In this review, I am going to compare Razer Ornata Chroma and HyperX Alloy FPS keyboards. Both have similar cost: about 100 USD and both are made for gamers. But this is where their similarity ends. These products have different features, so you will have to decide which one is for you. Hope this comparison will help with your purchase decision.
HyperX Alloy FPS has minimalistic look. It is one of the smallest models among full-size keyboards. It is smaller than the Ornata in width and depth. It has a very low profile but uses full-height keys. Ornata has a much taller base but uses mid height keys.
Both models are very well made. If you look at them you will see that these models are premium. The materials are very pleasant to touch. Everything is made with great attention to details.
Top panel of Hyper X is made of solid steel, while the Razer is made of plastic. This may be an advantage if you really take the keyboard with you.
Any gamer will love how the keys of Hyper X sit above the frame. There is a lot of space and there is no place for the dust to collect. Keys of the Razer sit right above the panel and there is a plenty of space where a dust may collect.
Hyper X is really targeting gamers with Alloy FPS. It has a detachable USB cable and a special travel pack. This makes it more comfortable to take the keyboard to the tournaments.
It has a set of extra keycaps for 1,2,3,4,W,A,S,D keys. These caps are red and have a special texture for a better tactile response. By the way, you can always buy an extra set of such caps if yours become look terrible at some point in future.
It's a true mechanical keyboard. Some reviewers tell that it comes with Cherry MX Blue only, but that's wrong! You can select from Blue, Red or Brown Cherry MX switches. Go to the official website and you will see it there. So pay attention to this! Different switches have different tactile feedback, speed, and sound.
Razer seems to be targeting a larger audience with Ornata Chroma. Razer decided to build a keyboard for those who don't like mechanical keys but still want similar tactile click and feedback. Their Mecha-membrane switch is a mixture of membrane switches softness and mechanical response.
The switches are one of the most important differences. Some people report that new Razer Mecha-membrane switches have tighter and more responsive feel. And there isn't much travel on the keys.
A very interesting thing: Razer key clicks twice when you press it down and then when it goes up. So it sounds like you are typing two times faster. But despite that, the sound feels less annoying.
That's just a personal feel. I highly recommend to visit the nearest store and try both keyboards before making a purchase. The difference in switches is impossible to describe. You will have to try this yourself.
Ornata has 10 key rollover while Alloy FPS has any key rollover which allows pressing all the keys simultaneously. But in my opinion, such feature is not necessary. You will hardly need more than 10 key rollover.
Backlighting is also another huge difference between these two models. The Hyper Alloy FPS has Red LED backlights. There are several different modes to choose from like breathing or wave. There is also a custom mode used to light only certain keys.
Ornata Chroma has much better backlighting: it's fully RGB and has more customization options. If the backlighting is crucial for you, Razer has a clear advantage here.
Ornata Chroma comes with a very nice wrist rest that attaches to the keyboard with magnets. The wrist rest is very soft and pleasant to touch. It doesn't show fingerprints or oil from your skin.
The Hyper X just doesn't have the wrist rest. So if you like to use a keyboard with wrist rest you should keep this fact in mind.
Razer doesn't have extra USB ports while Alloy FPS really has one. But it can be used for charging the device only. You can't connect a headset to it. It's not a pass-through USB port.
Both models are missing dedicated volume control buttons, so will have to use function key for this. For some gamers, it may be a disadvantage. But Ornata allows to remap the keys and make F1, F2, and F3 responsible for controlling the volume.
Both models are great. Each has its unique features. Hyper X has traditional Cherry switches, solid metal cover, it's smaller and more portable. Razer Ornata has unique switches that combine advantages of a membrane and mechanical switches, full RGB lighting. It's difficult to say, who the winner is. Every person has his own preferences and I can't tell which model will fit you the best. I highly recommend to go to the nearest store and try both models. You will be able to find out which one is for you.