Gam­dias Her­mes P2 RGB

Deafened by the light

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We’ve been re­ally keen to check out our first ded­i­cated op­ti­cal switch key­board for quite a while now, and our first ex­pe­ri­ence has turned out to be quite the sur­prise. We don’t know about you, but when we think op­ti­cal, we think quiet. Light isn’t known for mak­ing too much noise. Imag­ine our sur­prise then when we dis­cover that the Her­mes P2 RGB is just about the loud­est, click­i­est key­board we’ve ever heard. The key­board fea­tures op­ti­cal switches, yes, but they are Blue op­ti­cal switches.

Noise aside, the Her­mes P2 RGB is an ex­cel­lent key­board. The keys have a nice re­sis­tance and tac­tile feed­back and feel ex­tremely quick un­der the fin­gers thanks to the rel­a­tively short ac­tu­a­tion dis­tance. The build qual­ity of the key­board is ex­cel­lent, with a big slab of alu­minium un­der the switches keep­ing ev­ery­thing nice and rigid, and another on the face of the key­board just be­cause. The RGB light­ing isn’t ex­actly best in class, be­ing a lit­tle on the dim side, but it does the job. AV and light­ing con­trols are slaved to Fn com­mands, but the Her­mes P2 does fea­ture a nice, solid feel­ing scroll bar for vol­ume that can be clicked for mute. In ad­di­tion to the usual N-Key rollover and antighost­ing that you find in vir­tu­ally ev­ery key­board nowa­days, the Her­mes P2 also al­lows users to hot-swap and re­place switches.

While we would have pre­ferred to test one of the other Cherry equiv­a­lent op­ti­cal switch colours – Red, Black or Brown – we still re­ally like the Her­mes P2. It’s fast, sat­is­fy­ing, well built and sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able. DANIEL WILKS

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