At Computex, Roccat announced its own mechanical keyboard switch, the Titan, and it’s subsequently outed a trio of new keyboards loaded up with the new switches.
I have so many questions about the switches in particular, all of which I’ve asked Roccat, but it’s been a full day, and there’s been no reply. And so we dissect and speculate.
The Titan Switch
The teaser page is drenched in PR speak, so one must cut through a lot of clutter to suss out some details. The page says that that the Titan switch was designed and manufactured by Roccat. Truth be told, TTC is the actual manufacturer, though. Roccat also says that it wanted to make a switch focused on “rapidity and precision,” and it boasts of “improved contacts” that “minimize the rebound” of the switch. (I think “rebound” in this case is meant to mean contact bounce.) That’s a lot of quotation marks, but I want to be clear which words belong to Roccat here.
There’s no indication as to what exactly Roccat has done with the contacts to reduce contact bounce. Further, the company’s claim seems to be that it can deliver 4ms bounce time, which is ostensibly superior to the ≤5ms that’s industry standard. There is apparently some firmware voodoo at play as well.
We do know that the Titan switch is tactile, that the actuation point is 1.8mm, and that the full travel is 3.6mm, but that’s hardly revolutionary or a competitive advantage. Logitech’s Romer-G switches are lightly tactile with 1.5mm/3.2mm actuation/travel, Cherry MX Speed switches are 1.2mm/3.4mm, and Kailh’s versions are 1.1-1.4mm/3.5mm. This is not to mention the growing class of low-profile switches that have shallow key travel.
Note that we don’t know the weight of the Titan switch at various points in the keypress.
Roccat also claims that the Titan switch housing “provides fastness to the key and eliminates oscillations, even when pressed violently or at the bottom” without explaining how. It also claims to keep out dust, which, judging by the renders, it actually probably does.
Shortly after the Titan switches debuted, along came the keyboards they rode in on. The trio consists of the Vulcan 120 Aimo, Vulcan 100 Aimo, and Vulcan 80 Aimo. All three actually have full-size layouts, with the 120 and 100 sporting three dedicated buttons and a volume knob. The 120 gets the higher numbered name because it comes with a wrist rest; it’s also a Best Buy exclusive for…reasons. The 80 loses the dedicated buttons and knob, and it eschews RGB lighting for blue LEDs. All three Vulcans have metal top plates.
They also all sport the low-profile keycaps that are on the Titan renders, and it’s still kind of unclear why that’s the case. The chassis does look rather thin… It does not appear as though the Titan switch housings are particularly low profile at all, though, so regardless, the lowpro caps are an interesting choice. You can swap them out if you want (hooray Cherry MX stem compatibility), although the spacebar is 6U instead of 6.25U and may have some stabilizer compatibility issues with aftermarket sets.
All three keyboards enjoy lighting support via Roccat’s Aimo engine, which, by the way, syncs all Aimo-supported devices.
I still have those lingering questions about the Titan switch. If and when I glean those answers, I’ll report back.