Roccat Skeltr Smart Communication RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Roccat Skeltr Smart Communication RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction

In a world with tons of products all doing roughly the same thing it takes something special to make yourself stand out from the crowd. You need a unique selling point. A thing your product does that none of the others do. Something that we didn't realise we wanted until it appeared. Something to grab your attention. Something, let's not beat around the bush, to make you open your wallet.

Roccat have long been one of our favourite peripheral makers, with a range of products that combine fantastic value for money with great looks, build quality, and a design that is usually spot on right out of the gate.

Enter the Skeltr. A keyboard which has had a long gestation period from when it first came to our attention. It promises connectivity with your smart device to keep you in the game longer than other keyboards. So much about the Skeltr is focussed upon this unique selling point (USP) that we're going to break with tradition and quote them directly.



You’re in-game and on a roll, top of the scoreboard on your server. Oh no, what’s that? Out of the corner of your eye you see the notification light on your phone flash. You take a short time-out to pick up your phone and reply to your friend’s message, but meanwhile you’re sinking down the scoreboard without a trace. Every gamer knows this problem. The Skeltr fixes it. It lets you toggle between system and device typing at the touch of the button, so you can hammer out a quick response to your friend without interrupting your gaming, letting you finish the round on top.


So it certainly promises much. Does it actually deliver though?

Technical Specifications

Despite that lofty price tag the Skeltr is a membrane style keyboard rather than a mechanical. With full RGB lighting and some dedicated macro keys adding to Roccats regular Easy Shift [+] feature it ticks many boxes, but we'd be lying if we didn't say that the majority of the price tag is because of that Bluetooth connectivity.

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Most Recent Comments

03-10-2016, 10:50:43

Kilbane
Interesting idea. I already have my phone propped at the top of my keyboard. Biggest advantage of the STRIKE 5 is the OLED display section, makes a great rest for my phone. Adding in the communication between phone and keyboard is a very niche feature. Definitely overprice also!Quote

04-10-2016, 18:06:15

jimma47
I've been using Roccat's Power-Grid on a cheap 7" tablet for Elite Dangerous and I can see where they're coming from with this.

I love the idea of being able to hold the tablet in place on the keyboard and power it as it goes. I think the switching between the two devices button is a good idea if you're not in the middle of a game. Well maybe it would work with slower paced games as well. It would be nice to be able to type on the tablet without having to pick it up.

I find I'm often switching over from my main display screens to my ancillary panel and it's reasonably quick as long as you're not in the middle of combat. I usually have a web browser or iTunes open so if you didn't have multiple monitors then yeah this tablet/phone stand would work well.

I don't think anyone would really answer their phone half way through a round of counterstrike or whatever.

Ultimately though it saves a little bit of desk space and the price of either an extra Bluetooth keyboard or a tablet cover with built in keyboard attached.

Probably not worth the price premium but I agree it's an innovative idea.Quote

05-10-2016, 04:43:22

SuB
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Originally Posted by jimma47 View Post
I don't think anyone would really answer their phone half way through a round of counterstrike or whatever.
If someone called me half way through a CS match they'd get ignored and called back later with some abuse lolQuote

05-10-2016, 04:54:43

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by SuB View Post
If someone called me half way through a CS match they'd get ignored and called back later with some abuse lol
When are you playing CS again?Quote

05-10-2016, 05:45:51

SuB
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
When are you playing CS again?
I'm not, I lost my edge a long while ago :PQuote
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