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Roccat Vulcan 120 AIMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: ROCCAT GmbH
Product Name: Vulcan AIMO 120
Model Number: ROC-12-441-BN-AM
EAN: 4250288151772
Price As Tested: $159.99 (Best Buy Exclusive)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Roccat, GmBH.

It’s safe to say mechanical keyboards have become mainstream. Once the realm of ultra-enthusiasts and those with a fondness for IBM Model M planks, keyboards with mechanical switches have now replaced membrane-based keyboards at almost every price point – from $40 to $200. Despite the dizzying number of options available, it’s rare to find a mechanical keyboard that offers something beyond your favorite gaming brand’s spin on Cherry MX switches. Up until Logitech’s Romer-G and Cherry’s Speed Silver switches (alongside Razer’s Green/Orange/Yellow variations), almost every mechanical keyboard – while varying in sound and tactile feel – had an actuation point of 2mm and a key travel of 4mm.

That is, of course, until now. Roccat has forged a completely new switch in the fires of their in-house design labs and brought to market something unique: the Titan switch.

The brand-new Titan switch debuts on Roccat’s also brand-new Vulcan line of mechanical keyboards. Three distinct versions – Vulcan 80, Vulcan 100 AIMO and Vulcan 120 AIMO – will be launched in Q3 of 2018. With its new switch, unique ultra-light keycaps, rotary dial, smart AIMO RGB illumination and premium design, does the Vulcan AIMO 120 have what it takes to forge a new path among the competition? Benchmark Reviews was given an opportunity to review the Roccat Vulcan AIMO 120, so let’s find out!

Features & Specifications

ROCCAT® VULCAN – MECHANICAL GAMING KEYBOARD

The ROCCAT Vulcan mechanical gaming keyboard represents a powerful combination of technological innovation, robustness and illumination. It marks the first ROCCAT keyboard to feature inhouse-developed Titan Switches. The switches, designed from the ground up, were built for gamers craving a key stroke that was swift and precise while still being tactile. A toughened metal plate strengthens the Vulcan and protects it from knocks and falls, while keys are optimized to resist dust. The powerful AIMO lighting engine is brought to life with long-life LEDs and transparent switch housing that spreads the light evenly. The living light system is customizable on a per-key basis in 16.8M vivid colors/iconic ROCCAT blue color.

The Vulcan was developed with passion following the renowned principles of German design and engineering. It is a precision gaming tool that lets you sense the performance from first glance and feel it from the first key stroke.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES

The Titan Switch is the pride of the Vulcan. It was developed to breathe new life into aspects of mechanical switch technology in which innovation was long overdue. As well as a tactile and silent 1.8mm actuation point with a 3.6mm travel distance, the switches feature structural housing to reduce wobble while being pressed. They were also designed to bring electrical contact bouncing to a minimum, allowing firmware to recognize input 20% faster. Combined with the Vulcan’s ultra-light key caps – 50% lighter than standard – key strokes feel incredibly swift and precise, responding rapidly to your commands.

Learn more about how we developed that Titan Switch here.

BUILT TO LAST
A reinforcing anodized aluminum top plate bolsters the Vulcan, strengthening its structural integrity and shielding it from wear and tear. The detachable palm rest and the flat, low-profile design of the keyboard significantly improves the ergonomics, making it comfortable to use even after long periods of game time. The key caps were specially designed with easy maintenance in mind. They match the spacing and surface area of traditional key caps but feature a shortened height to make cleaning easy, complementing the Titan Switch’s dust-resistant housing perfectly.
AIMO ILLUMINATION

The Vulcan provides the best possible platform for the AIMO lighting engine. Each switch features an individually configurable, long-life LED capable of displaying 16.8M colors in a variety of special effects. Transparent switch housing means the multicolor lighting shines impressively and is spread evenly from every key.

AIMO represents both a lighting engine and an eco-system at once. Its functionality grows based on the number of AIMO-enabled connected devices. It reacts organically based on your usage, presenting state-of-the-art illumination scenarios without the need for configuration.

Discover what’s possible with AIMO illumination here.

VULCAN 120 AIMO
Full featured, the Vulcan 120 AIMO includes a removable ergonomic palm rest for customizable comfort and provides easy control on the fly with a multimedia wheel. Individually configurable key illumination powered by the AIMO lighting engine provides unparalleled lighting scenarios, while an anodized aluminum top plate shields the keyboard from damage.

TECHSPECS

  • 1.8mm actuation point (tactile, silent)
  • 3.6mm switch travel distance
  • 512kb integrated macro & settings memory
  • All keys remappable
  • ROCCAT® Easy-Shift[+]™ technology
  • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor
  • 1.8m USB cable
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • ROCCAT® Swarm software suite
  • RGB per-key illumination with 16.8m colors
  • Removable ergonomic palm rest
  • 1150g weight
  • 462mm x 235mm x 32mm dimensions


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