What kind of keyboard is Sharkoon Skiller SGK5? Can Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 cope with its rivals? Here is the Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 Review
With the Sharkoon Skiller Mech SGK3, the manufacturer has an interesting low-budget keyboard in its range. The Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 presented here is slightly better positioned in terms of features, but comes with membrane switches in return, but is also significantly cheaper in the same way. We took the said keyboard to our chests.
Significantly cheaper means that the Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 is available from ~ 36 €, the Skiller Mech SGK3, on the other hand, costs ~ 60 €, which is one of the cheaper types of mechanical keyboards. But this is also because it has almost no extras, which looks different from the Skiller SGK5. Here you get, for example, a palm rest, dedicated macro, multimedia, and lighting buttons as well as profile buttons. Of course, RGB lighting should not be missing either.
There is not much in the box, but it also includes a palm rest, which is not the case with the HyperX Alloy Core RGB, which also works with a membrane and is available from ~ 52 €.
Details of the Sharkoon Skiller SGK5
It is easy to see that the Sharkoon Skiller SGK5 is supposed to be a gaming keyboard. Yes, there are more conspicuous input devices, but the SGK5 is not really subtle. On the one hand, this is because you are moving away from the typical rectangular basic shape and also because it has a lot of special keys. They can be found on the sides and the top.
Basically, the manufacturer uses plastic for the keyboard. The entire case is made of the same material as the palm rest. Which material is used for the caps is not mentioned, but you can assume ABS in this price range. Only the upper keys for the macros and profile selection are made of solid rubber. Rubber can also be found under all keys. Because as already mentioned, it is a rubber dome keyboard. However, they still offer an n-key rollover, which only relatively few competing products offer. Another special feature is that the caps are quite flat with a height of 7mm.
Since the entire housing is made of plastic and there is no metal base plate, as is usually the case with mechanical keyboards, there is also a bit of “flex”. This does not only occur when you put it up with the rubberized stand but also when it lies on the flat rubber stoppers. But you also have to challenge the bending a bit, with everyday use or gaming that shouldn’t actually happen.
The SGK5 really offers special keys in abundance. For example, the lighting can be set on the left edge using dedicated buttons. Multimedia buttons are located on the right edge and actually leave nothing to be desired. The volume is adjusted using the left rotary control, the right one is responsible for the brightness of the lighting. Settings made can be created in three profiles, which can be selected directly. An associated status LED informs about the activated. The Corsair K55 RGB (see also Corsair K57 RGB Wireless ) allows a similar number of command inputs, but it looks a little tidier.
Like this one, the Skiller SGK5 also has handball support. Here, however, it is more conveniently attached by magnets and not clipped in. In addition to the dedicated keys, there are also second assignments. The arrow keys can also be placed on WASD, there are shortcuts to e-mail, desktop, and the “computer”. Other functions are also assigned for the lighting. F1 to F6 or S1 to S6 allows the various lighting zones to be set.
As with the Sharkoon Light², 200the keyboard software turns out to be quite slim with ~ 21MB. It actually offers all the necessary functions. Almost all keys can be reassigned. In addition to keyboard keys, you can also assign mouse keys, media keys, macros, etc. to individual keys. Macros can be created in the second tab. When recording, all keyboard inputs are recorded, and delays and mouse commands can also be inserted. The lighting can also be configured. It’s pretty easy to do here. It is a pity, however, that the zones are not visualized with an image. But by applying the settings are adopted quite quickly, so that you can see the result live directly. In the last tab, basic settings can be made again. Overall, I like the software quite well.
As always, it is said that rubber domes have to be liked or not. Personally, I am no longer a fan of this switching technology, I have to admit. I already have that with the Corsair K57 RGB Wirelessnoted. Compared to, for example, the Logitech G15, which was my last keyboard of this type, something has changed. The pressure point of the keys doesn’t seem spongy but even offers slight feedback. You don’t have a really noticeable trigger point like with Cherry MX Brown switches, but the membrane used comes closest to this. Under no circumstances should the switches be described as linear. I didn’t get warm with the upper switches. They only trigger after very firm pressure, which is not entirely understandable to me. With the profile switches, it is not halfway understandable so that you don’t accidentally trigger it, but with the macros, it makes little sense in my opinion. I actually don’t think the idea with the rotary controls is bad, but the implementation could be better. There is no stop which is not that bad, but the gradation is very fine, so you may have to turn around a little more. But that only applies to the lighting, the volume can be adjusted “crisply”.
There isn’t much to complain about when it comes to operation. But you should take a look at the enclosed instructions, otherwise, you will either need longer to locate all functions or to understand them at all. The location of the keys is okay, although I consider the placement of the macro keys on the left edge to be more typical or more practical. On the other hand, we like the ergonomics of the keyboard. The angle of incidence of the wrists is small due to the shelf and thus also allows longer sessions. From my point of view, however, it should be a bit flatter at the front. The stands actually ensure that it is level and does not tip over backward.
The lighting is not implemented so bombastically on the SGK5. But it could also be that I am a bit spoiled by my Corsair K70 Mk2 RGB Low Profile in connection with iCUE. But the K57 RGB Wireless can also do more and thanks to the Capellix LEDs it shines more strongly. With the SGK5, the brightness of the diodes is not sufficient to completely illuminate the lettering. And that even though there is no stamp in the way. Basically, the keys are illuminated rather than illuminated. That looks good too, but the effect becomes less effective in a bright room. Below are a few impressions of the colors.
Overall, the processing can be described as okay. I couldn’t find any defects on the keyboard, apart from the fact that the cable was torn open in places. But reasonable at the price. What is not so good is that the shelf sticks tightly on both sides, but not in the middle. The gap dimension is not correct here and the seat is not 100%. This allows it to crack with more pressure when it jumps into the correct position.
Rubber dome keyboards are usually cheaper than equivalent mechanical keyboards, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the main reason for choosing a membrane keyboard. Some just prefer typing experience. I’m not one of them, but compared to other keyboards, I think the Sharkoon Skiller SGK5‘s “coordination” is okay. There’s a slight pressure point, but the buttons are easy to trigger. It is not spongy. However, it is not entirely understandable that the macro keys have been given a significantly stronger resistance.
The workmanship of the keyboard is okay for the price. Overall, however, you feel the difference from a keyboard with a metal base. In my opinion, some potential has been wasted here. The HyperX Alloy Core RGBFor example, one was also donated. In return, the Skiller SGK5 can score well with a palm rest. This is very tight thanks to magnets, but not perfectly aligned. Nevertheless, she brings her hands into a comfortable position. From a personal point of view, the keyboard should be a bit flatter at the front, but the fairly flat caps mean that typing and gaming are possible without any problems. It offers many additional keys and functions for both aspects. The input device can be comprehensively configured via software, whereby both worlds can be easily linked with the three profiles that can be created or switched between them. It is good that the software is quite slim. However, it only applies to SGK5.