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  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Smooth, Snappy and Colorful Operation

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    Of all the keyboards I’ve used over the part 42 years, this one is unique. Not just the way it works either. The hall-effect tech has been around a long time. I’ll talk about that later in my review. The way it looks and feels is different than your typical keyboard. Gaming or otherwise. The way it implements the hall-effect detection for each key is pretty impressive. You can have set the sensitivity for each key in 30 steps. 1.0mm to 4.0mm. Each key can be a different color and brightness. You can set up macros and there’s a list of popular game macro presets for various keyboard setups. See photos. Connecting to a PC is pretty straightforward for a wired keyboard. Plug in in with the included USB-A to USB-C cable and it works. But you will need to download and set up Swarm II software to use all the features it offers. Swarm II will first look for firmware and software updates when you run it for the first time. You have options for the lighting effects and key travel sensitivity. Interestingly, the first time I ran Swarm II and set up the lighting and colors for certain keys, it didn’t save it. You can save / export customizations as Profiles. The next time I used my PC, it was on the default settings. I set it up again. Same thing next time. Not good. Just set the keyboard to a static color and brightness. No problem on the third time. I don’t care for how Swarm II designed. It’s not very intuitive to use and doesn’t feel like it finished. A rushed minimum to get the product out there? I really like the feel of how the keys move compared to my Logitech MX and Spark 910G. The somewhat pastel-ish looking RGB colors are easy on the eyes. Build quality feels solid. The top deck under the keys feels like aluminum. It’s cold to the touch, whereas plastic generally isn’t. The bottom is plastic. I like the three height positions the dual function feet provided on the back. I like how the sculpted keys feel. Not quite up to a vintage IBM Selectric typewriter, but getting close. I learned to type on those in the early eighties in HS and college, and I don’t think anyone has made better feeling keys. The Neoprene wrist pad included is ok and helps with comfort, but a gel pad would have been better. I like that you can change the keycaps. I was able to put some of the keycaps from my Logitech MX on the TB to see how it felt and looked. See photos. Performance wise, the action is snappy. You can adjust the trigger point per key, and cause different functions at up to 4 different key heights with macros. That’s about all one could want in that area. You can customize the lighting per key too. Color and brightness. I really like the volume knob that you push to mute. What I don’t care for is the size of the keycaps. Yes, they are nicely sculpted, but too small for my personal tastes. I don’t care for how high the keys sit above the deck. Different keycaps can help. The MX keycaps I tried were thinner and so sat lower. I also don’t care for all the light bleed around those small keys. The MX keycaps minimized that some. Even at minimum brightness, it can be annoying in a dimly lit room. Setting it to static color and to red works best in that case. A well-lit room or brighter is no problem. See photos. Again, my personal tastes, but even I wouldn’t consider it to be a deal breaker. I do wish this one had a numeric pad too. However, it wasn’t offered to review. Turtle Beach sells the same keyboard with the numeric pad and I’m certain it will work the same as this one. Conclusion: I think this keyboard is a good value for the money. What I didn’t care for on the keycap size, height and lighting, may not be an issue for others. And you have the option to change the keycaps. Hopefully, TB will improve Swarm II. I’d give it a 4.5, but since I can’t I’m giving it a 5 star rating because it’s closer to that than a 4 star rating. Extra info for anyone interested. Hall-effect key sensing for computer keyboards isn’t new. It was used in the 1970s and later for some computer brands. Here’s my first dealing with it. When I was 17 in 1982, I got an Atari 400 computer. It had a flat membrane keyboard to cut costs, but was usable. Albeit, slow. My father worked for ALCOA and they upgraded their mainframe computer in 1982-83. He was able to get me a full stroke keyboard from the old 1960s / 70s Sperry Univac system. I’m not sure exactly how old and dad has passed and I can’t ask him. Anyways, some research shows that the first hall-effect keyboards they developed that looked like the one he got me was from the late 1960s about 1967. Needless to say, it wasn’t going to connect up to my Atari like a modern USB keyboard will to about any PC. Since I grew up in a house of electricians and electronic engineers, father and older siblings, I was already into building electronic projects and such. I took that Sperry keyboard apart and was surprised that those keys were not mechanical switches. Each had 4 wires and a donut shaped ferrite core around them. The wires were like a couple of lower case “n”s with the ferrite core around one leg of each. I think. That’s over 40 years ago 😉. A couple of ceramic magnets on opposite sides of the core slid down passing the core to generate a pulse when the key was pressed. All of that went to a bunch of transistors used to amplify the pulse that was generated with a key press and then went to logic chips. Anyways, the conclusion is that I wasn’t able to use the Sperry keyboard. Not without designing and making an interface. At 18, I wasn’t that smart. But I wasn’t stupid either. I came up with a clever idea that worked. Snip the n wires remove the cores, bend the stiff wires to one side, put aluminum duct tape to the bottom one of the magnets and when it came down to just before it bottoms out, it makes a circuit by connecting the two wires. I peeled the membrane keyboard apart, drew a schematic for it. I then converted all the keys in the big Sperry keyboard to work like I needed them to. I took a Dremel tool and cut all the traces from the keys. I then rewired it all to work with the Atari. Including the numeric pad and cursor keys. I had to rig the cursor keys to also include the CTRL key when pressed too, to work correctly. It took me about three weeks or longer to do it, but it worked! I don’t have the Atari 400 or Sperry keyboard, but still have the schematic I drew. Bonus info: In the late 1980s and 1990s, the synthesizer company, Ensoniq, produced several music keyboards that had polyphonic after-touch that used a type of hall-effect. This means that pressing a single key down harder to get vibrato, or another effect, only affected that key / note. Using after-touch on most other brand’s synths, pressing one note down harder would affect all the notes that were currently being held down. They usually used a long membrane resistive strip to detect pressure. The harder you pressed, the more intense the effect. The Ensoniq system worked the same way as far as pressure and intensity, but per note. They used a printed circuit board that had a swirl under each key, and each key had a metal disc under it that sat above the swirl (antenna). When you pressed a key, it worked like a metal detector. They were able to calculate velocity of the key and the after-touch pressure this way. They used them in the VFX series, EPS series and MR-61. Maybe a few other too. If you read all of that, thanks! I hope you found it interesting.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lots of analog tricks!

