The GAMDIAS Hermes E2 7 Color Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($69.99) is the next product to hit our review desk. You may remember we gave the Hermes E1 combo the rundown here shortly after our site went live. I’ve been using that particular keyboard ever since, and it continues to please.
When I heard the E2 was launching back in September of this year, I immediately knew I wanted to give it a look. After using the keyboard for the past week or so, it’s time to share my thoughts.
Before we begin, I want to thank GAMDIAS for sending the review unit out and keeping us in the loop with their new products. While the company’s offerings aren’t aren’t for Android, they still make awesome tech, just the same. And for those curious, I’m using the Hermes E2 to write this very review.
So, let’s dive in and get ‘er done, shall we?
What’s in the box?
The keyboard. And that’s it. No paperwork, nothing but the keyboard. I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact that my unit is a review sample, or if the retail version is the same – and I’m fine with this. There’s no need for paperwork, as this is a simple plug and play device.
GAMDIAS Hermes E2 Design
The Hermes E2 has dimensions of 370 x 140 x 30 mm and weighs 0.675 kg. It’s super lightweight and portable, especially in comparison to its predecessor, the Hermes E1 (448 x 202.4 x 36.9 mm and 1.56 kg with the wrist rest). The E2 does not come with a wrist rest.
The E2 is a tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard, which makes it less of a space-hog on the desk.
The keyboard has 87 keys with neon backlight colors. It’s advertised as having 7 colors, but ironically enough there are only 6: green, blue, pink, orange, and red. It’s worth mentioning that the WASD keys and a few others, like the PgUp/PgDn buttons, don’t seem to disperse light evenly through the caps.
That’s not to say the lighting scheme here doesn’t look ridiculously cool because it does. But for the sake of pointing out flaws, regardless of size, I have to mention it.
The keycaps are touted as having a new and unique contoured shape, but they feel identical to the keycaps on the E1. That said, they are still super comfortable and quite nice to the touch for typing.
An area that I feel has improved is the font GAMDIAS went with for the keys. This iteration is a bit easier to read than the last, which is certainly a selling point, in my book. Key legibility is pretty important when it comes to typing, and there are no issues on that front.
Rounding out this portion, there is also a gaming mode and all-keys lock.
GAMDIAS went with Mechanical Certified Blue Switches with a 50 million actuation lifecycle for the Hermes E2, similar to those found in the E1. They’re still a bit on the loud side, but I don’t mind the noise. I actually tune it out and don’t notice it at all when I’m in the zone, pecking away at keys like I am now.
The fiancée – she was the girlfriend when I reviewed the E1 (yay us!) – still isn’t a fan of the noisy keys, though.
The non-braided USB connector cable is 1.5 meters long. I’m surprised GAMDIAS decided to use non-braided cable here. At this pricing point, it would have been a nice touch, but the lack of one isn’t a dealbreaker for me.
Rubberized feet design
Another area on which GAMDIAS improved is with the E2’s risers. They’re super durable and capped off with rubber feet to reduce slippage. There are three rubber feet in front, on the bottom of the keyboard, as well. They do an excellent job of keeping the keyboard in place.
Unfortunately, there is no HERA support for the Hermes E2. This means you can’t customize colors or much of anything else. You can disable backlighting with the Fn+Del keys, and you can enable pulse/breathe lighting with Fn+Ins. Fn+Del also disables pulse/breathe lighting.
Outside of that, there are no customization options that I am aware of.
Final thoughts and rating
The GAMDIAS Hermes E2 is a fine piece of tech, and an enjoyable keyboard to use for both gaming and general computer usage. At $69.99, there aren’t any dealbreakers here, rather just a few things I’d like to have seen included that were not, like software support for more customization options.
All-in-all, I think this is an option you’ll enjoy if you decide to pick one up for yourself.
If you decide to do so, you can find more information and links to purchase the GAMDIAS Hermes E2 7 Color Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from the manufacturer’s website.