The ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro gaming keyboard is a higher end keyboard that comes with ROCCAT’s optical linear Titan switches that are great for gaming! This keyboard comes with a robust design, media controls and amazing RGB. This keyboard comes with advanced anti-ghosting technology, so you don’t have to worry about you keyboard not registering a keypress. With ROCCAT’s switches you can get over 100 million keypresses without your switches wearing out! The keyboard comes with a 1,000 Hz polling rate (the frequency that your keyboard sends data to your computer) which is on the higher end of most keyboards. There are two colors that you can choose between when you purchase the board. White and black.
Included in the box are:
- ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- Quick start guide
This keyboard is compatible with ROCCAT’s Swarm software which allows you to recreate your keyboard though lighting and RGB effects or even to re map the entire keyboard to your liking which is sweet! All this would be stored on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-MO based processor on this keyboard. Note that the software is only useable on Windows 7-11.
This keyboard is designed for gamers. It has linear switches which have a lifecycle of 100 million keypresses, dedicated multimedia keys including a volume knob and a mute button along Super low profile, along with some of the best RGB I have ever seen on a keyboard. This keyboard has a low profile and super thin floating keycaps that makes it even look more gamer like! The floating keycaps allow you to see over ¾ of the switches. It also allows the RGB to shine though the switches better creating a next level RGB experience. I would have expected that the key caps would be a little flimsy and unstable because they are so thin, but the keycaps are incredibly stable. Along with the thin keycaps this keyboard also has a shorter activation distance. At 1.4 mm activation distance this is about 0.6 mm shorter than a normal mechanical keyboard, though there are some keyboards out there with a shorter activation distance.
This keyboard has a ten keyless design which is a full-sized keyboard without the numpad.
The back of this keyboard is plastic while the front is brushed aluminum, but it turns out this is an incredibly sturdy keyboard. The keycaps on this keyboard are pretty nice. They are made from ABS double shot keycaps which means that the legends themselves will never wear out but the keycaps themselves will develop a shine over time. The keyboard also has two feet allowing you to put the keyboard at a more comfortable angle for typing and gaming.
With ROCCAT’s own switches it would be expectable that the keycaps wouldn’t be replaceable. But it turns out that these keycaps are universal so that you can switch out the keycaps to anything you want!
Adding to the gamer benefit, this keyboard has homing bars (the little bumps on the keycaps) not only on the F and J keys but also on the W key so that you can get back to the right gaming position on this keyboard without having to look down at it.
One slight complaint that I have with this keyboard is that the USB port is located right in the middle of this keyboard. This is a little annoying if you’re into cable management. It would have been nicer just to put it somewhere on the edge of the keyboard.
I have been presently suppressed by the performance of this keyboard and especially the Titan switch. This switch is linear which means that there is no bump when the key is pressed. I find this switch type much like a Cherry MX Red switch. It is smooth and linear with a light activation force.
I find linear switches best for gaming, and the Titan switches paired with the short activation distance is great for gaming! This keyboard will help you progress no matter what game your playing. The short activation distance allows you to make moves more quicky and press more keys which will give you a advantage over the majority of other people.
Though great for gaming I do not find this great for typing. I type a lot and I have found that I don’t love linear switches with a light activation force for typing because it is super easy to hit a key accidentally. The short activation distance on the other hand makes it nice for typing because it allows you to type faster. The short activation distance also makes it easier to accidentally press another key also.
For around $160 USD this keyboard does provide a lot of neat features that you don’t see in another keyboard. It has ROCCAT’s Titan switches along with a short activation distance. It also has the nicest RGB that I have ever seen in a keyboard. Overall, this is a great keyboard for gaming, but I don’t like it as much for typing. For $160 I do think this keyboard is a little overprice, but if you need a solid keyboard with great switches and a short activation distance for that slight advantage over other gamers, than I would check the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro out!
- Back Light
- Short activation distance
- Easy to set up
- ROCCAT’s Titan Optical Switches
- Amazing RGB!
- Ten Keyless Design
- Cool Design (floating keycaps)