​HyperX Alloy Elite Review

Logitech G413 Carbon Review
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Overview

This keyboard is quite possibly our favorite among the more reasonably priced keyboards out there, and won our award for the best budget gaming keyboard for 2018. Though it has some expensive competitors with amazing features, the “bang for your buck” that you get with the HyperX Alloy Elite is more than worth it.

This gaming keyboard is quite possibly our favorite among the more reasonably priced gaming keyboards out there. Though it has some expensive competitors with amazing features, the “bang for your buck” that you get with the HyperX Alloy Elite is more than worth it.
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HyperX Alloy Elite - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Radiant Light Bar - Wrist Rest & Gaming Keycaps Included - Media Controls - Linear & Quiet - Cherry MX Red - Red LED Backlit (HX-KB2RD1-US/R1)

  • Six dynamic lighting effects with a signature integrated 18 LED light bar
  • Solid steel frame provides durability and stability. Cable Length 1.8m. Light effects 6 LED modes and 4 brightness levels
  • CHERRY MX mechanical keys for reliability. OS compatibility-Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Features Overview

The board has stunning design, with its red backlighting and amazing 18 LED light bar, clearly showing the designers value style as well as functionality. It also includes a soft palm rest for your hands, and dedicated media keys. The HyperX Alloy Elite features textured, titanium colored key caps for the most frequently used and important gaming keys, making them that much easier to locate. The framing is solid steel, making it incredibly durable and stable for any kind of gaming. The sturdy, solid keys make for an even more satisfying experience.

The keyboard also comes with a mesh pouch for portability, and the bulky cable can be detached for easy carrying around. The keys can be easily replaced, if needed, and the various dedicated keycaps offered with this model are easily attachable.

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Design

The keyboard comes in a variety of colors—including Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, and Cherry MX Brown—and its red backlighting is the star of the design, although it has very specific lighting settings. It has six lighting settings and four brightness modes. It is compact and solid, due to its steel frame. However, its full size is still small and compact enough that you can easily keep your mouse close by during gaming. Despite its heavy keys, it is not overly loud, so it is much easier to focus on the game.

Above the main keys, there is a group of dedicated media buttons, new to this model. The keys make it far easier to navigate with this keyboard. Buttons for play, pause, skipping, mute, and volume are all visible due to this new feature, and all of them are just as sturdy as the rest of the board’s keys.

The lighting bar mentioned earlier sits between the main keys and the dedicated media keys, and provide another beautiful design aspect of this great board. The lighting options are set by the manufacturer. Although there are only six, the elegance and ambience of the lighting bar make it more than worth the few options offered.

The multitude of color options for the board—Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, and Cherry MX Brown—all make for different gaming experiences, but allow any gamer to feel a little more personalized in their choice of board. Many love the Red and Blue options for gaming, and each key color makes for a different sound experience as well as gaming experience. Those who choose the brown keys say that it is great for typing, though many prefer the other colors for gaming. However, overall the different colors make for a wonderful experience and let you feel a little more personalized in your choices.

The main drawback of the design of the board is its massive cable, which is thickly braided. Its size makes it less flexible than other keyboards we reviewed in our best round up review for 2018, check it out here. There is also no wrist rest, though the board offers a palm rest for your hands. However, overall, the design of this board is solid and impressive.

Keyboard top down view

Performance

The various colored key options you have make your gaming experience that much more enjoyable—most people prefer the Cherry MX Red keys, as it really gets them in the spirit of gaming. The solid frame and the titanium dedicated keycaps for the relevant gaming keys make this board that much easier to navigate and use. Some gamers have mentioned a metallic sound if the keys are pressed rapidly, though in normal gaming the keys function well and the “sounds” of the keys only add to the gaming experience. The keys are also a bit closer together than on some other gaming boards, but its compact structure means that you can keep your gaming area tighter and neater for more controlled gameplay.

The solid steel frame makes the board incredibly stable for any kind of gaming. Its keys are not too “mushy” and feel secure in their place for even those gamers who love to button mash. Its USB 2.0 makes it great for connectivity, and it even has a second USB if it is ever needed. The bulky cord that comes with the keyboard is detachable, making the solid keyboard easily portable and durable for transportation to tournaments, visits, vacations, or wherever you want to take it.

Its smooth connection means there is no need for tedious installation software once the board is plugged in. Furthermore, the already cool backlighting and LED lights that come on the board have their own dedicated buttons right on the board, so you can easily cycle through the light settings and the brightness at any time. However, it would still be nice if there were more options for lighting.

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​HyperX Alloy Elite Pros & Cons

PROS & CONS

  • Compact and sturdy
  • Titanium dedicated gaming keys
  • Dedicated media buttons
  • Backlighting
  • Color options: red, blue, and brown
  • Great features for its price
  • 2 USB Ports
  • All around great gaming board
  • Limited lighting options
  • No macro programming

Conclusion

Overall, this keyboard is a great choice for any gamer. It’s solid and durable, but lightweight and easily transportable. It has detachable cords and multiple color choices, although we personally preferred the blue. Though some keyboards just above this price range might have more features, the price of this board is more than worth the features that it comes with. Its dedicated media keys and titanium, textured gaming keycaps make the board more efficient and user-friendly than a lot of boards on the market. Its great LED light bar and backlighting also make it one of the more stylish choices on the market. Out of the many keyboards out there, the HyperX Alloy Elite is definitely one of the best for the gamer who loves just that smallest hint of eye-catching style.

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

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As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

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Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.