Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Gamdias has been on a roll with a massive amount of peripherals as of late, and in that time, it seems like we have seen just about everything they have produced. Since we were first given product from Gamdias, up until this point, not one of them has been a failure, quite the opposite in fact, where the products have been a joy to use. Part of what has made them so successful is the HERA software, which takes an average product, and takes things to a whole other level, where only a select few companies compare in capabilities and offerings delivered via UI to make the peripheral as functional as humanly possible.
Today, we are still looking at a mechanical gaming keyboard, but rather than it having large chunky keycaps that most of us are used to, Gamdias has developed the latest in the P Series of keyboards to be built with low-profile switches, which means the keycaps are half the height of the usual suspects. To many, they may not see the advantages right away, but simply put, with shorter switches and caps, this means travel has been reduced as well. Rather than needing to collapse a standard switch, in the realm of 2mm in the distance, in the overall 4mm of switch travel, in this keyboard, we are given 3mm of total travel in the switches. This means that actuation distance is also reduced to the tune of 1.5mm, making them quicker to use than any other taller switch on the market today.
Of course, this is not the only thing that will set the Gamdias Hermes P3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard apart from the masses of options on the market, but it is the biggest thing to set it apart. However, Gamdias ensures that all other features which make a mechanical keyboard great for gaming are included as well. There is anti-ghosting, NKRO support, Macros, remapping, customizations, LED lighting effects, as well as just about anything else your heart desires. That being said, we should get to the meat and potatoes of the Gamdias Hermes P3 so you can see what is new, what is the same, and if any of these things will drive you towards, or away from this keyboard.
The basic design of the Hermes P3 uses a plastic frame under the keyboard, and around the edge of the top. This allows Gamdias to use a brushed metal top plate, which exposes all of the switches, and as an bonus offers more glow across the plate from the LEDs than a conventional design would offer. The Hermes P3 is a 104-key layout, and all told the keyboard is 472mm wide, it is 167mm deep, stands just 21mm tall, and weighs in at 1.56kg. We have yet to discover the manufacturer of the switches, but we have seen the logo many times in mice before seeing the script "D" logo on these mechanical switches. Making the connection from the keyboard to the PC is a 1.5-meter cable which has no braided cloth covering, and terminates with a gold-plated connection.
The brains behind the Hermes P3 is a 32-bit ARM Cortex TM-M3 processor and is more than capable of handling what the designers at Gamdias intend the Hermes P3 to offer its users. There is 72KB of onboard memory for use with profiles, Macros, and various custom LED settings. It boasts a 1000Hz polling rate as well as full NKRO support and anti-ghosting by default too. You can also record Macros on-the-fly, there is a Windows disable key, and you can also lock all of the keys so that pets or kids will not accidentally be able to get into the PC and screw things up. The arrow keys and WASD keys can be interchanged, and with the help of HERA software, many things become available, but Gamdias hits on just the consecutive attack mode offered there.
At the time of writing this, the Gamdias Hermes P3 is not that widely available, but where we were able to locate it, stock is ready to ship to your door. Newegg.com is where we located it, and there we see that it is currently selling for $159.99. Overall this is not a bad price, as many lesser equipped keyboards also ask this amount. On the face of things, we do feel that you are getting a lot for the investment, but there is one key thing that may sway buyers to other offerings. Stick with us as we cover what the Gamdias Hermes P3 brings to the table, as well as the major change with the software before you make your final decision on if the Hermes P3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is the solution you desire.
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