With the SKILLER SGK50 S4, Sharkoon releases its first mechanical gaming keyboard with a 60 percent form factor. The new keyboard is extremely versatile. Thanks to the hot-swap function, all exchangeable switches with 3 and 5 pins can be installed. Three Kailh switch types are available for customizing the keyboard.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4
Similar to the SKILLER SGK 60 (our review), the new Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4 keyboard also comes with Kalih switches, but not in the BOX variant. There is a choice of linear red switches, the tactile brown switch or the clicky blue switch.
Alternatively, a factory-lubricated Gateron switch set is offered, which is available separately from the manufacturer. The keyboard can be positioned at up to three different angles using its two pairs of feet. Completely without software, two macros with up to 16 macro actions can also be set and overwritten.
The compact 60 percent layout offers significant space savings on the desk, allowing the mouse to be moved more freely and the keyboard to be positioned more conveniently. Thanks to the multiple key assignment, all the functions of a TKL keyboard are offered, making the Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4 a full-featured keyboard in a handy size.
Free switch selection on the Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4
Three Kalih switches are available for selection from the factory. The linear red switch with an imperceptible switching point, which is aimed primarily at gamers thanks to its low actuation force; the tactile brown switch, whose switching point is noticeable but not audible; and the clicky blue switch, which is aimed primarily at frequent typists.
All switches have a travel to the switch point of 1.9 millimeters and an actuation force of 50 grams and a life span of 70 million keystrokes. Thanks to the hot-swap function, switches can be installed and removed in a few simple steps. Both a key cap puller and a switch puller are supplied for this purpose. All switches with 3 and 5 pins can be installed.
Besides the three switches available for this keyboard, Sharkoon also offers 8 different switch sets with 35 switches each from the Kailh and Gateron brands. All switches feature either linear or tactile characteristics, with the Gateron switches also being factory lubricated. According to the manufacturer, this should allow the switches to operate more smoothly and deepen the sound.
In addition, the Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4 can be customized without any software at all. With the help of various key combinations, the lighting effects can be adjusted, as well as two macros with up to 16 macro actions can be saved and played.
Price and Availability
The SKILLER SGK50 S4 in black and white, as well as the Switch Set will soon be available from the manufacturer and retailers. In terms of price, the gaming keyboard in 60 percent format is priced at 69.90 euros. The Switch Set with 35 Kailh-BOX switches or with Gateron CAP Milky Yellow will be offered for 12.90 euros. With Gateron PRO switches it will be available for 9.90 Euros.