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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Razer updates its Blade Stealth gaming laptop and external graphics enclosure

Now with a quad-core CPU

Razer's thin and light Blade Stealth laptop now comes with a bit more power for multitasking and multi-threaded workloads, as it's been upgraded with an 8th generation Core i7-8550U mobile processor based on Intel's newest Coffee Lake architecture. The Core i7-8550U is a 4-core/12-thread chip clocked at 1.8GHz to 4GHz, with 8MB of cache and a 25W TDP.

This is an upgrade over the 7th generation dual-core processor options (Core i7-7200U and Core i7-7500U) that previously resided inside the Stealth Blade. In addition to a bit more performance, Razer is touting improved battery life, which it now rates at up to 10 hours. That's 2 hours more than before, at least on paper.

"Our engineers have done something truly remarkable with the new Blade Stealth by significantly increasing power while extending battery life," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The new Blade Stealth is the most well-rounded Windows laptop out there, and it can be further supercharged with the help of the new Razer Core V2."

The quad-core model is available now for $1,699 in a 13.3-inch form factor with a 4K IGZO touchscreen display. It also features 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD wrapped in the same aluminum housing as before.

Also as before, the Blade Stealth does not come with a discrete GPU, instead relying on integrated graphics—Intel HD 620, in this instance. Razer sells an external graphics enclosure that you can pair with the Blade Stealth, which it also updated.

The Core V2, as Min-Liang Tan references, now comes with dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers that separate those speedy lanes for graphics and other devices. It also has four USB 3.0 ports and a GbE LAN port.

A 500W power supply sits on the inside. Razer said it redesigned the interior to support an expanded range of taller graphics cards, including Nvidia's 10 series and AMD's 500 series, along with some Nvidia Quadro cards. There is no mention of Radeon RX Vega being supported at this time.

The Core V2 costs $499 and will be available "soon" in the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cooler Master's MasterBox MB600L is an affordable case for liquid cooled PCs

This case won't break your piggy bank.

Cooler Master has added another mid-tower chassis to its lineup, one that features multi-zone RGB lighting, an acrylic side panel, and some decent cooling options, including support for liquid coolers. In fact, this is one of the more affordable cases for users who plan to liquid cool their PCs.

The new MasterBox MB600L comes three different color trims—red, black, and sliver—and with or without an optical drive bay. Regardless of those options, each version has a brushed front panel, and room enough for up to a 280mm radiator installed up front (up to 50mm thickness, without a fan) if opting for an optical drive, or up to 360mm without an optical drive installed.

For air cooling, the options are somewhat limited—the MB600L accommodates up to two 120mm or 140mm fans in the front (up to three 120mm without an ODD) and a single 120mm fan in the back, the latter of which Cooler Master includes.

Drive options are pretty sparse as well. There is dedicated SSD mount, along with two more bays that can be used for either 3.5-inch HDDs or 2.5-inch HDDs (or one of each).

While the MB600L doesn't look especially roomy, it supports "even the largest, widest cards," up to 400mm long. CPU coolers up to 160mm high, and the bottom chamber supports power supplies up to 180mm deep.

We did not find any online retailers carrying this case at the time of this writing, though according to TechReport, it should be available today for $50.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

G.Skill releases new extreme DDR4 memories for Z370 Platform

G.SKILL Releases New Extreme DDR4 Specifications for the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor and Z370 Platform

Taipei, Taiwan (5 October 2017) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce new Trident Z and Trident Z RGB specifications for latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors

built on the Coffee Lake microarchitecture and Z370 chipset motherboards, manufactured with ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs.

Fastest 32GB (4x8GB) RGB Memory on the Market

With every new platform launch, G.SKILL aims to maximize performance with higher memory specifications. This time paired with the new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Z370 chipset, the Trident Z RGB memory is pushed to a blistering DDR4-4000MHz CL18-19-19-39 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.35V. The image below shows the new RGB kit stress tested on the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) motherboard and an Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.
King of DDR4 Frequency

In addition to the new RGB memory specification, G.SKILL is also releasing an ultra-fast Trident Z memory kit for pure performance seekers. The new kit runs at DDR4-4600MHz CL19-25-25-45 16GB (2x8GB) at 1.5V. The following screenshot shows the memory kit under validation test on ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X APEX motherboard and an Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.
Best of Both Worlds: DDR4-4200Mhz 32GB (4x8GB)

Perfect for users with light workstations and content creation PCs, without the need to sacrifice memory frequency or capacity, G.SKILL releases a new DDR4-4200MHz CL19-21-21-41 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.4V memory kit. Below is a screenshot of the memory kit running on an ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula motherboard and Intel® Core™ i5-8600K processor.
List of Specifications for 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

These high end Trident Z and Trident Z RGB memory kits will be available via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners in November 2017.

Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Maximus X and ROG Strix Z370 Series Motherboards

ROG sets the benchmark for PC gamers and enthusiasts with the new ROG Maximus X and ROG Strix Z370 series that offer leading-edge performance and design.

  • ROG Maximus X Series features the category leading Maximus X Hero, Maximus X Code, Maximus X Apex and Maximus X Formula motherboards.
  • ROG Strix Z370 series features a wide range of form factors and designs with the ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming, ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming, ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming, ROG Srrix Z370-G Gaming and ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming. 
  • Maximus X Apex sets 8th Generation Core i7-8700K all-core clock frequency record at 7.3GHz and DDR4 memory frequency record at 5529.2MHz.

Mumbai, India, 5th September, 2017 — The new Intel® 8th Generation Core™ processors are the best desktop CPUs for gaming on the market. With up to six cores and 12 threads, these Coffee Lake chips also have huge potential for enthusiasts and power users who do more with their PCs. Their exceptional performance, unmatched versatility, and considerable overclocking potential are a natural fit for Republic of Gamers (ROG), so we’ve developed a diverse collection of Z370 gaming motherboards for a range of priorities and budgets. 

Our latest lineup reinforces ROG’s role as both a breeding ground for innovative features and a proving ground where we test the absolute limits of performance. It includes standouts like the Maximus X Apex, a hardcore gaming and overclocking board designed to break performance records; the Maximus X Hero, which blends leading performance with premium extras; the Maximus X Code that redefines the performance essentials for gamers and enthusiasts and the Maximus X Formula, which is brimming with cutting-edge features fit for showcase PCs. 
While the Maximus series covers the higher end of the spectrum, the ROG Strix family opens the Republic of Gamers to a wider audience. It provides everything you need in a gaming motherboard but excludes some of our more indulgent extras to hit affordable price points. Full-sized ATX options include closely matched contenders for the sweet spot, the ROG Strix Z370-E and ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming, and an unexpected retro revival, the ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming. Smaller form factors are served by the mATX ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming and Mini-ITX ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming.
Defined by gamers, powered by innovation, discover the all-new ROG Z370 lineup at ASUS ROG.

Setting the benchmark for records
Lots of motherboard makers claim the best performance, but we’ve got the results to prove it. Much of the credit goes to the Apex, an overclocking savant purpose-built for taking new CPUs to the ragged edge at sub-zero temperatures. Apex boards were introduced earlier this year with the Maximus IX series, and they’ve already claimed multiple world records and top scores with Intel’s Z270 and X299 platforms. Now, our internal overclocking team has continued that streak with the new Maximus X Apex, setting the highest 8th Generation Core i7-8700K frequency record by reaching 7.3GHz on all 6-cores and 12-threads.  In addition, the highest DDR4 memory frequency record with a top speed of 5529.2MHz.  For the complete story on Z370 overclocking please visit our article at ASUS ROG.

ASUS Z370 Chipset motherboardswill be available from 5th October in India. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.  For a detailed look at all ASUS Z370 boards, including models from the Prime and TUF Gaming families in addition to ROG, see the Coffee Lake motherboard guide at our ASUS Edge Up website.


About ASUS
ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.

HyperX Launches Alloy Elite and Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboards in India

Two New HyperX Gaming Keyboards Deliver Enhanced Performance and Tactile Responsiveness to PC Gamers and eSports Pros 

