G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse Review


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Ripjaws MX780 Configuration Software

That’s what they call the mouse utility: Configuration. It’s perhaps not the catchiest program title, but it is accurate. The G. SKILL MX780 mouse has 512KB of onboard memory and can store up to 5 profiles. Each profile comprises lighting effects, macros, mouse button definitions, and mouse settings. Hovering over a button number on the mouse image will show the definition for that button; clicking on the number lets your change it. One thing to keep in mind is that since configuration data is saved on the mouse itself, you must remember to save any changes you make.


Sadly, G. SKILL adopts the “light gray text on dark grey background” design that’s so common– and so hard to read for those of us over a certain age– these days. At the upper left of the main screen are the Macros and Lighting Profiles selectors, below which is the panel for defining and selecting a profile. Profiles, thankfully, can be linked to games, although you’ll have to dig down to the specific .EXE file for the game you want to link a configuration to. At the right are selector tabs for Customize, which lets you define what the 8 mouse buttons do; Setting, where you set things like X-Y resolution and polling speed, and Lighting, where you can control lighting effects for each of the mouse’s four lighting zones.


The MX780 has a very good macro definition facility. There’s no apparent limit to the length of a macro; you can control whether or not delays between keystrokes are recorded, and you can insert and delete steps in an existing macro. However, as far as I can tell you can’t record mouse movements in a macro, so defining a button to immediately position the mouse point over a control isn’t possible.


You can define five stages of resolution (DPI), and use the button definition facility to dedicate a mouse button to DPI switching. Polling rate, Windows pointed speed, double click times, and mouse wheel scroll speed are also settable. Remember that all of these settings can be saved in a profile.


Although G. SKILL calls this “key assignment”, it’s really “button assignment”. Each of the mouse’s eight buttons can be linked to any of these functions. I’m happy to see a Sniper function, which reduces the mouse DPI while a button is held down, the better to make those long-range head shots, included here.


The Ripjaws MX780 has four lighting zones: the scroll wheel, the palm rest, an area between the palm rest and the main left-right buttons, and the sides. Each area can be set to a static color, to cycle through a defined range of colors at a given speed, or a “breathing” effect where the colors pulse on and off.


The main lighting section of Configuration shows the four lighting areas, and also has a Lighting Sync With System button, presumably to keep lighting effects synchronized with other G. SKILL accessories such as a keyboard.

All in all I found this one of the easier mouse configuration programs to use. Let’s see how this mouse itself is to use in the next section.


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