Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been just a bit more than a year now since we saw our last keyboard from G.Skill, but from what we can recall, we were very pleased with what we saw. The KM780 RGB we are so fond of was a gaming mechanical keyboard with all of the bells and whistles of its day. Indeed, the software could have used a bit of tweaking, but as far as functionality and usability, not many have come close with the full package that G.Skill showed us back then.
Since we were not huge fans of the software that used to be offered, we are glad that G.Skill took the simpler route this time with their latest submission. Rather than to make the user have to pause the game, mess around with the settings, and then return to gameplay, the idea here is to offer as many features as possible, without the need to bog the PC down with wares of any form. This does not mean you lose the important game oriented functionality; it just means that a section of the keyboard has to do double duty, and give the gamers what they want. This is also a departure from the RGB craze, and while we are fans of patterns of LED lighting streaming in rainbows across our peripherals, there is something to be said for going back to where it all began as well.
The mechanical gaming keyboard that G.Skill offered us to voice our opinion on is their RIPJAWS KM570 MX. This keyboard packs in things like multimedia keys, basic Windows functions, LED modes, LED intensity keys, and is even capable of Macros and NKRO without having to deal with software. While the RIPJAWS KM570 MX may initially be assumed to be lackluster compared to what is being offered today, plenty of users just want the basics, and would rather enjoy gaming than staring at their keyboard. The KM750 MX is just such a product, where everything you want is in there, without all the bloat that comes with many other mechanical keyboards on the market.
In the chart taken from the RIPJAWS KM570 MX product site, we get to see the majority of what comes with this design. We already know the name, we already know it is a mechanical keyboard, and it doesn't take long to figure out the MX in the name stands for the use of Cherry MX switches. While this keyboard is offered in four versions, speed, brown, and red switches, the version we have utilizes blue switches. All of the keys are backlit, but the lighting is only red in its color. The keyboard delivers anti-ghosting, NKRO over USB, and a gaming mode, which locks the Windows keys for you. There is also a bit of onboard memory, which holds all of the Macro settings you can program over one profile. We also find that there are media controls and dedicated volume keys, and we are shown at the bottom of this chart that the RIPJAWS KM570 MX comes with a two-year warranty.
G.Skill divulges the dimensions, where we find the RIPJAWS KM570 MX to be 446.5mm from side to side, 158.8mm from front to back, and it stands only 45.5mm at the highest point of the keycaps. The entire keyboard weighs in at 1.25kg, but nothing else is discussed about it. The RIPJAWS KM570 MX uses a two-piece plastic frame, and all of its surfaces are textured and black. The keycaps are cylindrical and are laser etched to allow the light to pass through them. This keyboard is also a 104-key design using the English QWERTY layout.
While we were looking at the RIPJAWS KM570 MX, we saw that G.Skill set the MSRP for this keyboard at just $99.99. However, currently, it appears that most locations are falling under the MSRP when it comes to obtaining it. As we look at Amazon, we see a list price of just $87 with free shipping to Prime members, and $13 off the MSRP is a great start. If you are looking to get the best price out there, Newegg seems to be where you want to go. As we type this review, we see a price of just $69.99, $30 off the MSRP, and even if you are not a Premier member, shipping added in here is still cheaper than through Amazon. From what we have seen from the RIPJAWS KM570 MX in the last week or so, we feel that if it can be had at just $69.99, there is a tremendous value to be had with this mechanical gaming keyboard.
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
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