Mumbai, India – October 04, 2017 – HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, today, launched two new additions to its award winning lineup of gaming keyboards used by eSports athletes worldwide – the Alloy Elite and Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboards. HyperX delivers enhanced performance gamers expect with all the components needed for the competitive gaming setup, including Cherry MX Mechanical switches, lighting effects, 100 percent anti-ghosting, and solid-steel frames. The MRPs of Alloy Elite and Alloy Pro are set at INR 11,000 and INR 7,499 respectively. Both these new gaming keyboards are now exclusively available on for a month and thereafter will be available on major Indian online and retails stores.
Further raising the bar for personalization and comfort, HyperX reveals the new Alloy Elite Keyboard with Cherry MX Mechanical switches, detachable palm rest and custom lighting features. For TKL keyboard fans and hardcore gamers, the new Alloy FPS Pro designed in HyperX labs will be a perfect match. Customization options for both keyboards can be accessed without the assistance of software as HyperX ensures that gamers connect and play immediately, Featuring an all-new design, the Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard includes HyperX red LED backlighting, an 18 LED light bar with luminous lighting along with custom modes, and 6 preset LED effects. Alloy Elite is built with a solid steel frame for durability, offering dedicated media buttons, and a large volume wheel along with quick access buttons for brightness, lighting effects, and game mode. Alloy Elite also includes a USB 2.0 pass through, titanium colored and textured WASD keys, and full N-Key rollover functionalities.

The new HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Pro Gaming Keyboard is geared toward users seeking a tenkeyless gaming keyboard option and enables dedicated FPS players to take their gaming to a professional level with its space-saving layout that maximizes desktop space for mouse movement. Designed for professional eSports teams and avid followers that prefer compact size, Alloy FPS Pro is the ideal keyboard for gaming on the go. 
“HyperX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards have given me a true competitive advantage from day one. The build quality and features give our team the consistency needed to game at our best each and every time we load in,” said Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, CSGO team leader, SK Gaming. “Every keypress on our HyperX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards deliver the perfect amount of tension and release to keep out fingers firing off rapid actions. HyperX keyboards have that extra level of comfort, style and convenience to take our gaming performance the next level.”

HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features and Specifications:
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: Single color, Red
Light Effects: 6 LED modes and 4 brightness levels
Connection Type: USB 2.0 (2 USB connectors)
USB 2.0 Pass-Through: Yes
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Anti-ghosting: 100% anti-ghosting
Key Rollover: N-key mode
Media Control: Yes
Game Mode: Yes
OS Compatibility: Windows® 10, 8.1, 8.7
Cable Type: Attached, braided
Cable Length: 1.8m
Dimensions: 444.00mm x 226.8mm x 36.30mm
Weight (keyboard and cable): 1467g

HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Features and Specifications:
Type: Mechanical
Backlight: Single color, Red
Light effects: 6 LED modes and 5 brightness levels
Connection type: USB 2.0 (1 USB connector)
Polling rate: 1000Hz
Anti-ghosting: 100% anti-ghosting
Key Rollover: N-key mode
Media control: Yes
Game Mode: Yes
OS compatibility: Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7
Cable: Detachable, braided
Length: 1.8m
Dimensions: Width: 359.00mm x Depth: 130.00mm x Height: 34.50mm
Weight (Keyboard and cable): 900g
Warranty: 2 years Limited Warranty

About HyperX
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and gaming accessories. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 30 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including China Joy, PAX, DreamHack, and ESL One. For more information, please visit the HyperX home page.

HyperX can be found on:

About HyperX
HyperX® is a division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Established in 2002, HyperX is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit
Kingston, the Kingston logo and HyperX are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

HyperX Launches Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse in India

HyperX Launches Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse in India, Winner of RedDot Design Award 2017
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Delivers Accurate, Reliable Performance and Rounds out HyperX Gaming Portfolio

Mumbai, India–October 04, 2017 –HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology, today launched itsHyperXTM Pulsefire FPSGaming Mouse in India at an MRP of INR 3,999. Featuring PixArt 3310 sensor for accurate tracking, Omron switches for fast response times, and 20M click reliability per switch, HyperX’s first gaming mouse is designed to meet the needs of professional and aspiring competitive FPS gamers looking for a precise and consistent gaming mouse. With inputs from top engineers and professional gamers, Pulsefire FPS is the winner of the prestigious 2017 RED DOT AWARDfor design quality and craftsmanship. Starting today, this new HyperX gaming accessory is now exclusively available for a month on and thereafter will be available on major Indian online and retails stores.

“HyperX is a great partner for over five years and we are very happy to now game with the new Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse.” said Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev, NAVI CSGO team member.“The Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse meets our performance needs and has a comfortable design for hours of practice and tournament gaming.”

For serious players, Pulsefire FPS is built with an ergonomic and lightweight design for either palm grip or claw grip action. PulsefireFPS also provides four DPI presets from 400 – 3200 DPI, all available at the touch of a button. Optimal weight distribution and light weight at 95g for rapid movements. Non-slip side grips help secure the mouse securely in your hand. HyperX Pulsefire FPS features Omron switches and six durable, ultra-responsive buttons that give crisp, tactile feedback on every click. HyperX included a flexible braided cable and large mouse skates for effective smooth glide.

