Alloy Origins Core: HyperX’s Best TKL Keyboard

The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is a tenkeyless version of the HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard. Its small size and durable build quality make it a strong competitor within its price range.

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Posted: October 24, 2023

The HyperX Alloy Origins Core is a tenkeyless version of the HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard, priced at USD 79.99. It is a mid-range keyboard, and due to its small size and durable build quality, it is a strong competitor within its price range.


  • Full aluminum build: The whole body of the keyboard is made of aluminum, not just the top, unlike other keyboards. This reduces flex in the keyboard and makes it heavier.
  • ABS keycaps: The keys are constructed with 1.1mm thick ABS plastic, guaranteeing that they are extremely durable. The legends are meticulously laser-etched, ensuring that they will not fade away anytime soon. Keycaps have an ANSI layout, making it easier to replace them.
  • Detachable cable: Included is a detachable cable of length 5.9ft, which is braided and comes in USB-C and USB-A.
  • Mechanical switches: The keyboard comes with one of three types of HyperX switches: Red, aqua, and blue. Red switches are linear, smooth, and quiet. Aqua switches have a responsive bump to confirm the key press and are more accurate. Blue switches are more audible and have a higher actuation force.
Types of switches

Types of switches

  • Full RGB: The keyboard has per-key RGB with five brightness levels, and there are 16,777,216 colors to choose from. The NGENUITY Software is used to control the RGB. The keyboard also comes with onboard memory to save three customizable presets.
  • Adjustable kickstand: The keyboard features rubber feet and an adjustable kickstand that allows you to set it to 3 different angles, namely 3°, 7°, or 11°.



  1. Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  2. Detachable USB Cable
  3. Quick Start Guide

Pros and Cons:


  • Easy to carry due to detachable cable.
  • Ergonomic and comfortable to use.
  • Sturdy build quality, use of durable materials.
  • high amount of customizability.
  • Small size, suitable for E-Sports and LAN events.


  • Heavier than an average keyboard.
  • Not very reliable software.
  • Loud keys.
  • Wrist rest not included.
  • Not wireless.



  • Width360.0mm
  • Depth132.5mm
  • Height34.5mm

Keyboard specs:

  • Actuation Point: Mechanical
  • Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
  • Light Effects: Per key RGB lighting and five brightness levels
  • Onboard Memory: 3 profiles
  • Anti-ghosting: 100% anti-ghosting
  • Rollover: N-key
  • Acceleration: Yes
  • Game Mode: Yes

Final thoughts:

HyperX Alloy Origins Core

Although this keyboard has no special features that set it apart from the competition, HyperX has perfected what it already has. Even though I prefer keyboards with a numpad, having my mouse bump into it during intense gaming sessions is awful. If you want to buy a keyboard specifically for gaming or Esports, I recommend getting the Alloy Origins Core for its portability and convenience. You can buy it from HyperX’s website or on Amazon.

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