Inside the Hermes M3 RGB
Since this is a keyboard with low-profile switches, the keycaps are also low-profile, about half the height of the standard switch keycaps. Each cap uses two legs which insert into the top of the switch, while the more extended caps have additional clips outside of them for support as well as connectivity to the torsion bars.
All of the switches found on this Hermes M3 RGB are low-profile brown switches. While there is a cursive "D" logo on each, if we are not mistaken, the second logo is for Kailh switches. The top of the switch bodies are clear to allow the RGB lighting to go inside of the switch, and we see that the torsion bars are exposed.
Ten screws hold the top plate to the plastic frame below it, and once removed, we can see the support system used to stabilize the Hermes M3 RGB. However, with weight reduction does come a compromise, where a bit of flexibility is found, more so than in other keyboards we try to bend!
Finding a random location to get an image of the PCB, we find that the soldering is done cleanly, and while most residue has been removed, we do see a bit left behind here and there.
Someone did a bang up job of painting the MCU. So much so that we cannot identify it in this image or under higher magnification! We do know that it is a Holtek chip, and we do see ARM printed on it, but all we can go by is the specification that it is a 32-bit processor.
At the time of taking these images, we were in the photo booth without access to the HERA software. At this time, the red on the left and the green on the right for the RGB backlighting was the best-looking thing offered. Keep in mind though, with HERA installed; the RGB LED possibilities are near endless!
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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