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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 Keyboard Review
Review By @ 04:50pm 29/03/18

Product: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB
Type: Mechanical Keyboard
Price: $199.00 RRP
Availability: Out Now
Link: gskill.com/en/product/ripjaws-km780-rgb--cherry-mx-rgb-red

G.SKILL are a name that PC gamers have looked to in recent years when deciding on what memory to put in their build. Thanks to the funky design of the TridentZ line that offers RGP lighting in addition to easy overclocking capabilities, the move into peripherals like keyboards and so forth makes sense. And much like with its memory products G.SKILL’s peripherals are clearly aimed at the PC gamer that enjoys building a rig, messing about with settings, and adding watercoolers to CPUs and GPUs.

Like with the height-adjustable palm-grip of the G.SKILL RIPJAWS mouse, the KM780 keyboard is feature packed to say the least. From hardware customisation through to setting up profiles and macros.

Look and Feel



Solid is one way to describe the G.SKILL KM780, another way would be to let you know that sure this as sturdy and imposing as the images suggest it is. Fully decked out with the palm rest the KM780 weighs in at an impressive 1.54 kg, making it the heaviest keyboard we’ve tested to date. In the realm of PC gaming, this seemingly over-the-top heftiness is a plus, especially when you factor in that the KM780 is designed to make it’s presence felt on just about any desk.

The wrist rest, an addition that is sadly absent on most keyboard products these days, is a welcome one. Even if in practise it’s a little too hard and sturdy. But, it’s removable and optional. Just like the top and side add-ons that add an almost spaceship feel to the KM780 design. The Cherry MX are nothing we haven’t seen before, but a great addition none-the-less offering the same reliable lifespan that complements the great build quality. The replicable keys come in red, and when used to swap out the FPS staple of WASD or the more MOBA-centric QWE keys the overall look improves.

Specs



  • Switch Type: Cherry MX Mechanical Switches
  • LED Color: RGB
  • Cable: Wired, USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 518 x 172 x 48 mm
  • Product Weight: 1.36kg (1.54kg with palm rest)

  • From a pure hardware perspective, it’s impossible to look past the G.SKILL KM780 as a gaming keyboard, especially when you add all the extra functionality. From detailed audio controls that include a volume wheel, macro keys and the ability to visibly see and swap out different profiles, through to the overall anti-ghosting design. There’s even USB and audio pass-through so you can connect a gaming headset direct to your keyboard. A strange idea in and of itself but one that makes complete sense as soon as you get your first glimpse of the KM780.

    Type Cast



    In our time with the KM780 our only gripes with it are more personal than anything else. And that comes down to the overall size and weight. It takes up a lot of real-estate and if you don’t plan on using all its extra functionality then there’s no real reason to consider getting one. Also, the software itself takes a bit getting used to, and isn’t all that user-friendly right out of the gate.

    But, from a pure performance, build quality, and feature perspective the G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 comes highly recommended.
    What we liked
    Solid and weighty
    Great keys
    Plenty of features to match its look
    Wrist rest and audio controls are a nice touch
    What we didn't like
    Software a little lacking
    Takes up a bit too much desk space
    We gave it:
    8.5
    OUT OF 10