HyperX has been expanding into the PC gaming peripheral market for some time now. Long before the company was purchased by HP (opens in new tab) was an option for things like RAM, and it became known as one of the best gaming headset (opens in new tab) manufacturers around. The brand has also released some very solid keyboard and mouse options over the past few years and has just released some new additions to that lineup.
First is the HyperX Alloy Origins 65 mechanical gaming keyboard (opens in new tab) retail at $159 AUD or about $99.99 USD. This is a small keyboard that still has arrow keys, but no numeric keypad, which is generally a great choice for gamers looking to save space.
I’m still running HyperX Alloy Origins 60 and it’s one of my favorite small keyboards to use. It’s great quality with nice switches, but a real seller for me over other similar keyboards is the attractive RGB lit spacebar with cutouts, which, grossly, looks even cooler in this new version I don’t have,
Instead of swirls, this has UFOs and images of planets, right where they should be, in the spacebar. It even has sets of colored keys for the space and escape keys depending on the options you choose. Space bar space is definitely the biggest selling point here, although I haven’t found that exact one available in the US yet. It also lacks the ultra shiny pudding lids of the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 gaming keyboard (opens in new tab)what might be the best.
HyperX has also released new versions of the Pulsefire Rod wireless and wired gaming mice. They go with that breathable honeycomb-cut look, which is said to be lighter and allow more airflow. the wireless option (opens in new tab) It costs $79.99 USD or $139 AUD and is set to last up to 100 hours on a single charge, and comes in black and white. The wired version costs $49.99 or $85 AUD and is available in black, black/red and white/pink variants for a few more color options. We hope the software has improved since we reviewed the HyperX Pulsefire Dart (opens in new tab).
Lastly, it’s an RGB mouse mat. The HyperX Pulsefire mat (opens in new tab) It’s an extra-large size soft rug with customizable RGB edges. It appears to bend and fold as per the pictures shown and has a non-slip rubber base. Desktop rugs like these tend to be a very personal choice, but if you’re looking for more RGB, it’s certainly a way to brighten up a desktop. At around $50 USD or $80 AUD, it’s definitely an optional extra for those who want the bling.
Hopefully we’ll have some of these new HyperX products soon so we can do a full review. It will be especially interesting to see how the Nguinity software has progressed, as it was a common complaint in the past. If solid hardware can finally be found with equally good software, these could be some very promising peripherals.