We finally got our hands on the HyperX Alloy Origins 65, HyperX’s small tenkeyless keyboard, with its own beautiful color scheme. HyperX needs no introduction since it’s one of the sleekest manufacturers in the peripheral gaming space, let’s take a look at the good and bad of the Origins 65 on the spot.
HyperX Alloy Origins 65
This is a keyboard that is convenient in many cases due to its size and builds quality. Its base is made of aerospace grade aluminum, which makes it durable and lightweight at the same time. Holding it in your hand, you can see on the spot that it is very well-balanced, which makes it even more stable whether you use it for work or gaming.
The 65% reduced size version makes it even more versatile, as, despite the smaller number of keys, you still have access to the arrow keys as well as the Home, Delete, PgUp, and PgDown keys through it’s design
HyperX Alloy Origins 65: Construction
The Alloy Origins 65 is 36mm high, making it relatively low, and providing 3 scales to adjust the angle (horizontal, small, large). Inside the box, you will find the cable, a key puller, and two custom keys (ESC and Spacebar) with HyperX design. The keyboard comes with a 2-year warranty from the company.
The well-made and rugged PBT keycaps have the secondary function of each button presented on the side so that the key is not filled only from the top side. Finally, the keyboard connects to your computer or console with a detachable USB Type C cable, making it even more compact when you need to put it in your bag for a trip.
Alloy Origins 65: Switches and functionality.
Once again we come across HyperX’s familiar Red linear switches. For those who don’t know, this means that the keys as a key feature have sensitivity and speed as their main feature. Therefore, they need less force to be pressed, without it being perceived, heard, or felt, that their command was registered. As a result, they have a faster response and become much more relaxed, especially for Gamers.
The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 has a Polling Rate of 1000 Hz which means that the information you send is communicated to the device it is connected to in a millisecond. The zero-input delay makes it ideal for competitive gaming and uses in FPS games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
Alloy Origins 65: Magical RGB lighting
Speaking of PC Master Race’s greatest beauty, RGB, the HyperX Alloy Origins is no different. In fact, the RGB Backlight can display combinations of up to a 16+million colors, as well as standalone RGB lighting per key with 5 levels of brightness. Through HyperX’s very powerful software, called HyperX INGENUITY, you can set the effects you want to see while playing, as well as the individual lighting of each key. I have to say that the per-key lighting worked great for unique keys that I don’t use enough but get lost in the chaos of gameplay… Those who play World of Warcraft understand.
Starting with the necessary profiles, the keyboard can store 3 presets in internal memory, which you also configure through NGENUITY. Through the app, you also customize the macros you want.
Obviously, the 100% anti-ghosting technology is not missing as well as the N-key rollover. For those who don’t know: anti-ghosting allows you to press multiple keys at the same time making the system detect the time of each press accurately. In turn, N-key means that the keyboard’s onboard processor detects each key correctly, regardless of how many others are pressed or held at the same time.
HyperX Alloy Origins 65: Conclusion
Overall, I haven’t identified any negatives with this keyboard other than the fact that it’s exclusively wired and there’s no wireless version. Still though, builds like this Alloy Origins 65 highlight my weakness for HyperX. The Alloy Origins 65 is one of those exemplary small and smooth keyboards with all the amenities for a gamer. The build quality is excellent, but the size makes it too compact helping those who carry a keyboard with their laptop and even more so that it doesn’t lose the features that the larger-sized models have.
The HyperX Alloy Origins is available at 119,90€ and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a dynamic peripheral to complement their setup with lots of use cases but also a gorgeous design.
Many thanks to HyperX for providing the review unit we used.