Roccat Vulcan II Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review – Buttery Smooth Clicks

Roccat Vulcan II Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Last year I reviewed the Roccat Vulcan II Max keyboard. I loved it. It checked all the boxes when it comes to a rock-solid gaming keyboard. Not to mention that RGB-illuminated wrist rest was pretty cool. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the latest Vulcan II keyboard from Roccat, and needless to say, it’s an impressively affordable PC keyboard. The Roccat Vulcan II Mechanical Gaming keyboard feels absolutely wonderful and the best part, it’s not expensive.

Granted, it’s a wired keyboard and I do miss that illuminated wrist rest but there’s no denying these keys feel so damn good. The switches are easily its best-selling feature. They are super smooth, which is due to the new “TITAN II Mechanical Switches” that come factory pre-lubricated. Lubrication makes everything better, right? In this case, it makes for keys that feel satisfying to press and are incredibly fast and responsive.

Out of the box, the Vulcan II Mechanical features some quick start instructions, the wired keyboard of course which includes a braided cable with a standard USB connection, a detachable wrist rest, and that is about it. This full-sized keyboard will cost you around $149.99 USD which is cheaper than the Vulcan II Max I reviewed last year. Overall, I find the price point to be quite good considering the quality and overall durability. The RGB lighting is merely the icing on the cake. It illuminates the keyboard beautifully and looks stunning on my desk.

It’s a meaty keyboard as well. It feels a bit heavier than other plastic keyboards I have used over the years. Sure, the keyboard features a plastic chassis but it has an aluminum top plate which gives the keyboard some weight and durability. Bottom line, the size is perfect and the wrist rest is large enough for my wrists to sit comfortably on the keyboard. I never felt any wrist strain after extended use.

The design of the keyboard is certainly modern and sleek. The RGB lighting is visually striking as well with the way it shines in between the keyboard caps. The RGB backlighting is vibrant and completely customizable via the Roccat Swarm software. The inclusion of multimedia keys and a volume wheel provides convenient control options. I also like the push-to-mute volume knob, and 4MB onboard memory to save four profiles of custom lighting, key reassignment, and more. It’s a well-thought-out design that not only looks good but is highly functional as well.

When playing my favorite shooter, the keys deliver as advertised. They are accurate and super responsive. I almost felt like I had a competitive edge. The keys provide the right about of ‘clicky’ sound. It’s not too loud or quiet. With a short actuation distance, tactile feedback, and audible click, every keystroke just feels great. This keyboard apparently will deliver a durable lifespan of up to 80 million keystrokes, which is impressive.

I should also mention the Swarm Synapse software used to adjust the lighting and set up your profiles is easy to use. It works as advertised and is essential for those who want to customize their lighting and macros.

The Roccat Vulcan II Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is an excellent option for PC gamers looking for a reliable yet affordable gaming keyboard. Its price point is excellent and the Titan II switches are exceptional. They feel absolutely wonderful as every keystroke is butter smooth. Not to mention the RGB lighting is vibrant, customizable, and per-key illuminated, allowing for stunning visual effects. Need a new keyboard and don’t want to spend over a couple of hundred bucks? You’ve come to the right place.

***Keyboard was provided by Roccat for the purpose of this review***

The Good

  • Price is good
  • Exceptionally smooth switches
  • Sleek design
  • Durable

The Bad

  • Wired
  • Wrist rest doesn’t light up