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G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse Review

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Gaming Mouse Testing & Results

Although it seems to have a metal frame, the G. SKILL Ripjaws MX780 mouse is all-plastic (except for an aluminum bottom plate). As such it’s a pretty lightweight mouse at just over 100 grams, although you can add about 10% extra weight with the two included 4.5 gram weights that snuggle in under the removable side panels. While other mice allow you to vary the weight a lot more– my beloved R.A.T. 9 wireless mouse has 42 grams of weights– adding both of the 4.5g weights to the MX780 made a significant difference in feel.

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As with other mice I test, I used the MX780 for a week of gaming, in this case concentrating heavily on Doom— the 2016 version of course! I swapped in the right-hand side panel because my pinky finger likes the extended “shelf” that’s actually for left-handed user’s thumbs, and went to town. I defined the two right-side under buttons to bring in the chain saw and BFG, and the button below the scroll wheel to invoke sniper mode for those long-distance shots with the assault rifle and its accessory scope.

Although I tend to prefer heavier mice, I must say I liked this mouse a lot– enough so that I’m leaving it on my gaming system and giving the R.A.T. 9 a rest. I cranked the palm rest up all the way with the included wrench, and although you can’t adjust the mouse width the way you can on the R.A.T. 9, the slightly narrower profile wasn’t a problem. And although it’s hard to quantify, this mouse feels more “precise” than the R.A.T. 9…perhaps it’s 6 years of progress in sensor technology or something.

While nobody looks at mice while gaming, it’s still fun to see the colors pulsing away when your hand’s not on it.

I’ve had problems using some corded mice since I’ve used a wireless mouse for so long, but the MX780’s cord never presented any problem with dragging, or presenting enough tension to move the mouse slightly when I release it.

Modern gaming mice live and die by their configuration utilities, and while I hate the minimum-contrast color scheme of the MX780’s Configuration program, I have to say it’s one of the easiest and most straightforward-to-use utilities I’ve run across.


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