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ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 04, 2020 at 08:34 am
ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO Picture
7.9
Mixed usage
9.0
Gaming
1.7
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.0
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is an excellent gaming keyboard that has a fairly unique style. It's also the first keyboard to feature the new ROCCAT Titan switches, which are comparable to the very popular Cherry MX Browns. It offers tactile feedback while still being silent. Also, the keys are fairly low profile and it's recommended to use the keyboard with its wrist rest, as the typing experience is much more comfortable.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed usage

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is a good overall keyboard that can be used for multiple uses. It's designed as an amazing gaming keyboard, with proprietary tactile, yet silent switches. It's well-built and has a unique look with low profile keys and great RGB lighting. It offers a very good overall typing experience, although using the wrist rest is almost mandatory.

Pros
  • Well-built design.
  • Unique look with low profile keys and transparent switch casings.
  • Great typing experience.
Cons
  • Not available in a wide variety of switches.
  • Wrist rest is needed to have better typing experience.
9.0 Gaming

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is an excellent gaming keyboard. The new Titan switches offer great tactile feedback and are silent. The pre-travel distance is standard and the keys feel light. The board feels well-made and has a unique style, with low profile keycaps and full RGB lighting, which is great for playing in the dark.

1.7 Mobile/Tablet

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO isn't designed to work with mobile devices.

7.8 Office

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is a good office keyboard. The Titan switches offer good tactile feedback but aren't too loud so you won't annoy surrounding colleagues. Also, it comes with a good wrist rest, which is recommended to use, as the typing experience is noticeably worse without it.

8.0 Programming

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is a great option for programmers. Its overall typing experience is great and it also allows you to program macros on any key. The RGB backlighting is nice and bright, and the build of the board is sturdy.

  • 7.9 Mixed usage
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 1.7 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.0 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 18.2" (46.2 cm)
Depth 6.3" (15.9 cm)
Weight 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is a fairly big keyboard due to its full-size design. It also comes with a magnetic wrist rest, which takes even more space on your desk. However, it's fairly lightweight for its size.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO's build quality is great, which is surprising as it's lightweight. The board doesn't have much flex to it and has a nice aluminum faceplate. The keys have a very low profile and have a unique look. However, the ABS keycaps aren't the greatest and feel a bit flimsy due to their thinness.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest Detachable

Ergonomics are good. It has an incline setting and comes with a detachable, magnetic wrist rest. However, the wrist rest seems necessary to use as, without it, typing feels a bit awkward due to the flat profile of the keys.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO has a full RGB backlight. You can easily control the brightness setting on the board itself and thanks to the transparent casing of the switches and the low profile keys, there's a lot of lighting bleeding on the board. The board is bright enough to use in daylight.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

The cable is typical. It should be long enough for you to reach your desktop without any issues, but you can't detach it and easily replace it if it's damaged.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This keyboard is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
Jog
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO has a few neat extra features that can be very useful. While the media control keys like play/pause and back/forward are on hotkeys, you have dedicated keys for muting sound and a jog that can be used to control the volume, or the brightness level of the backlight if you press the 'FX' key before. You can also enable the 'Game Mode' with a hotkey, which will disable your Windows key so that you don't accidentally minimize your games when playing.

Design
In The Box

  • ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO keyboard
  • Detachable magnetic wrist rest
  • Stickers
  • Manuals

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
ROCCAT Titan Tactile
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
48.0 gf
Pre-Travel
2.20 mm
Total Travel
3.76 mm

This keyboard features ROCCAT proprietary Titan Tactile switches. These tactile yet silent switches are very similar to the popular Cherry MX Brown switches. It has a bump before its actuation force, but the keys don't need too much force. The keys actuate at a pretty standard distance. The Vulcan lineup is the first to feature these switches.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO's typing quality is great. It might feel a bit odd at first due to the very low profile keyboard and keycaps. The keys feel stable and are nice to type on, but the spacebar feels a bit high and slightly unstable. Typing feels much more comfortable when using the wrist rest too. The spacing of the keys helps to reduce the number of typos and it feels better than the Logitech G915.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The typing noise isn't too loud and is suitable for an open-office environment.

Software and Operating System
8.0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software ROCCAT Swarm
Account Required
No
Profiles
4
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The ROCCAT Swarm software offers a good amount of customization for the Vulcan 120 AIMO. You can create up to four different profiles with different keybindings, lighting effects, macros, etc. Note that you need to activate the game mode to use custom binds and macros. This software also allows you to set a specific sound for each keypress. You can choose from preset options, or put in your own audio file to be played at each actuation, but you'll need to replace the preset sound files themselves.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

While this keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, its software isn't available on macOS and Linux, which means you won't be able to customize it. However, most keys work and only the calculator hotkey doesn't work on Linux. For macOS, the scroll lock, browser, explorer, email, and calculator keys don't work.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO has a few variants, but they're considered to be different products. The Vulcan 121 and Vulcan 122 are different colors and come either in Titan tactile switches or in Titan linear switches. There's also the Vulcan 100, which seems identical but doesn't have a wrist rest. Our review is only valid for the Vulcan 120 AIMO with the Titan tactile switches. 

Compared to other keyboards

The ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO is the first keyboard to have the newest ROCCAT Titan switches, which are comparable to MX Browns. This keyboard also has a unique style with low profile keycaps and a transparent switch casing, which makes the RGB lighting shine throughout the board. Unfortunately, while you can use the board without its wrist rest, the typing experience is way better with it, so it's almost mandatory to use it. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard

The Corsair K83 Wireless Entertainment Keyboard and the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO are both very good keyboards designed for different uses. The Corsair K83 is a wireless scissor-switch keyboard with a built-in trackpad designed to use while sitting on your couch. Meanwhile, the Vulcan 120 is a wired gaming keyboard with mechanical switches meant to stay on a desk within a gaming setup. They both feel very well-made and have excellent backlighting, but the typing experience on the Vulcan 120 is a little bit better thanks to its mechanical switches. On the other hand, the Corsair has better compatibility with a wide range of operating systems.

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