Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

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Introduction

Roccat has been dutifully making amazing gaming keyboards for some time today, but at a marketplace that’s becoming ever more aggressive, how can you stick out in the crowd? Together with the Vulcan 120 Aimo, that has established at Computex 2018, Roccat intends to do this by combining its expertise, build quality and a striking design that is unlike any gambling keyboard we have seen previously.

It looks like the company is playing to its strengths, and that is always welcome. And, while it is eye-catching design will surely be getting a great deal of attention, there are also some finer details which Roccat has lavished on the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo in an effort to make it among the most fabulous gaming keyboards cash can purchase.

Design

The design of this Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo is, quite simply, magnificent. Whenever we watched it, we loved the appearance. In various ways, the design is very conservative for a gaming computer keyboard. There is a brushed aluminium body, and also the seemingly obligatory RGB backlighting; however, one little difference actually makes this keyboard stand out.

And that’s the keys. Contrary to other keyboards which have keycaps which cover the whole key, including the switch, the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo simply has keycaps on the top of the major, leaving the rest exposed.

It is a tiny design tweak which makes a big difference, providing the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo an industrial-like form like the mechanical parts are exposed, while also providing a hint of retro cool that is similar to older typewriters.

It admittedly does not seem old fashioned, but as those RGB LEDs which light up each individual key seem much more striking since they glow around each key, in addition to through the top, as the buttons themselves are somewhat transparent.

Instead, macros can be assigned to the F1, F2, F3 and F4 keys. There’s a dial knob in the top right-hand corner of the keyboard. Alongside it is three buttons. One mutes the quantity of your device. The following button is the’ button. Pressing this, then twisting the knob enables you to scroll through a variety of lighting options. There’s also a volume button, and pressing on this allows you to use the knob to control the sound volume.

Additionally, it includes a wrist rest; it is possible to attach to it. It is a brilliant addition, but it is made from rigid plastic, so it is not quite as comfortable to use as a padded wrist rest. In the long run, we swapped it out for a wrist rest we had already been using. It is the one misstep in an otherwise perfect design.

Performance

Roccat is yet another company that’s dropped the favourite Cherry MX mechanical switches for its own, using the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo with Roccat Titan switches. All these are a 1.8mm actuation point and therefore are probably most similar to Cherry MX Brown switches.

Therefore, you get a tactile switch which feels light and quick. The half-weight caps on the keys do not only provide the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo a striking appearance; in addition, but it also permits the keys to go back to their position much faster. It is not quite as loud or clicky’ as a few mechanical keyboards are, but the quickness of these switches makes it a great keyboard for typing on, in addition to an excellent gaming keyboard.

In accordance with Roccat, the electrical bounce time of the keys will be reduced by 20 per cent, in comparison to Cherry MX Switches, to 4ms, and it ends in a really responsive feeling keyboard which could keep up with frantic typing, as well as rapid action in games.

This usually means the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo is an excellent keyboard should you use your PC for working as well as playing games. Though the Roccat Titan switches are not quite as good at gaming as Cherry MX Red switches, the Red switches are not always perfect for typing on. The Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo feels a great deal more well-rounded in this regard.

Conclusion

In general, we’re incredibly impressed with all the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo. Its design is absolutely stunning, and we love the way it really does something different using RGB lighting. {The half-capped keys are a masterstroke that actually makes the keyboard stand out, and there are practical advantages to it too, with all the keys being lighter and faster.

The Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo also performs incredibly in both gaming and typing, as it seems fast and responsive with an actuation point which isn’t so shallow, and provides you more visual feedback when pressing on the keys. It is not the loudest mechanical keyboard we have tried, which will please anybody who sits near you when you game and type.

It’s pricey, but you are getting a fantastic and versatile keyboard which looks fantastic. We can’t say enough great things about its design. It is just a shame we find the wrist rest to be less comfortable as cushioned ones, but that is a minor complaint, really.

5.5 Total Score
Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo

The Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo is among the best gaming keyboard we have ever used. It is a joy to game and type on, and it's a gorgeous design that demonstrates that gaming peripherals may be stylish too.

PROS
  • Gorgeous design
  • Tactile feedback
  • Dial knob is useful
  • Perfect for typing and gaming
CONS
  • Pricey
  • Hard wrist rest
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