Gamdias. If you haven’t heard the name, then shame on you! While rather new to the marketplace, Gamdias is a good, up-and-coming gaming company who stand by their motto of “Gaming Art in Motion.” Believe it, their Hermes keyboards and Zeus mice look crazy all lit up with these zany lighting effects. In this review, we dive into one of their ‘art-pieces,’ the Hermes 7 Color mechanical gaming keyboard.
I’m going to start off on a bizarre note. It has to do with the seven colors of the Hermes 7 Color keyboard, so I’ll get right to it. Unless I’m color blind, and I’m fairly sure that I am not, there are only six colors on the Hermes 7 Color keyboard: green, blue, violet, pink, orange, and red. Look at the pictures here and on the Gamdias website. Can you spot all seven colors? I’ve looked everywhere, and the theory I have is that the Num-lock “panel” lights up a different shade of red than the red that lights up the bottom row. Like I said, it’s a weird note about the lighting, but an interesting observation as the packaging states “7 Color.”
The body of the keyboard is plastic, but very weighty reminding me of my Steelseries 6Gv2 Cherry MX Black keyboard. Keeping the design simple enough the keyboard sticks to the traditional 110 key design and lacks any additional macro keys. Macro keys are limited to two keys, the ‘B’ key and Space bar become macro keys when the FN key is pressed. The media keys are located along the top with F2 – F9 becoming media keys when the FN key is pressed.
Featuring the FN key in place of the traditional windows key allows the user to reduce the risk of hitting that Windows key by accident while gaming. If that is an issue for you, you can easily swap them in the software. Speaking of swapping keys, the WASD and arrow keys can be easily swapped from the keyboard without the need to rebind keys in game or software. Something that is very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes at the most.
The keycaps are typical plastic construction and can be user replaced by most Cherry compatible keycaps. Under those caps lye the Gamdias “Certified” switches, which are clearly labeled on the key (but not the box) to be Kailh branded switches. For those hoping for Cherry branded switches I’m sorry to report that they are not. But, that shouldn’t discourage you as the Kailh Blue’s are almost indistinguishable from Cherry’s, to me they feel very similar but actually sound a bit quieter than their Cherry counterpart. In the end, I’m very satisfied with the Kailh Blue’s instead of the Cherry switches.
The back of the keyboard features the adjustable stands that are a bit difficult to pull out without longer fingernails or assistance by some type of wedge. There are six rubber feet, which in conjunction with the weight of the keyboard keep it firmly planted on the desk even under heavy typing and gaming sessions. There are channels that allow you to set the cable to come out of the left, right or center of the keyboard, but the cable never stayed in place so I found it useless. For me I just let it come out of the back of the keyboard like most every other keyboard seems to do.
The Hera software is extremely user friendly needing very little time to have the keyboard set to my liking. While it doesn’t carry the extensive glam style of programmability that something like the Corsair K70 RGB can do it is able to allow for you to create up to 6 profiles to the color layout and combination that you want without having to attend a class and read a textbook to setup on your own.
Overall I’m very pleased with the Gamdias Hermes keyboard especially when coming from a Logitech K350 which is completely different from a gaming keyboard in every way possible. For a gaming keyboard, $59.00 isn’t expensive at all. Definitely would recommend this to any gamer or anyone who simply loves mechanical keyboards for whatever reason.