SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard Review

Introduction

Last year we took a look at the SteelSeries 7G keyboard and fell in love.

It was absolutely bombproof, made of seriously solid materials with gold-plating in all the important places and a truly glorious tactile feel when typing. With multiple USB ports, headphone outputs and a massive wrist-rest, it is among the very finest keyboards on the market.

Unfortunately for most of us that 'Rolls Royce of Keyboards' came with a suitably eye-opening price-tag.

So if you fancy all the important bits of the 7G, but in a more affordable package, what can you do?

Well SteelSeries are nothing if not understanding of all their customers requirements and they've stripped away the extraneous elements of the 7G to leave just the great keyboard itself and here it is. The SteelSeries 6Gv2.

Has taking away the additional features also lessened the pleasure of the 6Gv2, or is it everything you want, but for pain in the wallet?

Technical Specifications

Obviously a keyboards specifications live and die with only one element, the switches used. The 6Gv2 has Cherry Black MX switches which are the most robust switches in the Cherry line-up.

If you've never looked seriously at mechanical keyboards then you're probably wondering why it matters what is going on beneath the key, so long as when you press it, it works. Well to explain too much right now would leave little for the rest of the review, but suffice it to say that if you've only ever typed on those keyboards for a fiver, you'd be astounded how much of an improvement a good mechanical keyboard can have. Cherry switches are the absolute daddy in the switch line and the Black MXs are the most resilient of those.

Robust describes everything about the SteelSeries 6Hv2, built from a metal chassis to withstand almost any abuse, and weighing 3 and a half pounds, this baby wont flex or creak. Time to take a look.

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Most Recent Comments

14-06-2011, 08:51:30

tinytomlogan
If you fancy the incredible quality of the SteelSeries 7G, but can't afford the price, maybe the 6Gv2 is the Keyboard for you.



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14-06-2011, 11:13:22

marsey99
unless something better comes out i think we have my next keyboard here.

now if only i could get this recluse to break i would have a reason to buy it

14-06-2011, 11:28:00

Endzy
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Originally Posted by marsey99 View Post

unless something better comes out i think we have my next keyboard here.

now if only i could get this recluse to break i would have a reason to buy it
Hey, I've been on these forums replying to every single keyboard post saying get the 6Gv2, but everyone keeps leaning their decision to Logitech.

28-06-2011, 17:48:24

Steve-O-
I've had the 7G for almost a year now and can honestly say the thing is top-notch. If you aren't going to spend that much money then get this one (6Gv2). It's worth every penny and will last you, what seems like, a life-time.

02-07-2011, 06:26:48

wezra
Does the 'steel' button act as a windows key during normal usage? Lack of a windows key would unfortunately drive me mad, use many of the shortcuts it offers countless times a day.

06-07-2011, 19:25:30

Johnny Rook
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Originally Posted by wezra View Post

Does the 'steel' button act as a windows key during normal usage? Lack of a windows key would unfortunately drive me mad, use many of the shortcuts it offers countless times a day.
No, it doesn't work as "Windows" key; it enables the 4 Multimedia keys (Steel+F1 to Steel+F4). Anyways, the Steelseries 6G v2 does have a Windows key on the right side.

I have this keyboard for 8 months now - bought last Christmas -, and I can't be happier! 8 months old and it looks just like brand new! I'm a really heavy gamer, really, I play a lot and usually, the keyboards WASD, Shift and Ctrl (Strg) keys letters disappear in 3 months, like in my old Roccat Valo keyboard. This sucks and looks really ugly too. Fortunately, Roccat sent me a replacement set of those 6 keys for free but, not every company does that, right.

Now, I use only the 6Gv2 for playing FPS and RPG games.

I must add the 6Gv2 doesn't have macro keys and so, if you play MMO games like WoW and you use/need a bunch of macros, this keyboard is not the best option for you.

As I posted before, I got the 6Gv2 last year and the keys - all the keyboard, for that matter - are still perfect! 6Gv2 (and 7G) really is a keyboard meant for WAR!

Johnny
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