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G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 5:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: G.SKILL

Final Thoughts

 

Mechanically, the KM780 RGB is as solid as they come. There are no vibrations felt across the plate, and everything is bolted to the main section well, and nothing feels cheap. The brown switches are quiet and smooth, as not to wake anyone while you may game right next to them, and using built-in LEDs into clear housings put on the most brilliant lighting display we have ever seen in a keyboard. In our time with this product, we have no issues with its form or its functionality, and with a comfortable wrist rest and optional caps set, you can totally personalize this keyboard to fit your every last need and want in comfort.

 

 

The software is pretty straightforward except for two aspects. Most software will keep your settings, and this software makes you save any changes to the onboard memory of this mouse. That isn't a bad thing entirely, but we did forget a few times and had to go back and redo a lot of work. The second screwy thing is the way the lighting is set up. Without a lighting profile addressed first, you cannot do much of anything to change the LEDs. This is workable but very counter-intuitive. With that said, we still found controls for everything we needed, and even for some things we don't ever mess with. Also, on a similar note, testing 6-KRO and NKRO support, both work as intended, and anti-ghosting testing passed as well.

 

This is the first we have seen individual key LED programmability, others write something similar to the box, but this is the first actually to do as described. To be honest, we found the sweeping Wave, as it passed a rainbow of colors across the keys, to be what we used most, but we know there are tons of users waiting to get a go at a keyboard with the options this has. They offer you a solid product, they fill the box with all kinds of extra goodies, and as a whole, the G.SKILL KM780 RGB is the most feature rich offering we have ever tested, and with lesser boards that cost more, doing the math is pretty easy to see the massive value in this keyboard at $159.99. Yes, it is a bit rich for some, but you cannot get the same setup for less.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance97%
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features100%
Bundle and Packaging100%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating98%

The Bottom Line: The software may be a tad quirky, but what G.SKILL delivers in the Ripjaws KM780 RGB is almost amazing! Not only do you have full control of every aspect of lighting and functionality, but you get every accessory needed and a LED display that is bolder and brighter than anything we have ever seen.

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