Gaming Combo Final Thoughts
Aside from the buggy 21-key rollover, I am happy with the Hermes E1 combo. The keyboard and mouse performs well enough to meet the standards of a new PC gamer. With the addition of the keyboard wrist rest, key cap puller, and the free NYX E1 mouse pad, this is a solid value for the money. A gamer can start using this product especially since it comes with a mouse pad. Most keyboard and mouse combos do not come with a mouse pad, so players have to provide themselves with one. If you do not mind the buggy 21-key rollover, the Hermes E1 combo makes a great entry level gaming combo for the money.
Hermes E1 Combo: Conclusion
Overall, the keyboard and mouse performs well enough to satisfy a new PC gamer, but there is an issue with its 21-key rollover. With some key combinations, I was unable to get three keys to register at the same time. This was rather disappointing especially for productivity purposes. The Demeter E2 has a decent body design, but it feels much heavier at the rear compared to the front. For simple games, the Hermes E1 Combo does perfectly fine and should serve a casual PC gamer well. It also makes a great mouse and keyboard for a secondary computer.
This mechanical gaming combo looks great with its simple design. The Hermes E1 looks nice with its silver aluminum frame and the Demeter E2 looks good with its pulsating lighting effect. There are not a lot of bells and whistles on this gaming combo, but the simple design makes a good complement to most desktop setups.
The Hermes E1 feels very durable with its aluminum frame and durable ABS construction, and the Demeter E2 feels solid with its thick plastic body. The Gamdias Blue mechanical switches on the Hermes E1 are rated for 50 million clicks, while the buttons on the Demeter E2 are rated for 1 million clicks. Comparing the Demeter E2 to the Erebos Lite in the Hermes Lite gaming combo from last year, the Erebos Lite has a significantly greater lifespan of 10 million clicks. I do not keep track of my mouse clicks as many people do not either, but I do own a few older mice that are still working even after 15 years.
When it comes to functionality, the combo serves its purpose well. The Hera software allows for customizability on the Hermes E1, but not with the Demeter E2. 21-key rollover is still buggy as certain three key combinations do not work. Not only does this affect gaming, but it does affect productivity where keyboard shortcuts are essential.
As of February 2017, the Gamdias Hermes E1 Combo sells online for $66.95 (Amazon | Newegg). Considering this combo comes with a full mechanical keyboard, key cap puller, and a free high quality mouse pad, it really is something to think about if you plan on purchasing a keyboard and mouse gaming combo. Cooler Master and Thermaltake do offer cheaper alternatives, but the Hermes E1 Combo offers more features and better build quality for a little bit more. Someone who is new to PC gaming or just wants a keyboard and mouse for a secondary gaming PC should really consider this gaming combo.
+ Great for a beginner
+ Simple yet elegant design
+ Affordable mechanical gaming combo
+ Free NYX E1 Mouse Pad and other accessories
– 21-key rollover can be improved
– No software support for Demeter E2