Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
While you could consider us a bit more than fairly impressed with what we saw in the Ripjaws MX780, it has us eager to check out it matched compatriot in arms. With what we have picked up on in news blasts and various videos that G.SKILL has produced already, this is a mechanical keyboard that everyone will stop and take notice of. It may be too pricey for a lot of users to afford it, but no matter where you fall, this keyboard is built to impress and does just that.
Just like with the mouse, you can tell the G.SKILL looked around at what was being offered and looked to see how they could one up just about every aspect of most other backlit mechanical solutions. While a lot of features are more run of the mill in today's keyboards, this device packs in a ton of options, switches, buttons, and LEDs that just won't quit. If that isn't enough to keep you interested in continuing, feeling a bit like Ron Popeil here, but wait, there's more. How about G.SKILL throws in a textured wrist rest, a key puller, red angled FPS and MOBA key caps, and what if we told you the caps and puller come in a handy little box that clips onto the back of the keyboard, so they never get lost. Do we maybe have your attention now?
What you are about to see in the Ripjaws KM780 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is beyond anything we have seen or used yet. The Lobera Spectrum comes close, but this keyboard takes things a huge step forward offering per-key LED controls. So along with all the basic options in coloration and a few modes of active LEDs, if you want to take the time, you can make every key on the layout a different color. There are still some tricks we are holding back until we see them, and while this keyboard is demanding a premium price, we can see why and understand that this sort of offering is not going to come cheap.
Something you should know before we go too far. The Ripjaws KM780 comes in four flavors. There is the standard version that is offered with what appears to be red LEDs, and you have the choice of Cherry MX red or brown switches. Then there are also two more with the RGB tag that are also available in the same switch choices. We were sent the KM780 RGB, and it is the one with Cherry MX brown switches in it. It offers backlighting of course, anti-ghosting, has a switch for NKRO or 6-KRO support, and offers a Gaming Mode or a Windows Lockout mode. The KM780 offers three modes or profiles and has six Macro keys per profile. It offers dedicated multimedia controls, USB 2.0 and audio pass-through in the back, and comes with a cable holder and detachable wrist rest.
The KM780 measures in at 518mm in width, 172mm of depth, and without the feet extended, it stands 48mm tall. All told it weighs in at 1.54 kg and is covered by a two-year warranty. What is not explained are things like the exposed brushed aluminum top plate, that this isn't the typical frame as it has a metal bar that runs around the edge, nor do they make mention of the fact that the Cherry MX switches are housed in a clear frame, and the LEDs are in the body of the switch. This makes for an amazing light display from the KM780 RGB.
As we always do we hunt the manufacturers site for all the information, we can gather on a product. It was there when selecting the type of keyboard we have versus the other three, that we noticed G.SKILL says they are $189.99 as you click the specific model. That, however, is not the end of it. While currently there is a listing at Amazon for this keyboard with browns in it, it states there is no current availability without any suggestion to a price. If you look at Newegg, however, things get brighter in both cost and availability. There we found there are currently in stock, and they only want $159.99 for the Ripjaws KM780 RGB, and that thirty dollars savings off the MSRP is greatly accepted and just amps the cost effectiveness of everything you get in this design.
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