If you spend a lot of time typing, then you should definitely consider a mechanical keyboard. A mechanical keyboard is one of those products that once you’ve tried it out, you can’t imagine ever going back to your old keyboard. Strangely enough, the first keyboards on the market were actually mechanical. It wasn’t until the 90s when computer manufacturers were attempting to keep costs low that the “rubber dome” models we’re all used to came out.
The simple fact is that mechanical keyboards are much easier to use. Our hands are very adept at learning through muscle memory – small sensations that train us to do complex tasks. Mechanical keyboards are exactly that. With each key press, there is a distinct click. This subtle change can often increase your typing speed by up to 20 percent. If you’re gaming, another reason that mechanical keyboards are essential is response time. Not only will the key press be converted into an electrical signal more quickly than other types, but several errors that stem from having too many keys pressed at the same time just don’t occur with mechanical models.
Gamdias is one of the leading manufacturers of affordable mechanical keyboards. Despite their low price, it’s their quality that allowed them to capture such a large portion of the market. With the release of their M1 mechanical gaming keyboard, they’ve added a few great features to a tried and true platform. Let’s take a look at see how it performs.
From the moment we removed the Gamdias Hermes M1 from the box, we knew it was a serious piece of hardware. It takes the powerful, aggressive look that gamers love and backs it up with some seriously cool design featues. The face of the keyboard is one big slab of aluminum. It’s completely flat, save for a small bezel along the top of the board. The keys are full size, as you’d expect from such a powerful keyboard, and stand up from the top of the board in a sharp, eye-catching manner. But of course, looks aren’t everything. Let’s go in-depth and see what this keyboard has to offer.
One of the most important parts of any mechanical keyboard is the switch. This is actual physical mechanism that actuates the keys, and the single defining factor that separates a mechanical keyboard from a digital keyboard. If you’ve already done some reading on mechanical keyboards, you probably know that cherry switches are considered the ones to have. Cherry is the Rolex of mechanical keyboards. They were one of the first back to market with the own switch, and personally invented the entire naming scheme.
However, Cherry switches are expensive. You can expect to pay serious money for any kind of keyboard that includes them. Gamdias keeps their boards cheap by manufacturing their own switches. And you know what? They’re just as good. We tried them side by side with a keyboard that used cherry switches, and the feeling was almost indistinguishable. Sure, there was some very slight variation in how they sounded, but this could have easily been the way they were mounted.
Now, not all switches are created equal. There are a few different versions. Switches can be calibrated for pressure, reset point, loudness, and speed. Most users chose between blue, red, and brown. The switches used in this keyboard are the blue variety. They’re a little heavier, a little louder, and have the most tactile feedback of any switch. For typists, these are considered the best of the bunch. Some gamers prefer the red switches, as they are very light and easy to push. In our opinion, this defeats the entire purpose of a mechanical keyboard. Blues are the best sellers on the market. Within a few minutes of using one, you’ll be completely used to it. For this reason, we couldn’t be happier with the switch choice in the Hermes M1.
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