NGenuity.

From a functional point of view, NGenuity is quite good despite STILL being in beta (for over 2 years now). All the usual customisation and features are there — RGB illumination, macros, and 3 onboard profiles. NGenuity does a solid job of providing all the software support for your keyboard (and other HyperX products) without reinventing the wheel.

Conclusion

The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is one of the best examples of a TKL keyboard – It has all the performance and characteristics of a flagship product thanks largely to HyperX’s very own range of mechanical switches, along with a compact design, detachable USB cable, and of course, it fantastic sleek aluminum body that contrasts nicely with its vivid RGB illumination. At just under $200 AUD ($159 – $199 AUD depending on the switches), the HyperX Alloy Origins Core provides great performance and value for anyone wanting a TKL solution without compromising on performance or functionality.

Hyperx alloy origins core review

Pros

  • Great TKL Design – Aluminium body
  • HyperX Mechanical Switches – Blue, Red & Aqua
  • Detachable USB Cable
  • Value For Money – $159-199 AUD
Hyperx alloy origins core review

Cons

  • No Wrist Rest Included
  • USB Port Positioning
HyperX Alloy Origins Core Review
  • 89%
    PERFORMANCE - 89%
  • 91%
    DESIGN - 91%
  • 92%
    QUALITY - 92%
  • 88%
    VALUE - 88%
90%

Summary

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The HyperX Alloy Origins Core proves that a TKL keyboard doesn’t need to compromise on performance and features.

For more on HyperX check out our previous coverage.

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Written by Shaun Grimley

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