Review: Gamdias HERMES E1 Combo
It’s been one heck of a busy year for the gaming hardware manufacturer Gamdias. With dozens of products introduced in 2016, they’ve created quite the buzz around their brand in and out of the gaming arena. With the end of year approaching, they kept their right foot on the pedal and continued to introduce new products like HEBE headsets, ZEUS mice, and the HERMES E1 keyboard and mouse combo. So without any further delay, welcome to our Gamdias HERMES E1 Combo review.
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Introducing the HERMES E1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Design and Features
For those of you who own or have looked at a HERMES keyboard, you’ll notice many similarities in this HERMES E1 keyboard. When it comes to appearance and features, the HERMES E1 looks closest to the HERMES LITE. As a mechanical gaming keyboard, the E1 has the same GAMDIAS certified Kailh blue mechanical switches/TTC switches as found in the HERMES RGB. Because it uses the Kailh switches, the HERMES E1 has a 50 million push button life cycle. Like the previously reviewed Gamdias keyboards, this board is connected via one USB port.
On the HERMES E1, the keys are raised making it easy to see the red lights underneath them. The keys have an handsomely-finished aluminum plate for added durability. When it comes to gaming keyboards, I’ve noticed complaints from reviewers about the use of metal plates. But I disagree with them. I believe an aluminum (metal) plate stabilizer is an excellent addition to a keyboard. Not much force (45 cN) is needed to register as a key press. While the keys are audible, they are not loud or annoying.
There’s a removable wrist plate, which I believe is a good thing for hardcore gamers. Keyboard dimensions are 17.64 x 7.97 (or 6.2 w/o wrist plate) x 1.45 inches. Flip the keyboard over, and you’ll notice three channels to direct the nearly 6′ braided cable. Like previous reviews, this HERMES E1 keyboard has very stiff legs. Unless you have a thin thumb, you’ll be using an index or middle finger to raise the legs. There’s also a handy key puller attached to the underside of the board. You can also completely lock the keyboard out, for when you want to vacuum it or pull a key out.
Read: Gamdias HERMES RGB Keyboard Review
Specifications courtesy of Gamdias, Inc.
When it comes to features, this HERMES E1 keyboard comes loaded with them. The keyboard comes with three lighting effects: Normal, Breathing, and Responsive Fade Out. There’s also the ability to change the five backlight brightness levels (Off, 30%, 60%, 100%, and Monochrome Breathing) to your liking.
The media player controls are well marked on function keys F2, F3, and F5-F8. You can switch “WASD” to the arrow keys and vice versa. The Windows key is located on the left side while the Fn key is center-right on the board.
Wondering about N-key rollover? Here are the 21 keys: Q, W, E, R, U, I, O, P, \, 7, 8, 9, +, Enter, Backspace, F9, F10, F11, F12, Scroll, and Pause.
Upon downloading and installing the HERA software, you’ll have access to the listed features. This software has to be installed if you want to use all the keyboard features. Your customizations are where the built-in 256K of memory comes into play.
• Six customizable gaming profiles: Fn+PF1-PF6
• Six multimedia short keys: Fn+F2-F3 & FN+F5-F8
• Backlight brightness levels: Fn+8 to increase
• Backlight brightness levels: Fn+2 to decrease
• Game mode: Fn+Windows key
• Lock keyboard keys: Fn+F11
• Snap between WASP and Arrow mode keys:
• OTF macro recording and indicator light: Fn+F9
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