Our first impression is that this mouse, while very stylish and unique in what this package offers, it is a bit on the small side. This will work out perfect for people with small hands or claw grip users with larger hands, but if you play with a relaxed grip, we found your palm drags on the table, and the buttons on the side are a bit far forward for easy access. Raising the heel of the mouse alleviates the palm drag, but unless your thumb is abnormally long, there is no solution for the button placement. The side grips work well, and as we explained earlier, they don't take any stresses, so the magnets never came loose in our testing.
On top of that there is a left hand set to allow G.SKILL to offer this as an ambidextrous mouse without having to dull down the design and feel. Functionally, we had no missed clicks, no wandering in the sensor, and while it did take a bit of getting used to, we found our productivity did not take a hit in editing images or any finer detailed work we did with it and is a pleasure to use gaming once set up properly.
We feel the feature set is on point with the Ripjaws MX780 as well. While we could not verify without destroying the test subject, twenty million clicks is a long time and the Omron switches chosen will give you lots of gaming in comfort. The laser sensor is pretty obvious by the DPI range, but as to if it is an Avago ADNS9800 at this time we do not know. We cannot fault G.SKILL in any of this, though. While we can pretty much take anything apart we are given, the measure of adding the plate to the bottom will keep those less mechanically inclined from screwing things up and raising RMA tickets.
We do want to touch on the software a bit too. While most of everything needed is easily accessible and controlled with a few clicks, needing to remember to save everything to the mouse all the time is a pain. We are used to software that run all the time like this does, but usually when you change settings in software, that alone will make it stick with the device. Then when it comes to the lighting, while we did read the online manual and had a go at it and succeeded in getting it set up how we liked it, the way it is all done is a bit counter intuitive. We also think the Macro menu could use a bit of work, but like most companies, they don't always get the software right the first time.
There are plenty of users out there with the grip style or a hand small enough to use the Ripjaws MX780 and enjoy this product, whether right or left handed. We see no real deal killers in its construction or functionality, and as long as you have some patience, you too can enjoy all the nuances that this mouse and the software will afford you. While that $91 price we saw at Amazon is likely closer to the MSRP, it is really good that you can find this Ripjaws MX780 for just $59.99 as it greatly changes perspective. With everything we saw, and how well the MX780 was able to get the job done whether gaming or in a productivity sense, this mouse really does offer up a lot for the cost, and it does look really cool next to the KM780 keyboard we are using next to it that you can read about real soon too.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: The Ripjaws MX780 may be small, but this mouse offers all the right components, its ambidextrous, and still has style. For less than $60, you get a gaming mouse packed with features, and software that is good enough to get by and really enjoy what G.SKILL is offering.
PRICING: You can find the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Laser Gaming Mouse for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Laser Gaming Mouse retails for $77 at Amazon.
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