G.Skill KM780 Mechanical Keyboard & MX780 Gaming Mouse Review

It would appear that gaming peripherals are all the rage nowadays, with more and more companies trying to grab a piece of a surprisingly resiliant PC gaming market. Many manufacturers of other PC components, such as memory and cooling products, have diversified and released gaming keyboards and mice during the past couple of years. The most prominent examples probably are Corsair and Cooler Master, who went as far as to create “gaming divisions” within their own companies.

The G.Skill KM780 Mechanical Keyboard & MX780 Gaming Mouse Review

Along those same lines, G.Skill, a company known for their memory-related products, is now diversifying as well and joining the gaming peripherals market. As part of their initial foray into gaming peripherals the company is starting small, releassing just a single mouse and a single keyboard, the Ripjaws KM780 RGB and Ripjaws MX780 RGB, respectively. Both of these are very high end products with very interesting specifications, clearly designed to compete with the cream of gaming keyboards and mice available today.

The G.Skill KM780 Mechanical Keyboard & MX780 Gaming Mouse Review

G.Skill’s entrance into the peripherals market comes at an interesting time. Although I’m not sure one can claim that this market is truly saturated at this point, among the PC component companies who have diversified, G.Skill is definitely coming in behind the pack. This means they not only need to compete with the traditional vendors in this space such as Logitech, but also the companies that diversified earlier such as the afformentioned Corsair. The good news for G.Skill here is that the PC peripherals market is a lot easier to break into since it’s not so strictly a commodity market – unlike RAM, mice and keyboards involve direct human interaction and are not merely a faceless chip inside a case – which gives G.Skill a fighting chance even if they are late in joining this market.

As for the products themselves, as I briefly touched upon before, G.Skill has aimed for the high-end segment of the market. The Ripjaws KM780 keyboard retails for around $160, and meanwhile the Ripjaws MX780 mouse is lighter on the wallet at $60. These prices are comparable to similar RGB mechanical keyboards and gaming mice, so G.Skill is competitive on prices, though this does mean that G.Skill needs to convince buyers that they have something that established brands do not. Otherwise the high-end market is a very small market – a definite niche in the PC space – but also a more profitable one, which for G.Skill is no doubt a welcome change from the thin margins of selling large volumes of RAM.


10 thoughts on “G.Skill KM780 Mechanical Keyboard & MX780 Gaming Mouse Review

  1. I'm surprised you outright claim that Cherry RGB switches provide the best lighting experience. While most vastly prefer the typing experience from the Cherry switches, the Logitech Romer-G switch lighting theoretically is a much better solution. Having the lighting tube built into the key stem seems to be a much more efficient method of lighting key caps than merely turning the entire housing translucent.

  2. Towards the medium/high end, Corsair's keyboards are pretty sweet (and come with MX Browns, among others). I have the K95 RGB, which I love, but the K70 is essentially the same with less fluff.

  3. The switches the Stealths use are pretty similar to Cherry MX Brown IIRC.

  4. I prefer Razer's stealth keyswitches to any of the Cherries that I have used.

  5. Good stuff y'all. I heard Razer switches uses some Chinese version of cherry switches, and albeit being good the longevity is questionable.

  6. For low end, I recommend a CM Storm Quickfire TK. It's a good quality solidly built keyboard, with a numpad in a tenkeyless form factor.

  7. What's the best mechanical keyboard to get depending on the price range? In 3 categories:LowMedium/ StandardHigh-endAs much as I love blues, browns are going to be my next approach. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

  8. “…Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor is mounted on. This sensor is found on almost every high performance laser gaming mouse available today”.Well that's some sensor info, at least…

  9. Also please, stop testing mouse without giving us any information about the sensor and how it performs.

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