As a writer and a gamer, I know first hand how important a good keyboard is to not only productivity, but to the competitive advantage needed in modern gaming. Personally, I prefer a mechanical keyboard over a membrane-based keyboard, but I am quite picky about the look and feel of any keyboard that graces my battlestation. In this review I am going to spend some time with a fresh to the market keyboard that has everything I have been looking for.
G.SKILL’s new line of gaming peripherals were shown off at Computex a few months ago, and I have been itching to try out all of it! I finally managed to get one of their new mechanical keyboards into the lab for testing! G.SKILL started me out with their all-new RIPJAWS KM780 MX mechanical gaming keyboard. The MX label denotes this keyboard as the non-RGB version, and it features a vibrant red LED array instead.
G.SKILL says that “the new G.SKILL RIPJAWS series mechanical keyboards are built only with genuine Cherry RGB/MX key switches, providing 50 million keystroke durability in red, brown, and blue. The keyboard is functionally designed with the key switches mounted directly through a solid 2mm aluminum top plate, and each key is effectively locked down for a solid typing experience. The RIPJAW keyboards also feature specially designed dual-coat laser etched gaming keycaps allow customization for your most common gaming keys, for fast tactile recognition without looking away from your game. An attachable keycap case is also included to keep your keycaps and custom keycap tool in one place.”
“Each RIPJAW keyboard features backlit media control buttons, a die-cast volume roller, and an integrated digital LED volume display, media control is now more convenient than ever. They are also packed with on-the-fly macro recording, 6 additional macro keys, 3 hotkeys (Windows lock, brightness, and timer), and easy-access mode selection keys, you can customize and switch your keyboard layouts for swift responses and immediate access to the actions you need, right at your fingertips.”