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G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Mouse Review

October 5th, 2015 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

Having already given a Gold award to the recently reviewed G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard, it’s pretty obvious that I’m very much looking forward to taking a look at G.Skill’s new mouse the Ripjaws MX780. Ok, so we know that G.Skill are more renowned for the memory products, in particular RAM, but their first Gaming keyboard (KM780) was impressive to say the least, can the MX780 do the same!?

The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse bears a similar resemblance to one of my favourite mice of last year the Cougar M700, all though to be fair it’s far from the same. The Ripjaws MX780 is an ambidextrous Gaming mouse with a 8,200 DPI Laser sensor. In addition to this the mouse features RGB illumination (across three zones), eight programmable buttons (well six really, as it’s ambidextrous), a weight management system and a height adjustable palm rest.

 

GSkill-logo ‘Ambidextrous design, interchangeable side grips, height-adjustable palm rest, on-board profile storage, adjustable weights, Avago laser sensor, Omron micro-switch, 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable 4-zone RGB backlighting.

The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming experience in glorious RGB lighting.’

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box front G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box back

 

The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 mouse arrived at pcG in a grey/black box with a large image of the MX780 on the right. On the left we find the main brand and product names as well as the RGB notation (top left) and the G.Skill slogan ‘Find Your Inner Gamer’. In addition to this G.Skill has chosen to highlight the following features: 8,200 DPI Laser Sensor, 3-Zone Custom RGB Lighting, 8 Programmable Buttons & Ambidextrous & Height Adjustable Design.

Looking at the back of the box we can see another image of the MX780, this time looking at an angle from the left. In addition to this we have the following MX780 highlights: G.Skill Unified Driver System For Full Customization, Gaming Grade Avago Laser Design, Tracking Up To 150IPS & 30G Acceleration, 512KB Onboard Memory (Store Up To 5 Profiles), PTFE Glide Pads, 20 Million Click Life-Cycle and Up To 1000Hz Polling Rate (1MS). Down at the bottom of the box G.Skill goes on to highlight other aspects of the MX780 in English and various other languages.

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box left G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box bottom

 

Other sides of the box (namely the bottom and the left) also look pretty cool and offer a little more information. The left side just has a particularly nice shot of the mouse itself. While the bottom of the box offers some basic system requirements and lists the package contents (see below).

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box open

 

As you can see from the image above the box features a lid (held in place by magnets), that once open allows us a sneak peek of the Ripjaws MX780 and its associated accessories hiding within. On the inside of the lid there’s also a rather cool exploded view of the mouse and its additional Side Grips. Below this there’s a handful of icons highlighting the following: Ambidextrous Design, Interchangeable Side Grips, G.Skill Unified Driver System, Gaming-Grade Laser Sensor, 5 On-The-Fly DPI Steps with Color Indicator and OMRON Micro-Switch with 20 Million Click Durability. Below this there are three more images showcasing the Customizable Weights, Metal-Base Construction and Height-Adjustable Palm Rest.

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - packaging G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - box contents

 

As you can see from the images above the mouse and its accessories were packaged in a basic plastic tray protected by a clear plastic blister. Although I would say the packaging was merely adequate it was nice that the mouse and its accessories weren’t tied down by loads of cable ties, everything could be simply lifted out!

In addition to the mouse itself in the box we find a Quick Start Guide, two additional Side Grips, two weights and a silver hex Driver.

At the time of writing the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse retail price here in the UK is somewhat unknown, unfortunately. But the mouse is already on sale in the US (here) and is retailing for approximately $60, this suggests a retail price here in the UK of around £40. The MX780 also comes equipped with a 2 year limited warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of G.Skill

 

Series Gaming Mice
Sensor Type Avago Laser Sensor
Micro Switch Omron
DPI 100-8200
Polling Rate 125Hz/250Hz/500Hz/1000Hz
Mouse Backlighting 4-Zone RGB
On-board profile 5
Programmable Keys 8
On-board memory 512KB
Braided USB Cable 1.8m
Mouse Adapter USB
Mouse Feet PTFE Glide Pads
Weight System 4.5g Weights (x2)
Weight 111g- w/ weights 120g
Dimensions 130mm x 70mm x 38mm
Dimensions w/ large side gips 130mm x 93mm x 38mm
Warranty 2-Year Limited Warranty

