HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Review for LoL

Not all gamers stay at home all day long, some travel from place to place and like to bring their gaming arsenal with them. For such gamers, a small and compact keyboard seems to be the perfect pair-up with a gaming laptop.

In such cases, a full-size layout or even a tenkeyless form factor keyboard might be too big and bulky. Hence going with an even smaller form factor might be the safest bet. Introducing the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Review, a compact but capable beast at gaming.

HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Review for on-the-move LoL Players

Design and Build

Opening the box reveals a beautifully crafted keyboard with a 60% form factor that eliminates all unnecessary keys for gaming. The absence of the function keys, arrow keys, and the Numpad really makes the Origins 60 a portable companion.

The smaller form factor combined with a full aircraft-grade aluminum build contributes to the Alloy Origins 60 being so lightweight yet so durable. The aluminum finish also gives it a premium look and feel.

This is where things take a turn and I mean in a good way. Thanks to the double shot PBT keycaps your keyboard will not turn into a fingerprint magnet. PBT keycaps always have a better feel to them no matter who tries to convince me they are not.

Moreover, the keys with dual functions have their functions printed on the side for easy identification.

Ergonomics

For stabilization, the keyboard comes with four rubber feet on the underside. Alongside that, you also get a two-step inclination setting to place the keyboard at an angle that will benefit you. Each of the kickstands also features a rubber pad for extra grip when inclined.

Unfortunately, the incline adjustment options are very steep and limited and the keycaps feel a tad bit wobbly but I will let it slide considering the affordable price. Nonetheless, the detachable USB Type-C cable is a good thing making it easier to be carried around.

Lastly, since the keyboard is purely made while taking portability into account, the lack of a wrist rest is justifiable. No worries though, as you can buy one for a few bucks at any online store.

Multimedia and Macro Capability

HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Review for LoL - Multimedia and Macro Capability

To be honest, in the case of keyboards that are geared towards portability and a low-profile form factor, one can not expect dedicated multimedia keys. The same is the case with the HyperX Alloy Origins 60.

To overcome the lack of dedicated multimedia keys, the Origins 60 supports per-key programmability just like the Razer BlackWidow Elite. In short, it means that you can assign a macro to each and every key on the keyboard in any fashion you like.

Using HyperX’s NGENUITY software, you can also assign secondary functions to any of the keys and also the media keys.

Switches

The main selling point of the keyboard is the HyperX Mechanical switches underneath the keycaps. Powering every keystroke on the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a HyperX Linear Red switch. Unfortunately, the keyboard does not come with any other switch types.

Although not up to the mark of MX Cherry Reds, the Linear HyperX Red switches did not fail to impress me with their somewhat good performance. Compared to the former, the HyperX switches felt even more easy to type on due of the lower actuation force.

Since Linear Red switches tend to be the preference of most pros, I really liked the integration with this keyboard. Requiring minimal force to register a keystroke, the actuation and pre-travel distance seem to be perfect for all the cases.

The keystrokes are responsive and I am pretty sure your fingers will not get tired easily while typing using this keyboard. Since the overall quality of the keyboard is so fine I really wish that HyperX makes the Alloy Origins 60 available with other switch options too.

RGB Lighting and Gaming Features

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Gaming Keyboard exhibits what HyperX calls their exposed LED design that allows the RGB lighting of the switches to shine through. The Hyper NGENUITY software allows for tons of RGB customizations and effects.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the RGB lighting of this keyboard looks the best to me personally out of all the other ones. The manufacturer’s website also sells pudding keycaps for the Origins 60 which makes it look even sicker.

Unlike other keyboards, the Origins 60 allows the user to switch to a dedicated gaming mode that turns the N-Key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting features on. The presence of onboard memory means you can also set up different profiles for different games.

Key Features

  • Equipped with HyperX Linear Mechanical Red switches
  • Exhibits a 60% form factor design for greater portability
  • Full aluminum body with double shot PBT keycaps offers great durability
  • Supports N-key rollover, anti-ghosting, and per-key programmability

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