Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sharkoon Skiller PRO Review


There are a ton of gaming keyboards currently on the market, lots of different options and configurations to choose from, finding one that suits both your gaming needs as well as the contents of your wallet can be a challenging task, it's all about achieving a perfect ratio between cost and quality.
With the previously mentioned objective in mind, today we will be taking a look at the Skiller PRO, a membrane keyboard from Sharkoon that promises to deliver a lot of interesting features while at the same time keeping the price tag relatively accessible to most gamers out there (25€-30€).
We have in the past reviewed several other products and peripherals from Sharkoon, so if you don't know them very well I invite you to check those reviews out. Hopefully you will be able to notice a pattern emerging, inexpensive and well built products that deliver all the core features most gamers require.


In terms of packaging Sharkoon did a fine job with the Skiller PRO. For one, the actual color scheme on the package matches the one from the keyboard, aside from that, you will be able to quickly read all the most important features right on the front of the package, this will help consumers who may be looking at several different products in an actual physical retailer. Simple details like this can go a long way, especially at this price point where impulsive purchases are frequent.
Bundled with the Skiller PRO you will find only the most basic accessories such as a couple of rubber feet to stop your keyboard from sliding around and your typical CD with the customization software and drivers. No fancy stuff here sure, but at this price point it's hard to ask for more.


Visually, and while I'm not a big fan of the over-the-top design, I loved the illumination present on the Skiller PRO. It's only available in blue, and maybe because of that, the color feels a lot more consistent and bright when compared to other keyboards from the same price range. While I don't think that each key is individually illuminated, Sharkoon did a fine job simulating that effect because it certainly looks like it.
I gotta say that personally my preferences tend to lean towards minimalist keyboards, because of that, and despite the awesome illumination, the PRO is not really my cup of tea when it comes to appearance. Still, I can acknowledge that for people who prefer more aggressive designs, this will be a good choice.


In terms of functionality, comfort and build quality the Sharkoon Skiller PRO performs admirably well.
While the limitations of a membrane keyboard are present here, for what it is, an inexpensive non-mechanical gaming keyboard, the PRO delivers probably everything that you could possibly want. Macros, multi-key rollover, three profiles and even multimedia keys for your more mundane tasks.
Build quality is also pretty acceptable. It can easily compete with other non-mechanical keyboards that cost quite a bit more.
Finally, I would like to mention the rubberized finish that the PRO has, it feels great to the touch and will certainly improve the user experience in the long run.


Final Thoughts
Sharkoon has done it again. The Skiller PRO is an outstanding keyboard, everything about it feels just right and even though I don't particularly like its visual design, I can see other gamers finding it really attractive.
If you're on the market looking for an inexpensive gaming keyboard then I can't recommend the Sharkoon Skiller PRO enough.

The Good
+Price
+Blue lights
+Comfortable
+Solid
+Gaming features (macros,n-key rollover, etc.)

The Bad
-Visual design
-Too flashy to use around the office
-A bit loud when typing


Thanks to Sharkoon for providing the review sample