|SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 14 December 2010|
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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Benchmark Reviews has tested all sorts of gaming peripherals in the past, today we are taking an in depth look at the SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The 6Gv2 is the little brother of the 7G and does away with some of the unnecessary features of an already basic gaming keyboard and for a good reason too, the 7G is a little on the expensive side. The 6Gv2 does away with the USB hub, the audio ports and the wrist rest. The price is still a little high at $99.99 but it is certainly better than the price of the 7G, essentially the 6Gv2 is a stripped down version so lets see if it's worth your hard earned cash.
Just like the SteelSeries 7G, the 6Gv2 sports a rigid metal inner chassis for extreme strength and each key is an individual 18 karat gold plated and spring loaded mechanical switch which are guaranteed for 50 million presses and provide excellent tactile and audible feedback. The anti-ghosting system allows for as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard when you use the supplied PS/2 adapter, if you connect the 6Gv2 to your PC via USB the anti-ghosting only works for up to eight keys at a time.
The 6Gv2 is a hefty little keyboard, it is nice and compact and doesn't waste time with bells and whistles. The 6Gv2 also does away with the braided cord and gold plated connectors seen on the 7G, those are little luxuries you get with the higher priced model and shouldn't make or break this model. If this is the sort of keyboard you have been looking for then read on to find out if it has what it takes as we test it in a variety of games and applications.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SteelSeries
Features and Specifications
Below is a snippet from the 6Gv2 product page:
As we began to design the 6Gv2, we wanted to offer a keyboard that would do more than emulate the bridge console on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and instead, we focused on raw performance and durability.
We took a long look at the most extreme use scenarios for keyboards and designed a keyboard that would meet and (in most cases) exceed every one of them. That's why we refer to the 6Gv2 as the "heavyweight of gaming keyboards". It's not the prettiest chick in the beauty pageant. It doesn't glow or pulse. But it packs a punch. A serious one.