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G.Skill MX780 review: G.Skill's debut mouse is a great start

Hayden Dingman | Dec. 14, 2015
For the lefties who can't use a G502.

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If I learned anything from Logitech's G502, it's “Don't judge a book by its cover.” Or, in this case, “Don't judge a mouse by how damn weird it looks.” Oh hey there, G.Skill.

G.Skill just released its debut mouse a few months ago, the Ripjaws MX780. And if you can get past the oh-so-edgy name and design, there's quite a bit to appreciate here.

Get your back up

Let's get the basics out of the way. The MX780 is an eight-button ambidextrous mouse: The standard Left, Middle, and Right Click, a DPI switch behind the scroll wheel, two thumb buttons on the left and two thumb buttons on the right.

We can run down the standard checklist here: 1,000 Hz polling rate, braided fabric cable sheathe, 512 KB onboard memory for profile storage, and an 8,200 DPI sensor. Topping out at 8,200 DPI, the MX780 doesn't quite match the lofty (ridiculous) numbers being thrown around by some of its competitors, but for most people it'll be plenty.

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The brushed-metal bottom

The build quality also deserves a call-out—much of the MX780 is built from aluminum, and it's both durable and gorgeous to look at. Given that most of the mice I use are entirely shrouded in plastic and rubber, the MX780 feels like a huge step up in terms of quality. It screams “Premium Mouse” even though it's not more expensive than the competition.

And the four-zone RGB lighting is as well-implemented as anything by Razer or Logitech. Just make sure you download G.Skill's software and change the color, because the default is a ghastly salmon color.

Let's get into the cool stuff, though—namely, the fact the MX780 is pretty much “G.Skill's less black-and-green version of the Razer Ouroboros.” Or, if you prefer, it's an ambidextrous version of Logitech's G502 Proteus Core. Which is about the highest compliment I could give.

Listen, I love customization. I don't think it's essential every mouse manufacturer start enabling all sorts of tweaking and tinkering, but I appreciate it when they do. Why? Because it's unlikely you'll ever find a mouse you think is perfect straight out of the box. The more options you give me, the more likely it is I can make your mouse work.

The MX780 gives you quite a few options. As I mentioned, this is an ambidextrous mouse, so there are thumb channels along both sides. These channels are held on with magnets, and can be swapped out for more/less textured versions with wider/narrower footprints.

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