Today, we’re checking out an off-topic piece of tech, which is something we like to do from time to time here at Android Unfiltered. I’ve got the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 mechanical gaming keyboard and mouse combo on my review desk, and I’m ready to dive in; I hope you are, too.
Before we begin, I’ll give the following disclaimer: this is the first gaming keyboard I’ve ever used. Therefore, I don’t have any previous experiences to compare it to. It’s also my first time using any of GAMDIAS’ products.
For those unfamiliar, the company specializes in PC gaming specific items, like keyboards, mice, and headsets. And from a look at their catalog, I hope this isn’t the last GAMDIAS product I review because the entire lineup looks great. I especially like this 7 color keyboard our friends from TechDissected reviewed.
That said, this is an excellent setup. It’s been a lot of fun testing it and learning about its various functions. So, let’s rock, shall we?
GAMDIAS Hermes E1 unboxing
The first thing I noticed about the Hermes E1 packaging was its weight. The box is anything but light. It has images of the keyboard, wrist rest, mouse and mouse pad on the front.
There’s also information about the devices in several different languages on the back. The box’s contents are well-secured by their packaging materials to keep them safe during shipping.
Take a peek at our unboxing video above for a look at everything inside before we move on to specs.
GAMDIAS Hemes E1 specifications
The Hemes E1 features GAMDIAS certified mechanical blue switches, with a life cycle of 50 million keystrokes. Size-wise, it’s 448 x 202.4 x 36.9 mm with the wrist rest, and 448 x 156.6 x 36.9 mm without. It weighs in at 1.56 kg with the wrist rest and 1.30 kg without.
Additionally, the braided cable is 1.8 meters in length, and there’s a key-puller on the back of the keyboard to assist with removing keys.
It has 256K of built-in memory, with a polling rate of 1000 Hz. The keys are back-lit with red lights. Unfortunately, red is the only color option, and they can’t be changed. It also comes with 2 programmable keys and 6 multimedia keys, as well as a 21-key rollover.
Rounding out the specs section, the Hermes E1 also features the following:
- OTF Macro Recording
- Windows Key Disabling
- All-Keys Lock
- Graphical UI – GAMDIAS HERA
- USB interface
- 6 Gaming Profiles
- WASD & Arrow keys Change
- Consecutive Attack Mode
- Quick-Attach Wrist Rest
The combo package also includes the DEMETER E2 Optical mouse and NYX E1 mouse pad, which I’ll cover more in just a bit. First, let’s talk a bit about the keyboard.
Build quality and design
Like I said before, the Hermes E1 isn’t a lightweight keyboard. In fact, it’s much bigger than the standard keyboards you get when you buy a budget-friendly desktop. I assume this is due to the mechanical keys, which require a bit more room to function properly.
The keyboard itself is made of plastic and has a smooth finish that sits well against the skin. The included wrist rest is optional, but I’m not too keen on typing without it.
To better explain, it kinda feels like I’m driving a Cadillac with no bumper on the front. It just feels more comfortable to me with it on, so I don’t remove it.
It’s also worth noting that the wrist rest detaches easily, so if you move your keyboard around a lot, you might need to make sure it’s still in place.
I LOVE the keys! The girlfriend? Not so much…
The keys are large and contoured, which is excellent for typing accuracy. The only thing I don’t like about them is the font GAMDIAS used to label them.
I’m sure they went with futuristic text to complement the gaming lifestyle, but they can be a bit hard to read for this old man’s eyes at times, even with the brightness turned all the way up.
The keys are also loud when you type, which the girlfriend noticed instantly when I plugged the Hermes E1 in for the first time.
I believe her exact words were, “That would make for a hate-worthy office-mate if I had to listen to those for 8 hours every day.” Luckily, she let me finish my review without banishing me to sleep on the couch for a few nights in return.
What really makes the keys special is their breathe lighting effect, which you set using the HERA GUI. It makes the keyboard look almost demonic, which I love.
You can adjust the breathe length to one of three settings: 4, 6 or 8 seconds. Personally, I prefer the shortest length.
Another positive note is the fact that the keys are easy to remove, which makes for easy cleaning. You won’t have to worry about your Cheeto-stained fingers, as long as you don’t mind regular maintenance.
The last thing I’ll mention with regards to design is the keyboard’s height. It sits tall on my desk, but that’s again due to the large mechanical buttons. First-time gaming keyboard owners like myself might find themselves overwhelmed at first, due to its size.
After using it for over a week now, I can’t see myself going back to a generic keyboard again.
DEMETER E2 optical mouse
As previously stated, the Hermes E1 combo includes the DEMETER E2 Optical mouse. Here are its specs:
- Advanced Gaming Optical Sensor
- Dimensions: 120 x 75 x 40 mm
- Weight: 105 grams
- DPI resolutions: 1200 / 1600 / 2400
- Switch lifecycle: 1 Million
- 1.5m braided cable
- TPE Mouse feet
Now that we have all the technical garb out of the way, let’s talk about the important stuff. First off, this mouse is glorious, in terms of both build and design.
It’s also less complex than the keyboard itself, which is nice because I didn’t have to take a crash course in gaming keyboards to know how to use it.
Its ergonomic design sits comfortably in my palm, and the buttons are smooth and easy to press. The sides of the mouse are contoured for thumb and finger comfort. This is rather important, considering the amount of time you’ll spend with this peripheral in your hand, especially if you’re a hardcore gamer.
The real drawing factor here is the pulsating lights, which cycle between three different colors: purple, blue and red. I wish the keyboard had different colors to match, but it only has red, so it looks a bit awkward when the other two colors pulsate. You also can’t change the length of the mouse’s “breathe factor” like you can with the keyboard.
The mouse has the usual left and right clickers and wheel, as well as a DPI selector button and back and forward buttons on the left-hand side. The wheel lights up, as well as two strips on the palm side the mouse.
Both sides of the mouse have a grated lighting effect which perfectly compliments its overall style. Pressing the DPI button changes the light colors, with each DPI setting having its own color.
NYX E1 mouse pad
It’s a mouse pad. With the GAMDIAS logo on it. Do you really need more detail than that? Don’t get me wrong, it’s great – but c’mon!
Wrap up & final rating
The GAMDIAS Hermes E1 is an impressive keyboard that offers a ton of gaming-specific features at a budget-friendly value. It’s sturdy, it’s sleek,and it’s super comfy to type on.
Paired with the DEMETER E1 optical mouse, you really can’t go wrong here, especially for the price.
Speaking of which, the combo is available for $79.99 on the GAMDIAS website, but you can snag one on Amazon for only $61 with free shipping using our Affiliate link at the bottom of our Final Rating box below.
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