Gamdias has done well here. We have seen many other manufacturers bundle products together and offered them as gaming combo kits, but we have not seen any as successful as the Hermes M1 will be. The mechanical keyboard has all of the functionality, programmability, customizability, and sheer number of user-friendly perks to keep anyone happy. Multiple profiles, on-the-fly Macro recording, built-in memory for storing all things related to said programming; what more can you ask for.
The Demeter E2 is a solid addition to the kit, with only a couple of minor details we would have liked to be different. It glides well; it fits in hand well, it is solidly constructed and should appease most of the gamers out there. The NYX E1 is a toss-in freebie for sure. It is made by laser cutting the foam and cloth after they have been mated, it is small, but it is a stylish addition to the overall package.
The few things we would have liked to have seen are as follows. Using an ambidextrous mouse without buttons on the right side of the mouse is a shame. While left-hand gamers are not in the majority, the lack of buttons does eliminate that segment of sales. We do wish that the mouse offered some form of software control as well, but we find that it is left out of the mix, and you are stuck with the settings Gamdias feels are best for you.
We would have also liked a slightly larger mouse pad. Yes, we do know it was free, but with the limitation of DPI on the Demeter E2, the size of the mouse pad was too small for us, and we regularly had to lift the mouse in-game. We do realize many prefer to do this while gaming, but with no LOD control, and a slight wander to the cursor when lifted, it does, in our opinion, cause concern for gaming.
The bottom line, though, is this. For the amount we received in the Hermes E1 Gaming Combo box, and the investment required to obtain it, to say we are impressed is a slight understatement. Gamdias has done great things here and proven that you do not have to break the bank to get products which are more than capable of getting the average gamer happy with what is in their hands. We do suggest that you keep an eye out for sales on this kit, which can cut the cost in half, even at $79.99, we feel that customers will have little to complain about with the purchase.
Gamdias may not be the first company that you think of when it comes to gaming peripherals, but with the release of the Hermes E1 Gaming Combo, and all it includes, they definitely should be on your radar.
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
The Bottom Line: The Hermes E1 Gaming Combo is top of the line! Never have we see a kit so inclusive, so full of features, or at this level of affordability. Gamdias hit the nail of the head, and will keep many gamers happy with this kit.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Gamdias Hermes E1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
- Page 4 [Hermes E1 Continued]
- Page 5 [Demeter E2 Optical Gaming Mouse]
- Page 6 [Gamdias Hera Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]