 
* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

 

First impressions of the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 are very good and it does indeed look somewhat similar (in design) to the Gold award winning Cougar 700M, but that’s no bad thing! The MX780 is a mouse that looks like maybe just a little to much design has gone into it! It’s all angles and parts, yet everything seems to still be in the right place and all of your usual features are here (apart from a dedicated DPI indicator that is, ok James don’t start!). The quality is of a high standard also with most of the plastics featuring a soft touch surface or a rubberized grip. That aluminium chassis also helps to give the mouse a sturdy, quality feel.

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - left G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - right

 

Looking at the left side of the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 we can admire what is one good looking mouse and not like any other on the market (to my knowledge) today. Each side is the same (obviously) due to the ambidextrous design. Each Side is made up of a singular section of aluminium (that’s not connected to the main chassis) within which there are three LEDs. This is then followed by an etched Ripjaws logo before the aluminium heads up over the top of the mouse. Just above the Ripjaws logo we have the two thumb buttons, both of which are awkward to feel with your thumb due to the thin nature of the button itself and the thin upper button. The back button of the two is well placed, but the forward button is just too far forward in my honest opinion. Next we have the rubberized Side Grips, with the larger of the two fitted on the left and the smaller of the two fitted on the right. These feel great and are well positioned for the Claw grip Gamer (IMO this is not a mouse for a Palm grip), of course these Grips can be interchanged, see below for more detail.

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - front G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - back

 

Viewed from the front you can further appreciate the MX780’s aggressive design. At the front we have a captive braided USB cable, that’s nice and flexible, but a little short at 1.8m in my opinion. This is closely followed by a rubber type scroll wheel that’s nice to use with good graduations and palpable clicks. Now while it is made from rubber it still could do with just a little more grip, some horizontal tread would have helped here I feel. Right at the top we have another button, but more on this later… 😉

From the rear there’s not too much to see but I do like the design and the aggressive lines of the Ripjaws MX780. As you can see on the left I have the large grip and on the right I have the smaller one. In the centre we find the adjustable palm rest, which is particularly useful and pretty cool. This can be adjusted using the supplied hex Driver, that is used to operate a screw in the base of the chassis. In the centre of the palm rest we find an illuminating G.Skill logo.

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - top G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - bottom

 

Looking at the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 from above we can see that it’s all a little complex. The mouse wheel we have covered already, but behind this we have another button. By default this is setup to be a ‘DPI Up’ button allowing you to cycle through any of the DPI’s available (up to 5 are supported). Left and right we have the two main mouse buttons featuring Omron switches (with a 20 million click life-cycle). Behind this we find an area where both of the side aluminium sections meet, each side there are two RGB LEDs. In the middle of this appears to be another button, but no it’s not! To me, at certain angles the top of the mouse reminds me of a transformers head, coincidence, not sure!?

Looking at the underside of the Ripjaws MX780 we see that rather smart looking aluminium chassis. In the centre we find the Avago 8200DPI Laser sensor, surrounded by five PTFE glides. Should you fit the larger of the two side grips you’ll also gain an additional glide, although this glide (maybe by design, as that would make sense) hardly touches the surface. Just behind the Laser sensor near the back of the mouse we find the hex screw used for adjusting the height of the adjustable palm grip.