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    Upon opening the box, the keyboard looks very nice. The board itself is stiff with almost no deck flex at all. Also included is a nice braided USB-A to USB-C cable, which connects on the rear left of the keyboard. I feel that a cable with a right-angle USB-C side would be more useful for those with a crowded desk setup, but a new cable can be easily sourced. The first thing that one notices, however, is the strange “skirtless” nature of the keycaps. They keycaps are simply square slabs that sit atop the switches. Of course, they work perfectly, but this is an unusual aesthetic that you will either love or hate. They keycaps also have a “velvety” smooth feel that, quite honestly, feels a little bit luxurious. However, I am not sure how well this surface will hold up before the caps are worn smooth. But if they wear out or you just don’t like them, they are easily replaced with any set of standard keycaps. Now, on to the main attraction of this keyboard. The “Hall Effect” key switches get rid of one problem that I have had with previous keyboards: dust getting into the switches. The switches are rated for 1.5 MILLION presses, and I have no problem believing this. These keys feel silky smooth to depress and are a pleasure to type on. These switches are actually analog in nature, which means that the software can be a bit overwhelming at time with all of the options and settings. The keyboard can tell how far down you are pressing each switch, and behave accordingly. While in simply typing mode, you can adjust how far the keys have to be pressed before registering as being down. My ham-handed nature means that I can set a 3mm travel, which is about perfect for me. This can be adjusted from anywhere between 0.1mm (probably too sensitive for anybody) down to 4.0mm (for people with the meatiest of fingers). However, it does its best tricks once you set it into game mode. Not only can you adjust the actuation point per switch, you can set multiple modes. This includes a “rapid trigger” mode where, once depressed, just a small up/down movement of the switch will toggle the button, making rapid fire much easier. You even have the option to set a single key as “multi-input” which is a fancy way of saying that pressing the button can trigger up to THREE actions, depending on how hard you are pressing it. The final trick is that this thing can emulate an actual analog controller. Yes, it also shows up under Windows as an analog joystick. With some careful mapping you should actually be able to run a fight simulator using just this keyboard. How usable this can be is up for debate, but the feature is there should you need it. It is interesting going to the Joystick and pressing keyboard buttons and seeing the virtual joystick maneuver around. Of course it also features the usual key remapping and macro capabilities. But note that this keyboard does have different modes. Regular typing mode only allows the remapping of keys. Holding down the “FN” button allows a large variety of extra functions, including Windows and browser controls. Switching into “game mode” using “FN”+”Win” will disable the windows key, as well as enable the cool features listed above. An unfortunate side effect of “game mode” is that the “caps lock” now does not actually lock. Instead that is the modifier that allows other keys to be used for macros. So, to use a macro, you need to enable game mode, and then hold “caps lock” plus the desired key. This seems to be a bit of a limitation to me, but probably will not be an issue, except in games where the “caps lock” key does something important. Of course there is also per-key lighting with a lot of effects, including some effects that use the analog nature of the keys that change depending on how far the keys are pressed. Useless, but still kind of cool. I am not really an RGB kind of person, so I am not impressed by fancy lighting. But it is there if you need it. One final note is that I had issues installing the “Swarm II” software, as it would always crash during install. Reaching out to tech support turned out to be quick, and they recommended some debugging steps. Unfortunately, I did not follow them properly and somehow bricked my computer, requiring an OS reinstall. But then again I play around with putting strange stuff on my computer (different IDEs, compilers, virtual machines, etc.), so I doubt that most people will have this problem. But one quick Windows 11 reinstall later, and the keyboard works great.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Keyboarding to Victory!!

