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GAMDIAS Ares Essential Gaming Combo Keyboard & Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 3:11 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GAMDIAS

Ares Essential Gaming Keyboard

 

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The left side of the Ares is stylized with a top edge that sticks out at the front and back edges, and even has a V-shape cut into its side. All of it is for looks though as it does not afford a better grip or highlight anything. Also looking across the key caps, we see that all the rows are near level with each other, and tilt toward the back of the keyboard.

 

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There is the traditional 74-key US layout on the left side of the Ares, but we also see three extra keys to the left of the standard set, as well as a trio to the left of the Zeus logo.

 

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The three keys to the left of the main section allow users to put the lighting into a pulse mode that cycles through the three colors with a breathing effect. The next key allows you to swap the WASD and arrow keys depending on which hand you use to game with on the keyboard. The bottom key will change a single key press into a continuous mode, where as long as the key it held, it will quickly repeat that key press for you.

 

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Across the top, doing dual duty to the F-keys, we start the multimedia keys. F1 will open the media player, F2 lowers the volume, F3 raises it, and F4 is used for mute.

 

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Continuing the multimedia keys we move to the next set. Here F5 is the stop button, F6 is for the previous track, F7 offers the play/pause, and F8 can be used to find the next track.

 

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Here things switch gears. The F9 keys is to open the email, F10 opens the internet, F11 is a key lock button, and F12 opens the calculator. Just below those four keys, we also see on the underscore key that you can slow the pulse rate, and next to it you can raise the rapidness of the pulse mode.

 

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The right side of the Ares offers all the usual suspects for keys. Page up and page down offers the ability to lower and raise the LED brightness, the arrow keys also have WASD on them, and like the left side, there are three programmable keys found at the bottom as well.

 

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At the top edge, they have included three LEDs to denote the locks being active or not. We also see that they have "ZUS" below them, and had they just added a scroll lock LED; they could have spelled Zeus properly.

 

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As we now make our way to the right side of the keyboard, we find the same styling done to the edge. With the feet extended this time, though, the caps now do lean towards the user, making them easier to use.

 

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Under the Ares, we find large Zeus logos used across its entirety. They allow for a bit of cable management to go out the sides and down to the front, and we also find four rubber feet to keep the Ares in place.

 

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At the back, the rear feet flip out, and the tips have rubber wrapped around them. This way, either in or out, they offer a secure grip.

 

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We are indeed sent a keyboard with two meters of cable, and it even offers a pair of Velcro straps to help manage the wiring. However, it is not braided as the specifications suggested. They also did not mention that the Ares terminated in a gold-plated connection, but this USB 2.0 connection is.

 

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In case you missed how the grooves help with wire management, we strung the cable through it. You can go out either side of the back edge, or by sending it down the angled section in the middle, it allows the cable to be run from either side of the front edge too.

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