Roccat Skeltr Mobile Integration
Now let’s take a look at some of the unique features of the Skeltr. This section will focus on the mobile device integration capabilities offered and how they contribute to the gaming experience.
Instead of a folding stand or other flimsy bracket, Roccat opted for a near full-length rubber coated slot that runs the width of the keyboard. It’s wide enough that any modern device should fit securely.
My current phone (a Droid Turbo) is a little thicker than many phones on the market and has a curved edge that tapers to a thinner point. Still, the Skeltr’s mobile device tray has no problem accommodating it. Thankfully this orientation places the volume/power buttons along the top edge of the phone – other devices may need to be flipped for access, and not necessarily just for the buttons.
You’ll need to consider the port locations of power/audio connections too. The Skeltr ships with a short 3.5mm audio cable with a 90-degree connector and a USB micro B cable which should fit most devices. Naturally, you would be able to use whatever cable shipped with your device as long as it has a regular type A connector on one end to connect to the Skeltr’s rear USB port. Since this is mainly used to provide a trickle of current to keep your device charged, it could always be skipped entirely if you have a spare outlet handy. The audio connection will be necessary if you want to use the Skeltr (and a connected headset) to take calls.
With all cables connected, your mobile device of choice should stay powered and even receive a bit of a charge from the trickle of current provided by the Skeltr’s USB port.
Even larger devices (like this Nexus 7) fit without a problem, and might be even more suitable for those users that want to keep a second screen handy for monitoring Twitch streams (or other social media) or the various PC-monitoring apps such as NZXT’s CAM, Logitech’s Arx or Roccat’s very own Swarm app.
There are two dedicated buttons on the upper-left corner used to control the audio source (PC or mobile), and a quick “answer phone” button that switches the audio as well. Each of these buttons will flip the audio between your current PC playback device and whatever is plugged into the Skeltr’s headphone/microphone jack.
Two more buttons on the upper-right corner switch between using the Skeltr to type on your mobile device and your PC. This change happens near instantly, as far as I can tell – letting you switch, respond to a text, and switch back to your PC in far less time than it would take to use your thumbs. The button on the far right is solely dedicated to opening Roccat’s Swarm driver application (but won’t bring it to the foreground if it is already open which seems like a missed opportunity). Let’s take a look at the Skeltr within the Swarm configuration software on the next page.