The Hermes series is Gamdias’ most prestigious keyboard lineup. With each new reiteration, the engineers refine core elements to improve functionality and comfort while maintaining Gamdias’ aggressive pricing. Shortly after releasing the excellent Hermes 7-Color keyboard, Gamdias is already introducing their latest Hermes permutation: the Hermes RGB. This is their latest top-of-the-line gaming keyboard designed with both professionals and casuals in mind. Retailing at $130, the Hermes RGB is pricier than its predecessors, but it also brings the most features and the best performance than any other Gamdias keyboard to date.
The Hermes RGB carries the same signature design we’ve seen in previous Hermes keyboards. Its body is enveloped by sleek lines that accentuate Gamdias’ unique aesthetic. The Zeus logo, which is no longer lit, sits elegantly in the bottom center and is covered by a soft golden color that remind us of Gamdias’ heavy-metal heritage. A matte, dust-repellent surface covers the entire body in order to keep the keyboard looking new with everyday usage.
"Retailing at $130, the Hermes RGB is pricier than its predecessors, but it also brings the most features and the best performance than any other Gamdias keyboard to date."
It’s a looker, for sure, although it would have been nice to see Gamdias take more creative risks after using the same design across so many models. The Hermes 7-Color hinted at a new direction, but the RGB appears identical to its LITE counterpart, which is significantly cheaper. Gamdias has trimmed a lot of fat from its keyboard designs over the years, but most elements that have been removed are (I assume) to save money, not necessarily to make the body better. This may not be an issue if you’re new to Gamdias’ products, but if you’re a longtime fan, a little more panache is expected when investing 130 bucks in a high-end product.
Where the Hermes RGB shines above the rest is in its features and performance. It’s an excellent keyboard for professional gamers who seek expansive customization options and precision, and it’s equally impressive for those just looking for a reliable tool for everyday work. The Gamdias certified Blue Switches provide satisfying feedback when typing, and they’re hyper-responsive when playing competitive twitch titles. The over-sensitivity that plagued the LITE model is no longer an issue, and there’s just enough resistance to give each keystroke a pleasant click when typing. I also appreciate the key sturdiness. When removing them individually for cleaning, they’re easy to snap off and place back into place without denting or chipping.
"It’s an excellent keyboard for professional gamers who seek expansive customization options and precision, and it’s equally impressive for those just looking for a reliable tool for everyday work."
Precision and responsiveness are further amplified by Anti Ghosting N-key rollover. This feature ensures the keyboard hardware scans each key independently for maximum detection accuracy. So even when multiple keys are pressed at the same time, the hardware recognizes individual keys as they’re pressed. This is particularly useful during frantic gaming as it’s very easy to press multiple keys by mistake under pressure.
Further keyboard highlights include: 50 Million Keystroke Lifecycle, 6 Game Profile Sets, 1000 Hz Polling Rate, Play Micro via FN+G1/G2, 32bit ARM Cortex M3 Microprocessor and 8 Million Colors and Customizable Lighting Effects. Combined with Gamdias’ Hera software, gamers are offered an absurd amount of customizable features for both performance and aesthetics. As the name suggests, color customization is this model’s most flexible feature. Thanks to the many color profile settings and lighting options, it’s possible to make your keyboard light up like fireworks. It’s fun to color coordinate sections on the keyboard based on the most used commands, which can be a great visual aid during gaming.
"As it stands, the Hermes RGB has enough muscle to stand on its own, and has little competition at this price range."
If you’re curious about Gamdias peripherals and you’re in the market for a new keyboard, the Hermes RGB is Gamdias’ undisputed champ. While I would love to see more separation in body design between the lower and higher end models, from a performance/features perspective, the Hermes RGB delivers thoroughly. It’ll be interesting to see where Gamdias takes their Hermes line from here. As it stands, the Hermes RGB has enough muscle to stand on its own, and has little competition at this price range.
Review by: Tin Salamunic