Roccat Skeltr Smart RGB Gaming Keyboard Review
By Tom Jaskulka
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ROCCAT.
Imagine the following scenario: your team is about to make the final push into the enemy lines. It’s the last opportunity to scrape out a win, and you’ll need to put everything on the line to make it happen. It’ll take every second of your concentration. The stakes are high, you’re in the zone, tensions are mounting… Right before the critical moment your phone rings, and you have a choice to make: return to the real world, or stay in the zone? Either way, the moment’s been compromised… Or has it? What if you could do both?
What if a device could keep you connected in both worlds, simultaneously – or at least allow you to seamlessly switch between the two with the press of a button? That’s what Roccat hopes to accomplish with their new Skeltr Smart Communication RGB Gaming Keyboard. Bluetooth connectivity and on-board switches to flip between your computer and mobile device allow a user to respond to messages and answer calls at the press of a button.
Complimented by the usual multi-zone RGB controls and accented by Roccat features like EasyShift[+] and the ability to talk to other Roccat devices, the Roccat Skeltr offers a heaping of features designed to keep modern gamers connected. Benchmark Reviews has an opportunity to “Master Worlds” with a Roccat Skeltr – let’s take a look.
Over the next few pages, we’ll take an in-depth look at the unique features the Roccat Skeltr brings to the gaming peripheral category and see if Roccat is able to truly “Master Worlds” and unite your gaming PC with your mobile devices.
Roccat Skeltr Features
- UNIVERSAL DEVICE DOCKING SLOT
holds all smartphones/tablets + charge via USB
- MANAGE AUDIO
quickly toggle between mobile device and PC audio
- CALL BUTTON
take smartphone calls through connected headset
- TYPE TO DEVICE
toggle between PC & device typing via Bluetooth
- RGB ILLUMINATION
five configurable illumination zones in 16.8m colors
- ROCCAT® SWARM + APP
control Skeltr; monitor APM, CPU, GPU, RAM etc.
- POWER-GRID™ + COMPANION APP
ideal for use with computer & game companion apps
- DETACHABLE WRIST REST
easy to add/remove, suits all gaming styles
- TALK® FX + ALIENFX™ SUPPORT
lighting effects for your favorite games
- SILENT & PRECISE TYPING
with improved rubber dome technology
- 20-KEY EASY-SHIFT[+]™ ZONE
for easy key duplication
- 3 programmable thumbster keys
- 5 programmable macro keys
- Easy-Shift[+]™ with 20-key EasyZone
- ROCCAT® Talk™
- Multimedia functions
- Bluetooth V3.0
- 1.8m braided USB cable
- 512kB memory + 32-bit Arm IC
- 1000Hz polling rate
- Membrane keys
Smart Keyboard System Requirements
- Windows® 7 64 Bit, Windows® 7 32 Bit, Windows® 8, Windows® 10
- Internet connection for driver installation
- USB 2.0 Port or better