Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the Skeltr for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I am really torn between using it as my main keyboard or going back to my mechanical keyboard. Obviously when it comes to performance and feedback a membrane keyboard is not going to compare to a mechanical keyboard, but the Skeltr has so many great features that I actually use that makes me want to continue to use it.
When it comes to typing and gaming the keyboard is very comfortable. Again it is a membrane keyboard, but I’ve experience some that are far worse than this keyboard. It is so great to be able to take a call when I’m in the middle of a gaming session. I don’t even have to pick up my phone! And I can switch the audio to go through my headset so I don’t even have to take my headset off! I can also respond to text messages and other things on my phone by simply pressing the type to device button on the keyboard, this is actually the feature I use the most. When I’m gaming or working I tend to pick up my phone (taking myself out of the action or work concentration), respond to messages, and then go back into the game / work. Now when a message comes up I can easily respond to it without picking up my phone and I can respond to messages much faster on my keyboard.
Besides these two features the Swarm mobile app is really great. It gives you multimedia and volume controls, system monitoring, APM monitoring, and even the ability to change profiles and key mappings without even having to get out of game to do so. ROCCAT has really brought your mobile device and keyboard together in a way that actually works.
Like everything these days this keyboard is an RGB keyboard, but it does not offer per-key customization, so you cannot do things like the ever-popular color wave or things like that. The illumination does get the job done though and should be plenty bright enough for most people.
This has to be one of the best membrane keyboards I’ve ever reviewed. Right now you can pick it up at my favorite online retailer for $149. Keep in mind you can get a mechanical RGB keyboard for that price, although it will not have as many features. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Able to type to your mobile device from the keyboard
– Able to answer calls through your headset
– Great mobile companion app
– Can completely remap the keyboard and easily create macros
– USB and audio pass-through
– While RGB, no per-key customization
– It is a membrane keyboard