Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
We have already seen the Gamdias Hermes RGB, and from what we can recall, there were no major issues with that keyboard, but Gamdias wanted to take things a bit further with it. While the keyboard we are looking at now is very similar in its layout and gaming features, there are some stylistic, aesthetic, as well as a few minor changes to make Gamdias want to make yet another version of the Hermes Gaming Mechanical keyboard.
Things that change raise the aesthetic appeal with this latest incarnation of the Hermes keyboard. Rather than offering the keyboard with plastic used on the top and bottom, this time around the top of this keyboard is made of brushed aluminum for starters. The original had a built in wrist rest, where the new one offers a wrist rest too, but this time it is detachable. Gamdias also incorporated the keycap puller into the bottom of the keyboard, so that it is always with you at a moment's notice, the PCB color has changed, but more importantly to a mechanical keyboard, Gamdias has moved away from Kailh switch to TTC switches in this new model.
While most of what you are about to see can be found on the original Hermes RGB, with what Gamdias has put into the new Hermes P1 RGB, there is enough to make many want to move to Gamdias for a mechanical keyboard. With all the changes we mentioned above, it takes the Hermes keyboard to a whole other level, competing with many of the major players in the keyboard game. We understand there is a balancing act to be played when it comes to releasing products in the peripherals segment, and still being able to turn a profit at the end. Think of the Hermes RGB as the base model, and the Hermes P1 RGB more in the light of a sports car. However you want to think about it, the Gamdias Hermes P1 RGB is well worth the time to have a look, as is has become a very useful tool under our hands.
In the chart above, we see that the Hermes P. RGB is stated to come with Gamdias certified mechanical switches, and that is tech-speak for TTC Blue switches. The Hermes P1 is 448mm wide, 202.4mm deep, and is 36.9mm thick, and this is with the wrist rest attached. Without it, the Hermes P1 is only 156.6mm deep. The weight will vary due to the rest as well. With it on the keyboard, the weight is 1.56kg, and without it, it is 1.30kg. The keyboard is mad with a black plastic lower frame section, but the top uses an exposed brushed aluminum top panel, and the wrist rest for this keyboard is made of black plastic as well.
Features of the Hermes P1 include 72KB of onboard memory, 1000Hz polling rate, two Macro keys, six multimedia keys, and each of the backlit keys has a lifespan of fifty million clicks. The keyboard comes with NKRO support, you can record Macros on-the-fly, you can disable Windows keys, you can lock out all keys, but sadly there are no audio or USB ports in the design. The cable is 1.8 meters in length and terminates with a USB 2.0 connection which is not gold plated. We can also see near the bottom of the chart that the Hermes P1 comes with six profile keys, you can swap WASD and arrows, you can switch keys into a consecutive attack mode, and the LEDs not only have default modes, but they can also be customized as well.
If you look to Gamdias for a price on the Hermes P1 RGB, you will see that their shop online sells this for $99.99, and with what it delivers, is a fair price to ask. What will flip your lid, is that as we write this review, Newegg is selling the Hermes P1 RGB for an astonishingly low price. Not only is the keyboard listed for just $59.99 right now, and comes with free shipping, the deal even offers buyers a free mouse with the deal too. While the sale and deal are shown to end soon, it shows that superb deals can be had if you are looking to buy at the right time. As for this review, we will be basing our opinion on the regular price of $99.99, and as we mentioned, the price is not out of bounds for the style, feature set, and all around usability that Gamdias put on the market in the Hermes P1 RGB.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Gamdias Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Hermes P1 RGB Continued]
- Page 5 [Inside the Hermes P1 RGB]
- Page 6 [HERA Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]