More HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Features, Our Verdict, Price + Availability
Detachable USB Cable
Unlike many mechanical keyboards, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) has a detachable USB cable.
The 1.8 m long cable plugs into a micro USB port located behind the last row of keys. The connectors are not gold-plated, but the cable is braided for strength and durability.
Removing the cable during transportation makes for easier packing, and will help prevent damage to the cable joint, or scratches to neighbouring items, that could occur when you carry it in a bag.
On the other hand, you could misplace the cable… and the micro USB interface could possibly loosen after repeated insertions and disconnections.
Rubber Feet & Stand
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) has four small rubber feet to reduce movement even during the most frenetic action. It also has two small flip stands at the back, with their own rubber feet. They raise the back of the keyboard by an additional 8 mm.
That may not be a lot, but the good news is – these flip stands are quite solidly-built, and should take a lot of wear and tear without breaking.
Our Verdict On The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro
The tenkeyless design is really nice, if you don’t use the numeric keypad. It allows you to place your mouse closer, and a lot more real estate to use your mouse. Its slim profile also allows for a more comfortable typing experience without a wrist rest.
Because the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) is compact, and lighter than many other gaming keyboards, it is easy to slide it into a bag. The detachable cable helps too, although one must be careful not to lose it.
Unlike the larger Alloy FPS (US | UK | AU | MY) model, which comes with Blue and Brown switch choices, the Alloy FPS Pro only comes with the Cherry MX Red linear switch, which lacks tactile feedback. The popular perception is that gamers favour this switch for its lighter, faster actuation. However, if you prefer tactile feedback when you type, then this keyboard is not for you.
The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) does not come with fancy RGB backlighting, but that’s not a deal killer. The red backlights are just great in the dark, and you can customise the keyboard to only turn on backlights for certain keys.
The only downsides of the Alloy FPS Pro? If you are hoping for a software utility to configure the backlights, it doesn’t come with one. And for some reason, HyperX did not provide a keycap puller.
Otherwise, this is a really nice compact mechanical keyboard. If you are gamer who don’t need the numeric keypad, this would be a great choice, especially if you intend to bring it to LAN parties. Just make sure you like the feel of the Red linear switch!
Where To Buy HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboards
Here are some online purchase options for the Pro ten keyless model, and its full-size brother.
- Alloy FPS Pro (Red switches) : US$ 69.99 | £78.18 | A$122.83 | RM 329
- Alloy FPS Pro (Blue switches) : US$ 69.99 | £78.18 | A$129.00 | RM 329
- Alloy FPS (Red switches) : US$ 77.99 | £79.99 | A$126.79 | RM 409
- Alloy FPS (Blue switches) : US$ 79.99 | £77.99 | A$122.57 | RM 409
- Alloy FPS (Brown switches) : US$ 77.99 | £76.47 | A$130.05 | RM 409
- Alloy FPS (Cherry MX Brown) with Fury S Pro mouse pad : US$ 90.98
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