G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse Review


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Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts

Competition is good, and I have to admit I was amazed when I saw that this mouse is being offered for a mere $39.99 (Amazon | Newegg). Please note that this product displays a $69.99 MSRP at the gskill.com website, so these prices may not last. Considering the R.A.T. 9 mouse I normally use is still priced at $125, with variants as high as $200, you have to ask yourself how much more you’re getting by paying more. This mouse is absolutely crammed with buttons and features, and I honestly can’t think of a competitor that offers this much bang for the buck, much less more.


G. SKILL didn’t skimp on quality components, with Omron switches and an Avago laser sensor. Probably the biggest thing separating this mouse from the $100-and-up club is the fact that it’s mostly plastic, without the metal frame used by other high-end enthusiast mice. I’ve always like metal-framed mice but after using this for a week I’ve been asking myself why: it’s not as if the mouse is a stressed member of anything; and the lighter feel of the plastic construction of the MX780 was easy to get used to– and I think I may prefer it.

Using the utility software was a pleasure: it’s easy to configure lighting effects and to create and edit macros. If only they’d use a higher-contrast color scheme, the software would be virtually perfect.

G. SKILL MX780 Conclusion

For $39.99 (Amazon | Newegg), this is a legitimate “budget gaming mouse”, but amazingly at this price level you’re not really giving up anything in terms of quality or features. Quad-zone programmable RGB LED lights, eight buttons, adjustable weights, and  switchable side panels: it’s all there. And I might also note that this is one of the very few gaming mice that’s legitimately symmetrical and ambidextrous: left-handers rejoice! For you there are no compromises whatsoever when using this mouse left-handed.

More expensive mice simply don’t make any sense for most people. The Ripjaws MX780 is my new favorite gaming mouse.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Perfect tracking on any surface
+ 8 programmable switches
+ Four programmable RGB lighting zones
+ Good utility software
+ Fully ambidextrous design!


– Low-contrast utility software user interface
– Macros can not include mouse positioning information


  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 9.75

Final Score: 9.50 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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