Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Gamdias is a company we became aware of not all that long ago, but we do know in that time that Gamdias does seem to have their finger on the pulse of the gaming and eSports community. The reason we say this is because every product we have seen to date is feature rich, and it is intended for gaming usage. With the software that comes along with most of their products, customization beyond that of many other peripherals is where Gamdias stands out with only maybe two or three other companies with similar capabilities.
Since getting acquainted with Gamdias, we have seen only individual peripherals. By that statement, we mean that for each review previous to this one, we were sent a standalone mouse, or a keyboard by itself. This is the traditional way that manufacturers produce products, and typically is the norm of what is sent to reviewers. However, today is something special. Gamdias has sent us a gaming combo of gear, where we not only receive a keyboard and mouse, but Gamdias also throws in a mouse pad, so that you can have everything aside from the game to get going. We have seen other combos, and to be honest, we have never seen a combo on this scale, nor have we seen one packed with so much value to the purchase.
Gamdias has sent along the Hermes E1 Gaming Combo so we can deliver our opinion on it. That being said, in this kit, we are delivered the Hermes E1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, in the same box as the Demeter E2 Optical Gaming Mouse, as well as including a free mouse mat which is called the NYX E1. While at the same era of many companies moving into attempting to perfect the ideal gaming combo for the masses, we find one of two things. If it is affordable, the keyboard is usually a membrane switch keyboard, and the mouse is something we would rather not use long-term, or on the flip side, the combos are expensive so that they can include mechanical switch keyboards and a mouse with enough features to keep us interested. With what Gamdias has brought forward here, you get the best of both worlds. While hard to believe at face value, we urge you to continue and see for yourself what the Gamdias Hermes E1 Gaming Combo has in store.
As for the Hermes E1, we find that rather than Cherry MX or Kailh switches, Gamdias uses blue switches with their name on them. The keyboard is 448mm wide, it is 202.4mm deep, it is 36.9mm tall, and this is with the add-on wrist rest. Without it, the keyboard is only 156.6mm deep and drops 0.26kg off the 1.56kg weight. There is 256KB of onboard memory, the polling rate is set to 1000Hz, there are two programmable keys, six multimedia keys, and each key has a fifty million-click lifespan. The keys are backlit with red LEDs, there is a built-in 21-Key rollover used here, you can record Macros on-the-fly, Windows keys can be disabled, and all keys can be locked out as well. The USB cable is sleeved, it is 1.8 meters in length, and it is permanently attached to the keyboard. The Hermes E1 also comes with Hera software so you can take advantage of the six profiles, swap the arrow and WASD keys, or use the Consecutive Attack Mode offered within it.
The Demeter E2 mouse is a tad less rich with the features and options but is still a solid addition to the kit. It uses an optical sensor to track movement, it is black with LED backlighting, and within the 120mm length, 75mm width, and 40mm height, the entire mouse, with cable, weighs in at just 105 grams. There are four pre-defined levels of DPI to choose from. By default, the DPI is set to 1200, but you can also select 1600, 2400, and 3200 DPI for use. The polling rate is fixed at 125HZ, and each of the red JD switches used inside of it boast a one million click lifespan. The USB cable is also braided on the mouse, but the length is slightly shorter at just 1.5 meters, and to keep the Demeter E2 gliding smoothly, four TPE feet are used underneath of it.
As the infomercials say all the time, "but wait, there's more." We had seen the price swing wildly form news posts when the product was publicly launched, to pricing we saw on eBay, even to the one listing we found at Newegg. However, the whole time, none of the prices are higher than $80. On eBay, we found this kit for just $39, still sealed in the box. At Newegg, the current listing if for a sale that will likely end before you read this review, where we see it listed for just $39.99, and no reason to question the validity of the seller. We do also see that the listed MSRP is $79.99, and even if you had to pay that price, we still feel there is a ton of value to what you get in the Hermes E1 Gaming Combo from Gamdias.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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- 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
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