Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Gamdias and their ZEUS logo gaming peripherals are very new to the game, and as such, we have tested very little built by them in the past. We did see a mouse and keyboard combo kit with the Ares, and we also saw the Zeus e-Sports mouse, but outside of those two products, we have little to base our opinion on. What we have seen in the past are unique yet solid products, more than capable of taking you into gaming without issue. As far as keyboards are concerned, the Ares keyboard was rubber dome based, so this is the first we have seen a mechanical keyboard from Gamdias.
There are a few ways to go when it comes to a mechanical keyboard. Out of the many switch types out there, such as Cherry MX, Topre, and many others, Gamdias chose to take the Kailh route. Where they could have opted for the soft and squishy red switches, Gamdias opts for a stronger solution and settles on the Kailh blue switches. Lighting is also of concern to many users, and as the naming suggests, there are 16.9 million color options due to the full RGB LEDs used in this keyboard. Then, of course, to get above average in options, a company must also develop great software that leaves no stone unturned, as many users love to remap and set up profiles and Macros to their keyboards, even more so than most use for mice. This is where we introduce the HERA software, which allows all of this and then some.
Gamdias sent us the Hermes RGB for our take on what it delivers. Along with all the attributes mentioned above, the Hermes RGB is capable of offering many lighting modes as well. In any color, you could imagine. Using a frame which includes a built-in wrist rest, without going into an obnoxious size is a fine line to walk, but the Hermes is one that feels good and fits just about anywhere. There are on-the-fly programmability options rather than needing to be in the software all the time, and with various profiles available, there is a lot that the Hermes has to offer. Even though this is the first mechanical keyboard we have seen from Gamdias, it seems so far that it is up to par with most others and more than capable of any wants and desires. So let's dive deeper into what the Hermes RGB is all about, and see how well it stacks up against the plethora of competition we have seen in the past.
The specifications chart offered by Gamdias is quite thorough. Things start with a mention of the Gamdias certified switches, which happen to be Kailh blue switches. Gamdias Element is not part of this design, as that is for faster responding keys with less noise and faster travel. The Hermes is 440mm wide, 170mm deep, it stands 37mm tall at the back, weighing in at 1.16kg. We then see that there is 72KB of onboard memory, a 1000Hz polling rate, two programmable keys, and six multimedia keys. Each switch has a lifespan of 50 million strokes, offer NKRO support, and can be backlit with 16.8 million colors.
As we mosey down further in the chart, we see there is Macro support via the HERA software, there is a Windows disable key, all keys lock, but there are no onboard audio jacks or USB ports. The cable attaching the Hermes to the PC is 1.8 meters in length, it is covered in a cloth braid, and the USB 2.0 connection is gold plated. There is a GUI to support the Hermes RGB, and we are told of the HERA software again to use this. The Hermes offers six profiles, has an option to set a consecutive attack mode, and delivers customizable lighting effects as well.
As we hunted the Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard down via Google, we saw listings as high as $99 for this keyboard. While that isn't so bad for the amount Gamdias delivers, shopping around is a better bet. While Newegg shows no stock of this keyboard at all, venturing to Amazon shows us a listing for just $87 with free shipping. While it may not be the most affordable offering out there, it certainly is not the most expensive either, actually near half that cost in reality. With what we see on paper, Gamdias has their act together and is offering the Hermes RGB with plenty of features to make the investment worthwhile.
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