Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the Hermes M5 as my main keyboard for the past couple of weeks now. That means I used it for not only basic tasks like writing e-mails and reviews, but also gaming. First off placing the keyboard on my desk I love how it looked and I really wasn’t all that bothered that there was not RGB lighting. The colorway of the keycaps and the blue LED lighting works really well so not having RGB lighting is really a non-issue. The keyboard offers six different lighting effects plus the ability to program per-key lighting, but you have to do all of this on the keyboard itself. There is no software for the lighting or even reprograming the keyboard, creating macros etc so definitely keep that in mind.
My overall experience with the keyboard was good. I am a blue switch guy so I liked the feel and clicky nature of the mechanical blue switches that are in use of the Hermes M5. The keyboard was comfortable, but I did notice, especially when gaming that the keycaps were a bit wobbly. This would cause me to miss keys or hit the wrong keys. Even after using this keyboard for weeks I still will occasionally press the wrong key. Not a complete deal-breaker but can be annoying. Maybe the reason is the floating keycap design, I am not sure. Also while the overall typing experience was good, you can tell the switches are not Cherry MX switches. They feel different and overall the keyboard does not feel as solid as others.
The USB cable is affixed to the keyboard and it is pretty cheap. It would have been nice to have a removable cable so users could replace it if they wanted to nicer or custom coiled cable that would match the keyboard.
At the end of the day it is going to come down to price and this keyboard is only $49.99, which is pretty good for a full-sized mechanical keyboard. Again you aren’t going to get all the things you would get on a keyboard from say Corsair or Razer, but at this price-point the Hermes M5 is a really good deal. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Gamdias Hermes M5 an 8 out of 10 score.
– Unique colorway on keycaps
– Aluminum top plate
– No software
– No reprogramming or macro support
– keycaps seemed wobbly
– Cheap non-removable USB cable