I’ve been using Gamdias gaming peripherals since the company’s inception in 2012, and their keyboards and mice still occupy both my work and gaming space. I’ve always complimented their aggressive pricing and superb build quality, but they’re taking things to a whole new level with their latest Mechanical Gaming Combo. For only $79.99, Gamdias now offers both their excellent Hermes Lite mechanical keyboard and the Erebos Lite optical gaming mouse. This may be one of the best gaming peripheral deals this holiday season, and makes an excellent choice for those seeking high-quality peripherals on a budget.
The Hermes Lite and the Erebos Lite are an excellent choice for the bundle as they both offer superb performance and exceptional build-quality. The Hermes Lite keyboard, as the name implies, is a lighter version of the larger, more feature-rich, Hermes model. The Hermes Lite can withstand heavy-handed usage without a hitch, despite lacking the heavy construction of its pricier predecessor. The slim body and slightly smaller keys make for less of an industrial build compared to the bulkier GKB2010, and while the Lite is still a mechanical keyboard, the keys are softer and typing is more akin to a membrane keyboard. This makes the Hermes Lite a great choice for those who like the responsiveness of mechanical keyboards but prefer the softness of membrane keys.
"The Hermes Lite and the Erebos Lite are an excellent choice for the bundle as they both offer superb performance and exceptional build-quality."
The Hermes Lite isn’t as diverse in its features as the GKB2010, but it offers plenty of extras for the average gamer. It may not be the go-to keyboard for competitive pros, but considering the hyper-quick responsiveness, it comes pretty damn close. There are two programmable macro keys, six customizable profiles and Play Micro via FN+G1/G2, which allows users to perform recorded macros by G1/G2 combinations.
As with all Gamdias products, the HERA software is used to make adjustments for both the keyboard and the mouse. The Lite’s most impressive feature is its key response. Typing on the GKB1000 is a breeze, and the strokes register at what seems like speed of light. In fact, the keyboard is so flawlessly responsive, it may take a while before typing feels second nature. But once you get the hang of it, every other keyboard feels sluggish.
The Erebos Lite mouse compliments the Hermes Lite beautifully. Aesthetically, it shares the same sleek, matte body that’s accented with Gamdias’ signature branding. The Erebos’ textured no-slip surface provides a superb grip when gaming for extended periods, and the expansive DPI settings (800/1200/1600/2000/3500 DPI) ensure unparalleled precision. The Erebos Lite features 128K on-board memory and six programmable buttons. It’s certainly not as diverse as the Zeus Laser GMS 1100, but for such a low price, you aren’t likely to find a better performing mouse.
"Both the keyboard and mouse perform exceptionally well, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re beautifully designed too."
Gaming with the the Erebos and Hermes Lite is fantastic. I’ve tested a dozen different titles across various genres, and I’m thoroughly impressed by the duo's precision performance. FPS titles in particular benefit from the devices’ responsiveness and comfort, and there are times when it’s easy to forget you’re gaming on budget peripherals. My only gripe, and this is a minor criticism, is the Hermes’ high sensitivity when typing. Personally, I’m used to hyper-responsive keys, but some gamers might have an issue when typing with this keyboard. If you’re heavy-handed, the Hermes Lite tends to register strokes multiple times and there is no way to lower the sensitivity settings via the software. Like I said, I don’t have a big issue with the keyboard’s responsiveness, but I can see how it could be a deal-breaker for some.
Gamdias’ Mechanical Gaming Combo is an excellent package. I can’t think of a better value in 2015, and this is when taking all the different sales from other manufacturers into consideration. The bundle isn’t geared towards competitive pros who are seeking countless features and modifications, but I’ve gotta be honest, it comes pretty close. Both the keyboard and mouse perform exceptionally well, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re beautifully designed too.