HyperX Alloy Origins 65: Two-minute review
The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a high quality, robust and well-built keyboard with responsive, tactile keys that provide excellent feedback. This is thanks to the mechanical switches as well as the Double Shot PBT keys, which ensure the keys last long term and remain in good condition throughout their lifespan.
HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is available now in the US for $99 (£81, AU$143), although it doesn’t appear to be available in other territories. Compared to other small keyboards, it’s a higher price, but compared to other full-sized gaming keyboards, it’s definitely a bargain.
Corsair K63 Wireless, which is another small gaming keyboard, is $78 (£64, AU$113) cheaper and comes with a partial number pad and palm rest. The Das Keyboard 4C TKL, meanwhile, is a little pricier at $139 / £130 / around AU$180, although it has a much more premium feel to match. The Alloy Origins 65 sits right in the mid-range for the best keyboards, even though it’s on the upper end of the best mini keyboard segment
The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 comes in black, but features a beautiful RGB backlight that increases its visual appeal by a large margin. It features a small, full-grade aluminum body that feels strong and robust without sacrificing too much portability.
It’s a wired keyboard that promises to tangle with any other wire fighting for real estate on your desk, but luckily, when you’re on the go, you can unplug the USB-C cable from the keyboard slot itself, so portability isn’t a problem. not affected at all. Making it even more portable is the lack of a ten-key numeric keypad, with keys much closer together than a regular keyboard.
This is perfectly fine for those with smaller hands or thinner fingers, but can become a serious issue for users with larger fingers or shaky hands. The lack of space means it’s easy to press the wrong keys, which makes typing accuracy difficult. And if you’re gaming, it can have a big impact on your gaming session.
Users can customize their keyboard with HyperX NGENUITY software, which allows them to customize game mode, create macros, and configure per-key lighting and effects. Even more features for dedicated gamers include 100% anti-ghosting and N-key rollover functionality.
One of the biggest strengths of the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is its flexibility as it works well for users who need a functional keyboard for everyday use and gaming. And because it’s so portable, it’s an ideal choice for laptops and 2-in-1 devices.
Should I buy a HyperX Alloy Origins 65?
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- First reviewed in July 2022