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G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse Review


G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse:

Software can make or break even the greatest hardware. With that in mind, we take a look at the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB gaming mouse software. This page will also compare the RGB LED color settings to their actual outputs to see how well colors are reproduced.

The mouse software must be downloaded at the G.SKILL website. Some people may be peeved that the software wasn't included, but most consumers interested in this product do have Internet connections. It is also wise, generally, to get the latest drivers from a manufacturer. Relying on optical discs means that you will only have access to an early version of the software. The G.SKILL website is easy enough to find, as the website URL is on the box, in the manuals, and on the tag on the mouse cable. Downloading the program is an easy affair. Once installed you are greeted by the Customize tab. Here you can select up to five different profiles to customize. Users can bind a key to swap profiles, choosing how many to allow to be chosen from. At the bottom right is a mouse icon; it looks like G.SKILL intended this software to work with both this mouse and the keyboards, but currently it doesn't switch between the two. This window allows users to change the commands of all eight buttons, plus the up and down scrolling of the scroll wheel for an additional two commands.










One of the potential uses for the key binding is to execute a program; users just select the executable file they wish to have load. The next tab is the Settings tab. Here are all of the actual mouse traits. Polling Rate can be adjusted between 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz. The amount of DPI options available can be changed from between one and five options. The X and Y DPI settings are matched, unless users select the Enable X-Y Sensitivity option – this allows users to change the ratio. I usually prefer to reduce the Y axis, helpful especially in FPS games. Double click speed can be set here, as well as Windows Pointer Speed with an option to enable Pointer Precision. Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed can also be set here with an option for Per Page. The Liftoff Range option can be enabled, as this setting is for how far the sensor is set to detect the surface when lifting the mouse up. This mouse does not detect very far even when set to maximum, and can have trouble detecting some surfaces when set low.



The next tab is the Lighting tab, where users can select up to seven specific spots to light up. Three options can be selected for lighting styles – background lighting just lights up the specific areas in a solid color. Brightness can be adjusted for the whole mouse. Effect lighting lets you choose between two effects that can be found under Lighting Profiles – Cycle: "A continuous stream of colors, changing from one color to the next", and Breathing: "Lighting will dim and brighten, while cycling through the set colors." It is not possible to mix the background and effect lighting, unfortunately. With effect lighting, it only lets you choose up to four locations, and wouldn't allow all locations to mix and match between Cycle and Breathing. Lighting Sync with System allows the mouse to turn off the lights when the computer is shut down. Some USB ports are still powered when the system is off and less robust devices will remain powered on.

Doing a simple rainbow of colors show how well some colors were reproduced, and how horribly the others were. It looks like the mapping in the software is wrong and that this should be fixable. The greens, blues, reds, and violets mostly reproduced accurately. Orange came out yellow, and yellow came out green. The mouse defaults to a hot pink – the red comes out more pinkish than a true red, although the other red options come out well. Picking through the colors, it is possible to find color patterns that look good. The LEDs seem to match each other all over, so hopefully a software update will fix the odd color mapping problems. Unlike the KM780 keyboard, all of the LEDs on the MX780 can be changed.




At the top left is the Macros tab. Here users can define custom macros. This software does not limit users to defining mouse-only macros, as keyboard inputs can also be used. The software can record inputs with the user delays, with default delays put into the program using multiples of 10ms, or you can choose to have no delay. Once a macro is recorded, users can edit which button is pressed and any delay that is set in. Removing/adding button presses and inserting more macros inside an existing macro is also easy to do. The macro text feature allows users to bind text that can be sent through the macro function.



The last tab is the Lighting Profiles tab. Here users can select between the two possible effect lighting profiles. The Cycle profile switches between a user-defined color spectrum; by default the Cycle profile will be in a rainbow. Users have a variety of ways to define the colors they want in the spectrum including picking it out, using sliders, RGB values, HEX values, or using the default 24 colors made available. Duration and direction can be chosen as well – duration meaning how long to cycle through the colors, and direction meaning which way to scroll through the Color Controller window. The Color Controller window can support between three and ten color options using the plus and minus buttons. The breathing profile pulses from full brightness to off, then switches colors and repeats the cycle. Only duration can be chosen here, and is how long it takes for the colors to fade out.



The next page describes all of the specifications and features of the G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB gaming mouse.

  1. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Introduction
  2. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Closer Look Continued
  3. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Software
  4. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Specifications & Features
  5. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Testing & Results
  6. G.SKILL Ripjaws MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse: Conclusion
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