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    Introduction The Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a compact, tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard designed to meet the demands of serious gamers. With its innovative Analog Hall-Effect switches, robust build quality, and a range of features aimed at enhancing gaming performance, this keyboard promises to be a top contender in the competitive gaming keyboard market. This review delves into its design, features, performance, and overall value. Design and Build Quality The Vulcan II TKL Pro sports a sleek, compact design that saves desk space while providing all the essential keys for gaming. The keyboard features a sturdy aluminum top plate that adds durability and a premium feel. Its tenkeyless layout makes it highly portable, perfect for gamers who frequently attend LAN parties or tournaments. The keycaps are made of high-quality material with a pleasant texture that resists wear over time. The overall build quality is excellent, ensuring that the keyboard can withstand the rigors of intense gaming sessions. Key Features - Analog Hall-Effect Switches: One of the standout features of the Vulcan II TKL Pro is its Analog Hall-Effect switches. These switches use magnets to detect keypresses, offering a smoother and more responsive experience compared to traditional mechanical switches. This technology allows for analog input, enabling more precise control in games, akin to the sensitivity of a joystick. - RGB Lighting: The keyboard boasts vibrant RGB lighting with a range of customizable effects. Each key is individually lit, and the brightness and patterns can be adjusted to suit your preferences. The lighting not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also improves visibility in low-light conditions. - Foam Wrist Rest: The inclusion of a foam wrist rest adds to the comfort during prolonged gaming sessions. Place it in front of the keyboard to provide ergonomic support to reduce strain on your wrists. Feels nice. - Customization Software: Turtle Beach provides robust software that allows for extensive customization of the keyboard. From remapping keys to setting up macros and adjusting the RGB lighting, the software provides all the tools needed to tailor the keyboard to your specific needs. - Durability: With a reinforced aluminum top plate and high-quality keycaps, the Vulcan II TKL Pro is built to last. The Analog Hall-Effect switches also contribute to the keyboard’s longevity, as they experience less physical wear and tear compared to traditional mechanical switches. Performance In terms of performance, the Vulcan II TKL Pro excels. The Analog Hall-Effect switches offer precise and responsive keystrokes, making it ideal for fast-paced gaming. The ability to register varying levels of pressure on each key provides a significant advantage in games that require fine control. The tenkeyless design does not compromise functionality, as all essential keys are easily accessible. The compact size also means more space for mouse movement, which is crucial for FPS gamers. Compatibility The Vulcan II TKL Pro is compatible with Windows and offers plug-and-play functionality. The customization software enhances its usability, allowing users to personalize their gaming experience across different systems. Conclusion The Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a top-tier choice for gamers seeking precision, durability, and customization. Its Analog Hall-Effect switches provide a unique and responsive typing experience, while the robust build quality ensures it can handle the demands of intense gaming sessions. The customizable RGB lighting and ergonomic design further enhance its appeal, making it a versatile and highly functional addition to any gaming setup. Pros - Innovative Analog Hall-Effect switches for precise and responsive input. - Sturdy aluminum top plate and high-quality keycaps for durability. - Customizable RGB lighting with individual key illumination. - Neat foam wrist rest for added comfort. - Robust customization software for personalizing key functions and lighting. - Compact tenkeyless design, saving desk space and enhancing portability. Cons - Limited compatibility with only Windows operating systems. - The tenkeyless design might not be suitable for users who require a Numpad. Overall, the Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard stands out as a premier option for gamers looking for advanced features and reliable performance in a compact and durable package.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Attractive, adjustable, flexible, analog keyboard

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    The Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro is a pretty interesting keyboard. Despite not really associating Turtle Beach with high end keyboards, their offering is top notch, with really good build quality, USB-C, excellent software, USB-C, and lots of hardware features. All this executed in a nice TKL (ten keyless) form factor that really does improve ergonomics over a full size keyboard (your mouse is closer). Read on for some highlights. Hall Effect Linear Switches The Vulcan II TKL Pro features hall effect linear switches, which are known for their smooth and consistent actuation. Unlike many mechanical keyboards, these use magnets for actuation, which makes them super flexible. These switches also have adjustable actuation points, so you can customize the keyboard to your liking. What this means is that you can use the Swarm II software to adjust on a per key basis the actuation point. For instance if you wanted to configure the WASD cluster and left Ctrl to be more sensitive than the rest of the keys you absolutely can. I found the ability to adjust the actuation point to be pretty awesome - leaving it lower during typing, and higher in twitch shooters. Another thing that’s interesting about analog switches, is the ability to emulate an analog stick on a controller. Despite this being kind of gee whiz, it’s really hard for me to recommend using the keys like this. It’s a bit strange trying to get your brain trained. I’m sure some people can, but not me. RGB Backlighting The Vulcan II TKL Pro features full RGB backlighting, which can be customized to your liking using the Turtle Beach Swarm II software. The built in lighting effects are pretty cool, with many familiar patterns, including colorwave, snake, ripple, and fade. Swarm II Software The Turtle Beach Swarm II software allows you to customize the Vulcan II TKL Pro's lighting, macros, and performance settings. You can also use the software to create custom profiles for different games and applications, adjust the RGB lighting per key, update firmware, and adjust the hall effect sensors. The software even includes a visualizer for the switches, which light up the numbers 1-9 to show the amount of force applied to the current key (which can be helpful for tweaking your analog sensitively). The software was speedy, and never felt sluggish or was heavy. The profile engine seemed complete, but I only tested a couple games, and find little use for macros in general. Beyond the software, there are hardware profiles, lighting controls, and shortcuts using the Fn key found next to right Alt. You can easily turn off the backlight, adjust it’s brightness, turn off the Windows key, and execute up to 6 macros. Pressing Fn+F8 followed by a Fn and one of the 6 macro keys starts a recording. Pressing Fn+F8 will end the recording and you can then access that macro easily. Volume Wheel The Vulcan II TKL Pro features a dedicated volume wheel, which is a great convenience. I’ve had keyboards with dials, rollers, and buttons, and there is something about a dial that I just enjoy. It has a satisfying click as you turn it, and you can push it in to mute. T-Shaped Keycaps The Vulcan II TKL Pro features T-shaped keycaps, which are designed to… err… look really cool. Honestly I found the ABS keycaps to be fairly good initial quality, and didn’t appear to get shiny right away. After a week of use they still look pretty good on the surface. The advantage the T shape has is simply to show off the lighting, which it does well. Overall The Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro is a high-end mechanical keyboard that offers some sweet hall effect magnetic switches. The hall effect linear switches are smooth and consistent, the RGB backlighting is well executed, the software is on point, and the volume wheel is a great convenience. Overall, the Vulcan II TKL Pro is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality mechanical keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything but the kitchen sink

