Closer Look: GAMDIAS HERMES Mechanical Keyboard
In this section, we will look at the GAMDIAS HERMES Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from different angles to find out how well it is constructed and to see how good it looks. Considering that the “GAM” in GAMDIAS stands for “Gaming Art in Motion,” it is logical to assume that aesthetics are relatively important to this organization. By the way, the “DIAS” in the name represents the Greek god, Zeus. In other words, GAMDIAS wants to eventually be known as a gaming god. Anyway, let’s move on….
What is in the box is, obviously, what we try to place emphasis upon when conducting our reviews, so there won’t be an unboxing segment. However, for those interested in the marketing side of the gaming peripheral industry, I will share with you an image of the box (above).
The contents of the box are pretty typical; keyboard and manual. GAMDIAS throws in some stickers adorned with the company logo.
The GAMDIAS HERMES has a nice layout and provides its users with plenty of macro keys. The five macro keys located down the left-side of the keyboard are not uncommon to a gaming keyboard layout, so it should be a comfortable transition to this device for many gamers. The six keys that are located along the bottom of the keyboard are not as common. Having not used this type of configuration before, I initially thought these macro keys might present an obstruction when typing. I was wrong. In fact, the three lined up below the space bar can come in handy when conducting daily tasks, since they are easily manipulated by either thumb. Two additional macro keys can be found adjacent to the arrow keys, which is a really good use of those spaces since they are typically left vacant on keyboard designs.
Okay, so it’s time to address the elephant in the room; the gigantic wrist rest, or should I say wrist/forearm, and for a few folks, /elbow rest. Now, why would GAMDIAS equip the HERMES with a wrist rest the size of a pirate ship plank?
BAM! Because it makes a great dust cover! The wrist rest is magnetically attached to the keyboard, so it is easily removed from the bottom of the keyboard, flipped 180 degrees, and fits nicely on top. The double-duty wrist rest, when performing its primary function, is actually quite comfortable to use. However, its primary function for many users might be to act as a dust cover only. Wrist rest attached, the keyboard measures 18.69″ x 12.24″ x 1.54″. For those of us using desk mats, such as the Razer Goliathus, it will likely overlap the mat a bit (hint, hint… maybe GAMDIAS can create a mat that works for HERMES users). For others, it may simply not fit the desktop’s configuration.
The logo is etched, repeats, and covers the entire span of the reverse side. The image above does not include the wrist rest. Many keyboards have some type of hinging area on the reverse side of the keyboard to accommodate a wrist rest, but since the HERMES wrist rest is magnetic, there is no need for that additional piece of engineering. The feet, which prop up the keyboard, can also be found on the bottom.