Testing N-Key Rollover and Lighting
The Hermes RGB mechanical keyboard felt very sturdy and the TTC Blue mechanical switches did not feel any different than Cherry MX blue switches. Its aluminum frame prevented the body of the keyboard from flexing making it very durable. As expected, each key registered perfectly except for the secondary Windows key and the scroll lock LED. The scroll lock LED did not exist as it was replaced with the Game Mode LED. With the Windows key disabled, the Game Mode LED would come on.
As for gaming performance, this keyboard performed perfectly fine thanks to the tactile feedback from the blue mechanical switches and the 1000 Hz polling rate. Although blue mechanical switches are not the best switches for gaming for some, I personally prefer them as they require a bit more force to actuate when compared to red and brown switches. These TTC Blue mechanical switches felt similar to their Cherry and Kailh alternatives making it difficult to notice any difference between them all.
Replicating a pure white color can be difficult for some RGB peripherals. When it came to color reproduction, the Hermes P1 RGB did fairly well. Although the lighting was not the brightest even at the brightest setting, the color reproduction between the reds, blues, greens, and whites were all spot on. Comparing it to its little brother, the Hermes RGB, its overall illumination was really bright along with its great color reproduction. I was hoping the Hermes P1 RGB would retain that lighting feature.
Putting this keyboard next to the Corsair K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE with Cherry MX Speed switches, the Hermes P1 RGB produced a more vivid color overall. The whites were much cooler (color temperature wise) as it stood out much better than the whites on the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE.
The light from the LED’s did illuminate the clear switch housing, but it was mainly dull at the bottom of the switch even at its brightest setting.
As expected, the light was brighter when looking at the keyboard from the top.
With the brightness set to high, the light did not illuminate the clear switch housing completely. The exposed LED’s were unable to spread the light throughout the housing area since the light went straight up to the key caps without bouncing off the plastic housing. This allowed a good amount of light to reach the key caps, but not enough to fully illuminate the housing.
Corsair keyboards come with a clear switch housing for their switches, but the LED’s are not exposed. This illuminates most of the housing, but it causes a less vibrant color as the light hits the key caps. With the LED’s exposed on the Hermes P1 RGB, they looked better overall when compared to the Corsair Strafe RGB and the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE. The LED’s may not be protected under a plastic cover like the ones from Corsair, so only time can tell how durable they really are.
My copy had some white streaks towards the bottom of the key caps. I was able to remove them with some water and rubbing alcohol, so not a big deal. In case you do have streaks like these on your copy, just take some time to clean them off.
The Hermes P1 RGB did have a cable routing channel on the bottom. This would be useful if the cable came out from underneath the keyboard. Since the cable came out from the back of the keyboard, the cable routing channel could not be used. But then again, not a big deal.
The lighting effects worked well for the most part. Transitioning between different colors was not the smoothest, but there were plenty of options to choose from. Because the Hera software did not support this keyboard at the time of this review, I was unable to fully test the lighting effects. However, I did experience a flaw with the ripple effect. I can press the Tab key and the num lock key at the same time. They both would produce a ripple, but once the two ripples came into contact, one of them canceled the other one out. This meant only one ripple could go across the keyboard when it should be multiple ripples.
We will end this review with my final thoughts and conclusion in the next section.