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    ++First Look++ I have 3 sons, all of them are gamers. So, toss me in the mix and we have 4 gamers in our home. We try out quite a bit of gaming accessories, especially gaming keyboards, and mice. I initially got the Vulcan II for one of my sons, but after setting it up, and playing with it for a while; I might end up getting another for myself. I love the small footprint, the keys feel great, and you get so much customization that it should give you the advantage regardless of the type of games you play. Plus, you get some really nice RGB lighting. ++Setup++ Setup is what you’d expect, you get the keyboard, nice cable, and a comfy wrist pad. The wrist pad was a nice, but welcome surprise. Once the keyboard was plugged in, it was off to the races. Luckily we already have the Swarm II software installed of other accessories we own so we were able to get right into the nuts and bolts of getting the keyboard tweaked to our liking. You get the normal gambit of color adjustments and effects, but what really makes this keyboard shine is the ability to customize the actuation point of every single key. It really lets you dial in how you want each key to respond depending on games, and situations. ++Features++ I already hinted at this, but the amount of customization is really impressive. Yes, you get your standard fair of light customizations, and key reassignments, but something not all keyboards do is adjust the actuation of each key. The Swarm II software lets you adjust the control of each key with 40 preset heights. You can choose between 0.1 - 4mm heights and assign 3 inputs per key. The actuation customization also allows you to use their Rapid Trigger feature to give you even faster response time, and better movement. Since they keyboard has Hall-Effect Magnetic Switches they also give you the capability of allowing the keyboard to emulate a controller. I haven’t tested this one out yet, but I can see how that would be great for those that might not always have a controller near their setup. ++Overall++ This is a great keyboard, one of the best I have used. I love the small footprint, the aesthetics are nice, and the keys feel great. I also forgot to mention that you have a volume dial with play/pause ability as well, so you get easy access to adjust the media without going into menus or using your keys. Other keyboards can offer compact form factors, with RGB, and nice feeling keys, but what really puts this keyboard over the top is the level of customization. Again, the hall-effect magnetic switches really allow you to customize the sensitivity of each key, as well as assigning 3 separate inputs for each key. This with the controller emulation really gives you everything you might need, regardless of what kind of games you play. This is an easy recommendation as the foundation of a great gaming setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming Keyboard

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    I've been an avid fan of turtle beach for as long as I can remember. My very first "pro" gaming peripheral was a turtle beach headset for my Xbox 360 over a decade ago. It’s been an impactful and interesting journey, seeing what turtle beach is cooking up all these years later. At the core of what makes turtle beach special to me, is their dedication to pushing the envelope of what gaming can be. Today we’re not looking at a headset but instead, the Vulcan II TKL pro wired gaming keyboard. -At a glance- We'll cover the design, performance/functionality and overall feel/comfort. -Design- Out of the box you'll find the Turtle Beach Vulcan II is super lightweight and has a clean look that fits into any setup. For starters, its compact form factor is elegant while cutting the numbered keypad, which is common with TKL boards. It has just the right amount of click without being too loud, when gaming all through the night. With hall effect being at the forefront, the responsiveness is outstanding, and can be further tuned for any preference. Individual keys are easy to replace due to its abs design. Also, the default resistance is perfect for the average consumer, but can be adjusted. Personally, I found the grips on the bottom to be a welcome touch, to prevent unwanted sliding during play. -Performance/Functionality- Upon further testing and intergrading this keyboard as my main, I was pleased to find that it has so much versatility. To go into further detail, let’s talk about the Swarm II software. This compatible free download allows for easy auto-updating and customization to fit your every scenario. From actuation per key, to the impressive amount of fine tuning, you'll be able to set custom profiles for any game, even up to five on the board itself. The analog function is a huge step in the right direction, blurring the line ever closer between keyboard and controller. The options are near limitless when honing just the right level of timing between presses. -Feel/Comfort- I absolutely love the way the keys are contoured to fit my fingertips at rest. The coating is smooth and I didn't find myself slipping off keys. It has just the right amount of spacing so cleaning dust and grime with a small brush is no issue. Lastly, as you would expect with built in suite of RGB settings, customizing your preferred aesthetic is easy. The backlit brightness is very generous and can be dimmed for any environment. Aside from the included usb cable, is a foam wrist rest. I've got to say, that's my only complaint. It feels very cheap and misplaced, compared to the premium feel of the keyboard. In conclusion, the Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro is the best gaming keyboard I've ever used and I'm extremely happy with it. Would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to step up their game.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TKL keyboard with great software to boot

