As our first mechanical keyboard seen from Gamdias, they did well and were able to impress us with this Hermes RGB. The use of Kailh switches is nothing new, and we liked the feel of the blue tactile switches that Gamdias chose to offer. They are also able to pack in quite the feature set right into the keyboard. Using dual and triple functionality on some of the keys, the need for the HERA software is lessened to the basic users. You can easily swap through a few LED effects. You can still program Macros on-the-fly, and also have full access to the five profiles. While I'm not a huge fan of keyboards with built-in wrist rests, Gamdias does it in a manner which it is just large enough to function, yet small enough not to get in the way. From every angle of attack, we found the Hermes RGB keyboard ready and willing to dish out the punishment, whether writing or gaming.
Once you involve the Hermes software and start to fill up that onboard memory, where we feel the 72KB must have been a typo. Programming various things across a few of the profiles for our day to day use only took up 15 percent of the space offered, so we guess this is much closer to the standard 512KB. HERA also provides full keyboard remapping, and with that, unlimited Macro and functionality support, and over five profiles, you could easily set over 500 things that the Hermes will do for you with just a click or two.
The backlighting is also some of the best on the market. Various modes to suit anyone's needs in lighting, the full RGB scale for solid coloration, the list just seems to go on and on. Usually, at this point, we tend to find something wrong with the device, but in this instance, we find ourselves glowing about the Hermes RGB, seemingly rambling off trying to make sure you realize how good this mechanical keyboard is.
When it comes to purchasing a mechanical keyboard, for many, pricing is a huge factor in the decision. While you can shop around at Reddit, and find many used keyboards on the cheap, not many sell on the retail market for less than $60. Even then, they are likely aging designs or something very basic in functionality. Considering everything the Hermes RGB combined with the HERA software can accomplish, the roughly $90 pricing is well worth the investment. While Gamdias may have just sent us a mechanical gaming keyboard, the Hermes RGB shows they are stiff competition for the large players in this game, and offer a product that pulls no punches in their quest to make a name for themselves.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: The Gamdias Hermes RGB as is good as it gets at this price range. Full of features, tons of options, onboard memory, and a serious processor at the helm, this mechanical gaming keyboard is a cost-effective solution to many with plenty of bang for the buck.
PRICING: You can find the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard retails for $87 at Amazon.
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