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Drop CTRL (2018)
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018)
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Drop CTRL (2018) vs HyperX Alloy FPS (2018)

Analysis:

The Drop CTRL (2018) has impressed reviewers from two sources that are among the most highly trusted on the internet, namely Laptop Mag and Wirecutter (NYTimes). It did great in their objective hands-on roundups - it earned the "Best customization in a snap" and "Other great mechanical keyboards" awards from Laptop Mag and Wirecutter (NYTimes), respectively. That's high praise from such reputable sources.

As for the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018), it wasn't able to earn a top spot in any roundups from trusted sources that conduct their own hands-on testing. Nevertheless, it managed to impress reviewers at PCWorld, Tom's Guide, and Wirecutter (NYTimes) enough to make it onto their respective shortlists.

We examined all of the review data that we could find and first took a look at sources that reviewed both of them, like Tom's Guide, and found that they haven't shown a preference for either product.

Then we checked which sources liked these two Mechanical Keyboards best and found that the Drop CTRL (2018) got its highest, 7, review score from reviewers at Tom's Guide, whereas the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018) earned its best score of 9.3 from KnowTechie.

Lastly, in order to better compare them to the rest of their competition, we averaged out their review scores. The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018) managed to get 8.1 out of 10 - considerably better than the 7.4 review average of Mechanical Keyboards in general - whereas the Drop CTRL (2018) earned 7.0 points.

It should be said that doing a direct Drop CTRL (2018) vs. HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018) comparison might not be entirely fair due to the difference in their prices - some sources don't put much weight on value for money and thus tend to give better review scores to more expensive products.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Laptop Mag
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Tom's Guide
Go Mechanical Keyboard
Android Central
PCWorld
KnowTechie
Tech. Specs Comparison
Drop CTRL (2018)
$220
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB (2018)
Keyboard Size
Tenkeyless
Compact
Keyboard Switch Type
Kailh
Kailh
Wireless
No
No
Has average expert review score
7.5
Overall Avg. for Mechanical Keyboards
7.0
Avg. Review Score
Score
Higher than average expert review score
7.5
Overall Avg. for Mechanical Keyboards
8.1
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Other great mechanical keyboards
in “Our Favorite Mechanical Keyboards” 
Last updated: 3 Nov 2020
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best customization in a snap
in “Best gaming keyboards for 2020” 
Last updated: 25 Dec 2019
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Mechanical Keyboards for Chromebooks 2021” 
Last updated: 10 Dec 2020
Go Mechanical Keyboard
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best RGB Mechanical Keyboards of 2021” 
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Mechanical Keyboards 2019” 
Last updated: 8 Sep 2019
Go Mechanical Keyboard
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboards of 2021” 
Recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best RGB Gaming Keyboards” 
Last updated: 14 Jun 2019

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