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    So far my experience with the Vulkan II has been fantastic. While it is mainly geared towards gaming, it still does a great job for productivity and typing. It does take a little getting used. I've used some other low profile key cap based keyboards, both with full height switches and low profile. The mix of the low caps with the full stem switches does offer you the ability to customize your keyboard to your liking as you can replace all the keys with stand keys if you wish. One major plus with these kinds of key caps is that they're so much easier to keep clean as there's less that will get stuck under the key caps. I forever was stuck on using fullsize keyboards. Even with my IT Work I do I rarely if ever find myself using my Ten-Key, so this works out quite well. I did come over from another well known Peripheral maker's TKL based keybaord. It's great, but I've never been a fan of the software, so shifting to this and with how lightweight the Swarm II software is, it was nothing short of a win-win. Response wise, the typing is great. You can adjust most of everything with the exception of using custom color schemes directly from the keybaord itself so Swarm is pretty much optional. I did not have has much flexibility with my other TKL. Swarm itself I've not had a single issue with. It runs in the background hardly using any resources or getting in your way. Two odd quirks with it I saw was when I first launched it, there was an update for the application, despite having just downloaded the latest from the Turtle Beach site. Not a big deal, just awkward. The other was that there was also a Firmware update for the keyboard, to be exact, two updates. A bit odd that it didn't just update to the latest but did so incrementally. The ability to adjust the actuation on the fly without the software is even more icing on the cake. Other companies would do well to take a page from Turtle Beach's (Roccat) book with the ability to customize the keyboard without excessive and resource intensive software. The wrist rest that came with the keyboard is also nice. It's a bit firm for my liking but it gets the job done. For the price, this is a really fantastic option. The Keyboard market is pretty crowded so it's difficult to set oneself apart. If Turtle Beach/Roccat keeps this up along with the minimalist software, they'll continue to have a heck of a winning combination on their hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    VERY nice keyboard for work or play!

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    A low-noise keyboard that does well for both productivity and for game play! Turtle Beach has been around for a LONG time, it's nice to see that they're bringing their name back to products, which I have personally found synonymous with quality. The switches on the keys are of a white variant, which I personally have not seen before. The lack a klick that many people associate with a mechanical keyboard and take only the lightest touch to register the keystroke. I've used this keyboard on multiple machines now, and have noticed that unless you're using the macro functionalities, the keyboard works just fine without the Turtle Beach Swarm software. I know a lot of other gamers who like using macros, so , if those are your bag, definitely install the software. RGB backlighting is brilliantly bright and exceptionally easy on the eyes. Using this keyboard in the office has taken a lot of attention away from me as everyone was used to the blue ultra-klicky keyboard noise from my previous keyboard. If you're working in a semi-crowded area and want to use a mechanical keyboard, this definitely is one of the best options I have tried.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb gaming keyboard!

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    Playing Fortnite on this keyboard was awesome! The first thing I noticed when I grabbed it, was how solid it feels. The keys have a slight rubbery texture/feel to them that allowed my fingers not to grip better when pushing the keys. The travel of the keys felt almost like a piano, where there is a slight, smooth consistent resistance as the key is pressed. Im addition, the clicking noise of the keys is quite satisfying. I did not adjust settings to enable custom key travel actuation, but that will take trial and error and will be based on which games can benefit from it. However, the fact that it has an option to be adjusted makes this keyboard better. One of my favorite parts of this keyboard is actually the volume knob. Even though I wear a headset and can adjust it there, it is so much more convenient and efficient to adjust and mute from the knob. I thought it was an elegant touch too. The lighting smooth and flows back and forth, enhancing the visuals during gameplay. Overall, this is my favorite gaming keyboard and I plan on using it for a long time. It looks very durable so I have no doubts it will last a very long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Swarm II color LED Hall Effect keyboard withVolume

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    A beautiful addition to my ROG laptop. With Swarm 2 software, you can enjoy a syncretized Light Show from your mouse, headset and keyboard. The Hall Effect keys produce a varying amount of current allowing and producing an almost unlimited number of keys . Depending on the distance traveled of the keypress, the software and hardware can represent different things. Amazing. The keys sit proud of the board yet function smoothly with each actuation. I read the key caps are compatible with second party keytops for a unique gaming experience. The volume control on The upper right corner doubles as sort of a joystick. For the best experience, connect the USB cable directly to your PC or laptop. Don't use it through a hub. 5 built in keyboard layouts, and the function keys are programmable. Pressing the joystick for fast muting. The feet on the bottom fold easily and provide just the right tilt. They've even included a soft foam wrist rest. Select from one of nine great color effects, my favorite is heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    A step down from Roccat branded Vulkan quality

