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G.Skill MX780 RGB gaming mouse review

The G.Skill MX780 is not the best mouse in the world, but for its price it is a great jack of all trades with some of the highest levels of customisation available. It is comfortable, accurate and great to game with over long periods. It does not have too much of a problem with perspiration and the number of little, additional features shows G.Skill has really paid attention to critiques of competitor products.

The addition of magnetically swappable finger/thumb grips, side-mounted weight pucks and the adjustable palm rest are fantastic. It means that when you buy this mouse you can customise it to just how you like it. If you are anal about such things, that might be quite a time sink for you, but for most this will be a nice set-and-forget feature that you tweak when you first get a hold of your new mouse.

The lighting is highly customisable, but although it offers different effects and promises an RGB spectrum, there are some colours that are just not well represented. The software could also do with some improvements, like making it possible to change all colours at once.

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The remainder of the software is solid. There is decent macro recording and key remapping. The options for DPI selection and polling rate are all there too and you can adjust everything in quite minor steps, so again, very customisable.

From this reviewer’s point of view, it is just a shame that G.Skill did not make that DPI selector switch a little smaller and preferably with an up/down function. As it is, even after a week of practise I still unintentionally hit it at least a few times a day.

But perhaps that is a small price to pay for a good all-round, laser gaming mouse. G.Skill has obviously invested a lot of time into the design and listened to fan feedback. As their first effort in the peripheral space, the MX780 is a great start and it is also a solid foundation to build on.

You can find the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 for $50 on Newegg. No UK pricing or availability has yet been announced but keep checking your local retailers for an update.

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Pros

  • Good gaming-grade laser sensor (Avago A9800).
  • Great customisation with finger grips, palm rest height.
  • Solid build quality, open-plan design looks different.
  • Weights and cable head protector are nice additions.
  • Works for left and right handed gamers.

Cons

  • Lighting is not true RGB – green looks like blue, yellows are tinged.
  • DPI switch is too big and light, easily pressed by accident.
  • Software could do with some usability tweaks.

KitGuru Says: The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 is a very capable, customisable gaming mouse. If the UK price is right, it should get a lot of sales.

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Rating: 8.0.

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