Kingston’s HyperX comes out with a product refresh this CES, building on its past successes in the peripheral market targeted at gaming and eSports. There are a handful of new items, plus a new addition to the well-received Cloud series headsets.
We’ll start with the two keyboards, the ALLOY FPS and ALLOY RGB. The FPS sports a full metal frame made of steel alloy, so it should be able to take a beating or two, with a floating key layout for easy cleaning. While it doesn’t have RGB, it does have a full red backlight.
Being as the FPS is targeted at FPS gamers, it’s fully mechanical using CHERRY MX switches, although you are limited to just the standard three types at this time; Red for linear, Brown for tactile, and Blue for those that like a little click in their life.
For that little bit of extra flair, the ALLOY FPS features custom metalized red key-caps for numbers 1-4, with additional texturing on the WASD keys as well. The board comes with a detachable mini-USB braided cable, as well as a dedicated charging port for phones. You should be able to purchase the FPS this month for $100 MSRP.
The second keyboard is the ALLOY RGB. It still has a full alloy frame, but in a different style. The noticeable additions are the volume roller and basic media controls in one corner, and the RGB lighting controls in the other, making the keyboard a little bit bigger than the FPS.
While the RGB is its name sake of being a full RGB keyboard, there is not much else known at this time. The lighting controls seem to be purely hardware based, a feature if you ask me. This is true for the FPS board as well, since neither require any software to function or control. What’s up in the air is if the RGB board is mechanical or not. We’ll update when we can get clarification. No release date has been noted, but it likely won’t come out till Q3 2017.
The Pulsefire Gaming Mouse is as basic as it gets, embodying the mentality of KISS (keep it simple stupid). No software required, standard 5 buttons in the usual array (two on the thumb), red glow on the mouse wheel, and 4 pre-set DPI levels (400/800/1600/3200) that can be cycled through a 6th button on the top of the mouse. It uses optical tracking and will be sold as an essential entry-level gaming mouse. You can pick up the Pulsefire in April for just under $50.
Finishing up is the Cloud Revolver S, a different version of the well received Revolver, this time including a USB adapter for introducing Dolby 7.1 surround sound audio processing. The headset remains the solid design build as the original Revolver, with its 50mm drivers, memory foam pads, and noise canceling microphone.
The most notable feature is that the Dolby 7.1 experience does not require any software to be installed, it’s all handled through the USB dongle. It can be enabled and disabled at the push of a button, with a number of preset equalization options depending on what you are listening too. You’ll be able to pick up the Cloud Revolver S in February for just under $150.
What was also mentioned in passing, is sets of new HyperX Predator DDR4 LED memory modules, its first set from the company. The lighting will work with a number of platforms that make use of RGB memory systems, including ASUS’ Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, and MSI’s Mystic Light Sync. It’s still in development, so we won’t see these in action until some time later this year.