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    I have reviewed a ton of keyboards on BestBuy, and I have never written a negative review on one before. This keyboard is sadly just not up to snuff on the previous Roccat-made Vulkan TKL keyboard I owned and reviewed four years ago. For those of you who don’t know, it was announced in April of 2024 that Turtle Beach, who had purchased Roccat in 2019, has decided to fully absorb the brand into their own company’s name and guided manufacture. This was a huge mistake from what I can tell from this specific product. I have known for years that any Roccat product I use, from mice to headset to keyboard, is going to be a top-quality German engineered gaming product. That is not the case anymore. The build quality on this keyboard is such a sad step down. Especially for the price. I really don’t like the design language of the flat dark gray metal(ish?) deck and the black plastic body of the keyboard feels cheap. The RGB indeed looks really cool and nice, but the RGB doesn’t make the keyboard perform any different typing wise. The 2020-year Roccat made Vulkan TKL model I reviewed had a gorgeous, brushed aluminum top that felt worth the price. This design is clearly full of cut corners and cost-savings focus. The typing experience on these red linear switches for whatever reason is just abysmal for me. I hate typing and playing on this keyboard so much I just had to stop after a point prematurely into my ownership of the keyboard. If you have cranky 30-year-old wrists like me, you are going to want to skip this one. Even though the keycaps themselves are thin, the height and stroke of each key is tall and must be bottomed out to register with factory settings. Also, these red linear switches are seriously mushy compared to other red switches in my possession. The Swarm II software can adjust the per key sensitivity and key registration height, but I think Turtle Beach is using a software setting to compensate for what is a hardware problem in feel. I think your mileage will vary, but if you have this money to spend on a keyboard, you may want to try other options if you aren’t enjoying your typing and gaming experience on this. I further really dislike the design language of the bottom keys like alt, control, etc. They have round tops which just feel so out of place in this aesthetic. The keys in general are abs plastic and cheap feeling. They feel far too thin. The only redeeming features here are that they are user replaceable with custom t slot keycaps and switches and the top right volume wheel with push-to-mute function is actually quite nice. The accessories included are a USB-C to USB-A cord about 6 feet long and a wrist rest. This wrist rest is a disgrace on a $150 dollar keyboard. I cannot believe the nerve of Turtle Beach. It is literally just a stinky piece of quarter-inch thick floppy neoprene mousepad material with the Turtle Beach logo lazily screen onto it in the bottom right corner. This rest doesn’t even attach to the keyboard! It is just there; an impermanent and floppily impotent reminder of what happens when a big, glutted company takes over a passionate and specialized company’s product. Even the Roccat Pyro wired keyboard for $70 less than a year ago had a nice textured plastic wrist wrest that clicked into place with the keyboard! This is yet another slap in the face. Suggestions to Turtle Beach: Give us a wrist rest worthy of a $150 keyboard. Consider improving key cap quality and ergonomics. Consider improving build quality on this higher tier keyboard. Consider improving the weight and feel of the keyboard. Consider wireless connectivity at this price and/or a higher polling rate for wired connection. This polling rate is a quarter of what some keyboards out there are capable of via wired connection right now. Overall, I simply cannot recommend this keyboard at this price. There are simply too many other keyboards at this price that are too good for the money and won’t leave you feeling like the shill of a generic gaming company that has taken away the soul of a famous keyboard creator’s intent. Thanks for reading and I hope this review helps guide your purchase decision!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Turtle Beach Support
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      Hello Bren!

      We appreciate the feedback regarding your Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Keyboard and are sorry to see it did not fit your needs.

      If you have any questions or require assistance, please reach out directly to our dedicated Support Team. They’re always happy to help and can be reached right from the support section of the Turtle Beach website.

      Thank you and have a great day! TurtleBeach

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Quiet Keyboard from Turtle Beach

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    I really didn't know what to expect from the keyboard. I had seen YouTube reviews on it and it seemed loud to type on, yet I was willing to take the chance on it as it was a Hall Effect board. I'm glad I did as it is a very quiet keyboard in my opinion. I was expecting something like the Vulcan 2 Max when it came to noise, but it wasn't anything close to that. I love the form factor as well. The ABS Keycaps aren't to my liking, but you can change them to any MX style keycaps and I have PBTs on mine now and it's wonderful. The Swarm 2 software seems better than the previous Swarm software as well. Granted software can be different than others and some might like it while others might not. I have a feeling this might be my final keyboard, unless there is a full size version that comes out, then I might get that one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    TURTLE BEACH VULCAN ll PRO

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    At first glance, the keyboard looks amazing. You can tell it is built from high-quality material. Every single key function sounds and acts the same. Great quality throughout the keyboard. The RGB lighting is very smooth and easy to operate. The functionality of the keys are remarkable. *** While filling out review, with multiple attempts to upload pictures, I was unable to. Trust the words of the review, absolutely And undeniably a phenomenal product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite Hall Effect keyboard so far!

