In the limited exposure I’ve had to ROCCAT, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. While they’re not the most mainstream of names in the computer gaming peripherals space, they’re doing an excellent job of grabbing some much-deserved attention. Their latest effort is realized in the form of the Vulcan 120 AIMO keyboard.
Simply put, this thing is one of the most unique gaming keyboards that I’ve ever come across, either in reviewing product or just in passing at trade shows, and so on. The gorgeous aluminum chassis will certainly stand out on any desktop. But then, you power the computer on and the Vulcan 120 just lights up the room. The slim keycaps make the backlit LED design pop in ways that I’ve never seen on any other gaming keyboard. It’s pure magic. And the subtle wave motion of the LEDs just adds to the experience, making it seem like the keyboard is breathing underneath your fingertips as you seamlessly hack away at the keys.
To that end, the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 is the company’s first keyboard to feature their new in-house Titan Switch mechanism. Designed from the ground up by ROCCAT, the Titan Switch features a 1.8mm actuation point with a 3.6mm travel distance. The housing around the switch is designed to reduce the wobbling feeling you get as you glide from one key to the next. And the plastic casing over the switch makes the Vulcan 120 about as dustproof as a keyboard can be.
According to ROCCAT, the design of the Titan Switch itself is meant to increase input recognition, making the Vulcan 120 roughly 20 percent faster than other comparative switch mechanisms on the market. That’s supported by the slim key cap design, which makes the keys incredibly light.
And with the AIMO lighting engine built into this keyboard, users are going to have one heck of a time customizing their lighting experience. The LEDs themselves are capable of producing some 16.8 million colors in a variety of special effects. And with the AIMO engine, the functionality expands as more AIMO-enabled devices are connected. The system is designed to organically react based on usage, meaning you really don’t have to get into the weeds with customization as the illumination scenarios will adjust automatically.
If there’s one area where the Vulcan 120 falls short is in the wrist rest. While detachable, the height of the keyboard itself certainly requires the use of a wrist rest. But the one that ROCCAT includes in the box is plastic and hard. It’s just not the most comfortable experience.
In all, though, the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO Keyboard has been an absolute wonder to use. The typing experience is so seamless and smooth that, as such, it’s become the every day driver for me—and is currently being slapped away at as I crank out this review.