Overall and Final Verdict
So at the end of the day where does the Gamdias Hermes RGB stand? Well I do think Gamdias is making big strides to be a big player in the peripherals market. Their work on their all in one software alone says that. The Hermes RGB hits the mark on the lighting and having a standard key layout to me is huge considering there is only one other RGB keyboard manufacture doing it right now. All of the other gaming focused keyboards go with the weird bottom rows. Keeping the layout clean without extra rows of macro keys that most people don’t use is a good call as well. They did slip in the two function layer macro keys in an easy to reach area as well and any key can be set to run macros using the software as well for people who do need that.
I wasn’t a fan at all of the shapes carved into the wrist rest, I know Gamdias was typing to add a little styling but I don’t think where you put your wrists at is a good place for that. I also ran into what I could consider major quality issues with multiple keys catching on other keys. All of the research I have done on places like Amazon where the Hermes RGB has been selling seems to show that this isn’t an issue across the board but I would highly recommend checking for these issues right away if you do pick up one.
For pricing the Hermes comes in well below RGB offerings from manufactures like Razer, Logitech, and SteelSeries. There are though other options that are running the same Kailh RGB keyswitches available for less. I think the software adds a little value but I feel like the Hermes RGB should be about $10 less than what it is at currently. So would I recommend the Hermes RGB? Well I don’t think it’s a bad keyboard, but with the quality issues I ran into I’m hesitant to put a full recommend badge on it. If we didn’t have the quality issues though, I would have. All of the pieces are there for a good product and I have a feeling we are going to be seeing a lot more of Gamdias as they continue to improve!
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