After partnering with keyboard maker Ducky on a couple of limited-edition One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboards, HyperX is going it alone with its first 60% size keyboard, the Alloy Origins 60. Announced for CES 2021, the compact keyboard’s layout makes it significantly smaller than HyperX’s Alloy Origins Core, its tenkeyless keyboard. The smaller size not only frees up space for mousing but makes it better for travel.
The keyboard uses the company’s homegrown red linear mechanical switches, which I’ve found to be fast, smooth and responsive. They also have exposed LEDs, which makes them really bright. The Origins 60’s frame is aluminum — a nice change from the plastic cases used on the Ducky models. It comes standard with PBT double-shot keycaps with secondary functions printed on the sides so you don’t have to remember where the arrow keys are. Three customer profiles for lighting and key macros can be stored to the keyboard’s onboard memory using HyperX’s desktop software.
The keyboard will be available in the US direct from HyperX on Feb. 22 for $100 (about $75 or AU$130 converted). HyperX also announced that its Pulsefire Haste ultralight gaming mouse, Cloud II wireless gaming headset and Cloud Revolver gaming headset will now be available globally. They were previously available in the US only.
In released HyperX info, the Pulsefire Haste lightweight mouse is now available through Amazon.