GAMDIAS has been a company that went under the radar for many people. They’ve always been a peripherals company, but recently they did announce their fancy gaming chair and also a bunch of PC components. Looking at the entire catalog of GAMDIAS products, we can see one common trait in all of them – RGB lighting first, everything else comes after that. The GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB mechanical keyboard isn’t any different either. It’s sprinkled with LEDs all over it!
We also reviewed the GAMDIAS Zeus P1 RGB gaming mouse here, which is meant to be paired with this keyboard since both are in the P1 lineup.
Let’s take a look into what the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is all about. The most important question here is – is it worth your money?
The GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB comes in a box that bombards you with information. Highlights on the keyboard’s feature are on the right, whereas even more highlights are on the keyboard itself.
At the back of the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB’s box, there’s a wall of text alongside with the specs, package contents, system requirements (as though you need them), and a little highlight on its “unique contoured keycaps”. We’ll dive further into that later.
At the side of the box is where some more features are highlighted. The quick attach wrist rest and aluminium backplate is highlighted here, and a brief mention of GAMDIAS’s Hera software is also present.
And oh, you do get a free keycap puller too. Not sure why GAMDIAS calls it a switch puller though, as the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is not a change-it-yourself keyboard like the Gaming Freak MX RGB 9 that we took a look here together with Tech Critter, or the Tecware Phantom mechanical keyboard.
Opening up the box reveals the quick installation guide at the top, and the keyboard wrapped in a piece of foam bag, padded with more foam on both sides. the user manual is pretty alright, but I recommend you to consult the software instead.
Underneath the keyboard itself is where you’ll find the wrist rest.
For those who are paying attention, the first thing that you’ll realize is the difference in the color of the backplate. For some reason, the box shows a dark colored aluminium plate – something like a nickel-plated CPU cooler. However, some sharp eyes pointed out that the backplate on the keyboard itself is actually grey instead.
That aside, the keyboard itself is pretty lightweight compared to other mechanical keyboards in the market. The aluminium backplate has a lot of folds around the edges, so it’ll not scratch the user.
The GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB… I have to say that it’s pretty plain in terms design. It doesn’t have a case, and it has minimal amount of flair. There’s a little trough made by folding the aluminium backplate in a specific way, if that floats your boat. It’s chamfered, too.
At the back of the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is where things start to boggle my mind. Firstly, that’s where the keycap puller is found. As the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is a keyboard without a case, I really don’t see a point why you’ll need a keycap puller in the first place. Though, it’s tucked nicely at the back so you won’t lose it.
Secondly, the cable management. I understand that GAMDIAS is providing cable routes so that you can manage your cable – but the implementation by GAMDIAS is totally mind-boggling here.
Why is it that the cable trough is behind where the cable comes out? That means if I ever want the cable to come out from either the left or right side, I’ll have to make a sharp turn backwards into the center cable trough, then re-route it to either the left or right side? What the heck are you thinking?????
The wrist rest mechanism works – that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s certainly not the best way to mount the wrist rest, but it certainly locks it in place. Just be careful to slot it in but not twist it too hard or it’ll damage the plastic part on the wrist rest itself. Remember, metal always consumes plastic in a brute force battle.
In terms of features, I absolutely love what GAMDIAS has done to the Hermes P1 RGB. I love what GAMDIAS has done for the Zeus P1 RGB too. The Hera software is very powerful.
From the looks itself, I have to admit that I thought the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB was a tacky little knockoff mechanical keyboard brand, too. Upon further inspection and usage, I found out that the Hera software is one of the most versatile one that I’ve seen thus far!
And yes – the Hera software looks very tacky too.
There are a total of 7 menus to choose at the side. Each of these menu has its own special set of features embedded within. A few that caught my eye here is the key assignment part. At first, I was seriously frustrated when I found out that the left Windows key is actually hardcoded as Fn key. The Hera software has an option to change the functionality, so it’s a crisis averted.
The keys on the keyboard can be remapped to whatever you like, and there’s a total of 5 profiles that you can choose from. You can swap between profiles as you wish, and the on-board memory on the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is a big boon in this aspect.
If you want, the Hera software allows you to create your own macro too. From what I can tell, the macro engine on the Hera software is very powerful.
Another rather peculiar feature is the ability to set an audio cue to each and every button that you press on the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB. There’s even another menu on the Hera software that lets you customize the sound! I’m not sure why anyone would want that, though. You also have the ability to set a timer if you wish to do so.
The Hera software has yet another issue too – color accuracy. While selecting the color for the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB, I realized that the preset colors on the palette did not match what was showing on the keyboard itself. I selected orange color, and it came out golden instead. I had to select somewhere near the color of a papaya on Hera to get the orange color that I want.
Using the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB
When I first laid my hands on the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB, I’m not gonna lie – it didn’t feel as good as I have accustomed to more premium mechanical keyboards. The weight itself left an unimpressive first taste to me.
Then, I started using the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB as my main keyboard. I realized one thing for sure – the keycaps are nothing special when it comes to the contour, but they’re ABS doubleshot keycaps.
GAMDIAS didn’t hide the fact that they’re using TTC switches – and the one we have here is using the TTC Blue switches. For all I can say, the typing experience is okay. The switches themselves are alright – it’s lightweight and not as noisy when compared to Cherry MX Blue switches. However, the typing experience feels hollow due to the backplate and the keycaps when bottoming out.
Throughout my experience, I found out that the keycaps are very wobbly. I realized that the TTC switch’s stem is a little bit slimmer compared to Cherry’s. I swapped the keys for some aftermarket keycaps, and the wobbliness continued.
As for the stabilizers, the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB has a wire stabilizer but they’re not like Costar’s. Instead of having a wire sticking out on both sides, it has an adapter that latches onto the wire stabilizer that’s under the backplate itself. This cause the spacebar to be very unbalanced, actually. Definitely not the most pleasant spacebar I’ve used on a keyboard.
The functions on the keyboard itself is self-explanatory as they’re pad-printed on the keycaps. It covers all multimedia functions and has a few extras, too. You technically can do most of the macro recording without the Hera software, but I highly suggest you to use the Hera software instead. It has way more granular controls and easier to program, too.
Wrapping up the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB review
I have to say – I actually like the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB. The features on this board is just fantastic. The build quality is alright, nothing too extreme in this case. As for the switches, it’s very subjective. Some people actually like the TTC blue switches and prefer to use them daily.
The GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB comes with a few extras, too. The wrist rest is actually okay, but not my cup of tea and I prefer my Cooler Master wrist rest instead.
Though, the price of the GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB is at ~RM360 if you know where to hunt. Quite expensive for the hardware, actually. Though, if you really need a mechanical keyboard with the best features available, find any keyboards that is compatible with GAMDIAS’s Hera software. Seriously, the software took me by surprise.
- Hera is a great software
- Has a wrist rest
- Lots of functions built onto the keyboard itself
- Has on-board memory
- Ridiculous cable management route design
- Stabilizer on long keys could be better
- Backplate color does not match what is shown on the box
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