ROCCAT Skeltr Overview
The ROCCAT Skeltr is a large keyboard, bigger than your typical full-size keyboard. We received the black / gunmetal version of the keyboard, but there is also a black / white version available. It is a full-size keyboard with a full compliment of keys as well as a full numberpad. On the left side of the there are five programmable macro keys labeled M1-M5. I think that five macro keys is more than enough for most gamers these days. This is a membrane keyboard and as such we have keycaps that are smaller than what you would see on a mechanical keyboard.
The F1-12 keys have alternate functions as well. Starting with F1 and moving left to right you have mute, volume down, volume up, calculator shortcut, play/pause, stop, back, forward, This PC or My Computer shortcut, Internet shortcut, LED brightness, and macro record button. Above the F row of keys is a the device docking slot, it should be large enough for most mobile devices and even tablets.
Moving on to buttons that are not part of the normal keyboard, on the top left corner you have two buttons for phone calls. The larger phone button will answer calls on your phone by just pressing it. The smaller button next to it toggles between audio on your mobile device or audio on your PC.
On the opposite side of the keyboard there are two identical buttons. The larger Swarm button is a shortcut to the ROCCAT swarm software. The smaller button is the Bluetooth and type to device button. You hold this button down to turn on Bluetooth and pair the keyboard to your mobile device. Once paired you can press this button to type on your device using the Skeltr keyboard.
Below the keyboard are a set of three Thumbster keys. They can be programmed to do pretty much anything. I am a huge fan of these and they are really easy to press, especially when you are gaming. The wrist rest is made of plastic and has the ROCCAT logo on it. With the wrist rest connected you do increase the overall size of the keyboard, but at the same time you give some support for your wrist.
Looking at the keyboard from the side we can see that ROCCAT designed the sides of the keyboad with cutouts, which I think look pretty cool. There are also LEDs on the side, which will shine through these cutouts. All rows on this keyboard seem to be at the same angle, which is not something we typically see. You can pop out the feet on the bottom of the keyboard to put the keyboard at a more aggressive angle.
At the front of the keyboard you’ll find a few connections. At the center there is a pass-through USB port and a 3.5mm audio port. These are made for your mobile device, but can be used for something else as well. Moving over to the end of the keyboard there are headphone and microphone pass-though ports for you to connect your headset.
Flipping the keyboard over there are plenty of feet on the bottom as well as on the wrist rest to keep the keyboard in place, even during the most intense gaming sessions. Finally taking a look at the connected cable it is a large, thick, braided cable. As the cable comes to the end it breaks off into two USB connections, and headphone and microphone connections.