The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is an outstanding gaming keyboard that's also available in a smaller, TenKeyLess size. It features proprietary ROCCAT Titan Linear Optical switches, which offer a low pre-travel distance and are light to press for a quick gaming experience. It's well-built with full RGB backlighting that shines through the transparent switches. You can reprogram some keys, but not every key is macro-programmable, which may be disappointing to some. The ROCCAT Swarm software is only available on Windows and allows you to customize the backlighting and set macros. It has good ergonomics and the typing experience feels great, but it may take some time to get used to the keycaps' shape, and the low pre-travel may cause an increase in typos.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is a good overall keyboard. It offers outstanding gaming performance because of its proprietary Titan Linear Optical switches that are light to press. It has full RGB backlighting, and you can set macros to dedicated keys. It's good for office use or programming as it offers great typing quality, but the feel of the linear switches may not be for everyone.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is outstanding for gaming. The proprietary optical switches are light to press and have minimal pre-travel distance, great for a quick gaming experience. It has full RGB backlighting and you can set macros to some keys, but not all. It's also well-built and it has good ergonomics.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is wired-only and can't be used with mobile devices.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is good for office use. It provides a great typing experience, but the linear switches may lead to an increase in typos because they're so light to press. It has good ergonomics with a detachable wrist rest, and you shouldn't feel fatigue typing on it. It's also quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is good for programming. You can set macros to a certain set of keys, but not every key is macro-programmable. It also has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. It offers great typing quality, but the linear switches are so light to press that it may cause unintended keystrokes.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is a full-sized keyboard that takes up a fair amount of space on the desk. There's a TKL variant available if you want to save some space, and it's known as the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro has great build quality, very similar to the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO. The frame is plastic with a brushed metal plate on top, and the wrist rest is plastic. It flexes quite easily, but the metal plate helps keep it stable and you shouldn't have to worry about it. The ABS keycaps are fairly stable and the larger keys don't rattle, but you might still notice some wobble on some keys. There aren't any obvious loose parts, either. The feet underneath keep it in place and you shouldn't have to worry about it sliding around with the wrist rest attached, as it provides a good amount of grip.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro has good ergonomics. There's one incline setting, and it has a wrist rest that attaches magnetically. The flat profile of the keys may take some time to get used to.
This keyboard has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. You can customize the RGB settings through the dedicated software and it's compatible with the AIMO Intelligent Lighting engine to sync the RGB lighting with other devices. The keycaps sit flat and light easily comes through the transparent switches.
The included cable is braided and generic-feeling. Sadly, you can't remove it and replace it with something else; however, the TKL variant has a removable cable.
This is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro has a few extra features. There are media hotkeys, a dedicated volume wheel in the form of a dial, and there are mute/unmute buttons next to the wheel. You can activate 'Game Mode' by pressing Fn+Scroll Lock to disable the Windows key so you don't accidentally minimize your game. The 'Game Mode' also enables any of the macros you set to the M1 through M6 keys located above the arrow keys. There's an 'Easy Shift' function while in 'Game Mode' that allows you to set macros to the alpha keys to the left of the T, G, and B keys. This gives you an extra set of macros when you hold onto the Caps Lock button. All the other keys aren't macro-programmable, but you can reprogram them to a certain list of functions. If you'd prefer a keyboard where every key is macro-programmable, consider the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro features proprietary ROCCAT Titan Linear Optical switches. These are similar to the Razer Linear Optical switches on the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition, except they have a higher pre-travel distance. Still, they don't require much force to actuate and they provide a quick gaming experience.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro has a great typing quality. The linear switches are light to type on and shouldn't cause much fatigue, but they may cause more typos than usual because they lack tactile feedback. The keys are well spaced out, but the flat, square shape of the keycaps may take some time getting used to. The keys are quite stable, but you may still notice a bit of wobble on some of them. Despite having a matte finish, the keycaps feel glossy and build up oil easily. Overall, if you're a fan of linear switches, you should enjoy typing on this keyboard.
The typing noise is quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.
The ROCCAT Swarm software offers great customization options. It's not the easiest-to-use but allows you to set macros and customize the backlighting. The AIMO Intelligent Lighting engine is part of the software and allows you to set a sound effect to each keypress. The keyboard has onboard memory, so you can save your settings and use it on another computer without the software.
This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows. The software isn't available on macOS or Linux, and some keys don't work on either. The Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, and the FN+F5-F8 hotkeys don't work on macOS, and only the calculator button doesn't work on Linux.
We tested the full-sized version of the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro, and it's also available in a TenKeyLess size, sold as the Vulcan TKL Pro. It's only available in black with the ROCCAT Titan Linear Optical switches. You can see the label for our unit here.
The ROCCAT Vulcan Pro is an outstanding gaming keyboard with linear switches that are light to press. It's an upgrade over the ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO, but there are other options available where you can set macros to any key, such as the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. Also see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best keyboards.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro is better than the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro. The SteelSeries has unique optical linear switches that allow you to customize the pre-travel distance, for a quick and responsive gaming experience. Every key is also macro-programmable. However, the ROCCAT's wrist rest isn't a dust magnet like on the SteelSeries.
The Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is slightly better for gaming than the ROCCAT Vulcan Pro. The Razer feels better-built, and its switches actuate quicker thanks to the very short pre-travel distance. You can also program macros on all its keys, which you can't do on the ROCCAT. However, the ROCCAT has a much better typing quality, and it has better ergonomics because it has a wrist rest.