The Consumer Electronics Show gives us the newest, weirdest, shiniest tech every year. It isn't really gaming-focused but since gaming has a lot to do with tech, we get to preview a lot of cool gaming toys. Here's our list of the coolest stuff from this year.
So it's early 2018, you've got a GTX 980 Ti that you've been rocking for the better part of 2017, and you're wondering if it's still worth upgrading to the GTX 1080. Do you think maybe it'd be better it to upgrade to the GTX 1080 Ti instead? I think, like in most things of this nature, the answer is "it depends."
Let me tell you why I decided to upgrade to the GTX 1080, instead of the GTX 1080 Ti, and maybe it can inform you of the factors you should consider before plopping down the cash for that shiny, new card.
Not a lot of people know the brand Gamdias. When they think of gaming peripherals, the brands that immediately come to mind are Razer, Logitech, Corsair, or even HyperX with Gamdias just dancing around at the periphery of things. They aren't the most popular, but they make up for it in quality and value, and the odd simple innovation here and there.
And on a personal note, I tend to really enjoy buying high quality gear from not-so-famous brands because you end up getting more value for money, because you're paying for the product and not paying for the just the name. And that's pretty much what you get with the HERMES P1. It is the most affordable in Gamdias' premium line of keyboards - the HERMES series. Being being cheapest in the most expensive line doesn't mean it's bad.
Priced at $119.99, the Gamdias HERMES P1, powered by the Gamdias Hera software, is packed with a lot of interesting features for, as they put it on their website, dedicated gamers. And I will agree with this assessment. It has advanced features that casuals might not use but won't be obstructive in its use at all.
But is it any good? Let's get to the nitty gritty and find out.
I've been a long-time user of membrane keyboards, and I've never really made the switch to mechanical keyboards until very recently. And the main reason behind that was because I felt like the cost outweighed the benefits. Mechanical keyboards tend to cost a heck of a lot more than regular membrane keyboards, and a large reason for that was because there was one company who held the patent for mechanical keyboard switches - Cherry. And for a good while, they were the only ones allowed to produce mechanical switches, which keyboard manufacturers then had to purchase to produce their line of mechanical keyboards.
I wasn't unaware of the benefits of mechanical keyboards, like durability, switch choice flexibility, the tactile feel, and overall better handling for simultaneous key presses. But for the amount of money most mechanical keyboards went for, for the longest time, I just didn't feel like they were worth it. That is, until companies started coming out with their own mechanical keyboards that didn't use the proprietary switches from Cherry. Finally, reasonably priced mechanical keyboards had come to the market.
I went ahead and bought the Redragon KALA K557, a budget-friendly mechanical RGB keyboard, for a very, very reasonable Php 2,500 or about $50 from Lazada. And I absolutely love it.
It's finally happened, you guys! First, we had RGB keyboards and mice. Then the world got a little crazy and started putting RGB lights on headphones. And then, if that wasn't enough, even motherboards have RGB lights now. But GAMDIAS took a look at all of those and said "Hold my beer."
Introducing the GAMDIAS Achilles P1 and M1, RGB gaming chairs.