Don’t worry – the name ‘HERMES’ appearing on the title does not mean we’re now a Fashion review website. 😀 goldfries.com is still your Computer Hardware review site from Malaysia. 😀
With us today, a Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Gamdias that could be the right board for you.
As you can see from the image above, it has a beautiful red backlight. The Hermes also comes with a wrist-rest that doubles as a keyboard cover.
Here’s what it looks like after the keyboard is covered.
The wrist-rest is attached to the keyboard via magnetic contact, and I must say it’s a pretty strong magnet to be able to hold my camera’s battery.
The highlight of the keyboard would be the number of keys available for memory settings. It’s more than I need actually but those with many configurations to try then this is a god-send.
The keyboard comes with USB-passthrough, and also allows headphone and mic connectivity.
All the above are linked to the motherboard via this cable, the downside is that the cable is non-removable.
I think the greatest flaw of the Gamdias Keyboard is the USB connector, of which I have no idea how this design got approved. Sure it looks “signature” but at the same time it’s quite obstructing, and the most laughable part is that they are most obstructive to one another.
The keyboard uses Cherry MX Blue switches are tactile and clicky, meaning that each press results in a tactile bump and produces a “click” sound when it actuates. Here’s a video for you to hear the sound of the button, in the video you will also see the glowing backlight of the keyboard.
A mechanical keyboard is not complete without a good software, and in comes Gamdias’ Hera where you are able to control the functionality of the keyboard.
With the software on, you could even track your keypress (not key logging) and change the intensity and behavior of the backlight.
The keyboard is really huge and the ESC key is far from the upper left now so I tend to miss it when I’m using this keyboard.
The awkard position of the 6 buttons under the space bar could prove to be annoying as well, I wouldn’t recommend this keyboard if you intend to use it on a machine that you are also doing work from. To me, this keyboard is strictly for gaming purpose.
This keyboard retails at RM 419, not an unusual price for a mechanical keyboard as such.
Minor design flaws aside, I think the wrist-rest and the number of memory it can carry could prove to be useful.