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Roccat Vulcan 120 AIMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

I like to test keyboards by simply using them daily for all typical gaming PC tasks and noting any irregularities or irritants. Of course, for gathering data points and comparisons certain tools can be useful – primarily, I like to use Aqua’S Key Test and typeracer.com to test rollover capabilities and get a feel for typing speed/switch feel, respectively. I generally get more time typing on each keyboard than I’m able to dedicate to playing games, but I’ll load up a few rounds of PUBG, ARMA 3 or Starcraft II (along with some Minecraft, Dead Cells and MWO if I have time!) to see what the experience is like across a few genres.

My initial impressions of Roccat’s new Titan switch were pretty good – it feels crisp and responsive, just as the marketing materials state. The overly-flat layout of the keys took a little getting used to, but it wasn’t difficult to adapt after a short period. Those that prefer flatter keyboards (such as those on laptops or those that use scissor switches) will probably feel quite at home with the Vulcan. Typing was quite pleasant, gaming a little less so (mostly due to the spacebar feeling a bit uncomfortable after repeated presses), but overall I think most users would be happy with the way the Vulcan feels across the majority of applications.

Starcraft II actions were swift and wonderfully concise, but I found myself wanting to go back to my G910 Orion Spark for shooters due to the more comfortable (for me) keycaps and spacebar. Generally I’ll use a gaming keypad for FPS games anyway as I find them more comfortable (I blame the Belkin N52te); after using the Vulcan 120 AIMO for PUBG and Minecraft I ended up plugging my Razer Orbweaver in and keeping it close by. It’s not that the Vulcan was uncomfortable, but I personally wouldn’t be able to use it for extended periods of time in games centered around the WASD cluster. RTS/strategy/turn-based, other genres, typing, productivity…all of these felt great, and the downward-curved lower row of keys did help a bit with FPS games; just not enough to allow me to want to use the Vulcan exclusively.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z270I Gaming
  • System Memory: 2×8 GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-2400
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Audio: On-board
  • Video: Asus Strix GTX 1080 Ti
  • Disk Drive 1: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Firecuda 1TB SSHD
  • Enclosure: Phanteks Shift X
  • PSU: Silverstone SFX 650W
  • Monitor: Acer XG270HU 144Hz 2560×1440 TN LCD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1803

Results

It’s always good to know on a gaming keyboard if the keys you press will register. Many games require some pretty extensive finger gymnastics to press combinations of keys, so making sure your keyboard of choice will register your input accurately is the task of our first testing suite. Generally, I’ll just lay a palm across the keyboard and try to press as many keys as possible to see if they all register.

It seems the Vulcan doesn’t have complete N-key rollover, but the entire gaming cluster has received some dedicated attention (most likely using the same or similar system as the Horde AIMO keyboard). It’s nice to see full NKRO on flagship keyboards, but it’s frankly an unrealistic scenario in the first place – the important thing is the Vulcan didn’t have any issue registering keypresses even in the most ridiculous or fast-paced gaming or typing scenarios.

I always find it entertaining to race coworkers or friends using typeracer.com, which is also a fun way to get a feel for different keyboards and their typing feel. I was excited to give the new Titan switches a spin, so I did jumped straight into typing on the Vulcan with five races consecutively and using the average WPM speed to “rate” each keyboard. The Titan switches are just as good as Cherry Blues or Browns to type on, and I had no problem landing right in my typical average typing speed range (88 WPM for the Titan-equipped Vulcan 120 AIMO).

Roccat Vulcan 120 AIMO Logitech G513 Romer-G Tactile Logitech G513 Romer-G Linear Roccat Skeltr Thermaltake Meka G (Cherry MX Black) Razer Black Widow (Cherry MX Brown)
88 WPM 88 WPM 86 WPM 103 WPM 79 WPM 82 WPM

For reference, here are a few other racing speeds I managed with some keyboards I’ve tested in the past. The Titan switches on Roccat’s Vulcan keyboards are great for typing, with a nice crisp tactile feel and responsive action. They felt slightly stiff to me overall, compared to the smooth action of the Romer-G switches. I like the key action of the Titan switches and would recommend them to others, but they didn’t exactly sway me from my previous Romer-G preference – even though they are a close competitor.


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