We had such high hopes for the Hermes P3 from the onset. We like that companies offer a choice for those who like the shape and feel of membrane keyboard keycaps, but want to take advantage of what is hot in mechanical keyboards as well. The feel and our time using the keyboard was pleasurable. By default, all of the functionality the keyboard delivers by default like the 1ms polling rate, NKRO, and anti-ghosting all work flawlessly. The secondary functions work as intended too. Swapping arrows and WASD keys had no issues, locking the Windows keys works, and locking out the entire keyboard also functioned as intended. We also liked the LED modes we were able to see by using the buttons to the right for them, and the control of speed and flow is also a nice bonus. As a standalone product, without the software involved, we do not have a single complaint about the functionality or capability.
Sadly though, the fun quickly ended when it came time to try out what HEAR was capable of. Typically, we would have handled this with an email to the manufacturer to allow them the time to fix the issue, but these keyboards are out in the wild, and we cannot be the only one who will experience this. Had they left the updating system the way it was, there would be no issue to discuss here, but they felt the need for a change, and we have shown it to be a change in the wrong direction.
It used to be that you could at least use the software out of the gate, with no need for any updates. Had that been the same this time, we would have shown many images of everything HERA brings to the table. Instead, we were not only locked out of using it this time; it resulted in a dead product. With a sad look on our face and our head shaking back and forth as we write this until Gamdias gets back to the way things were, we found too many variables in what can happen to the user to give them a solid thumbs up.
While we are showing all aspects of the Gamdias Hermes P3, without HERA involved we loved the product, we cannot hide that fact in any way. If you are fine without software and can get along with the default functionality, it is a great keyboard to use. The only issue we see with this angle to approach is that the price would be too much. When we are shelling out nearly $160 for a mechanical keyboard, we expect it to be perfect in every way, and without the software, this is a $99 keyboard all day long. In the end, it is tough to call, but we cannot recommend paying that price for something which will possibly end up dead due to it having to be updated to be functional.
Gamdias was on the right track for an amazing product, and if they are willing to allow users to run the product out of the box without needing to be updated first, customers would be able to enjoy everything possible fully. We hate to say it, but with what we found, we are going to take a pass on the Gamdias Hermes P3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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- 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
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||82%|
The Bottom Line: While we loved the Hermes P3 initially, installing HERA to take full advantage of the features ended in a dead product. Even though it is a pleasure to use, without software, it lacks features and capabilities, as well as drastically reducing its value.
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