G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard Review 5

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Keyboard Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 can be picked up for around $145 from Amazon.
  • Cherry switches
  • Dedicated macro, media, and other keys, including a volume wheel
  • Bright LEDs
  • Wrist rest and key puller included
  • Brushed aluminum and metal make the keyboard very sturdy
  • Audio and USB pass-through
  • Cable bungee for your mouse ensures the cable doesn't snag
  • Software is clunky - it just isn't as intuitive as that of a lot of competitors
  • Quite a large keyboard - you might struggle if you are limited on space
It isn't often I get a keyboard through the door with such a complete package as what the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 has on offer. Not only do we get all the accessories we would like, such as a wrist rest, a keycap puller, and some replacement keys, but we also get a feature-rich board, both physically and through the software. The keyboard is a pleasure to use - it is comfortable whilst still having a very sturdy feel to it and the aluminum top plate and metal detail around its edges really do convey that feeling of quality.

As mentioned, the KM780 is packed with features. It is nice to have dedicated keys for each function rather than having to use an FN key, which is somewhat unusual for me to say as I prefer 60% boards, making the FN key second nature. Using the KM780, however, has simply been excellent. Its media keys, including the volume control wheel, worked perfectly in all the programs I would expect them to work in, and its on-the-fly macro keys are excellent also. I even used the Windows lock key on multiple occasions. The timer function is a bit more of a gimmick as it means going into the software and does take a little while to set up. I did use it a few times, though.

Speaking of the software, it does have all the functions and options we would like to see, but needs a few small changes for everything to be streamlined a little more as some of its functionality isn't that intuitive and could be made easier to use with the addition of a simple button or some changes to the UI.

Overall, the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB keyboard is an excellent keyboard. Just a few small improvements in the software would certainly put it inline with the Corsair K70 RGB or SteelSeries APEX M800. As with these other keyboards, having so many features does come at a price some will find a little too rich. Others will happily pay for the functionality. The bottom line is that the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 should definitely be on your shortlist if you want a new keyboard that is packed to the brim with features.
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