If you’re a gamer, then you know how important it is to have one of the best gaming keyboards.
This is not just the device you use to type on your computer when you’re messaging your friends; it’s also the very device you use as your game controller. It is an extension of yourself that allows you to interface with the game world.
The gaming keyboard is to the gamer what the sword is to the swordsman. And while a sword does not make a swordsman, it sure makes a big difference.
In the world of PC gaming, you have to make the right choice for your gaming keyboard if you want to take your gaming experience to the next level. I went through what’s on the market and came up with a list of the 10 best gaming keyboards.
For a quick reference, check below.
Best Gaming Keyboards 2020
1. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo
2. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
3. Logitech G513
4. Razer Huntsman Elite
5. Corsair K63 Wireless
6. Corsair K70 RGB MK.2
7. Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB
8. SteelSeries Apex Pro
9. Razer BlackWidow
10. Cooler Master MK850
Roccat Volcan 120 Aimo – Best Keyboard
Starting at the design, this keyboard looks absolutely beautiful. It has something of a conservative design, especially for a gaming keyboard, but that didn’t do anything to take away from its beauty. If anything, it enhanced it. It has an aluminum body with the RGB backlighting that I have come to expect on any serious gaming keyboard.
What really makes this keyboard stand out, however, is the design of the keycaps. On most keyboards, the keycaps cover the whole key, switch, and top. The Vulcan 120 Aimo is different. Here only the top of the keys is covered in keycaps, with the rest of the keys exposed. It certainly makes the keyboard feel beautifully industrial. It also gives the keyboard a very nostalgic retro-typewriter feel that anyone would appreciate.
Even with that retro-feel, don’t think for a moment that this typewriter looks too old-fashioned. The RGB lighting takes care of that. It’s even more eye-catching with the exposed keys as the lighting glows around the keys and through the transparent keycaps, giving it a very futuristic shine.
You won’t be getting any macro keys on this keyboard, which may be a drawback for some people, but I personally thought it was a good idea since it reduces the clutter on the keyboard. If you want to assign macros, you can assign them to the F1, F2, F3, and F4 keys.
There is also a dial knob on the top right-hand corner of the keyboard with 3 buttons next to it. One of those buttons is the FX key, the other one is to mute device volume, and the third is a volume button. If you press the FX key you can scroll through the different keyboard lighting options by turning the knob. If you press the volume button you can use the knob to turn up or down the volume.
This keyboard also comes with an attachable wrist rest. My only problem with it is that it does everything but give your wrists a rest. It’s made of plastic, which makes it a lot harder on the wrist than a padded wrist rest would feel. I think it’s the biggest drawback to what is otherwise a flawlessly executed design.
The performance of the Vulcan 120 Aimo is also up to par with the best in the industry. Roccat decided to forego Cherry MX switches for their proprietary Roccat Titan Switches. These switches have a 1.8mm actuation point, which places them very close to the Cherry MX Brown switches in performance.
The tactility of these switches is not only light but also fast. With half-weight keycaps, the switches return to their original position very fast, not to mention they won’t click and clack as loudly as most mechanical keyboards. This makes this keyboard great for both typing and gaming.
The electrical bounce time, if Roccat’s claims are to be believed, is reduced to 4ms from Cherry MX Switches’ 5ms. That’s a 20% reduction in time. While I certainly didn’t measure this, I did compare the feel to Cherry MX keyboards and I did think the Vulcan 120 Aimo felt a lot more responsive, which made it much better when I was playing fast-paced games or typing frantically.
The best emphasis I can place on this keyboard is that it is perfect for both playing games and working. The Roccat Titan Switches may not be as great as the Cherry Red Switches on some other top-notch mechanical gaming keyboards, the truth is that you can’t do much typing on Cherry MX Red Switches anyway. For that reason, the Vulcan 120 Aimo is the best mechanical keyboard for its all-roundedness, if for nothing else.