It was one heck of a busy 2016 for the gaming hardware manufacturer Gamdias. With dozens of products introduced in 2016, they’ve created quite the buzz around their brand in and out of the gaming arena. With the end of year approaching, they kept their right foot on the pedal and continued to introduce new products like HEBE headsets, ZEUS mice, and now the HERMES E1 keyboard and mouse combo which I’m reviewing for all of you today.
About The Product
The sturdy design of the Hermes E1 keyboard and the rubber grips on the bottom mean that this keyboard isn’t going anywhere unless you pick it up! The red backlight makes the keys stand out perfectly even in a pitch black room, witch is great for those late night game sessions. The keyboard has all the standard keys with a function key for alternate button functions that with the assistance of GAMDIAS’ HERA software would unlock the potential of all those keys. Setup is no more difficult than setting up a normal every day keyboard and mouse to your PC.
The Demeter E2 mouse has an alternating color pattern that lights up the scroll wheel, top and left and right sides of the mouse and, just like the keyboard, it stands out very well in a dark room. The DPI button switches seamlessly to different modes with no hesitation what so ever, and the two side buttons are placed very well so that there is no awkward positioning of the thumb to reach them. The mouse has a nice curve to it and it has the GAMDIAS logo at the bottom back. The mouse itself had a very nice feel to it, though it felt a slight bit lighter than what I’m used to as I currently use a Logitech MX Master as my daily driver when it comes to my mouse.
I have used and evaluated the Hermes E1 gaming combo for over 30 hours so far and even used it this weekend to play a bit of the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands closed beta by Ubisoft. The keyboard uses a mechanical switch, which coming from using mainly scissor and dome switch keyboards for the past decade, caught me slightly off guard with how loud the clicks were but I’ve since gotten used to it. It performed quite well and was very responsive to even the most rigorous of tests that I could put it through. The angle and position of everything on the keyboard was spot on and was a great experience with everything I’ve done with it so far.
I definitely feel that the Gamdias Hermes E1 is as good as if not better than the Gamdias Hermes 7 color keyboard that I reviewed last year. I now have the Hermes 7 hooked up to my laptop which is what I use for when I stream to Beam when playing video games and such, and the Gamdias Hermes E1 hooked up to my main PC where I do all of my writing and every day stuff.
The curve of the mouse is accommodating and the click response time was excellent. The optical sensor performed very well on both the excellent gaming mouse pad that came along with the combo, but it also tracked very well on the top of my desk which is just a lacquered woodgrain finish. The only drawback for the mouse is that it doesn’t display the DPI setting on the mouse like I’ve seen on various other mice. For basic functions without the specialization of the HERA software this combo performed remarkably well.
In conclusion, the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 and Demeter E2 combo is a very good package deal! This combo looks great and performs just as good as it looks! Definitely an excellent deal at $79.99 and often times when it’s in stock on Amazon you can get it for as low as $49.99 which makes it that much better. Also check out VoucherShop UK as it’s possible you might be able to pick up one of these keyboards at a discounted price using one of their many vouchers they offer on their site.
The glow from both keyboard and mouse are eye-catching, but not in an overpowering way, it will definitely draw your eyes to it but wont distract you from any game you’re playing. The keyboard has a very durable design and the keys feel natural when you’re playing your favorite game or just doing every day work like I often do with it.