Hermes Gaming Software
Taking a look at the Hera software, we can see it has a nice graphical user interface with plenty of options to go through. Like the Corsair Utility Engine and the Razer Synapse software, Hera can manage multiple gaming peripherals simultaneously. In the Key Assignment tab, we can assign different keyboard functions to any key. Six separate profiles allow us to store multiple key assignments and lighting effects within the keyboard. Unfortunately, the Hera software does not support the Demeter E2 mouse.
In the Macro Management tab, we can create, record, and delete macros if we want. The Hera software does allow importing and duplicating macro settings for your convenience. When recording macros on-the-fly using Fn with the F9 key, the LED’s on the keyboard will blink simultaneously to indicate it is in recording mode. Once you are finished recording, simply press Fn with F9 to stop recording and bind the recording to either the G1 or G2 (B or space bar) key.
You can adjust the brightness and pulse frequency under the Keyboard Luminance tab. Like most gaming keyboards, there can be one lighting effect for each of the six profiles included. Responsive lighting is available when the keyboard LED’s are turned off and the check box next to “Responsive Lighting OFF” is not checked. Pressing any key will illuminate the keyboard. There are a few brightness levels, such as low, medium, high, and a pulsating effect. You can also adjust how fast or slow you want the pulsing frequency to be.
Sound and Timer allows you to assign a certain sound to a key. A few pre-recorded sound effects are available to choose from, but you may record or import your own sounds as well. The timer function can delay a sound to remind you to do something later. This feature can also be useful when changing profiles or recording macros.
You can also record your own sounds and save them to the software. The sounds will only work when the Hera software is running.
The Timer Setting tab allows you to create and modify reminders. You can create timers by dialing in the amount of days, hours, minutes, and seconds. Choose an alarm from a list of five presets, and type in something to remind you what alarm it is once it comes on. For example, you can type in “Remove pizza from oven” so you do not accidentally burn your lunch while gaming. You can also choose a font size and the position of the text on the screen.
In the next section, we will take a look at how the Hermes E1 combo performs.