“HyperX is excited to offer our first gaming mouse. After extensive testing, our lab developed Pulsefire FPS to deliver the features gamers want at an incredible price point.” said HyperX. “Gamers are looking for HyperX quality and performance for all of their accessory needs, and now with the Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse, HyperX now offers all the required components for the best competitive gaming setup.”

About HyperX
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, and gaming accessories. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 30 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including China Joy, PAX, DreamHack,and ESL One.For more information, please visit the HyperX home page.

HyperX can be found on:
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About HyperX
HyperX® is a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Established in 2002, HyperX is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit
Kingston, the Kingston logo and HyperX are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

Monday, 2 October 2017

HyperX Alloy FPS Review

The HyperX Alloy FPS - Does Size really matter!?

Kingston is a brand that needs no introduction to any PC gamer or enthusiast today, a brand that primarily started as a storage device manufacturer slowly evolved into much more than just a brand logo found on those tiny thumb drives. A substantial role in this metamorphosis has been played by the HyperX branch which is Kingston's gamers exclusive branding and also the one that contains all the Kingston gaming peripherals. One such peripheral is on our table for review today all thanks to Kingston Technology India, we have with us the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for review. The most interesting part about the FPS Alloy is that its the first ever keybaord from the house of Kingston or HyperX which implies that it puts HyperX right into a very growing yet competitive section of the market!

Priced in at $99 or Rs 8500 in India the HyperX Alloy FPS comes in three flavors namely with CherryMX Blue, Red and Brown switches so that everyone has an option as per there taste and choices. Mine over here is the CherryMX Blue variant and has all the generic features that are common across all the three models such as a compact form factor, per key LED lighting, N Key Rollover and 100% anti-ghosting.

What's in the Box!? 

When it comes to packing the FPS Alloy is presented to us in a thick cardboard box laced with the black and red color theme & which has the product name clearly written along with a rendered image of the Alloy occupying most of the real estate on top. Switch type and the keybaord layout language is boldly printed on the top left corner and bottom left corner respectively.

At the back you find some of the key features enlisted along with a bunch of images for the same for the customer to know better such as the USB charging port, compact design, inclusion of textured key caps etc.

The upper casing slides off and then you get the entire unit placed inside another black box which houses everything in a molded foam cushion for extra protection. This is the conventional HyperX packing style that we are used to from them for their headsets and has proven to be really good when it comes to protecting the products during transit so no complains here.

Open the box and you'll be greeted with all the contents that include the HyperX FPS Alloy Keyboard, a meshed carry bag sporting the HyperX branding, the detachable keybaord cable, some additional key caps for gaming along with a key cap puller and a lame quick start guide and welcome note.
The meshed carry sleeve is actually a very good addition here and can fit the keybaord along with the extra caps and cable very easily. It even has an extra compartment on top with a velcro seal to slide in some extras if you need anything else like a mousepad, flash drive or even a game DVD for that matter.

The HyperX Alloy FPS

The first thing you notice about the HyperX Alloy FPS is the fact that its really compact or I should rather say petite and this is for everyone not just me or someone who's physically big. The keybaord is pretty much a no nonsense board when it comes to layout since the bezel is almost next to zero over here which actually gives it that extra compact design even though it has all the keys intact including the numpad!
The prime reason for this design is that it save a lot of desk space and allow more space for you to move around your mouse even if the table top is small giving you full flexibility during FPS gaming. I agree to this approach aswell since LAN gaming is a vital part of FPS gaming and its not always possible to get large open tables during tournaments so this compact form factor does add up to its functionality and not just aesthetics or mobility.

At the back nothing much is going on and we find four rubber feet to securely hold the keyboard in place once placed on a surface to avoid slipping and unnecessary budging. These feet do their job quite well for a keyboard of this size and weight plus you get two stand offs to tilt your keyboard a bit if you like to. So nothing much to discuss or complain about over here.

The function keys from F6 to F12 have dual functions associated to them with F6-F11 acting as multimedia playback keys if required while the F12 is the Gaming Mode key which once pressed disables the Windows Key so that you don't accidentally zoom out onto the desktop from the virtual battlefield by an accidental press of a key. All these functions can be executed by pressing these keys along with the Fn or Function key located right next to the right ALT key.

