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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.

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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!

Cons:

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

Ratings:

  • 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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