In only three years, Gamdias has established themselves as one of the best gaming peripheral manufacturers on the market. While their product line is still relatively small, they emphasize quality. The Gamdias Hermes GKB2010 mechanical keyboard is one of the finest I have ever tested. For a new company to deliver such quality in performance and design is rare, but Gamdias means business. A great keyboard can’t stand on its own without a solid mouse, and fortunately, the Zeus Laser GMS 1100 compliments the Hermes wonderfully. Its sleek design, sturdy build and comfort are exceptional, making Zeus a fantastic addition to Gamdias’ lineup.
First impressions matter. Product packaging reflects a company’s pride in their work, and also serves as an introduction between consumer and producer. Gamdias may be lesser known compared to industry veterans like Razer or SteelSeries, but their beautifully presented packaging leaves a lasting impression. The Zeus Laser GMS 1100 comes in a sturdy case that reveals a clear plastic display once the top is removed. Resting on a red, plush surface, the mouse is portrayed as a small work of art. Gamdias knows how to wow their audience.
"A great keyboard can’t stand on its own without a solid mouse, and fortunately, the Zeus Laser GMS 1100 compliments the Hermes wonderfully."
Fancy packaging aside, the Zeus is a remarkable mouse, offering a stupendous amount of customization options. Not only can the various functions be tweaked via the Hera software, but the Zeus has movable panels that can be adjusted for further comfort. The side panels can be contracted and expanded via three scrolls located on the bottom of the mouse. This allows users to find the precise fit for their hand in seconds.
The Zeus Laser GMS 1100 is equipped with numerous programmable keys. Their default settings allow quick access to volume control, profile switching and DPI settings. Even though eight additional buttons envelop the mouse, they don’t interfere with the basic left/right buttons and scroll wheel. The Zeus’ most interesting feature are the added mini weight plates. The bottom back of the mouse contains five 4.5g removable weights. This is a great option for heavy-handed gamers, although I personally find the Zeus more comfortable with all weights removed.
"The customization goes beyond basic functionality. Gamers can set certain sounds to play when switching profiles."
The Hera software is the heart and soul of all Gamdias products. Aside from certain headsets, all products can be accessed and tweaked via Hera. Users can assign various key functions, set mouse luminance levels, test muscle memory, manage macros and fine tune mouse control settings. The default settings feel smooth right out of the box, but the sensitivity seems a little too high. Moving the cursor speed only one notch down makes the movement less jumpy without sacrificing precision. Also, raising the polling rate to 1000 hz offers more precision when playing fast-paced games. Changing DPI setting impacts performance significantly, but Gamdias already did a good job of balancing the overall levels. The customization goes beyond basic functionality. Gamers can set certain sounds to play when switching profiles. Timer settings can be activated via a single button click, and there’s a muscle memory panel that monitors your performance, which I’m guessing only benefits competitive gamers. Overall, Hera is a fantastic piece of software, even if it overwhelms at first.
"Gamdias delivers yet another superb gaming peripheral that’s tough to beat and easy to recommend."
I’ve tested dozens of titles for more than a week. The games included various MMOs and strategy games, but the primary emphasis was on first person shooters, as they’re best for measuring accuracy and overall mouse smoothness. Regardless of the title, the Zeus performs wonderfully. Quick camera swings are buttery smooth, and the buttons are highly responsive with a very satisfying clickiness to them. The Straight Path Correction setting is particularly useful when playing FPS titles. Basically, it smooths cursor movement by predicting the mouse path. This makes head tracking with sniper rifles in titles like Call of Duty or Battlefield extremely easy. Lift-off Distance is another useful setting for those playing fast-paced action games. A low setting stops mouse tracking sooner if it’s lifted off the mat and vice versa.
Gamdias delivers yet another superb gaming peripheral that’s tough to beat and easy to recommend. The Zeus Laser GMS 1100 currently retails at around $115 on Amazon. This is a pretty modest asking price for a high-end gaming mouse, especially considering the wealth of customization options. The Zeus performs wonderfully, and its sleek design turns heads.
Review by: Tin Salamunic