Usage & Final Thoughts
So I’ve been using the Hermes E4 as my main keyboard, mouse, and mouse mat for a little over a week now. First let’s talk about the keyboard. Out of everything in the kit I feel this is the best product. It is great to get a real mechanical keyboard in this price range. While we do not know a whole lot about the Huano switches they did feel pretty good and will definitely be an improvement over anyone using scissor or hybrid switches. The keyboard is quite comfortable to use and even though it does not offer any height adjustment you get used to the height pretty quickly. The chassis of the keyboard is quite solid as there is no flex at all. It was a bit of a bummer that we did not get per-key RGB backlighting though.
The mouse is an OK mouse, but is not anything to write home about really. For me it is just a bit too heavy and I did notice it does not glide all that great. In our testing the sensor was accurate and all of the buttons and scroll wheel were responsive. I did find the mouse shape to be comfortable too. The lighting on the mouse is actually quite good. It was a real bummer that there is no software for either the keyboard or mouse. This means not only can’t you configure the lighting but you also can’t reprogram anything. If you are a gamer this could be a deal breaker for you, although you can find 3rd party apps to do this for you.
Finally we come to the mouse mat. I am really glad they at least called it a mouse mat, rather than a desk mat. In their marketing photos Gamdias shows it as a desk mat where you can put both the keyboard and mouse on. Unless you have an insanely high DPI I don’t see how this is possible at all. I would honestly pay a little more for an actual desk mat. Either way it does its job, although it would have been nice if it was actually white, not grey, so it would match the keyboard and mouse.
At the end of the day it all really comes down to price. Gamdias has this gaming combo priced at $69.99, which I feel is a very fair price for what you are getting. If you are looking to get a keyboard (that is mechanical), mouse, and mouse mat on the cheap this could be the perfect combo for you. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Gamdias Hermes E4 3-in-1 Gaming Combo an 8 out of 10 score.
– Actual mechanical keyboard
– No flex in the keyboard
– Both keyboard and mouse are comfortable
– Detachable cable on the keyboard
– Lighting on both keyboard and mouse
– Mouse does not glide that great
– No software
– Mouse mat cannot really be used as a desk mat