Kingston's HyperX division has announced that it has begun offering Cherry MX Brown and Red switch options on its eponymous HyperX Alloy FPS gaming keyboard, in place of the standard Cherry MX Blue flavour.
Not to be confused with the Hiper Alloy keyboard range
, the HyperX Alloy was designed specifically with competitive gaming in mind: The steel-framed keyboard includes a mesh travel pouch, a USB pass-through port for charging mobile devices, and single-colour red LED backlighting to all keys.
The focus on gaming, then, made it odd that Kingston chose to ship the HyperX Alloy with Cherry MX Blue switches, a tactile keyboard switch typically favoured by typists rather than twitch-gamers. Now, though, the company is remedying that oversight with the addition of two new switch options: the rapid-actuation linear Cherry MX Red or middle-road Cherry MX Brown.
'HyperX is pleased to expand our Alloy FPS keyboard product line to now include Cherry MX Red or Brown switches, along with the Blue switches introduced in 2016,
' crowed Edward Baily, Kingston's head of HyperX in Europe. 'Gamers who play FPS classics like CS:GO or Overwatch can now choose from a variety of Alloy FPS gaming keyboards with a linear switch, a tactile switch or something in between.
The new keyboard models are available in the UK now, priced at a suggested retail price of £99.99 regardless of which switch type you choose. All include a two-year warranty as standard.