The G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse

G.Skill supplies the Ripjaws MX780 in a relatively simple cardboard box with modern artwork, focused on promoting the major features of the mouse. The top of the box can be opened to reveal more details and the mouse itself but the design of the packaging does not allow the potential buyer to test his/her grip.


Inside the box we found a small quick start guide, a couple of weights, a tool for the adjustment of the palm height and a set of side grips for left-handed users.

The Ripjaws MX780 sports a modern design, appearing to have its external plastic parts and electronics mounted on an aluminum frame. However, be warned that this is an elaborate illusion. As the specifications of this mouse clearly specify, only the base of the mouse is aluminum. The silver parts visible from the sides and top are plastic, although we have to admit these are so well designed and made that most people would find it difficult to tell the difference.


Including the basic left/right buttons and the wheel's middle button, there are eight buttons on the Ripjaws MX780, all of which are programmable. There are two buttons on each side of the mouse, as well as one button beneath the wheel. By default, the button beneath the wheel cycles between DPI settings. As for the side buttons, two are easily reachable with the thumb, but pressing the other two requires the use of the pinky finger and this can be very tricky. G.Skill had to go with this design as they made the MX780 ambidextrous, so they had to have two thumb-accessible side buttons in either case.


One of the most innovative features of the MX780 is that the side grips are removable and the second provided set reverses the mouse to a left hand design. Only magnets are used to secure the side grips so they can be easily removed by just pulling them off. Beneath each of the grips there is a cavity for one of the circular weights. There are only two 4.5 gr weights that, in our opinion, are nothing compared to the overall weight of the mouse (108 gr) and will not make a feelable difference for any kind of user.


Turning the mouse upside down reveals the aluminum plate that the Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor is mounted on. This sensor is found on almost every high performance laser gaming mouse available today. A small hex screw can also be seen. Using the supplied tool, it is possible to adjust the height of the palm grip. This is not a very useful feature for those used to a claw grip, as the palm does not touch the mouse, but it can be convenient for those that are used to a palm grip. The thin skid feet of the MX780 are not too large but not small either and they provide very good performance.


There are several lighting areas on the MX780. One is the scrolling wheel, one is the logo at the front of the mouse, one is the mode selection lights and, finally, there are four wide LEDs installed across the area between the main buttons and the palm rest. These four wide LEDs by default serve as the DPI mode indicators. Their colors and various effects can be programmed via software but, in our opinion, these are of little importance on a mouse. Most of them are not even visible when someone's hand is on the mouse anyway.


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  • techfreshness - Friday, November 6, 2015 - link

    me too man, they actuate and reset faster as well. can't speak to the durability vs cherry mx's though, those aren't true gaming switches imo, invented in the 80's lol
  • Friendly0Fire - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    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.
  • mastercheif91 - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    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.
  • Manch - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    yay another that Surface Book review?
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    You do know that different people review different items?
  • Manch - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    Oh I thought all the articles were written by one guy like at DT...
  • Manch - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    Or perhaps I was just expressing my disappointment about yet another filler article.
  • metayoshi - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - link

    Umm... Welcome to Anandtech, I guess? It's the one reason I stay attached to Anandtech. They don't just review the big name consumer products out there like the Samsung Galaxy S6's, iPhone 6s's, Surface Pro 4s, and Macbook Pros, they review the little niche market segments like random cases and power supplies and gaming accessories like mice and keyboards. They review things like NAS boxes and SSDs, not just the latest and greatest CPUs from Intel/AMD and the latest and greatest GPUs from Nvidia/AMD. As an enthusiast like me who likes to build PCs every few years, Anandtech is a godsend of a website, and it's articles like these that help me when I need a new keyboard, or a new SSD, or a new NAS box. I can get reviews of the big products on a billion different websites, though not of the same quality as Anandtech, and I can usually form my own opinion about those products from those other websites, but for PC components, Anandtech is still one of the only places for quality reviews.
  • Manch - Thursday, November 5, 2015 - link

    Good lord sensitive...
  • Joy-Energiser - Thursday, November 12, 2015 - link

    Good lord you're an idiot, go troll another article.

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