Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard Review
The Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard is a TenKeyLess keyboard for serious gamers.
-No wireless option
-No numeric keypad
-No Mac software
The Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard has a good claim to being one of the Best gaming keyboards on the market right now, both in terms of its fantastic appearance and the performance and reliability it provides regardless of what you're doing with it.
When it comes to choosing the best keyboard for your specific needs, you'll have a shopping list of items in mind, and if you're a gamer, that list will include a high level of responsiveness as well as plenty of customization choices.
We'll walk you through everything you need to know about the Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard in this Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard review, from how easy it is to set up and configure to how much you'll probably have to pay to get your hands on it – so let's get started.
ROCCAT VULCAN TKL KEYBOARD REVIEW: DESIGN AND SETUP
The Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard feels strong and expertly designed, a premium-level product for premium-level users, and there are subtle touches throughout. The compact keyboard supports, for example, feature rubber feet to keep the keyboard from sliding about, and these are duplicated underneath the front of the keyboard as well.
This item oozes quality, from the quality of the plastic USB-C to USB-A cable to the amount of giving in the keys themselves to the layer of brushed aluminium on top of the keyboard itself. Because it's a TenKeyLess model (thus the TKL), the only keys lacking are the number pad on the right-hand side, which comes standard on some versions. Overall measurements are 360 mm x 133 mm x 34 mm (14.2 inches x 5.2 inches x 1.3 inches) and the weight is 660 grams (1.5 pounds).
A word on the RGB lighting on the Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard, which you may customise using the free software provided by Roccat. You may experiment with a variety of colour combinations and possibilities, and it works well with any other Roccat gear that supports the AIMO lighting standard (we're not sure what AIMO stands for either).
Connect the included cable to a spare USB-A port on your laptop or desktop computer, and you're ready to go. To get your hands on the official Swarm software that comes with the gadget, go to the Roccat website, but it will work as a keyboard right away (it can also act as a keyboard on a Mac, though the customisation software only works properly on Windows).
ROCCAT VULCAN TKL KEYBOARD REVIEW: FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE
The keyboard has 85 regular keys, as well as a mute button and a volume dial, both of which are quite handy - we didn't realize how much we missed having a physical volume dial until we had one. Titan Switch Linear or Titan Switch Tactile switches are used on the keys, depending on the model you choose, and both are meant to deliver acute, fast reaction (the Tactile keys are just slightly slower).
The Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard's keys have a lot of travel (3.6 mm or 0.14 inches to be exact), which can be difficult to adjust to – as can the wide spacing between each key (try not to eat at your desk, or you'll end up with a lot of crumbs stuck between the keys and their switches). Most importantly, the typing experience is pleasant, and the keyboard's low profile contributes to this.
We put the Roccat Vulcan TKL through its paces with games and general computer activities, and it came out on top every time – though it's fair to say that this keyboard is a little too much for merely sending an email to your boss. It certainly feels lightning-fast when it comes to getting your responses up on the screen, whatever they may be, and after a few hours of use, our fingers were flying across the keys.
When it comes to that high level of responsiveness, not having to worry about a wireless connection certainly helps, but the tradeoff is that you don't have nearly as much flexibility when it comes to putting this on your desk. The tiny design, on the other hand, means it won't take up a lot of space, and we don't think you'll be disappointed with the performance or features of the Roccat Vulcan TKL if you choose it as your next keyboard.
ROCCAT VULCAN TKL KEYBOARD REVIEW: PRICE AND VERDICT
Check the widgets on this page for the most up-to-date pricing on the Roccat Vulcan TKL keyboard, however, depending on current deals, you can acquire it for roughly £100 / $130 at the time of writing. That's a lot of money for a keyboard, but when you compare it to the top gaming keyboards on the market right now, it's not outrageous, and we think it represents good value for money.
The Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro is another gaming keyboard that we've been impressed with: the main difference is the Pro model's Titan Optical switches, which Roccat claims are even faster in terms of responsiveness, using light to detect when keys are pressed so everything happens a fraction of a second faster. You'll have to pay a little more for the Pro model, but depending on your needs, it might be worth it.
Back to the normal Roccat Vulcan TKL, and there's a lot to like about it: it's well-made, it feels and responds well, it has some great customisation possibilities (as long as it's connected to a Windows PC), and it's reasonably priced. It's one of the best gaming keyboards out there if you don't need a number pad.
Obviously, it isn't wireless, but it isn't going to bother many people, especially if you want your hardware accessories to respond as quickly as possible. When it comes to gaming keyboards, there's a lot of competition out there right now, but the Roccat Vulcan TKL does enough to stand out.