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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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6Gv2 Mechanical
  • Gold plated switches
  • Extreme anti-ghosting
  • Features SteelSeries Media Controls
  • 18K-Gold plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
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Technical Details

Style: 6Gv2 Mechanical
  • Brand Name: SteelSeries
  • Model: 64225
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
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Product Details

Style: 6Gv2 Mechanical
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 21.5 x 12.6 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0038X3ZVM
  • Item model number: 64225
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 2, 2010

Product Description

Style: 6Gv2 Mechanical

Product Description

The SteelSeries 6Gv2, modeled after the award winning SteelSeries 7G keyboard, is the lower priced mechanical keyboard that improves the user’s ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard on the market. The SteelSeries G Series Keyboards redefine “anti-ghosting” features by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 features both PS/2 and gold-plated USB connectors as well as 18K gold-plated mechanical switches. Its increased response times and extreme durability make the SteelSeries 6Gv2 the ultimate keyboard option for gamers.

From the Manufacturer

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical keyboard, modeled after the award winning SteelSeries 7G mechanical keyboard, is incredibly durable and is designed to improve the user's ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard on the market. The SteelSeries G Series Keyboards redefine "anti-ghosting" features by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
The 6Gv2 is the ultimate keyboard option with increased response time and extreme durability

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
Metal keys offer an extended lifecycle for up to 50 million key presses

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
Featuring gold plated mechanical switches and connectors for enhanced durability
Golden Quality and Rapid Response Time

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 features PS/2 and gold-plated USB connectors as well as 18K gold-plated mechanical switches with a switch lifetime of 50 million operations, more than 10 times the lifespan of a typical "membrane" keyboard. Its increased response times and extreme durability make the SteelSeries 6Gv2 the ultimate keyboard option for gamers.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
All keys are mounted on a metal plate to ensure durability and consistency

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
Experience greater tactile feedback with the 6Gv2 gaming keyboard

SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard
SteelSeries key provides access to the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard
Redefining "Anti-Ghosting"

Ever tried pressing a few keys on your keyboard and getting a beep sound? It either happens when you press too many keys at the same time, or when you press too many keys within the same cluster at the same time (like the keys around WASD which often used for movements in games). If your keyboard exhibits this behavior it will hinder your ability to perform certain actions, movement in FPS games being one example. The industry calls this anti-ghosting. When using USB, you can use up to 6 keys plus modifiers at the same time, which is the highest spec limit a USB connection can accommodate.

Increased APM

It gets even better. With the 6Gv2 you don't have to press the keys all the way down for them to register. The mechanical switches will register key presses quickly with a travel distance roughly 50% shorter than a conventional keyboard. You will type faster, with a consistent tactile feeling. Your Actions Per Minute (APM) can reach new heights with the 6Gv2 thanks to this feature.

Tactile Feedback and Unrivaled Lifecycle

But the 6Gv2 offers more than just a long lifecycle. The rubber domes on a conventional keyboard will, over time, lose their tactile feeling due to rubber flexing. The keys you use the most will start to feel different. The physical construction of the mechanical switches used in the 6Gv2, and the strict tolerance levels in which the switches are manufactured, is what allows the key presses on this keyboard to always feel consistent.

Mechanical Switches

SteelSeries 6Gv2 is built with mechanical no-click switches. The user's experience with mechanical switches is very different compared to using the "soft feel" keys found on conventional keyboards or even laptops. So how is it different?

Traditional keyboards are built with small rubber domes under the keys. It is these rubber domes that provide the "soft feel" level of resistance when you type. When you operate a rubber dome keyboard, the keys needs to be pressed down until a membrane switch is activated. These membrane switches will slowly wear out, typically after one to five million key presses. You may already have tried this. After a while you will find yourself pressing harder and harder to get the keyboard to register key presses. Typing gradually becomes annoying and irritating--but when you’re gaming and you start missing critical in-game commands, frustration sets in. The 6Gv2 offers a lifecycle of 50 million key presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount of a conventional keyboards.

