the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 mechanical gaming keyboard
– backlit programmable keys with 21-key rollover on USB and anti-ghosting capability
– aluminium faceplate with quick-attach wrist rest for prolonged gaming
the GAMDIAS Demeter E2 optical gaming mouse
– features an advanced 3200 DPI optical sensor, with on-the-fly DPI adjustments
– ergonomic ambidextrous design for left- and right-handed users
the GAMDIAS Nyx E1 gaming mouse mat
– fabricated using high-quality polymer for longer lifespan and a smoother glide
The contest will end at midnight (GMT+8) on 17 April 2017, and the winner will be randomly chosen from those who qualify.
If you are a winner, you will receive a Facebook PM requesting your mailing address and contact number. You must reply within 7 days, or we will select another winner.
The contest is only open to Malaysian residents, as the GAMDIAS distributor in Malaysia will be mailing the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo directly to the winner.
Please note that fake Facebook accounts, or Facebook accounts used for contest purposes, will be automatically disqualified.
The Contest Results!
After filtering the contest results, GAMDIAS selected the best entry, with a runner-up as back-up. Let’s see who won!
Winner : Dashken Chan “I love the RGB backlighting keys and removable keys features on GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard because I live in a very dark, dusty room… Almost no light except from my LCD monitor. This will e the Peeeeer-FECT keyboard for me. 🙂”
Backup Winner : AiVan Cheong
“I love the Kailh Blue switches, full RGB backlighting and NKRO features in the Hermes RGB keyboard because it gives the tactical keedback and the full wide spectrum of RGB backlit and not to forget the capability of registering 6 simultaneous keys.”
GAMDIAS Technology is a young new eSports company that focuses on PC gaming peripherals, from gaming mice to keyboards and headsets. Established in 2012, their name is an amalgam of GAM (Gaming Art in Motion) and DIAS, the Latin word for god. In short, GAMDIAS means “god of gaming“!
Despite the Latin origin of its name, GAMDIAS adopts an ancient Greek mythology theme for its products, naming them after Greek gods and goddesses. Today, we are going to take a look at the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.
This is a mechanical keyboard targeted at gamers, so the keys and switches are, arguably, the most important components.
The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard uses the Kailh Blue switches – the clicky type. This gives you great tactile feedback, but if there are people around you, they’ll not enjoy the experience quite as much. 😀
Here are the Kailh Blue switch’s key specifications :
Behaviour : Clicky
Feel : Heavy
Actuation Force : 60 g
Actuation Distance : 2 mm
Total Travel Distance : 4 mm
Sound Level : Loud
Rated Lifespan : 50 million keystrokes
The key caps have a more pronounced cylindrical key face, which makes it easier to touch type. This makes the Hermes RGB a really great keyboard for touch typing. But again, the audible clicks may put off people around you.
The keys can be removed for cleaning and replacement. GAMDIAS includes a bright orange key cap removal tool for that very purpose. Just push it in until it locks into the key and then pull to remove the key.
The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard has a few 6 gaming profile keys, 6 multimedia control keys, as well as special function keys :
Lock Keyboard – to disable all keyboard keys until they are unlocked
Game Mode – to lock the Windows key so there is no response when it is pressed
Swap WASD And Arrow Key Modes – switches the WASD keys to the arrow mode, and back again
This is the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard’s headline feature. As its name suggests, it has full RGB backlighting for its keys. Every single key is not just individually backlit, you can choose the backlight colour out of a wide spectrum of 16.8 million colours, with 4 brightness levels.
The Hermes RGB keyboard also comes with four lighting effects built-in. Using shortcut keys, you can instantly switch between those lighting effects – Wave, Rotation, Slide In, Static… and even turn off the lights completely. You can also adjust the speed and brightness levels of the backlight.
The back of the Hermes RGB keyboard can be raised about 2 cm using the flip-stands. To prevent inadvertent movement, the flip stands have a rubber coating. There are also four rubber pads in the front of the keyboard.
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GAMDIAS rates the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard as being capable of n-key rollover (NKRO). This means it can correctly register multiple keys simultaneously. This is not only important in competitive gaming where keys are rapidly being pressed, but also musical composition where multiple keys may be pressed simultaneously.
Our tests showed that the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard is capable of registering up to 6 simultaneous keys. That makes it a 6KRO keyboard. This is enough for most competitive gamers and quick typists. And like all modern mechanical keyboards, it has anti-ghosting built-in, so it won’t register false key presses.
User Experience & Verdict
The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard has great tactile feedback, thanks to the Kailh Blue switches. The curvier key caps also allow for easier touch typing. Even though it’s not a true NKRO keyboard, it is more than fast enough for most competitive gamers and touch typist.
The Kailh Blue switches can be rather distracting though, especially if you are playing for fun or with other people nearby. The clicks may offer audio feedback for typing, but it takes away your suspension of disbelief while gaming. You can “fix” the former by using headphones, but there’s nothing you can do about the latter.
The RGB backlighting is great for those who want to play in the dark, or colour-coordinate it with the LED lighting in their gaming rig. The Hermes RGB offers full control of the lighting. But if you are not into RGB lighting, then the extensive lighting options it offers will seem like overkill.
Because it’s targeted at gamers, the Hermes RGB keyboard swapped the Menu key on the right with the Windows key. Where you usually have the Windows key on the left (between the Ctrl and Alt keys) is the Function key. This allows for faster, single-handed access to the built-in function keys. The downside – the Windows shortcut keys may now require two hands (e.g. Windows + E to open Windows Explorer ).
We would recommend the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard to gamers who generally play alone, particularly if they prefer to use headphones over speakers. It is also a great keyboard for those who intend to do a lot of typing – the tactile feedback is similar to that of a typewriter. This is actually a great option for those who work and play on the same computer.