Seven modes of lighting top play with is usually enough to cover the desires of even the neediest of users, but we also have to consider that there is a black profile to set LEDs per key, the way you need them to be lit for your favorite game title. The feel of the blue switches is far superior in typing and gaming to softer linear choices, in our opinion, and we ran into nothing that a bit of time and research could not overcome. Our time with the Ripjaws KM570 MX was a learning experience, but once we had all of the features sorted out, the time has been nothing but pleasurable under our hands.
A couple of things you may want to know is that the keyboard ships with older firmware which does cause some issues when it comes to Macro programming. To counter this, jump onto the G.Skill product page, click on downloads, and grab the latest firmware. One may also want to check the readme file too, as it was there that we found out that when your programming goes bad, and it may happen, holding the left Control key the left Alt key and the right Control key all at once for five seconds will reset this keyboard to its defaults.
Although the majority of the trip has gone well, we do need to address the feet. We tend to use the feet at the back of mechanical keyboards, and with no rubber on the tips of them, we did have this KM570 MX moving a bit during a round. The travel is not that for, but we know most gamers do not like to chase their peripherals across the desk.
With just one minor flaw, we feel that G.Skill ticks all of the boxes. There are keyboards with more features and fancier lighting systems, but you need to ask yourself if those are important enough to shell out an additional $100 to get them. Consider at this point that we can grab this KM570 MX for just $69.99, there is no software to confuse you, and this keyboard is very capable of tackling your gaming needs, the value of such a product just keeps climbing. This may not be the perfect solution for every gamer out there, but it fit the bill for us, and is a gentle way into the gaming mechanical keyboards without having to break the bank to obtain it.
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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The Bottom Line: Even with a tiny issue and it lacking many of the latest and greatest features, the Ripjaws KM570 MX comes highly recommended! This gaming mechanical keyboard offers plenty to get by with, the LEDs may be limited to one color, but the cost makes up for anything it may lack.
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