GAMDIAS HERMES Keyboard Detailed Features
As many of you already know, there are several types of mechanical keys and everyone has a different opinion as to which type is best for gaming. The GAMDIAS HERMES has MX Cherry Blue keys, which are typically known for being the preferred mechanical key type for true typists. Blue mechanical keys have a distinct tactile bump feeling to them and they are probably the loudest mechanical keys out there. These two factors are a turn-off to a segment of gamers. In order to ensure that the HERMES is a well-rounded keyboard with wide appeal, GAMDIAS developed what is called the “GAMDIAS Element.” The GAMDIAS Element is a rubber insert that was designed to dampen the clacking of the blue keys while increasing the overall depression speed of each key.
According to GAMDIAS, the GAMDIAS Element increases typing speed by approximately 20%. I am a traditional-style typist (about 70 WPM) and have been at it for many years on many different keyboards starting with electric typewriters. I did not notice an increase in my typing speed due to the GAMDIAS Element. In fact, the GAMDIAS Element felt as if it cut off the keystoke, which initially made typing more difficult for me. I eventually adapted to the feel delivered by the GAMDIAS Element and like to type on the HERMES, but it is not my first choice when it comes to everyday typing.
Having said that, the GAMDIAS HERMES is a Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, so the GAMDIAS Element was designed to improve gaming performance. Does it dampen the click of the Cherry MX Blue keys? A little. Does it speed up key depression? Well, it does shorten the keystroke, so it is plausible to assume that it helps with speed. However, I do not know the testing methodology employed by GAMDIAS to determine keystroke speed, so I cannot confirm their findings. What I will say, if you are looking for a keyboard for both gaming AND for everyday use, this might not be your first choice. Most gamers do not prefer Cherry MX Blue keys and opt for something more along the lines of a Red, and typists prefer a straight-up Blue, which these are not anymore unless you take the Element out. Oh, that reminds me; GAMDIAS recommends that the Element be taken out and cleaned after about six months of use, yet no key puller was included, nor are there instructions for that procedure.
Let me add this; I am speaking as an individual that has used many mechanical keyboards. If you are coming over from a rubber-domed keyboard, it is possible that you will think the typing experience on the GAMDIAS HERMES is the best thing since sliced bread.
You will notice two USB gold-plated plugs at the end of the braided cord. Pointing out the obvious, one is to power the keyboard. The other is an extension for the USB 2.0 slot located on the keyboard. You will have an opportunity to see that later on in this section.
The USB plugs for the HERMES are large. In fact, they are almost too large to be placed in adjacent USB slots. The above image shows how the plugs are touching and even slightly leaning away from each other due to the contact.
As promised, I provided an image that shows the USB 2.0 slot located on the back of the keyboard near the area where the braided cord meets the device. You will also find jacks for a headset and microphone.
Gamers will be able to appreciate the value of this next feature. GAMDIAS integrated On-The-Fly macro recording into the HERMES. To engage recording, all you have to do is hit Fn & Ctrl. After depressing the key or keys for your macro, hit Fn & Ctrl again to stop recording. Finally, hit the macro key you want assigned to the macro you just recorded, and you’re all set.
The GUI, which is named the Hera, has many of the standard features we have come to expect from a GUI. You can assign the macro keys a task from predefined commands, record macros and assign those to the macro keys, adjust the back-lighting, and save commands to a number of different profiles. The Hera application supports other GAMDIAS devices, so you only need the Hera GUI. This linking of devices allows for the creation of macros that use keyboard/mouse combinations.
The Hera also comes with a number of other features that seem to be geared towards professional gamers, or they seem just downright gimmicky. Anyway, you have the ability to record and customize sound effects and voice messages that can be used on other GAMDIAS devices. These pre-recorded voice messages can be sent to teammates at will by the touch of a button. There’s the GAMDIAS Olympics feature, which allows you to assess your gaming abilities and compete with other GAMDIAS gamers. And then there’s the muscle memory section, which collects keystroke data and is apparently supposed to help you improve your keystroke speed and proficiency? I’m not sure; there’s really no documentation included, nor is there much online to explain any of these functions. In my opinion, the average, everyday gamer is not going to use these functions.