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    This keyboard is a steal. It sounds great for a gaming keyboard, it plays great, and the software has been easy to use. I have been playing on it all day and I am blown away by how much I have enjoyed using this keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    What a great buy

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    Good lord i never knew a better keyboard could make that much of a difference! Changed everything here. And so easy to program too.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Gaming Keyboard!

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    Turtle Beach has taken the Roccat Vulcan keyboard and upgraded the switches to analog Hall-effect magnetic mechanical. This allows for longer life (150M clicks vs 50M on the older version) as well as being able to customize the actuation point. Also, it makes the keys much less "clicky" (which is my preference). In the Turtle Beach Swarm II app, the entire keyboard can be set anywhere between 0.1mm and 4.0mm. For Gaming mode, each individual key can be set to its own actuation point, with different point settings available for the press and release point (when enabled). You will definitely need to try out the different points to see what works the best. When the Primary/FN Actuation point was set at .1, it basically makes the keyboard useless for typing (non-gaming) as when any key is barely tapped, it types that character. For example, when trying to hit Backspace, it would keep typing the Backslash (\) because my finger would barely touch the top edge of the key. After trying out different Actuation point levels, I found that at 2.3 that the accidental type wasn't as bad. Interestingly, when downloading the installer file from their website, it is in a ZIP file, which adds an unnecessary extra step to extract the installer and doesn't really save any size for download. The installer did allow me to install on a different drive tha C: as that is getting too full. Strangely, after installing the version of Swarm II I had just downloaded, there was an update available for the app to install after I launched it. The Swarm II app does seem to be a bit better/easier for customization than other ones have used. For RGB lighting (which, personally, I have never cared for on any PC accessory and really don't understand why everything related to gaming has to have it), it is fully customizable, from using presets to setting a color for each individual key. Also, for each available function, the keys can be remapped to anything desired. The keys themselves seem a little more curved than other gaming keyboards. I'm not sure if that is good or bad, but I am used to the flat key keyboard I have for my everyday use, so it may just seem overly curved because of what I am used to. They do mention that the keycaps can be swapped out with any T-shaped ABS keycaps. The performance when gaming is great. I didn't have any issues when playing my normal games. My son also tried it out with some of the games he plays, with one of them that having a shorter actuation point is very helpful for quickly "building" items in the game. He likes it much better than his current gaming keyboard from a different company that he has been using for the last couple of years. If you are looking for a very customizable, mostly quiet, long-lasting (presumably) gaming keyboard, then definitely take a look at this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade!

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    Navigating the world of gaming peripherals can be daunting, especially for someone stepping into the realm later in life. The Turtle Beach Vulcan 2 TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard aims to cater to both seasoned gamers and newcomers alike. My first impression of the Turtle Beach Vulcan 2 TKL Pro is its striking design. It features a tenkeyless (TKL) layout, omitting the numpad to save space and create a more compact and ergonomic setup. This design choice makes it ideal for users with limited desk space or those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic. The keyboard has a sleek, modern look with a robust aluminum top plate that ensures durability. Despite its sturdy build, it remains lightweight, making it easy to move or adjust on your desk. The keys are well-spaced and have a satisfying tactile feel, thanks to the mechanical switches, which provide a superior typing experience compared to traditional membrane keyboards. One standout feature is the magnetic detachable wrist rest, offering additional comfort during long gaming or typing sessions. For me, this can be particularly beneficial in reducing strain and enhancing overall use. The Vulcan 2 TKL Pro uses Turtle Beach’s proprietary magnetic mechanical switches, which are designed to provide a fast and precise response. These switches combine the best of both mechanical and optical technologies, offering a unique typing experience. They are tactile and clicky, providing clear feedback with each key press, which can be particularly satisfying for those who enjoy a responsive and engaging typing experience. The tactile feedback can be advantageous, ensuring each keypress is registered without requiring excessive force. This reduces finger fatigue, making it comfortable to use for extended periods, whether for gaming, work, or general computer use. The Vulcan 2 TKL Pro features customizable RGB lighting, allowing users to personalize their keyboard with a wide array of colors and effects. The vibrant backlighting is not only visually appealing but also practical, making it easier to locate keys in low-light conditions. This can be particularly useful for older users who may appreciate the enhanced visibility. The included software, Turtle Beach Control Center, offers extensive customization options. Users can create individual profiles, assign macros, and fine-tune the lighting effects to suit their preferences. The intuitive interface ensures that even those new to such technology can navigate and utilize these features effectively. As a wired keyboard, the Vulcan 2 TKL Pro ensures a stable and reliable connection, which is crucial for gaming and professional use. The USB connection is straightforward, providing plug-and-play functionality with most systems, including Windows and macOS. The detachable USB-C cable adds convenience and flexibility, making it easy to pack and transport the keyboard. This feature can be particularly appreciated by users who need to switch between different setups or who prefer a tidy, cable-free desk environment when not using the keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultra-Responsive, Soft clickety-clack keystrokes

