Mechanical Gaming Combo: Overview
The Gamdias Hermes E1 gaming combo currently sells online for $66.95 (Amazon | Newegg). It comes in a larger sized box with an illustration of the products. Product features and specifications are listed around the box as well.
Inside the box, we are greeted with the quick installation guide along with the mouse nicely packaged towards the side. The keyboard is packaged in a foam protective bag with extra foam at the sides.
There are a lot of accessories inside the box. We have the multilingual quick installation guide, a key cap puller, a wrist rest, the Hermes E1 mechanical keyboard, the Demeter E2 optical mouse, and the NYX E1 mouse pad.
The layout of the Hermes E1 looks similar to the Hermes P1 we reviewed late last year. This keyboard maintains a simple and standard layout with no dedicated macro or media control keys. There are dedicated LED lights for the num and caps lock keys, but the third LED is the Windows key lock indicator. The mechanical switches rests on top of the durable aluminum frame. This allows the light to spread on top of the keyboard surface.
The keyboard stands on five rubber coated feet to ensure a firm grip on a smooth surface. There is also a storage slot for the key cap puller. This can prevent the possibility of misplacing the puller and allows easy access to it when needed.
Let’s take a look at the Demeter E2 optical gaming mouse. It has an ambidextrous body design along with two side buttons. Above the scroll wheel, there is a DPI cycle button for changing DPI sensitivity. The mouse also has a braided cable, which is a plus especially for an entry level product.
Gamdias also threw in a free NYX E1 mouse pad in this gaming combo. It is a cloth pad with a rubberized base. The NYX E1 may not be the largest mouse pad only at 240(l) x 180(w), but for a person who is new to PC gaming, this is an excellent bonus. With this mouse pad, it really completes the combo as many mouse and keyboard combos from other manufacturers do not come with a mouse pad.
Both the Hermes E1 and Demeter E2 have a standard USB 2.0 connector. The connectors do have some curvature on the rubber part in order to make it easier to remove from a USB port.
In the next section, we will take a closer look at the Hermes E1 keyboard.