The gaming mechanical keyboard market is so heavily saturated, and always will be. And with the likes of Corsair, Razer, and Logitech dominating the space, you really have to bring something new to the table to grab the attention of gamers. And one way to do this, is with a new keyswitch.
- Roccat Vulcan AIMO 120 Mechanical Keyboard
- Wrist rest
- User guide
DESIGN & BUILD
Okay so straight up, this thing looks pretty out there. It really does look like an out and out gaming keyboard, which I know isn’t for everyone, including myself. We have that floating key design, so the mounting plate is the top plate, in which is made from this silver brushed aluminium.
It’s shape is kind of aggressive as well. It is a very sharp looking keyboard with the square corners, tapered edges, and metallic top.
On the rear we have a non-removable USB cable. And there’s some yucky glossy plastic, but it’s out of the way, so I guess it’s fine. And on the bottom, there’s 2 flip up feet that are rubber tipped. And these monstrous flat rubber feet.
The thing that catches your eyes the most however, are these keycaps. These are some super short keycaps. They claim that it’s like 50% lighter than a normal keycap, and therefore the key will return quicker. But normal keycaps weigh less than a gram anyway, so I don’t think they’d make any real difference. And they really do expose the keyswitches more, which do light up nicely with those RGB LEDs.
They also make the keys look more spaced than usual, even though they aren’t, which also makes the board easy to clean by the way. But I found them absolutely fine to use in regards to typing speed and accuracy.
These are made from ABS plastic, and are pretty thin at about 1mm thick. And they have that black UV coating which is then laser etched to create the translucent legends. So not really great quality, as they will shine over time.
We do have a completely standard ANSI layout, but not all keycaps work, because of how big that top housing is, and as you can see, these keycaps are shaped specifically for the keyswitches.
Included, we also have the wrist rest, which attaches magnetically on the glossy part. It works absolutely fine, but the magnets aren’t the strongest, but I don’t think it particularly matters. And it is pretty low profile, so it doesn’t make the biggest difference in elevating your palms, but yeh, better than nothing.
TITAN GAMING KEYSWITCHES
The Titan switches have a brown cross stem, as per usual.
It has a total travel distance of 3.6mm and an actuation distance of 1.8mm. So not really the biggest reduction in distance, especially compared to other speed or gaming keyswitches. They don’t state the actuation force, but I measured it to be about 55g. The bump is right at the top, rather than towards the middle like an MX Brown.
And the tactile bump is pretty decent as well. It’s more prominent than an MX Brown, because it feels more sharp instead of drawn out. As it is sharp, it’s not really smooth or pleasant, like say a Zealio, it’s more of a harsh bump. It’s actually pretty similar to a Kailh Box Brown, with the bump at the top, same approximate weights, and distances.
The software gives us all we need. We have several profiles we can customise. The ability to program keys. Macro customisation. And of course the RGB backlighting.
See video for software demonstration.
Overall, this is a mechanical keyboard targeted towards gamers. It has the look, the customisable RGB lighting, the programmability and macros, the volume controls that people like, and of course the new Titan keyswitches. Whether the Titan switches make a difference for gmaing, I really don’t know. I’m not a hardcore gamer, and based purely on how they feel beneath my fingers, they’re very similar to Kailh Box Browns, which is fine for gaming. But I do enjoy typing on them, as they do have the sharp tactile bump.
I think many gamers do look for a shorter actuation, and perhaps a linear keyswitch, but that’s of course subjective. And I also think that a tenkeyless board is more appropriate for many gamers, just to give us more space for our mouse.
It may not be for everyone, but what I can commend Roccat for, is their want to create something different. To build a new keyswitch, to try and differentiate themselves from the pack. Innovation is what drives technology, so I’m always happy to see that.