Vulcan II Mini Keyboard Review

Vulcan II Mini Keyboard Review

I’m no new to PC gaming gear and peripherals, but somehow every time I get my hands on a new mouse or keyboard I get excited. Especially when it comes to a brand new mini keyboard from ROCCAT just off the press! The developer has just released the Vulcan II Mini and it is very powerful. Considering it’s only 65% ​​the size of a normal keyboard, that’s even more impressive.

The last small keyboard I used was the SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL and I loved it. Before opening the box, I expected the Vulcan II Mini to be about the same size and weight. But ROCCAT is not kidding when they say something is mini. The Vulcan II Mini is 65% the same as a full keyboard, it lacks the number pad and it still has the arrow keys, but it’s both thinner and lighter. In fact, the dimensions are 12.75 X 4.57 X 1.22 inches and it weighs only 500g without the cord. As a result, it will hardly take up space on the desktop and will allow you greater mouse movements.

Sometimes big things come in small packages

The black braided USB-C to USB-A cord is the only cable and it can be detached for storage and a cleaner look when not in use. I wish there was an option to go wireless with the Vulcan II Mini, as it feels like a missed opportunity with so little wiring. Not a big complaint, but it would have been a good option to have when using this keyboard long term.

Before you plug in the Vulcan II Mini, the keyboard itself is made up of black and transparent plastic keys and a black aluminum backplate. The only true color that appears is the red that appears through the Titan II optical switches. The keys are soft and smooth, and the keyboard as a whole has little flex, feels solid, and feels very durable. I have no doubt that this keyboard will stand the test of time.

There’s a long rubber strip at the bottom of the keyboard and a smaller rubber strip and two rubber feet to make sure it doesn’t slip no matter how aggressively you like to play. There are also 2 keyboard feet which offer 2 different heights while gaming. I’ve never had a keyboard that offers this and it’s a nice little extra here.

Some keys have symbols, illustrating that they have smart key functions. Like increasing the volume or brightness of the keyboard. Or just being able to switch between the 5 Swarm profiles on the keyboard. Without any pre-programming, these profiles simply change the RGB. Just press the function button and the button that contains the icons (the right tab button for profiles) and it’s that simple. It might not be the most convenient in-game, but it’s very quick once you get the hang of it.

Amazing light show

When plugged in, the Vulcan II Mini is a bright and fun light show, using AIMO lighting technology. It’s great from the start, but it’s even better once you get your hands on the customization offered in the ROCCAT Swarm software. A simple change in the profile light options and suddenly the light show can be several different options. These include the snake, which has light moving line by line across the keyboard, or a ripple which is more responsive to the buttons you press. Besides the default AIMO, Ripple is my favorite because it feels a bit more interactive.

Even though the Vulcan II Mini is already very stylish, it also features customizable keycaps that can be swapped out. This is great for anyone who likes to take ownership of their keyboard. And that’s not the only customization option available with this keyboard, either. That’s all thanks to the previously mentioned Swarm software. You can play around with various RGB lighting, key mappings, macros, and keyboard sound settings. Although the sound settings may seem odd, you can switch between no sound and the clicks of a typewriter or sci-fi beam. You can play around with all the different settings to find your match and that’s part of the fun right from the start.

Killer performances

Now, aside from all the cool tricks and customizations of the Vulcan II Mini, it also performs well. It offers a 1000Hz polling rate and no noticeable lag. The keys are well balanced overall. It’s fast, accurate, and delivers incredibly satisfying clicks. They are elastic, but just stiff enough. And despite the tactile click offered, typing isn’t as loud as mechanical keyboards. This means that the Vulcan II Mini finds a happy medium and will keep the peace in every household!

Unless you really want to stick with a full-sized keyboard, the Vulcan II Mini gives everyone some really enticing reasons to pick it up. Or at the very least, to have it at the top of the list for the holiday season. It offers top-tier performance, an incredibly satisfying click, and a ton of customization. Plus, it’s just pretty to look at. Without a doubt, the Vulcan II Mini is a bargain at $149.99 USD.

***The product was supplied by the manufacturer***

Good

  • super stylish
  • Satisfying click
  • Small and thin
  • Lots of customization

92

The bad

  • Doesn’t have a wireless option
  • No numeric keypad

Margie D. Carlisle