Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The vast majority of the keyboard market is taken up with full layout models. By this, we mean to say that 104-key keyboards are the majority winner when it comes to customers choosing a product. However, it is no secret that we prefer to use smaller keyboards! There are two immediate reasons why we prefer them. First, we do not do much data entry in spreadsheets, not enough to warrant having a number pad at least!
Secondly, the mouse can be kept much closer to the other hand while gaming, and reduces stress in the shoulders! 87-key keyboards have been around, and we have seen quite of few of what is out there, but this time, we have a smaller keyboard, which delivers a World's First quality that many find appealing!
Gamdias, while not that well known, has delivered us some award-winning products in the past, whether it was the features that set it above or the fact that they frequently go on sale which gives you plenty of bang-for-the-buck! However, up until now, their products tended to follow the market, rather than coming forth with new ideas. That has changed as of late, as Gamdias is entering the 87-key keyboard game with low-profile switches on it, and they are the first to come to market with such a keyboard! Good for them, we say, as rather than being an affordable option to everything else out there, Gamdias can also now be known as an innovator, possibly garnering more attention from the masses as time goes on!
Since this keyboard has been out in the wild for a bit of time now, it is likely that you may have seen news or social media posts of others already owning the Hermes M3 RGB we have for you now! With an office full of similar keyboards on just about every PC, we are eager to see how low-profile switches play out and see which we prefer at the end of it all. For many, an 87-key layout may have you walking away immediately, but for those like us who gravitate to smaller keyboards already the Hermes M3 RGB may be the next evolution in how you game and address the PC! We have high hopes for this keyboard, as it is the next level in what TKL keyboard can be!
If you venture to the Hermes M3 RGB product page, the specifications we have here are what is found there. At the top of the list, Gamdias starts with the switches used in this keyboard! Described as Gamdias low-profile mechanical switches, but the logo on them says Kailh makes them. As for switch types, the Hermes M3 RGB has options of blue, brown, red, and black, can vary by region, and in the US, all we found were brown and blue options. Each switch is rated to take sixty-million presses before wear or any potential issues, which is in range of many standard mechanical switch ratings!
In the specifications section we see that this 25mm thick keyboard is only 354mm wide, and 128mm deep. Weight is kept down as well, and all told, the Hermes M3 RGB is only 540 grams! To accommodate Macro and Profile storage onboard, there is 72KB or memory. The switches come with default settings for 1000Hz polling and NKRO support. And on top of that, you can record Macros on-the-fly, you can disable the3 Windows key, and you can also lock the entire keyboard from use! The cable is detachable, it has gold plated connections, and its 1.5-meter length is rubberized. You will have to locate and download the HERA software for usage, the WASD and arrow keys are swappable, and there is no consecutive attack mode.
Lastly, there is a customization section at the bottom. Here is where Gamdias mentions the pair of G-keys, which are programmable on all profiles. There are also six multimedia keys placed on the F-keys. Beyond that, there are 16.8 million colors to the backlight, and it can be shown in one of four levels of brightness. With the use of HERA software, you will have many options for customization of the lighting, but without it, there are a few modes to use as well.
As we type this review, the cost for the Hermes M3 RGB is ridiculously low! While looking at the product page, we were initially shocked that the MSRP had been set to $149.99! We feel that is too much for a TKL with RGB lighting and a few software features! However, when it came time to look to buy one, we were shocked again at the sale prices we are finding! As we looked to Newegg to grab one, we saw that their $94.99 listing of the blue switch version is much closer to reality and affordable; however, we did not see the brown switch version, and it can be had cheaper still! While Amazon does list the brown switch option that we have at just $67.69, which is a much better deal! Even better though is the price for the Hermes M3 RGB with blue switches, as it can be had for the paltry sum of $54.99 at the time of this review. With four price points, it does complicate things when we end this review, but for the customers, if the Hermes M3 RGB low-profile mechanical gaming keyboard strikes your fancy, now is the time to act!
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