LOS ANGELES – German peripheral manufacturer Roccat has made some good keyboards in the past few years, but their looks rarely matched their specs. Enter the Roccat Vulcan: a mechanical keyboard with a new type of key switch, but more importantly, a completely overhauled design. The slim, sleek Vulcan uses elevated keycaps and an aluminum chassis to look like something out of a sci-fi movie. But luckily, it’s more comfortable than it appears.

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I got to try out the Vulcan for myself at E3 2018, but unfortunately, I was limited to standard typing tests; the device wasn’t hooked up to a gaming rig. Still, I didn’t need to venture in-game to feel that the keys were extremely comfortable, and sprang back up rapidly after I pressed them down. The design seems similar to a Cherry MX Brown: tactile and responsive, and relatively quiet. Because they keys are elevated by design, the small, square keycaps are extremely light and easy to remove, giving the Vulcan a pleasant, lightweight feel.

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