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GAMDIAS HERMES GKB2010 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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GAMDIAS HERMES GKB2010 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By Greg Schepers

Manufacturer: GAMDIAS Technology Co., Ltd
Product Name: HERMES Mechanical Keyboard
Model Number: GKB2010
UPC: 848475000749
Price As Tested: $149 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by GAMDIAS.

Mechanical gaming keyboards continue to pour into the market, and it is blatantly obvious that this is more than merely a passing fad. More and more companies continue to throw their hats into the ring in order to capitalize on the popularity of this gaming peripheral. One of the latest entries is the GAMDIAS HERMES GBK2010 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. I know what you’re thinking… “who?” GAMDIAS was recently established (2012) and has a singular focus, which is to “redefine the Electronic Sports (eSports) landscape for gamers worldwide.”

With a goal to become one of the top three gaming peripheral manufacturers globally, GAMDIAS is committed to not only developing high-quality gaming gear with innovative features, but also to providing products that appeal to all levels of gamers. This particular device, the HERMES, which Benchmark Reviews will put under the microscope today, certainly appears to be on par with that statement. It has many of the features that we expect in a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard, such as Cherry MX switches, individually back-lit keys, anti-ghosting with N-key rollover, and so forth. However, GAMDIAS snuck in a few innovative features as well. The real question is, are people going to pull the trigger on a $149 price tag for a keyboard from a newly-established brand?

Gamdias Hermes Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The GAMDIAS HERMES has been adorned with an eye-popping number of features and specifications as you can see below. What I’m sure we all want to know is how well all of these features performed during several days of extensive use, which included both typical daily tasks and plenty of gaming duty. I encourage you to read on in order to find out.

Features

  • GAMDIAS Element increases clicking speed by 20% and reduces keyboard clanking noise
  • Fully Cherry MX mechanical switches with 50 million click life cycle
  • 32-bits ARM Cortex premium micro-processor offers superior computing performance
  • 512KB onboard memory for key and profile assignments
  • 13 additional macro keys
  • Anti-ghosting with full N-key roll over
  • On-the-fly macro recording
  • Ergonomically designed wrist rest magnetically attches with keyboard for gaming comfort
  • Wrist rest doubles as a protective cover when keyboard is not in use
  • Windows key lock during Gaming mode
  • Built-in USB port pass through earphone and microphone jacks for quick peripheral access
  • Military grade braided cable with Gold-plated USB connector
  • Fitted for right and left handed gamers.

Specifications

Cable Length 2.2M
Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Onboard Memory 512KB
Dimension(LxWxH) 474.85 x 310.83 x 39 mm(w/ Wrist Rest)
Switch Lifecycle 50 Million
Graphical UI Yes (GAMDIAS HERA)
Key Switch Cherry MX mechanical switches
Additional Macro Keys 13
Multimedia Keys 6
Backlit All Keys with 6 Levels Brightness
N-Key Rollover Yes, N-Key / 6-Key Option
OTF Macro Record Yes (with HERA)
Windows Key Disable Yes (Game Mode)
All-Keys Lock Yes
Onboard Audio Jacks Audio-Out / Mic-In Jacks
Onboard USB Port One USB Pass-through Port
Interface USB


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