At the top left corner you see the HyperX log printed in white and right next to them are three LEDs to indicate various functions such as the power on mode, Caps Lock On/Off and the Game Mode. All of these are lit up in red to gel along with the theme of the keybaord which is a simple yet functional approach.
The entire top of the FPS Alloy is a metal alloy sheet, hence the Alloy in Alloy FPS, which imparts durability and high tensile strength to the body which is highly important since the keybaord is quite sleek and a lot of traveling with the board can damage or bend it which this sheet is surely going to avoid.

The directional arrow keys can be used to change the lighting effects as well as the brightness level of the LEDs. There are six lighting effects including the breathing, wave and ripple modes and the brightness is a five level brightness control which can also be used to turn of the LEDs completely.

If you at the keybaord from the side then you realize that it is just 1.4" tall including the keycap height which is really sleek and doesn't make it too high making it ideal for people with small hands and even for people like me since the keybaord doesn't come with a wrist rest.
Also the keycaps go up in a contoured manner to assist in grip aswell as comfort.

In the front the FPS Alloy is a 17.38" long unit and comes with two USB ports. The unibody design of the FPS Alloy is surely quite attractive as its one of the sleekest keyboards I've come across till date.
One of the two USB ports is a mini USB port which is used to connect the keybaord to the PC or Laptop while the other is full sized USB port which disappointingly can only be used to charge your cell phone or something similar but not used to pass data so you cannot connect a flash drive, mouse or anything like that to it which is downright shameful since its 2017 and this is a $99 keyboard and all gamers need to use a mouse for playing if not charge their darn cell phones!

Talking about the wire and keycaps on the Alloy FPS, the 1.8m long detachable braided cable with the keyboard is dual toned with black and red coloring matching to that of the product itself. It ends on the one side into a male mini USB port to attach to the keyboard while on one end it ends up into two male USB A-type connectors one out of which is to power the keybaord while the other is to power that USB pass through port which is a 'charge only' port. The cable is not too stubborn when it comes to straightening it out so you don't have to worry about kinky wires hanging below your desk.

The keycaps on the Alloy are standard ABS while the extras are made out of the same but are differently colored. The WASD keys are blood red with metal sheet texture on top and are really distinguishable under the tip of my fingers while the 1234 key caps are just red in color but plain in texture, you cannot even feel the difference between them and the standard ones till the time you don't look down on them.

Pop a key cap and you can see the genuine CherryMX Blue switches underneath which are single red color LED lit on top and with a black housing. These are certainly not quite and make a lot of noise while typing or doing anything with them which involves pressing them down. Also with an actuation force of 50gm and travel distance of 2mm these are certainly not the keys of choice for gaming or FPS gaming to be precise if one is looking at marathon gaming sessions since with higher actuation force these would tire out your fingers in a few hours. I'm not sure why HyperX opted for CherryMX Blue as a primary option for this keyboard at all, thankfully there are Red and Brown available now aswell.

As the keybaord lacks a top panel the keys are quite high and this leads to lights bleeding out from the bottom. If this was any other keyboard especially a RGB keyboard then this would've been a big flaw but over here due to the fact that its a fully black keyboard with a glossy metal top and the LEDs are red only the bleeding out light not only isn't bothersome but also looks quite pleasing with the light shining over the metal top in the dark & illuminating the open areas such as between the directional arrows.

Nothing special just a bunch of photographs I managed to click with different lighting configurations and the same red color!

Performance - Time to put those keys to test! 

Whenever I review a keyboard or mouse I like to use the device for atleast a week putting it through my daily usage varying across the week. My usage is obviously more inclined towards typing and I mean lot of typing with various keyboard shortcuts combinations, followed by casual gaming mainly racing, open world or FPS. So lets classify the HyperX FPS Alloy Gaming Keyboard performance across two broad categories of daily use and gaming.