Acclimation

It may take a while to get used to a mechanical keyboard. Most gamers or typists acclimate in approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Once you are properly acclimated you will appreciate better tactile feedback, superior response times and ultimately greater control. Simply put: You will become a better typist.

...And It's Heavy

It's not just called "heavyweight" because it packs the best performance in the industry. The 6Gv2 is also physically heavy. All keys are mounted on a metal plate within the keyboard to ensure durability. The plastic material used to create the keyboard has metal elements, also to help to improve durability.

USB and PS/2 Connectors

The 6Gv2 is built with a USB as standard, but also included is a USB to PS/2 adapter in the box. The choice is yours.

The PS/2 connector will give you total freedom with no limit to the amount of simultaneous key presses. And, equally as important, using the PS/2 may just improve your overall gaming experience. The reason is that when you use a USB keyboard your computer is actually using CPU time polling your keyboard. The higher the polling rate the more CPU time is used to perform the polling. And because of the built-in debounce rate found on any quality keyboard, any polling rate above 200Hz is simply a waste of CPU time and really just a result of pointless marketing hype. Unlike USB keyboards, a PS/2 keyboard isn't polled at all. The keyboard simply sends a signal to the computer as key presses are made, which causes a hardware interrupt, forcing the CPU to register the signal.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
Easy Access to Media Controls

The Windows key is useful for certain things and in certain situations. But not in the middle of a gaming session. Replacing it on the 6Gv2 is a SteelSeries Key that won't wreak havoc during a gaming session by minimizing your game or by opening a menu. The SteelSeries Key serves a different purpose: it's a function key for the Media Controls found on the 6Gv2. You can press the SteelSeries key and access the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard.

What's in the Box

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard with USB connectors and a USB to PS/2 adapter

What the Critics are Saying about the SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard

"Do you really need a gaming keyboard? I sure didn't think I did, right up until I tried a SteelSeries 6Gv2. Gaming demands aside, the 6Gv2 is a great piece of office equipment. It brings back the days when a keyboard was a robust part of the PC suite, not a cheap, plasticy afterthought."
--Gaming Nexus

Technical Specifications

  • Gold-plated Microphone and Headset Jacks
  • Connection Options: PS/2 and USB
  • Dimensions: 21.5" x 12.6" x 3.3"

Which SteelSeries Gaming Keyboard is Right for You?

SteelSeries SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard
6Gv2
SteelSeries 7G Keyboard
7G
SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard
Merc Stealth
SteelSeries Shift Keyboard
Shift
Integrated Media Keys
PS/2 Connection Option
Mechanical Switches
Extreme "Anti-Ghosting"
USB Hub
Gold-plated Audio Ports
Dedicated Gaming Terrain
(w/ optional keysets)
Illuminated Keyboard
Record Macros Directly on Keyboard
Interchangeable Keysets

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Backslash crowds the right shift key.
Adolphus
It's makes gaming feel 10X more fun with this Keyboard the keys feel so good to type on (have the red Cherry switch addition).
Mikey T.
The build quality of this keyboard is great, it feels very sturdy and has a nice weight to it.
Motecuhzoma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 105 people found the following review helpful By ThyFadingDirge on November 21, 2010
Style Name: 6Gv2 Mechanical Verified Purchase
I want to make it clear that I narrowed virtually every "gaming" keyboard and most popular mechanical keyboards on the market down to this and the 7G. The reason I went with the 6Gv2 is because of the familiar key layout. As appealing as the 7G was, I had no interest in relearning how to type using its awkward key layout (small backspace key, small right shift, etc.). That being said, I am happy with this purchase for several reasons which I will list in pro/con format.

