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G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 RGB Mouse Review

G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 RGB Mouse Review

G.Skill are known predominantly for their RAM offerings, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can produce when it comes to gaming peripherals as I have my hands on the RIPJAWS MX780 mouse. Reminiscent of Mad Catz’ RAT mice range, the MX780 definitely has style – the question is, does it have substance as well?


The G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 Mouse – In Review

4791oAs stated, it feels a lot like a RAT mouse by Mad Catz and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re looking for a mouse that stands out in terms of design. With a smooth plastic finish across the mouse, rubber side-grips, and a solid brushed-metal bottom, it’s definitely a looker. Add to that the 4-zone RGB lighting featured across the sides, mouse wheel, middle and rear logo, and you have a good-looking peripheral.

Turning the mouse over reveals the brushed-metal bottom, where the 8200 DPI laser sensor is housed. You’ll also find the height adjustment slot behind the sensor (tool comes included with the mouse), allowing users to change the palm rest height to suit their chosen grip style. The sides show off great RGB lighting areas, with some RIPJAWS logos, and the thumb/pinkie rests. The mouse is ambidextrous, with the ability to remove the magnetic rests and replace them for left-handed variants that come with the mouse. Below these rests sits a hole on either side, where you can add 4.5g weights, depending on your preference for a lighter or heavier mouse. The 1.8m cable is braided, something I often look for in a good mouse, as it reduces tangling and also means your mouse is likely to last that much longer.

The RX780 comes with 8 programmable buttons, and these cover the mouse, with 2 on either side, the left and right click, the DPI button, and the middle-mouse click in the scroll wheel. The 3496oscroll wheel is made of a smooth rubber with a slight groove in the middle, which I found made for quite an unpleasant scrolling experience, as there was little grip and the strange groove in the middle made scrolling uncomfortable.

Speaking numbers, the 780 has an 8200 DPI sensor, polling rate options up to 1000Hz, 30g acceleration, 20 million click durability, and on-board memory for up to 5 profiles.


What Comes In The Box?

The RIPJAWS MX780 comes delivered in a high-quality outer sleeve, with plenty of information and bullet points on what the mouse offers in terms of functionality and design. The front opens to a panel where you’re able to find even more information, as well as get a look at the mouse itself. Removing the outer sleeve reveals a plastic and quite cheap-feeling inner packaging, housing the mouse and other items:

  • G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 Mouse
  • Quick-Start Guide and Warranty information (In multiple languages)
  • 2 4.5g Weights
  • Left-handed rest replacements
  • Height-adjustment tool


The Numbers:3499o

Sensor: Avago Laser Sensor
Materials: Smooth Plastic, Rubber grips, brushed-metal bottom
DPI: 100-8200
Acceleration: 30g
Polling Rate: 1ms (up to 1000Hz)
Number of Buttons: 8
Weight: 111g
Cable Length: 1.8m (braided)
Lighting: LED (16.8 million colours)
Price: $69.99/£57.00  RRP


G.Skill Unified Driver System – The Software

ad2caf53db3e8f61e5c0a5ce9b189985Hopping onto G.Skill’s website, it was a quick and easy process to download the software. Much like other peripheral providers, the software is designed for functionality and lacks a refined finish. I’d argue that G.Skill’s software offering is one of the least attractive and rudimentary software offerings I’ve experienced.

The first thing to notice about the software is the small and hard-to-use buttons. I struggled somewhat to click several, as many of the options offer a small hard-to-press box, and even when pressed took a second or two to register I’d clicked them. This made for a mildly frustrating experience, as I was never quite sure whether I’d ticked the option or not, resulting in many correctional clicks.
I found the software quite difficult to navigate in comparison to other pieces of software I’ve used. There are two menus, with the top one consisting of ‘Macros’ and ‘Lighting Profiles’. This is then confused by a sub-menu, featuring ‘Customize’, ‘Setting’, and ‘Lighting’. Having two areas to adjust lighting options left me puzzled as to which area I needed to be in. Another issue I had was that the software and indeed the G.Skill website stated a 4-zone lighting system on the RX780, and not the 3-zone lighting advertised on the packaging.

The options to change mouse settings were pleasing, and I found options to change the scroll and pointer speeds, double-click, polling rate, and DPI settings. Macros were also easy to create. One issue that could ease frustrations here would be to combine the ‘Settings’ and ‘Customize’ areas, as the current set-up makes it difficult to know which section I need to adjust a chosen setting – not a major issue, but an issue nonetheless.

Overall, I found the software a frustrating and incomplete experience, and it’s something G.Skill need to work on to ease user frustration and streamline the process of setting up the mouse’s options.


What Is The RIPJAWS MX780 Mouse Like To Use?

Like the software, I found that using the MX780 a frustrating experience. My first issue is that the mouse is very flat. Raising the palm-rest didn’t alleviate this issue and my palm-style of gripping a mouse left me wanting a bit more mouse to hold. This issue is followed by the problematic side buttons. While the back button on each side sits comfortably close to your digits, the ones towards the front of the mouse felt just that bit too far, and resulted in me having to adjust my hand to reach them. I couldn’t recommend anyone who needed quick access to all four side buttons as in my experience, easy access is limited to the back two buttons only.

4125oAs previously stated, the scroll wheel leaves a lot to be desired, with a smooth rubber finish and a strange groove in the middle resulting in a dissatisfying and unpleasant scrolling experience. This could be easily remedied with a flat scroll wheel and some notches to prevent your fingers sliding over the wheel. The final issue I experienced is that adding the two 4.5g weights to the mouse didn’t really result in any additional heft to the mouse, which left me dissatisfied when it came to the weight of the mouse.

Once I had the RGB lights set up, it looked very stylish. One thing I found particularly unique about the MX780 was the function of the DPI button. When adjusting the DPI on the mouse, the middle RGB lights will flash a different colour, quickly returning to your chosen colour profiles. This is perfect for users who like to switch DPIs on the fly, and don’t want to go digging around in the software to find out which DPI setting they’re on.

The Conclusion On The G.Skill MX780 Mouse

3501oOverall, I couldn’t recommend the mouse personally. I found both the mouse and the accompanying software a frustrating experience, and the mouse lacks a few features and careful considerations that would otherwise make it an enjoyable gaming device. My favourite parts of the MX780 are certainly the look of the mouse itself and the RGB lighting is some of the brightest and most interesting I’ve seen on a mouse.

With a few design tweaks and some redesigning on the software, this could be a strong choice for a gaming mouse. As it stands it’s a sub-par experience, and there are better mice out there for the price.

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Ben Palmer-Wilson

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