 

Hardware Installation

 

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - connection The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 simply connects by way of its single USB 2.0 plug found at the end of the 1.8m braided cable. The cable is nice and flexible although a little short for my liking…

 

As the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 comes with additional side grips the first task was to determine what setup best suited my bastardised Claw grip…

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - right extension G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - left extension

 

Ok, so we have a couple of options here, there are larger grips where there’s more of a footprint to the grip, while the smaller grip has a smaller footprint. Each side grip snaps into position courtesy of two (very strong) magnets, that do an amazing job of holding the grips tightly in position. In the end I opted to use the larger grip on the left side, as it gave me a natural position for my thumb to rest. While on the right I opted for the smaller grip as I like to trail my little finger on the mouse mat. I have no idea why I like this, but I think it’s some form of feedback loop that my brain seems to want to have…

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 - weights

The last task was to decide whether I wanted any more weight to my setup, the answer to this was a resounding yes, as out of the box the MX780 weights in at only 110g. Adding the x2 4.5g weights obviously only increased this to 119g, I would have liked a little more weight to be honest. I do rather like the positions of the weights though (hidden behind the Side Grips) although more options and or more weights would have been nice.

 

Testing Methodology/Setup

 

MX780 - information The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 was tested using our Test Rig, a fresh installation of Windows 7 64Bit (service pack 1) was installed along with all appropriate Drivers. No software is supplied with the MX780 but is required for full functionality. The software can be downloaded (here) and version 0.52 was installed and used throughout testing. Version 13 of the Firmware was found to be pre-installed and also used throughout testing.

 

The following games were used during testing:

 

Hardware Performance

 

When thinking purely about performance the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780’s Avago 8200DPI Laser sensor performed well as did the Omron switches aboard the mouse. From a tracking point of view the MX780 put in a good showing too, I settled on a DPI of 1700 in the end, and the tracking was found to be accurate and devoid of any noticeable hardware/software assistance. It’s not the best tracking mouse I’ve come across, the ROCCAT Nyth is the mouse that comes to mind when I think about that, but it’s certainly as good as any other Laser based mouse that I’ve tested recently.

With the additional Side Grips the MX780 provides plenty of options to get that perfect grip, but I would say that the mouse favours the Claw gripper over the Palm gripper. I found the perfect grip (for my bastardised Claw grip) with the large Side Grip on the left and the smaller one on the right. But I still found that both of the thumb buttons were awkward to operate, with the front one being practically impossible to reach! Although this (strangely!) seems to be a common issue with Gaming Mice in general!? Overall though I found the mouse to be comfortable, I felt in control and it performed well at all times.

I was a little disappointed to find no dedicated DPI indicator though, you would have thought those front three LEDs would be it, but no. Of course through the software you can assign Profiles with specific DPIs and colours, and then assign a button to switch Profiles. So the issue is not insurmountable…

 

MX780 - lighting

 

The illumination aboard the Ripjaws MX780 is pretty good, with four main areas of illumination (scroll wheel, sides, centre and back). By default the setup is pink (great if you like pink, but I don’t!), and I’m afraid that it is pink for the same reason as for the KM780, and that’s the fact that the MX780 also struggles with its colour reproduction, with white looking a little pink and red also looking a little pink! As I said, great if you like pink! 😉

 

  • SOFTWARE
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    MX780 Software - Customize MX780 Software - Setting MX780 Software - Lighting

     

    The G.Skill software can be downloaded here and comprises of a single application with three main tabs. The first of which is the Customize tab, here you can assign any of the main eight buttons (ten including scrolling up/down). The keys are simply assigned by clicking on the button in question using the images on the right, I really like this approach to programming the mouse it’s intuitive yet simple. Over on the left we see the Profile creation section at the top, Profiles are simply created and stored aboard the MX780’s 512KB of on-board memory. In addition to this Profiles can be directly assigned to Games.

    The second tab (Setting) allows control over various settings and most importantly the five DPI levels, note that you can drop the number of DPI levels down should you wish to have less than five. Here you can also mess with the Polling Rate (best left at 1000Hz unless you run into problems), Double Click Speed, Windows Pointer Speed, Enable Pointer Precision (best left off!), Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed and the Liftoff Range, by default this is off and should be left off, unless you’re a Lifter that is… 😉

    Then we have the Lighting tab, here you can mess with the various LED’s aboard the Ripjaws MX780. What’s nice is here you can also set any LED to any colour, so each one is different, you can also apply a Lighting Profile (Breathing/Cycle) so a particular LED may pulsate through a set of colours for example. But it would appear you cant use certain Profiles on certain LEDs and you cant seem to mix solid lighting with Breathing lighting!? But to be fair there’s still plenty of options. The only negative point here (as was the same on the KM780) is that the LEDs suffer from poor colour reproduction, white looks pink as does red, although as there’s RGB control you can normally get close to what you want!

