Roccat’s Vulcan 121 AIMO is their flagship keyboard developed on the principles of German design and engineering. My first impression of this product was on the fence, I just was not sure about the whole exoskeleton look. Roccat has also developed their own switch technology dubbed “Titan Switch” which is equal parts mechanics and firmware. It is made with an anodized aluminum plate and includes a detachable palm rest which I prefer not to use. Fear not LED fans Roccat’s patent-pending AIMO living light technology will fulfill your RGB illumination addictions!
First, I would like to address the elephant in the room, its exoskeleton design exposes all the switch internals. Its main case is wrapped in a very high-quality aluminum that feels solid and well built. Its easier to clean than a traditional keyboard due to its design but unfortunately the keys are just a tad too small for my hands (I am a big guy). It’s nice to never worry about dropping a crumb in your keyboard and having it stuck inside for a lifetime. It’s a very quality built product it feels sturdy and the design maximizes the effect of illumination from you RGB.
This specific model has a tactile switch with a 1.8mm actuation point. You can also get it with a linear switch at a 1.4mm actuation point. Both tactile and linear have the Titan Switch patent-pending technology which most notably minimizes side-to-side wobbling. I am really impressed with the performance of the keys they are very responsive and precise. Roccat claims the Titan switch is 30% faster than the standard switch on the market today. In addition, the keys are really quiet compared to a standard blue or red switch keyboard. Your household will thank you in the morning when you have those late-night gaming sessions.
Most importantly of course we need to satisfy our RGB addiction! What gaming setup looks good without good sick LED patterns? You are going to get the most out of the LEDs on this keyboard due to its exposed switches. AIMO is the technology that powers the LED system, it claims to use a system that learns and adapts to your gameplay. Its something you need to see for yourself but its most definitely LIT. Swarm is the software that is used to control the keyboard. Swarm is both basic and technical at the same time. You can use the presets for the LED but there is a custom mode where you can dig deep into creating your own flavor. It features all your custom macro technology so you can map your keys to your style. I did not have any issues using the software and was able to figure out my way around in just a few minutes.
Normally I would say $159.99 is a bit high of a price point for a mechanical keyboard but in this case its worth every penny. It’s built to last, I am willing to bet this keyboard will outlive most of its competition. Roccat’s technology is the biggest reason why this keyboard is so successful. LED in some cases is more important to people than the actual performance of the keyboard sometimes but in this case, you can have your cake and eat it too. Purchasing a Roccat Vulcan 121 AIMO will give you a high-quality gaming experience on a solid product that is literally LIT.
- 1.8mm actuation point, tactile (Titan Switch Tactile)
- 1.4mm actuation point, linear (Titan Switch Linear)
- 3.6mm switch travel distance
- 512kb integrated macro & settings memory
- All keys remappable
- ROCCAT® Easy-Shift[+]™ technology
- 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor
- 1.8m USB cable
- 1000Hz polling rate
- ROCCAT® Swarm software suite
- RGB per-key illumination with 16.8m colors
- Removable ergonomic palm rest
- Height: 3.20 cm
- Width: 46.20 cm
- Length: 23.50 cm
- Weight: 1150 g