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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review


by Stuart Davidson - 10th June 2011
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SteelSeries 6G V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

User Experience and Conclusion


So normally at this point in the review, the page after the keyboard overview, we would have been covering the software provided by the manufacturer... macro features, fancy lighting control. All that jazz. We would then move on to the conclusion where a board might be marked down for lack of features. With the 6Gv2 this isn't the case as SteelSeries went out to create a high quality, no-frills gaming board when designing this product. We simply plug it in and use it.

That doesn't mean that it is budget, or low spec in any way. Far from it; this is an incredibly sturdy, heavy board. The iron-infused plastic has no flex or cheap feeling areas and the key area is also particularly strong thanks to the metal plate which our keys sit on.

Speaking of keys, the use of Cherry Black MX models means we have proven technology used here, they feel nice to type on and will very much appeal to those who don't like the "clicky" sound of other boards. SteelSeries also add anti-ghosting to the features available which of course very much helps us when playing fast paced FPS titles where multiple key presses are the norm.

Looking a little closer at the design we of course see that there is no USB pass-through, or audio which further emphasises the no-frills design.

Value wise the 6Gv2 is a high quality mechanical model to a price point which will be very attractive to gamers and that was clearly the aim SteelSeries were going for when designing the product. The only minor issue is that Razer offer their standard BlackWidow (an alternate mechanical model) which has some extra gaming keys/configuration at a slightly lower price point.

Summary
No fancy lights, macros, remapping or ports. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 simply offers an exceptionally high quality mechanical keyboard experience for a price which matches other high end traditional gaming boards.

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SteelSeries Shop - €79.99 / $99.99

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