ROCCAT Vulcan II MAX Gaming Keyboard Overview
ROCCAT will be offering the Vulcan II MAX in both white and black versions, as you can see we received the white version. The white version has a white casing with a silver aluminum top plate and white keycaps. This is a full-size keyboard so you have a full compliment of keys, function row, and full number pad. For those wondering about dimensions this keyboard has official dimensions of 463 x 236 x 33.5 mm and weighs in at 1040g without the palm rest.
One of the more interesting things about this keyboard is that it makes use of low-profile keycaps. These do have a slightly concave shape to them, but since they are low profile the actual switches on this keyboard are more exposed. This of course is going to be a good thing for this keyboard as the switches themselves are dual-LED and you’ll be able to see more of the illumination.
Removing some of those keycaps we can get a better look at the switches. ROCCAT is using their own Titan II optical mechanical switches here. You have the option of linear or tactile switches. We have the “red” or linear switches which of course mimic a Cherry MX Red switch. These have a 45g actuation force, 1.4mm actuation distance, and a 3.6mm total travel distance. These are of course optical switches, which are optimized for performance and precision enabling instantaneous actuation and with no debounce delay. For those wondering these switches are are compatible with most third-party cross mount keycaps if you wanted to add some custom keycaps.
Beyond the full compliment of keys you are also going to get dedicated multimedia keys (back, play/pause, forward) as well as a large volume knob. The volume knob is also clickable to easily mute / unmute.
Looking at the keyboard from the side we can see that it sits at a slight angle. The pop-out feet on the bottom offer two different levels so you can adjust the keyboard to your liking.
Flipping the keyboard over we can see there are multiple rubber strips on the bottom to keep it in place on your desk. The keyboard does have an attached braided USB cable, which is a bit of a disappointment. You’ll notice there are two USB connections, this is because the keyboard needs extra power for all of the RGB lighting, which you’ll see on the next page.
The included palm rest is optional and simply slides into the bottom edge of the keyboard. Now once you have it locked in, it will stay in place so you can pick the entire keyboard up without it falling out. The palm rest feels quite good and is translucent with grooves cut in it, which looks amazing with the lighting on the keyboard turned on (more on the next page).