Aesthetically, the Hermes P. RGB is a huge step up from the vanilla Hermes RGB. Again, we find nothing wrong with the keyboard functionally, there is little flex tot the top panel, and vibrations from the switches are not perceivable. The look of the brushed aluminum is not left in the natural state, as there is a coating which darkens the aluminum, and has a greenish-blue tint to it, and we like it. There is a bit of a glow around the keys, but not like it is with visible LED bulb switches.
The surface mounted LEDs shine through the keycaps well, and that is what it important, not so much the flood of light it can put into the room. We admire the use of TTC Blue switches as it is not something we see every day, and for some odd reason, we are getting to like these more than our Cherry MX Blue go-to mechanical keyboard.
Once you start discussing all of the built in features which most of them do not need software to function well, things keep getting better. The depth of the Macro Editor, the ability to remap the keyboard over six profiles, as long as you do not go over the 72KB of storage the Hermes P1 RGB has, you can take everything you have set on the keyboard with you if you travel too. Using HERA takes things to another level, though. Where you can do everything from setting sounds for keys and Macros, setting timers for all of the life events worth of stepping away from a game or work, LED modes aplenty, and even a section to use a custom LED setup.
Gamdias delivers a complete package with options galore, leaving no stone unturned. For those that tend to like a wrist rest with their mechanical keyboard, Gamdias kept the rest on the Hermes P1 RGB, but this time it is detachable and is one of the simplest ways to do so we have seen.
By the time you read this, the sale at Newegg will be over, but do not let that dash your hopes. It is possible that you may soon see this keyboard near $60 again. The reality is, though, we still feel you get a huge amount of bang for your buck with what Gamdias has had us look at today. For $99.99, there are only a select few keyboards that come to mind which would compete with the Hermes P1 RGB, taking style, features, functionality, and cost into consideration.
That being said, while Gamdias is likely not your first thought in gaming mechanical keyboards, they should be. If we are this happy with only the second keyboard from them to hit our labs, we cannot wait to see what comes next from Gamdias, as the Hermes P1 RGB runs with the big dogs at this price point.
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- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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The Bottom Line: The price is right, the features are nearly endless, and we cannot get over how much we like the TTC Blue switches! Gamdias and its Hermes P1 RGB may have been under the radar, but we implore you to consider them for your next fully appointed mechanical gaming keyboard.
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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]