Roccat Skeltr Smart Communication RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

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There is no doubt that the USP of the Skeltr is writ large upon the box. Even the model name is confined to the corner to allow the keyboard with its attendant Phone and Tablet to dominate. As you would expect from the front the reverse is much the same with all the key features highlighted.

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Even though keyboards are generally plug and play, the new elements to the Skeltr require a little clarification and it's nice that Roccat have utilised the wrist rest to bring it to your attention. A wise move considering the first thing most of us do with the manual is bin it.

Because the Skeltr supports answering your calls from the keyboard the need to plug in the audio port extensions is more vital than it normally is. Although if you're a USB headset user then you're out of luck. The extra USB port is necessary because there is a phone charge pass-through, as we will see soon.

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With the need to be able to balance your phone/tablet in the Skeltr that has a small effect on the design, but we like the balance of the black elements of the top echoed with the thumbster key area below the spacebar. The side areas are hollow to allow for additional lighting, something that you can see clearly from below.

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Like most Roccat keyboards the Skeltr includes dedicated macro keys to the side of the main element, and the always useful thumbster ones below the spacebar. The Caps Lock key doubles as the Easy Shift [+] key, expanding your macro options. So far it's pretty much what you would expect from a keyboard. Of course that phone slot at the top is where the real action is, so let's take a look at that.

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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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