Page 3 - Conclusion
Is the Vulcan 121 using ROCCAT-exclusive Titan switches a risk that continued to pay off after the Vulcan 120 AIMO, or was it the kind that left people stranded? I just wrote the entire review and parts of my PhD thesis on this keyboard, and after many hours of typing, I will have to admit I really like what we got here. The ROCCAT Vulcan 121 AIMO is a sleek looking keyboard with unique switches -- not just in feel, but also in looks -- thanks to its clear housing for the RGB LEDs to shine through. Speaking of the switches, you can now choose between the Titan Linear and Titan Tactile in this latest model, and I love how smooth and fast the Titan Linears feel in my particular unit (The Vulcan 120 AIMO we previously reviewed had Titan Tactiles). I know this sounds like marketing talk, but seriously, even if you are a Cherry MX fan, you got to try this out to see what I mean. Furthermore, I like the well-designed magnetic wrist rest, low-flex keyboard backplate, and adjustable RGB backlight intensity in near-analog increments. There are a few things I would change in the ROCCAT Vulcan 121 AIMO though. Firstly, make the color of the mixer-style keys configurable. Even if not, at least allow the user to stop the mute button LED from blinking when the PC is on mute. Secondly, make PBT keycaps an option. Thirdly, the Swarm software needs a serious update. It looks exactly the same as the first ROCCAT product I used years ago, while competitors like Corsair and SteelSeries have updated their utilities considerably since. With all these things in mind, for about $160 at press time, the Vulcan 121 AIMO is a seriously awesome keyboard made possible by excellent switches you cannot get from anybody else.
ROCCAT provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH:Renewal Award | APH Networks Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks, but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Networks Numeric Rating is 7.7/10
Please note that the APH Networks Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other publications.
The ROCCAT Vulcan 121 AIMO is a sleek, well-designed keyboard with the company's exclusive -- and excellent -- Titan Linear or Titan Tactile switches.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software