Kingston Technology and HyperX Gaming have you covered for Shelter in Place, Work from Home, or just plain PC gaming with their line of computer accessories. The new Nucleum USB-C Hub is the one hub to rule them all, the HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard is a delight to type with, and the HyperX Pulsefire Dart is an excellent wireless mouse.
Kingston Technology is known for its high-quality computer accessories, and the latest devices I was sent for testing live up to the hype. While working from home, there are certain things you miss from your corporate office setting, including a dock for my laptop, and high-end peripherals like a mouse and keyboard. Kingston and HyperX were kind enough to upgrade my WFH setup with some peripherals that have elevated my home office, which has helped me be more productive.
The Nucleum USB-C Hub is a masterful device that can act as a laptop dock by combining two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, a microSD card reader, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port into a single hub. The Nucleum connects to your PC via USB-C, which couldn’t be easier. The only thing missing when comparing the Nucleum to a laptop dock is that your laptop will need to be powered by a separate cable, but that’s to be expected. I’ve got my monitor, keyboard, and mouse hooked up and it all works seamlessly. The Nucleum retails for $49.99 and can be purchased directly from Kingston or via Amazon.
The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard is a well-built keyboard with an aircraft-grade aluminum body. Each mechanical switch is designed to blend performance, style, and reliability. Each switch has a bright RGB LED that allows the keyboard to perform dazzling, dynamic lighting effects. The Alloy Origins has feet that allow you to adjust the tilt of the keyboard for the best possible ergonomics. The keyboard itself is fairly sleek, measuring 442.5mm x 132.5mm, which is perfect for smaller work surfaces. The Alloy Origins keyboard’s mechanical switches feel really nice when typing, they aren’t too clicky either, so they won’t annoy anyone you might be sharing a workspace with.
The Alloy Origins also features onboard memory to save three different lighting profiles, allowing you to switch between lighting preferences quickly and easily. You can customize your lighting with the HyperX NGENUITY Software, which is an easy to use program that lets you customize almost everything about your keyboard. The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard retails for $109.99 and can be purchased directly from HyperX Gaming.
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless gaming mouse is a 2.4GHz RF-connected wireless mouse that can be used for office work or PC gaming. It uses a USB wireless adapter to connect, but also includes a USB-C wire for charging or if you want to use the mouse while wired. The Pulsefire Dart is Qi-certified for wireless charging, as well. The battery can last up to 50 hours on a single charge and I can confirm this, as the mouse does last me a little over a week of work before I have to charge it.
The Pulsefire Dart has an accurate sensor that has 5 DPI settings up to 16,000 with a max speed of 450 IPS. It weighs slightly more than a wired mouse, at 112g, but that would be attributable to the battery. It’s a comfortable mouse that’s enjoyable to use, with an ergonomic shape and padded leatherette grips to minimize fatigue. It’s also compatible with the HyperX NGENUITY Software so you can customize the LED lighting, DPI settings, manage battery life, and more. The HyperX Pulsefire Dart retails for $99.99 and can be purchased directly from HyperX Gaming.
Last, but not least, Kingston also sent me some samples from their latest line of memory cards, the Canvas Plus line. Canvas Plus is Kingston’s first line of UHS-II cards, which is the latest in ultra-high-speed memory. The Canvas Plus line offers three different variations for both SD and MicroSD cards:
- Canvas Select Plus
- Designed for recreational/amateur Full HD & 4K DSLR cameras as well as Android mobile devices.
- Class 10 UHS-I Speeds up to 100MB/s read
- SD and microSD capacities up to 512GB
- Canvas Go! Plus
- Best for shooting 4K UHD video and burst photography or using 4K action cameras or drones
- Class 10 UHS-I speeds up to 170MB/s read and 90MB/s write
- SD and microSD capacities up to 512GB
- Canvas React Plus
- Top-of-the-line UHS-II performance for 4K/8K videos and hi-res photography
- Class 10 UHS-II U3 speeds up to 300MB/S read, 260MB/s write
- SD and microSD in capacities up to 256GB
If you’re in the market for a new memory card and are looking for the best of the best, you should definitely check out Kingston’s latest.
Whether you’re working from home, or not, you deserve the best computer accessories. You’ll be surprised how much more productive you become with the right peripherals. I’ve had a great experience with the Kingston Nucluem, HyperX Alloy Core mechanical keyboard, and HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless mouse. I was immediately able to see how they improved my productivity by allowing me to work without worrying about whether or not I’ll mess up typing, or misclick.
Check out all of Kingston’s accessories at Kingston.com and HyperXGaming.com.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review samples
What I Like: High build quality; A joy to use; Increased productivity; Beautiful LED colors; Customizable for ergonomics and gaming
What Needs Improvement: Not much!