• Keyboard Switches: GAMDIAS Low Profile Mechanical Switches
  • Roll-over: N-Key
  • Size: 87-keys
  • Lighting: Per-key RGB
  • Dimensions: 354 x 128 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 540g
  • Pros:
  • Tactile keys
  • Low profile
  • Cons:
  • None

How Low Can You Go

We remember the days when mechanical keyboards were just starting to pop out, when nobody knew exactly what a mechanical keyboard was about. Gaming keyboards back then had large number of funky features like macro keys, dedicated media keys, or mini LED screens that display different amounts of information. But now mechanical keyboards are everywhere and they seem to be the de facto for keyboard when it comes to gaming.

When mechanical keyboards first came out there were only a few switches known to the masses and the most popular ones of all were Cherry’s MX switches. As the years passed, other switches based on the Cherry MX design have popped up, such as Gateron, Kailh, and Outemu to name a few. Of course, there are other switches, and that’s where GAMDIAS comes in with its GAMDIAS HERMES M3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

Low profile mechanical switches by Kailh and DareU

Low profile mechanical switches by Kailh and DareU

The Hermes uses its very own special GAMDIAS Low Profile Mechanical Switches. But taking a closer look at the switches, we notice that they’re Kaihl switches and most likely the same switches DAREU uses on some of their boards, as their logo was also found on the switch. It also comes with two Macro keys that are binded to the “B” and “Spacebar” keys, activated in combination with the Function key. N-Key Rollover is where the Hermes is at, meaning it has the ability to handle simultaneous keystrokes. This is more useful for gaming than typing, since you’ll need to press on more than two keys at a time, maybe even three max.

Thanks to N-Key Rollover, or NKRO, the keyboard can register every keystroke regardless of how many other keys are being pressed. Using a 32bit ARM Cortex processor, the keyboard can store six different profiles with up to 16 different settings to work with. We love this keyboard to bits, as it is not only compact and light, but also incredibly slim and perfect for carrying around. The low profile keys and switches are a breath of fresh air, as well as feeling incredibly tactile.

Key profiles so low you can't limbo

Key profiles so low you can’t limbo

Each key is also backlit with individual RGB LEDs, which can be controlled via the HERA software. It also supports quick swapping of profiles. Also, note that this keyboard sports an 87-key setup for those who don’t feel the need for the numpad.

CHIP CONCLUDE: There’s nothing better than finding a keyboard that feels just right to the touch. These low profile keys and switches are very different than the usual MX style switches.

(to be published in issue November 2018)