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G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

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G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Introduction:

G.SKILL has provided OverclockersClub with a mechanical gaming keyboard – the KM780 RGB. This keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown key switches, but is also available in Cherry MX Red switches. As the RGB designation suggests, most of the keys can be color-customized, even individually! Two non-RGB models also exist, matching these in every way, other than the RGB LED features, while costing significantly less.

G.SKILL is famous for its different lines of performance memory. This is its first foray into the gaming devices market. The mechanical keyboard market can be hard to differentiate in, especially when using the same Cherry MX key switches as the competition. This isn't a bad thing, as the Cherry MX key switches are long established as a good choice; it just means that different steps have to be taken to draw potential customers. If you liked another keyboard that had Cherry MX Brown key switches, this one will feel the same as far as individual key pressing goes. Key size, spacing, layout, and other features can be different, however. This is going to be on the large side for full keyboards, especially considering there is a bar running from the sides and top. Plus there are extra macro and media keys.

 

G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look:

The front of the box reads "G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard." G.SKILL used primarily red and monochrome coloring on the package, while saving other colors for the RGB designation and the picture of the keyboard. This helps emphasize the RGB LED designation. The packaging gives a good top down look at the keyboard, with the optional wrist rest installed. A sticker was slapped on the top right of the box, indicating this model has the Cherry MX Brown key switches with English keys. Near the bottom are some of the features: Cherry MX Mechanical Switches, Dedicated Macros Control Panel, Fully Programmable Keys, Detachable Soft-Touch Wrist Rest, Foldable Cable Holder, Extra Gaming Keycaps, Per-Key RGB Backlight, Media Control Panel & LED Volume Display, Full N-Key Rollover (NKRO) & 100% Anti-Ghosting, and Ergonomically Contoured Keycaps.

With the image of the keyboard we can see an example of the RGB LED backlighting on the keys. Not mentioned is that the top-most keys are red-color only, as is the LED Volume Display. The back highlights some of the features further, with a picture of the keyboard with the Extra Gaming Keycaps installed. For the backside art, a rainbow radiates dramatically from under the keyboard. The main keyboard body is black anodized aluminum. More features are listed in more detail at the bottom in ten languages. Most of the information is repeated, except for the cord is USB and is braided, and the bottom five rows of key caps are contoured to be more ergonomically comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first side of the box has technical specifications, system requirements, and package contents listed. Technical Specifications include Cherry MX Mechanical Keys (Red/Blue/Brown), Full RGB Illumination, 32-bit ARM MCU Controller, 512Kb On-board Memory, Up to 1000Hz (1ms) Polling Rate, 2m Braided Cable, and 2 Year Limited Warranty. System Requirements include Windows 7,8, 8.1, and 10, two USB 2.0 Ports, an Internet Connection (for driver software download), and Audio Line-out & Mic-in Jack (for audio extension). Package contents include G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Detachable Wrist Rest, Extra Gaming Keycaps, Keycap Puller Tool, Quick Installation Guide, and Warranty Guide. The opposite side has the G.SKILL logo and the product information – KM780 RGB Keyboard.

 

 

The ends of the box are similar to the rest of the box, with less information. One end has an isometric view of the keyboard and website address (www.gskill.com), and both sides feature the G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard logo and model designation. Opening either of these ends allow you to pull out a cardboard box; upon further opening you will be greeted immediately by the KM780 keyboard. Removing the keyboard reveals the Quick Installation and Warranty Guides freely floating around. Opening the box even further reveals the wrist rest and extra gaming key caps.

 

 

With everything finally taken out of the packaging, it is time to move onto the next page!




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