Gamdias Hermes M3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Looking at the Hermes M3 RGB from the left side, we quickly realize how much thinner the profile is than that of a standard mechanical keyboard! Only 25mm tall at the back, comprised of low-profile keycaps, low-profile switches, an aluminum top plate, and a short plastic frame supported on rubber feet!
The top view of the keyboard delivers a look of 87 keys on this TKL solution. Many keys have a dual purpose, and we will cover those, but we also noticed no dedicated lock LEDs, just the brightly painted Hermes M3 RGB found above the arrow keys.
Starting off with some of the dual function buttons, we are in the F-keys, and it begins. F2 is used for media play to select the previous track. F3 does the opposite, where it requests the next track. F4 can be used to switch out the WASD and arrow keys. OF course, for these to work, you also need to be pressing the Function button.
F5 is the play and pause button, F6 mutes the PC, F7 lowers the volume, and F8 increases the volume.
The last pair of functions offered in the F-keys is the on-the-fly Macro record button found on F9, and the full keyboard lock on the F11.
After programming the six profiles through the HEAR software, the numbers, one through six can be used to quickly swap between them without the need to visit the software suite.
Even though the entire keyboard can be remapped in software, Gamdias offers a pair of G-keys which remind us of "Thumbster" buttons. These are dedicated for Macros on all profiles.
On the right edge, we find the command keys present at the top, and some of them offer options for the lighting modes, direction, speed, and intensity. On the arrow keys, we also see the WASD notations for left-hand users or those who like the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible.
Making our way to the right side of the Hermes M3 RGB, extending the feet in the back, made a massive difference in height and angle of attack!
Dead center of the back edge, there is a port for connecting the cable. Just grab your cable, and insert the Micro USB connector into the keyboard. There is also a tab on the connection, which goes on the top side, to make connectivity easier after looking at things the first time.
The bottom of the keyboard is flat, but the plastic is textured, except the smooth area at the center where the product sticker is placed. The front uses a pair of rubber feet and a plastic bump in the middle for support. The back edge uses the rubber of the flip out feet for grip.
The same rubber used when collapsed is what gives grip when the feet are extended. They are easy to get to this position, but the lock could be stronger, as minor adjustments can collapse these feet!
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