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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: SteelSeries 6Gv2
SteelSeries 6Gv2 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts

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.

Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Product Name: 6Gv2
Model Number: 64225-US
Price As Tested: $99.99 (PriceGrabber)

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.

  • GOLDEN QUALITY: 18K gold-plated mechanical switches and USB connectors for extremely low latency.
  • EXTREME ANTI-GHOSTING: Allows as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard, when used with the USB to PS/2 adapter.
  • RAPID RESPONSE TIME: No-click mechanical switches ensure low latency and fast response.
  • UNRIVALED LIFECYCLE: Guaranteed keyboard lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes.
  • INCREASED APM: All facets of the 6Gv2 are included to increase the users' actions per minute.
  • MEDIA CONTROLS: Quick access to volume, mute and other audio controls.
  • DURABLE BUILD QUALITY: Durable metal inner chassis.



# dont agreemepk 2011-02-02 21:23
Well that was not the case with me. I was good on cs in general. My weakness was, that I wasnt that precise on shooting, so I maked my kills mainly with clever moves, oponents position awareness, and i was avoiding head to head far distant shooting. But when I switched form regular optical mouse to razer one + razer pad suddenly i began to make headshot after headshot. So the skill was there, but the mouse was stoping me.

Sorry for the bad english :)
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# Full anti-ghosting in PS2 modeTactictoe 2012-07-05 16:20
Is not a con, its the only way its possible.
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