The G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard and MX780 mouse are a perfect pairing of function and style with plenty of customization options.
Serious PC gamers know that while skill is a necessary component to playing games well, having good hardware can make all the difference in a player’s performance. As a result, high-caliber keyboards and mice designed specifically for gaming are often favored by competitive players. Though typically known for their PC memory and components, G. Skill has now introduced a keyboard and mouse created with gamers in mind.
G. Skill’s new line of mechanical gaming keyboards and high-precision laser gaming mice capitalizes on gamers’ desires for responsive, accurate equipment and striking visual flare. The G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard and MX780 laser mouse have a lot of established competitors, but this equipment manages to stand on its own and deliver.
Long before gamers actually fire up a game to test out the equipment, the RIPJAWS KM780 RGB keyboard and MX780 mouse look sharp and modern. The two feature angular, stylized shapes, and the black anodized aluminum finish provides a sleek exterior appearance before the units are even turned on. Once powered up, they both deliver a dazzling array of colors and visual possibilities. G. Skill’s software allows for complete customization of the lighting and colors displayed on the keyboard and mouse, allowing the user to set every single LED to their color of choice. The two also offer a wide variety of pulsing color options, and users can save multiple lighting profiles to easily switch things up.
The G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 keyboard and MX780 mouse also feature easy macro buttons. The keyboard’s macros can be recorded without even opening the included software, which makes it extremely convenient to get set up quickly. However, users can also access the software to further fine-tune the created macros, so macro beginners and experts should both find that their needs are met. The keyboard and mouse also have built-in memory to store their lighting and macro programming, so players can bring their hardware with them and still have access to all of their macros and lighting profiles.
In terms of technical quality, the G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 keyboard and MX780 mouse both work spectacularly. The keyboard utilizes Cherry MX red mechanical keys with a short actuation distance of 2mm, full N-key rollover, 100% anti-ghosting, and a promised 50 million keystrokes. For comparison’s sake, the expected life-span of the RIPJAWS KM780 keyboard is on-par with the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire keyboard, and it’s vastly superior to the expected life-span of a typical membrane keyboard.
KM780 Keyboard Specs
- Series KM780 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- Keyboard Type Mechanical
- Keyswitch Cherry MX RGB Red
- Backlighting RGB
- Anti-Ghosting Yes
- Full n-Key Rollover Yes
- Gaming Mode Option Yes
- On-board Profile 3
- Additional Macro Keys 6
- Dedicated Media Control Panel Yes
- Line-Out and Mic-In Yes
- USB Passthrough Yes
- Mouse Cable Holder Yes
- Detachable Palm Rest Yes
- Dimensions 518 x 172 x 48 mm
- Dimensions w/ Palm Rest 518 x 228 x 48 mm
- Weight 1.36 kg
- Weight w/ Palm Rest 1.54 kg
- Warranty 2-Year Limited Warranty
MX780 Mouse Specs
- Series Gaming Mice
- Sensor Type Avago Laser Sensor
- Micro Switch Omron
- DPI 100-8200
- Polling Rate 125Hz/250Hz/500Hz/1000Hz
- Mouse Backlighting 4-Zone RGB
- On-Board Profile 5
- Programmable Keys 8
- On-Board Memory 512KB
- Braided USB Cable 1.8m
- Mouse Adapter USB
- Mouse Feet PTFE Glide Pads
- Weight System 4.5g Weights (x2)
- Weight (mouse only) 111g
- Weight (w/ weights) 120g
- Dimensions 130mm x 70mm x 38mm (5.12in x 2.76in x 1.50in)
- Dimensions (w/ large side grips) 130mm x 93mm x 38mm (5.12in x 3.66in x 1.50in)
- Warranty 2-Year Limited Warranty
The G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 keyboard’s customization isn’t limited to its lighting and colors. G. Skill includes an extra set of keycaps for gamers to choose from, which encompass more than the typical WASD; they include the QWER, ASDFG, and C keys. These extra keys can be swapped out, providing a more contoured feel as well as standing out visually.
The RIPJAWS MX780 mouse is no slouch when it comes to customization, either. In addition to its eight programmable buttons, the G. Skill mouse comes with swappable side guards so left-handed or right-handed users can use the mouse comfortably. It also includes two 4.5g weights to create the perfect level of tension, which made sniping in The Division feel much more natural than when simply tweaking the mouse sensitivity. The mouse’s palm rest can also have its height adjusted with an included tool.
We put the G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 RGB keyboard and MX780 mouse through the paces, playing a wide variety of games ranging from Overwatch to The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, and they did not disappoint. The KM780 keyboard is extremely responsive, taking far less stress and effort to press keys than a traditional inexpensive keyboard. High-paced, typing-centric games like Magicka 2 were even more fun to play, as there were no accidental typos due to hardware malfunction, and it was easier to maintain endurance for longer since the keys didn’t require as much effort to make them register. The MX780 mouse performed extremely accurately whether it was used on a mousepad or on a flat desk surface.
Gamers who pick up this set may initially find that they may need to make multiple tweaks to the mouse’s palm rest, as well as choosing whether or not to use the gamer keycaps, but once the right tweaks are made, they’re a dream to play with.
In short, the G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 RGB keyboard and MX780 mouse are a pair of great competitors on the already-burgeoning market of PC gaming peripherals. Gamers who are looking for hardware that offers sharp, accurate input and customization as well as some serious flash and style should consider picking up this set.
The G. Skill RIPJAWS KM780 RGB keyboard and MX780 mouse are now available with an MSRP of $169.99 and $69.99, respectively.