The Hermes M3 RGB took some time to get used to the low-profile nature of its design, but with the right amount of time under our hands, we have come to like it! We thought it might feel mushy or too much like a cheap laptop, but in this aspect, it has delivered a fairly decent feel and usability like any other keyboard on the market. While it is a TKL, 87-key offering, do not let that scare you away. Take the time to consider how much you use a number pad, and make the call. We have gone without for years, as the position with a TKL and a mouse is closer, and feels better after many hours of play.
Keep in mind as well; you can swap the WASD keys and the arrow keys, getting the mouse as close as possible or giving you much more room to move the mouse since a right-hand gamer would shift the keyboard way to the left! The lighting is bright enough to keep anyone happy, it is adjustable in intensity, and with HERA software in play, the lighting can do almost anything you can come up with as an idea!
Beyond the standards of size, weight, or feel of a product, all of the features work as intended. Whether it be the multimedia keys, the locks, profile buttons, G-keys, or LED control buttons; it all just works right out of the box! Of course, HERA software raises the feature set to another level! With all of the abilities, the software delivers, and with what we covered in the software section, nothing is missing that gamers would need, no matter the game style! While the big deal with the Hermes M3 RGB is that it is the World's first low-profile 87-key mechanical gaming keyboard, it doesn't hurt that the keyboard is a great option to have under your hands either! Considering current prices, it only makes the Hermes M3 RGB stand out even more, and kicks the pants out of the budget-friendly MK6 we tested not all that long ago!
The starting point for the Hermes M3 RGB may be near $150, but that is just ludicrous to pay for a keyboard such as this, even as good as it is! At $100 we are on the same level and is what Newegg is asking for the blue switch variant of our keyboard. We are pleased to see pricing dip even further at Amazon, where the brown switch M3 RGB is roughly $68, and if you prefer blue switches, you are asked about $55 for that one! The problem with sales is that they will end. With the standard prices shown in the $100 range, we fell you are getting what you paid for! That being said, if you can get Hermes M3 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard for near $50, we strongly urge you to make the purchase!
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: At current prices, you will be remiss if you do not buy the Hermes M3 RGB! This 87-key, lightweight, compact keyboardi s a bargain, and well worth a try!
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