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Sharkoon Skiller Gaming Keyboard Review - Final Thoughts

Following up with more peripherals from Sharkoon, we now bring you the Skiller gaming keyboard. Functionality and price aplenty.

| Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:39 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Sharkoon

Final Thoughts

 

I had to mention the fact that I use mechanical keyboards by choice in here, because it does leave me somewhat biased and knowing what I know now, I typically wouldn't shop for a keyboard with rubber dome switches on it. The biggest reason is that most keyboards that offer anything close to what the Skiller delivers in functionality of the keys by default cost too near mechanical keyboard pricing not to just take the 20 to 30 dollar leap in the realm of some of the lower priced mechanical offerings. That trend stops with the Skiller though; you get everything I just showed you for right around $25. No matter how you convert that monetary figure, the Skiller is bar none the most economic solution I have seen.

 

To get the default 127 key functionality makes this a good solution for 14.99 Euros for everything from an OEM replacement option all the way up to everyday users that like to game more than they read Facebook or tend to e-mails. There is no denying that. Even if I picked it apart a bit about the color of the LED under the stylized S or that the internal packaging was a bit lacking as far as securing the product, those things can easily be overlooked. Especially once you consider the remapping and levels upon levels of depth over ten profiles, I am pretty sure you can forget all of the things you can make this keyboard do not to mention that each keys has so many possibilities, that all of their presets can be assigned and still leaves you many keys left for Marco assignments. I have seen $80 offerings with software similar, but nowhere as endless as the Skiller offers.

 

The extras like the rubber keys for gaming and the key puller not only take the Skiller over the top for me, but the puller alone will make maintaining the cleanliness of the board so much easier than trying to disassemble it to shake out or vacuum out the dirt and debris. It is really too bad that a lot of Sharkoon's products, including this one for now is not available in the US. I am hoping this is something that changes soon, because if the Skiller comes to the States, I can see this as the "œgo-to board" of choice for anyone looking for an impressive and very economical solution to keyboards. For those of you lucky enough to have access to the Sharkoon Skiller, I dare you to find me a board with this level of standard features, style, programmability and be even within $10 of the Skiller.

 

I really think you are going to be offering me OEM or generic 107 key boards and the Skiller has even the higher dollar, aftermarket offerings, quaking in their boots with a release like this, so it will blow the regular offerings out of the water. I really do recommend if you need a keyboard on the cheap and won't settle for the basics, the Skiller definitely deserves your attention amongst any other rubber dome switch based keyboard.

 

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