It would appear that gaming peripherals are all the rage nowadays, with more and more companies trying to grab a piece of a surprisingly resiliant PC gaming market. Many manufacturers of other PC components, such as memory and cooling products, have diversified and released gaming keyboards and mice during the past couple of years. The most prominent examples probably are Corsair and Cooler Master, who went as far as to create "gaming divisions" within their own companies.

Along those same lines, G.Skill, a company known for their memory-related products, is now diversifying as well and joining the gaming peripherals market. As part of their initial foray into gaming peripherals the company is starting small, releassing just a single mouse and a single keyboard, the Ripjaws KM780 RGB and Ripjaws MX780 RGB, respectively. Both of these are very high end products with very interesting specifications, clearly designed to compete with the cream of gaming keyboards and mice available today.

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 Mechanical Keyboard ($160) - Key features and specifications

  • 100% Cherry MX RGB switches (Brown or Red)
  • Fully Programmable Keys
  • Per-key RGB Backlighting
  • Extra Gaming Keycaps, Keycap Tool & Keycap Case
  • On-board Profile Storage
  • Full n-Key Rollover and 100% Anti-Ghosting
  • Dedicated Macro Control & Mode Selection Keys
  • Windows Lock Key
  • LED Backlight Toggle
  • Timer Key
  • Media Control Corner & LED Volume Display
  • Detachable Soft-Touch Wrist Rest
  • Five-Level Contoured Keycaps
  • G.SKILL Unified Driver System
  • Mouse Cable Holder
  • USB Pass-Through & Audio Jacks

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse ($50) - Key features and specifications

  • Ambidextrous & Interchangeable Side Grips
  • Height-Adjustable Design
  • On-board Profile Storage
  • Adjustable Weights
  • Avago 8200 DPI Laser Sensor
  • Durable Omron Micro-Switch
  • 8 Fully Programmable Buttons
  • Customizable RGB Backlighting
  • G.SKILL Unified Driver System 

G.Skill's entrance into the peripherals market comes at an interesting time. Although I'm not sure one can claim that this market is truly saturated at this point, among the PC component companies who have diversified, G.Skill is definitely coming in behind the pack. This means they not only need to compete with the traditional vendors in this space such as Logitech, but also the companies that diversified earlier such as the afformentioned Corsair. The good news for G.Skill here is that the PC peripherals market is a lot easier to break into since it's not so strictly a commodity market - unlike RAM, mice and keyboards involve direct human interaction and are not merely a faceless chip inside a case - which gives G.Skill a fighting chance even if they are late in joining this market.

As for the products themselves, as I briefly touched upon before, G.Skill has aimed for the high-end segment of the market. The Ripjaws KM780 keyboard retails for around $160, and meanwhile the Ripjaws MX780 mouse is lighter on the wallet at $60. These prices are comparable to similar RGB mechanical keyboards and gaming mice, so G.Skill is competitive on prices, though this does mean that G.Skill needs to convince buyers that they have something that established brands do not. Otherwise the high-end market is a very small market - a definite niche in the PC space - but also a more profitable one, which for G.Skill is no doubt a welcome change from the thin margins of selling large volumes of RAM.

The G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 Mechanical Keyboard
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  • gregounech - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    These things look terrible. And probably are POS. Reply
  • gregounech - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    Also please, stop testing mouse without giving us any information about the sensor and how it performs. Reply
  • nikon133 - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    "...Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor is mounted on. This sensor is found on almost every high performance laser gaming mouse available today".

    Well that's some sensor info, at least...
    Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Friday, November 06, 2015 - link

    The Avago ADNS 9800 has acceleration built in. Most people that want high end gaming mice want a sensor that has no acceleration. Unless something has changed with the sensor. Reply
  • zeeBomb - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    What's the best mechanical keyboard to get depending on the price range? In 3 categories:

    Low
    Medium/ Standard
    High-end

    As much as I love blues, browns are going to be my next approach. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
    Reply
  • RaichuPls - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    For low end, I recommend a CM Storm Quickfire TK. It's a good quality solidly built keyboard, with a numpad in a tenkeyless form factor. Reply
  • zeeBomb - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    Good stuff y'all. I heard Razer switches uses some Chinese version of cherry switches, and albeit being good the longevity is questionable. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    I prefer Razer's stealth keyswitches to any of the Cherries that I have used. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - link

    The switches the Stealths use are pretty similar to Cherry MX Brown IIRC. Reply
  • techfreshness - Friday, November 06, 2015 - link

    yep, the oranges are 'similar' to the browns, greens 'similar' to the blues, but the razer switches do have important differences Reply

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