Testing & Results
Testing gaming peripherals is a subjective affair, since there is no way to really quantify this process. What I can tell you is that I have used the GAMDIAS HERMES Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for over two weeks for approximately seven hours per day on average, employing it for both typical daily use and for gaming. Keep in mind that the following results are based solely on my experience with the GAMDIAS HERMES.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
- System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
- Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
- Audio: ASUS XONAR DG Headphone Amp & PCI 5.1 Audio Card
- Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 TI
- Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
- PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27″) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24″)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
The GAMDIAS HERMES was used extensively for completing a number of different work-related tasks. The programs/software I used during this phase included Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel), Adobe CS5 (Dreamweaver, Photoshop), a variety of browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), and miscellaneous software, such as Skype. The number of macros available really come in handy. I use them mainly for opening programs, but they also come in quite handy other tasks as well, like going to the desktop. However, it really comes back to typing. I like typing on the HERMES, but these keys are not my first choice. While the GAMDIAS Element may dampen the MX Cherry Blue clacking noise, it shortens the keystroke substantially and there is definitely an adjustment period for people with prior mechanical keyboard experience.
On the other hand, putting the GAMDIAS HERMES through a number of different gaming trials offered a far more positive experience. The layout, especially the number and placement of macros, was extremely beneficial. The shorter keystrokes, offered by the GAMDIAS Element, seemed to work well for me while gaming. However, I did not notice a performance improvement, which you are led to believe by GAMDIAS and its statement that the GAMDIAS Element will improve keystroke speed by 20%. In fact, if you aren’t wearing headphones and not accustomed to MX Cherry Blue keys, you may not appreciate the clacking noise.