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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

SteelSeries 6G V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

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The 6Gv2 is a compact keyboard which, of course, is a mechanical model using Cherry Black MX switches that feature gold plated components and a 50 million keystroke lifecycle. There is tactile feedback to these keys but they use no-click switches which make the board quieter than other mechanical models, so similar to a traditional model in noise and activation occurs after 2-3mm of the key press. As an additional feature SteelSeries have included anti-ghosting technology on this board to allow multiple key presses to be registered at the same time… as many key presses as there are keys in fact.

While the above picture makes it look like the 6Gv2 might be a lightweight compact keyboard it is far from it. The plastic used by SteelSeries is actually iron-infused and the keys are mounted on a metal plate which adds further strength to the overall construction of the board.

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SteelSeries include some media functionality on this board which is accessed as a second function on the F1-F6 keys and overall we have a reasonably standard key layout with the Caps, Num and Scroll White LEDs located at the top right of the board. We say reasonably standard because rather than a Windows key over on the left of the space bar (it’s on the right) we have a SteelSeries key which activates the media controls. The idea being that in games where we have our left hand on the board a lot, we won’t accidentally launch the start menu.

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On the back of the board we find a rather unique design where there are no legs to vary height/angle and the surface is not flat, instead SteelSeries favour three raised sections, two of which have rubber feet to ensure the board doesn’t move on our desk.

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Attached to the end of our USB cable on this board is a silver connector which as noted earlier can be converted to PS/2 for those who prefer to free up as much CPU resources as possible. (USB keyboards use polling which takes up CPU resource whereas PS/2 does not)

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Stuart Davidson

1 Comment

  1. Ander

    Stuart: Fine review! Yes, this is one solidly made keyboard. Ironically, though, it’s not necessary to type very hard on it. Because it uses the stiffer Cherry MX Black switches, it’s easier to press them just beyond their actuation points (about halfway down) rather than “bottoming out” (unnecessarily pressing them to their bases) as we tend to do with lighter switches. If you approach them with this attitude, you can type more lightly, quickly and efficiently than on any of the more common switches.

    Unfortunately, it’s not easy to explain this concept, so most keyboard makers simply use light switches and leave people to pound away on them. THOSE are the boards that must be built like tanks. :?)

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