Lighting & Programming
Instead of normal RGB lighting on the Hermes M5 we have what Gamdias calls “Ice Blue” lighting, which looks good and matches the colorway on the keycaps really well. When you plug the keyboard in by default it will be running the “wave” preset.
There is no software will this keyboard so you have to do all of the lighting customization on the keyboard itself. You can hold down the Fn key + F6-F11 to cycle through the different lighting effects. F11 is the static lighting effect and the one that I think looks best. You can press Fn + “-” or “+” on the keyboard to toggle the brightness level and there are four different brightness levels including turning the lights completely off.
You can also do per-key lighting by pressing Fn + F12. You’ll see the F1-F5 keys light up simply hold down one of these keys + the keys you want illuminated. Then press Fn + F12 to save it to that profile. Then all you have to do is pretty Fn + F1-F5 to enable that profile again.
Also some things to note the Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock keys won’t be illuminated unless they are in use. This is obviously to indicate to you that they are enabled or not. That is really the only customization you are going to get with this keyboard. You cannot reprogram the keyboard or create macros or anything like that.