For gaming we wanted to make as realistic a scenario as possible but one that was also repeatable. As such we opted for Call of Duty Black Op 3’s offline multiplayer. For each keyboard in the chart we ran ten 20 minute games against 9 bots in Team Death Match. At the end of each round we recorded our Kill/Death ratio and then averaged it. This is what we found.
As you can see the Alloy FPS Pro does live up to its name. This keyboard is easily as good as board costing significantly more than it, and does so while giving up nothing by dropping the number pad. Melee’ing up close and personal was just as fast as any other Cherry MX-Red keyboard we have used and quite honestly at the end of the test session our fingers were not nearly as tired as they usually are.
Equally import is that we never once accidentally hit the wrong button like we did on occasion with a MX-Speed based keyboard. While we like the theory behind the MX-Speed key switch the reality is that while they may indeed be faster they are not as accurate. They also have a rather steep learning curve that will turn off many inexperienced buyers as that key switches short actuation point and low actuation force is so sensitive that we swear if you breathe on them they register an input command.
This excellent speed that did not come at the expense of enjoyment is all thanks to those very nice keycaps and the low profile nature of the keyboard. Of course with that being said we would recommend picking up a cheap wrist rest as our wrists were generally more tired than with those that come standard with this feature. This really is the only misstep in an otherwise sterling result.