Daily Affairs

The HyperX Alloy FPS employs Cherry Blue switches in my case and these switches are just amazing when it comes to typing long paragraphs such as this review which right now I'm typing in using the Alloy itself or even short E-Mails quickly on Monday mornings. The keys do need a higher actuation force than others such as the Cherry Red which I'm more accustomed to but using the Cherry Blue isn't that much of a difference while typing rather its s tad bit better due to that tactile and bumpy feedback that these keys have to offer.
Key cap quality is on point and even with my thick fingers I didn't accidentally press upon any keys such as the Caps Lock or anything. The keys are not slippery and the contoured layout makes them a good landing pad for the fingers imparting reasonable grip.
Since these are Blue switches these tend to be noisy and I mean so noisy at times when I go berserk with typing that the person sitting right next to me starts giving me looks of annoyance! This keyboard is great for typing and daily affairs but the noise is just a bit too much especially with bigger keys as they have costar stabilizers underneath, in case you type a lot daily and are surrounded by people and colleagues as they might blow a fuse. Apart from the noise the HyperX Alloy FPS has no problems whatsoever for daily usage that I can possibly think of.

Game On!

Gaming is the area where I was pleasantly surprised while using this keyboard since I'm used to Cherry Red switches and prefer them over any other for their quick response time but the Cherry Blue on the FPS Alloy seem to work nicely aswell though I was a bit apprehensive regarding them at first. The keys offer good resistance and need some pressure to activate which avoids accidental pressing of keys while resting the fingers especially since the keybaord doesn't have a wrist rest accidental activation of keys is common with quicker switches like Red and Speed.
Also I'd like to point out that for FPS gaming such as Battlefield 1 these switches work fine and my fingers didn't get tired for a few hours into gaming since due to all that sneaking and crawling around gives enough rest to the fingers in between but if playing but for rapid response games such as Need of Speed Rivals or GTA V the keys tire out the fingers quite quickly so be advised regarding that if you have been using other mechanical keyboards before.
The extra key caps especially the WASD are one of the best textured keys I've used till date as they are hard and the rugged texture helps to identify them very easily. Sadly the keybaord doesn't support any profiles or macros which is quite disappointing considering the price tag that it comes with and on board profile support is something that every gamer needs today.

My Verdict 

The HyperX Alloy FPS is quite a sweet package in its own right coming in with three different switches to choose from and seven different layouts to cater to your local language preferences along with a very compact and bezel less design all topped up by some really nice accessories right out of the box.
Looking at it from the angle that its the first ever keybaord from HyperX or Kingston does make it a very competent product since we see many veterans rolling out half baked products every year so seeing something so well thought of from a relatively new manufacturer surely puts me on notice. The designing is really impressive with near bezel less approach and a color scheme that is extremely balanced and functional with no RGB mambo jumbo whatsoever for pointless attraction. The accessories bundle is to the point and very useful indeed to carry around the keyboard while traveling for various tournaments justifying the true nature of this keybaord. Its rare these days to find a good accessories set with peripherals and HyperX has done a splendid work at that earning some brownie points for the Alloy FPS.
Detachable braided cable is a welcome move and so is the USB pass through on board which unfortunately lacks any data transfer capability which could've been there for this price but is sadly not.
"HyperX Alloy FPS is a near perfect amalgamation of solid build quality, great performance, sturdy design and good pricing making it highly recommendable to professional and casual gamers alike!"
Pros -
  • Sturdy Build Quality
  • Available in three Cherry switches 
  • Good accessories set
  • Detachable cable
  • Bezel less and compact design
Cons - 
  • No USB Pass through for data transfer
  • A bit expensive 
I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

SteelSeries releases an affordable spill-resistant keyboard

Spilling a can of Red Bull on this keyboard might leave behind a sticky mess, but it probably won't kill it.

SteelSeries has a new keyboard available that offers gamers a bit of durability. The company's new Apex 150 isn't afraid to get a little wet—there is an internal membrane sheet that protects and repels liquid from damaging the internal electronics. And if it gets a lot wet, there are two drainage cavities to ensure the keyboard isn't sitting in an ocean of coffee.

This is not a mechanical keyboard. Instead, SteelSeries opted for a rubber dome setup with an exclusive "quick tension switch" system that it purpose built to deliver low friction and durability with an "excellent key feel."

"The quick tension keys are designed for fast reaction times; the tension membrane’s design pulls the key into actuation, resulting in a tactile key feel and quiet operation," SteelSeries says.

The keys also feature molded POM compound top housing inserts and RGB backlighting that is configurable in five different zones, as opposed to per-key backlighting.

There are not dedicated gaming or macro keys, though each key is independently programmable through SteelSeries' Engine utility. Anti-ghosting, 24-key rollover, and Discord integration are part of the package as well.

A major selling point here is the price—it only costs $50 which is extremely competitive for a spill proof RGB gaming keyboard!
The Apex 150 is available now.