Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Gamdias is one of those companies which is not afraid to try new things. While some ideas have worked better for them in the past than others, we have seen that sometimes imaginations run wild, while other times, designs conform to the mold everyone else uses. With what we are about to see, the former description is where we are at today. In this latest product the hit the desk at TweakTown, we are given one of the largest keyboards to play with, but there are things afoot in this design that we did not see coming from them.
The second to carry the Hermes name, this keyboard has certain things we expect to find. Following in the series usually tends to bring forth new things as well, and in this instance, there has been a major change to the Hermes this time around. Rather than asking Cherry, Kailh, or many of the other mechanical switch makers to full an order for them, in this instance, Gamdias opts for the rare optical, mechanical switch. We know of two others that use this technology, one of which was recently reviewed, and with optical, mechanical switches, the feel is not unlike all the rest. The major benefit from such a device is that a light beam is broken to actuate the switch rather than bent metal contacts coming together. Optical switches also benefit from a longer lifespan due to less moving parts, and there are no connectivity issues, as the light beam is broken or it isn't, there is no in between.
The next addition we have for you today is the Hermes P2 RGB Optical Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Gamdias. With features such as RGB LEDs, multimedia keys, on-the-fly Macro recording, various profile, a built-in wrist rest, and a metal keycap puller, the Hermes P2 appears to be a stand-up product. As with all thing reviewed here, we try to reserve our findings until the end of the review, but if you do not mind a larger keyboard, Gamdias is offering something well worth your attention. With that said, we should move into the specifications, so that we can get on our way to show what you will get from Gamdias.
Gamdias states that the certified mechanical, optical switches can come in blue, brown, red, and black, but availability may depend on region, and each of these switches boasts a 50 million click lifespan. Where others have attempted to hide the manufacturer by marking the switches with branding, not this time. Each switch is marked with a script capital D on them, where most others get their infrared or optical switches from Gateron. The Hermes P2 RGB uses an exposed metal plate in this design, while the rest of the frame is made of plastic. All told, the keyboard is 458mm wide; it is 220mm deep, it is 44mm thick, and weighs in at 1.1 kilograms.
The controller for the Hermes P2 RGB offers 72 KB of onboard storage for various Macros, profiles, and settings configurations. Each switch is checked at a 1000Hz polling rate, and are set by default to utilizing NKRO. You may record Macros on the go, you can disable the Windows key, and you can even lock out all function to the keyboard too. The attached cable is 1.8 meters in length, it is sleeved, and at the end is a gold-plated connection. Additionally, you may swap the arrow and WASD functionality, and the Hermes P2 supports Consecutive Attack Mode as we have seen previously.
At this moment in time, we are unable to locate the Hermes P2 RGB Optical Mechanical Gaming Keyboard anywhere on this side of the pond. However, upon receipt of the product, we do remember going to Newegg to look up the price. If memory serves us correctly, we recall the price was set at $139.99, which is not that expensive once you take in all the features and capabilities of the Hermes P2 RGB. Now that we know what to expect, and we know what it will cost when stock returns to the market, we can dive right in and see everything in fine detail.
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