My favorite compact gaming keyboard is on sale for Prime Day, and it's the only one I'd buy

The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 on an orange background.
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60% keyboards are something of a rare breed; even the best mini keyboards often use the slightly larger 65% or 70% layouts. 60% is more or less as compact as it gets without completely sacrificing functionality - and I'm a lover of tiny hardware.

As luck would have it, my personal favorite compact keyboard is on sale for Amazon Prime Day - the HyperX Alloy Origins 60. It's a compact, clean little unit: not an inch of space left unutilized here, with HyperX's own proprietary linear red key switches offering snappy, immediate feedback whether you're typing or gaming.

Despite its sensible starting price, the Alloy Origins 60 offers a surprisingly premium build quality. The casing is made from brushed aluminum, and the custom-designed switches are rated for a whopping 80 million presses.

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While a 60% keyboard layout can take a bit of getting used to, the Alloy Origins 60 offers unparalleled value for money in the compact keyboard space at just $79.99 / £65.99. With the compact layout, it's easy to throw into a bag and take on the go.

It looks excellent, too - the doubleshot PBT keycaps are LED-backlit with fully customizable RGB lighting, and the space bar features an eye-catching swirling pattern. With HyperX's NGENUITY software, you can customize the aesthetics of your desktop setup with ease.

If you're interested in a whole gaming system rather than just a keyboard, you might want to have a look at our Amazon Prime Day gaming laptop deals - or the regular Prime Day laptop deals, if you'd like a non-gaming machine instead.

US Prime Day deal - HyperX Alloy Origins 60

HyperX Alloy Origins 60:$99.99now $79.99 at Amazon

HyperX Alloy Origins 60: <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">was $99.99 now $79.99 at Amazon
In <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">our review, we declared the Alloy Origins 60 'perfect for gamers on a budget' - and now that it's 20% off, it's even better value. With HyperX linear red key switches, it offers a clean and responsive gaming experience along with some stylish RGB light - all compact enough to fit into a bag to carry with you.

UK Prime Day deal - HyperX Alloy Origins 60

HyperX Alloy Origins 60:£109.99now £65.99 at Amazon

HyperX Alloy Origins 60: <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon UK"">was £109.99 now £65.99 at Amazon
One of our favorite compact keyboards, the Alloy Origins 60 scored four stars in <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant="Amazon UK"">our review thanks to its snappy HyperX Red key switches and premium build quality. Despite looking and feeling like a high-end product, the Alloy Origins 60 is actually relatively affordable for a quality gaming keyboard; and now, at 40% off, it's an even better deal!

Christian Guyton
Editor, Computing

Christian is TechRadar’s UK-based Computing Editor. He came to us from Maximum PC magazine, where he fell in love with computer hardware and building PCs. He was a regular fixture amongst our freelance review team before making the jump to TechRadar, and can usually be found drooling over the latest high-end graphics card or gaming laptop before looking at his bank account balance and crying.

Christian is a keen campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights and the owner of a charming rescue dog named Lucy, having adopted her after he beat cancer in 2021. She keeps him fit and healthy through a combination of face-licking and long walks, and only occasionally barks at him to demand treats when he’s trying to work from home.