Pro:
- MX Cherry Blacks (widely considered the best switches for gaming, along with MX Reds, which I believe are only available in China).
- Solid construction (fortunately, I did not have any problem with the keys being loose in any way. My keyboard is solid through and through perhaps due to successful shipping and handling).
- Full NKRO
- Relatively inexpensive for a mechanical keyboard
- Familiar key layout and key size
- It works flawlessly with Windows 7 64bit. You simply plug it in BEFORE turning on the PC, then turn on the PC to enjoy your new keyboard.

Cons:
- Very minor flaw, but the PS/2 converter isn't the most snug-fitting connector. However, it works and does enable full NKRO, so I'd highly recommend using it.
- I can confirm what other users have written about dulling of printed letters on the keys. No exaggeration, after only a few DAYS of use, the WASD (my most used keys) keys have faded considerably. I should note that I'm impeccably hygienic and wash my hands thoroughly before each session at my PC. That being said, it's not dirt that's obscuring the letters; the letters themselves are literally rubbing off the keys. I don't see this as a glaring issue, but if you desire immaculate aesthetics, this could irritate you.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By John Buyer on January 25, 2012
Style Name: 6Gv2 Mechanical Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: I've not used this keyboard for very long, having just opened it and started to use it. The keys feel very nice, both in their construction and in their action - but that's why you're looking at a mechanical keyboard anyway, right?

Anyway, I went for this model rather than their newer 7G keyboard because (a) with the 7G they made the poor decision to use the World's Smallest Backspace Key (patent pending), and (b) it's a lot more expensive. Unfortunately, in my fervor to obtain a sensible backspace key, I didn't notice that they enlarged the Enter key and moved the Slash/Vertical Bar key below Enter - moving and shrinking the Right Shift key in the process.

Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I use my keyboard for typing as much as gaming; I sought out SteelSeries because their keyboards are simply Excellent Keyboards, without any nonsense. Also, I type "properly," as it were, and without looking at the keys; this seemingly innocuous difference has (a) forced me to stare at the keys as I type, as it is unlike any sensible keyboard layout, and (b) forces me to reach much further just to actuate the Shift key. The "pinky finger" is not a strong, flexible finger! Its repositioning is as painful as it is clumsy.

I knowingly (if begrudgingly) accepted the removal of the right-side Windows key, as I'm aware that many gamers find it difficult to simply "not press" that key, and it can interrupt a game quite easily. However, I find no logic in their tweaking of the right-hand side of the keyboard, unless you spend much time hunting around the keyboard for the never-moving, *already oversized* Enter key.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2011
Style Name: 6Gv2 Mechanical Verified Purchase
To begin, let me say that this was indeed my first mechanical keyboard and I was not sure what to expect. I read around a bit and learned the differences between the different switches and such. After a bunch of reading, it came down to this keyboard or the Steelseries 7G, which apparently cannot be found anywhere on planet earth for purchase. Because of that, I was kind of forced to go with this one. After some research, I found that really the only differences between the two were that the 7G has a different keyboard layout, with smaller backspace and right shift keys, which I really didn't want to deal with anyway, and it comes with a wrist rest. You can buy the rest for 3 dollars else where, so no big deal.

So, I get the keyboard. It's not natively PS2, but provides an adapter so you can plug it in to your PS2 port. PS2 is required to use the anti ghosting feature, which works flawlessly by the way. The keys are pretty loud compared to a membrane keyboard, but I was aware of this before purchase and actually find it fun ( i am easily amused ) . It feels like I am efortlessly gliding around this keyboard, mashing keys at an unprecedented rate. It is far more compact than any keyboard I have ever used and I can basically man the entire left half of the keyboard with one hand easily. I didn't really beleive that something like a keyboard could increase your in-game performance so greatly, but boy, was I wrong. I saw a 25 point actions per minute in Starcraft 2 on average!

The board its self is very sturdy and I feel like I could bludgeon a small mammall with it and it would stay intact. Overall, this is an amazing product for the price. I would highly recommend it for someone looking for their first or even an upgraded mechanical keyboard.
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