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    I've owned several Turtle Beach keyboards, and this Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard totally lives up to my previous experience. The build quality is there; big time! The design and look of this gaming keyboard is awesome. The aluminum 'top plate' surface of the keyboard's chassis, is really sleek. And for those gamers loving that familiar "clickety-clack" of the mechanical switches, you'll be well pleased. While I don't routinely make use of wrist rests, the foam palm rest this Vulcan II offers is adequate. It's pretty basic and only as thick as the bottom edge of the keyboard which works well, position wise. The rubberized feet on the underside of the keyboard really do grip nicely, helping to stabilize the keyboard on your desk. The braided, detachable power cable is sturdy yet flexible, and not stiff so that it shouldn't kink up over time. There is no dedicated number pad off to the right-hand side of this keyboard, but the arrow keys are nicely spaced and easily accessible. A simple, and useful, feature I've really come to appreciate is having that volume adjustment wheel right there on the upper right-hand side of the keyboard. Pressing down upon the center is a quick mute, too. Now, you ARE able to use this gaming keyboard right out of the box, without any additional software. However, if you download and install Swarm II, more customizable options become available. With the Swarm II software you can assign up to 3 inputs per key. This is a feature many gamers might find useful, but it's not my cup of tea. There's also the ability to adjust your key presses ('actuation' distance). So far, the default works fine for me. Gamers are also able to create macros for an extensive list of popular games. For me, what I find truly wonderful, is the customizable RGB light effects! I very much love creating a fun, organized, lighted gaming environment on my desk and around my personal office space. So this Turtle Beach Vulcan II, fits right in! Of course, of utmost importance is whether or not this gaming keyboard performs well and as intended. With a resounding, yes, it does! Every key press was immediately responsive. No hesitation or delay. So, do I recommend? Most certainly, yes! Turtle Beach knows how to craft high-quality gaming peripherals, and this Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Magnetic Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Analog Hall-Effect Switches lives up to all my expectations; and then some.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Quality Pro-Level Performer

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    The Vulcan II TKL Pro is a tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard, which means it does not have a numeric keypad. With no numeric keypad and a trim case, it’s very compact with a sleek minimalist design. The keyboard switches are rated with a 150-million-click lifecycle, built to last. The sturdy aluminum frame also contributes to this keyboards robust and durable top of the line build quality. The keyboard also includes a comfortable wrist rest that is magnetically detachable. The premier feature of the Vulcan II TKL Pro is its analog hall-effect magnetic switches. These switches are incredibly smooth and insanely responsive. The smooth glide of the magnetic switches feels different than most other keyboards, so expect a small adjustment period. The keys have customizable actuation points, giving you precise control over the keypresses. You can adjust every key together or individually, each key has 40 preset heights from 0.1mm to 4mm. The switches have a subtle click with tactile feedback strike a good balance between satisfying feedback and noise reduction. This keyboard excels in both gaming and productivity tasks. The keyboard is extensively customizable. You can tweak the RGB lighting effects including a rainbow wave effect and static color schemes. You can create macros and adjust actuation points using the Turtle Beach Control Studio software. The keyboard’s ability to emulate a controller is a unique feature that can help with some games. With an impressive design, quality, responsive performance, and great customization, this keyboard ticks the important boxes. This keyboard is priced competitively with other top-notch gaming keyboards. If you are looking to get a pro-level performance edge with your keyboard, you will find the Vulcan II TKL Pro to be a great choice without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very compact, but nice nonetheless...

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    So I received my Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard a week ago and have been putting it through its paces. First off I love Turtle Beach and the various products they make. I’ve never purchased or received a bad product from them that I didn’t like so I knew the Vulcan II TKL Wired Keyboard would not fail me. So when you open the package you’re greeted with a nice sturdy keyboard. The build quality is amazing. Now this is a tenkeyless keyboard so if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard with a number pad on the side, then this isn’t the keyboard for you. Still I love the build quality. They keycaps are raised up a bit on top of the Hall-Effect Magnetic Switches, and they are removable, however, I don’t believe the switches are hot-swappable. The thin keycaps are easy to touch and I had no problem whatsoever using the keyboard with ease. The thin keycaps also allow the user to see the amazing color and lighting effects as they change. In the top right corner of the keyboard is a volume control knob which is very handy. Simply turn the knob clockwise and counterclockwise to increase or decrease the volume. To mute the volume simply press down on top of the volume knob. Also included in the box is a USB-A to USB-C cable. This is wired keyboard so it must stay attached in order to use it. Turtle Beach also included a palm rest pad that sits at the bottom of the keyboard to help with wrist fatigue. So far I’ve not had any issues with the keyboard and the palm rest pad really helps. Once you have the keyboard connected to your computer you can jump right in with gaming or you can download and install the Swarm software to further customize the keyboard to your liking. One thing that I will say is that this keyboard is very compact and may be more suitable for someone with smaller hands. I have rather large hands and though I didn’t have any issues with typing on it, its very noticeable how compact and tight it is. Overall I love the keyboard especially with the low clickity sound. No as loud as how some gaming keyboards can be. I would recommend this keyboard but for someone with smaller hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend