The G.Skill KM780 is a keyboard with all the trimmings. This is apparent from the look — big and wide, with rolled bars on the edges (parts of which are actually useful), and a host of extra keys and dedicated buttons — to the software to the extra key caps to the high build quality that you’ll find inside.
Keyboards like this one are not for everyone. The size necessitates plenty of desk space, and all those bells and whistles add and add and add to the final $170 price tag. However, as fully loaded keyboards go, that’s about the going rate. Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma is $170 (although its newer BlackWidow Chroma X is $160), and Corsair’s K95 RGB series keyboards land at $190. One could argue that any one of these has some better features than any other, but the point is that the KM780 is priced commensurately with its immediate competition.
Note that, as we mentioned on the first page of this review, that there are several variations on the KM780. We tested one with Cherry MX RGB Brown switches, but there are RGB Red and Blue options. Red LED-only versions cost $130. The KM780R models lack the extra key caps, which knocks the price of the RGB versions and red LED-only models down to $160 and $120, respectively. (You can find multiple KM780 and KM780R models with lower street prices - sometimes significantly lower).
As it often happens these days, companies like to brand a range of peripherals. In the case of G.Skill, the KM780’s partner is the Ripjaws MX780.
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