     

    MX780 Software - Macros MX780 Software - Lighting Profiles

     

    The two supporting tabs found top left of the main screen are Macros and Lighting Profiles. The first tab we will look at is the Lighting Profiles tab as it ties in with the illumination discussed above. Here you can create your own Profiles, but as I said they must be based on one of the default effects (Breathing/Cycle) that you can then modify. Here you really get to play RGB, you can control the Duration of the effect and even add some notes of your own. I created a simple pcGameware Red/White/Blue setup that actually looked pretty cool. Apart from the fact that the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 struggles to do pure white, which is shame…

    The final tab is the Macros tab, here you can record your Macros and edit them too, full keyboard and mouse recording is also supported. Macros can be recorded with a fixed delay (Default Delay) on in real time. These Macros can then be bound to any of the MX780’s eight programmable buttons.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse is another strong debut for G.Skill, the MX780 is a damn fine Gaming mouse that ticks pretty much all of the boxes, the only thing that lets it down are the awkward thumb buttons and the somewhat off-colour illumination…

    The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 came to pcG in a smart looking grey/black box, with the front of the box using different textures (to good effect) to highlight various aspects of the mouse. The box also features a lift up lid allowing you a sneak peak of the MX780 nestling in its plastic tray and protected buy a plastic blister. Once out of the box the MX780 appears to be similar to the Gold award winning Cougar 700M, but to be fair they are only similar! The mouse is of an ambidextrous design and sports eight programmable buttons (although you’ll only likely use six!), the design is striking with lots of angles and parts, yet it’s surprisingly comfortable in the hand. With two sets of Side Grips, a height adjustable palm rest and a basic weight management I found it easy to configure a good setup for my bastardized Claw grip. In the end I settled for a large grip on the left (as it supported my thumb), the smaller grip on the right and the two 4.5g weights added, giving a total weight of approximately 120g.

    With the mouse ready to go, it was time to plug in and fire it up and when I did, I was a little disappointed as I was greeted by a lot of PINK! No, that’s right I’m not a Pink kinda man me! My worry was is that this pink should have been Red, but luckily a little messing with the RGB control in the software allowed me to setup something far more appropriate. But the fact remains that the MX780 (just like the KM780) has a lack of colour control, although most of it can be dialed In/Out via the software.

    In use the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 performed well, thanks mostly to that 8200DPI Avago Laser sensor. Tracking was good at all times with no real hint of any hardware /software assistance. Although it’s not the best I’ve come across to date, some of the newer Pro Gaming mice with optical sensors offer a little more feedback in my mind. In Game though I had no issues and the MX780 helped keep me near the top of the leader-board and not the bottom. The main issue though was those thumb buttons, now while they do protrude beyond the body of the mouse they’re just a little awkward to operate!. And, the front thumb button is just way too far forward fro my liking also, although this issue seems common across Gaming Mice in general, weird!

    The software, not supplied with the mouse (get it here) needs a bit of ‘Spit ‘n Polish’, it looks pretty good but it’s not that intuitive to use, especially when it comes to the illumination. A more detailed manual would undeniably help, even more so if it was in the box, luckily one can be found here.

    Overall I have enjoyed my time with the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 and it is indeed another good debut peripheral from G.Skill. The mouse looks like a Gamer’s mouse, has all the features a Gamer needs, and more importantly it Games like a Gamers mouse. There’s just a few more things that need tweaking in my opinion, before the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 gets close to perfection…

     

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    1. George
      October 5th, 2015 at 18:03 | #1

      Still wouldn’t trade my Func Ms3.2 for this one 🙂 For me the ergonomical grip from Func or Mionix are the best. In the end it all comes down to personal preference.

      • James
        October 5th, 2015 at 18:10 | #2

        Agreed, that is so true, as I’m personally not a lover of either of those mice! 😉