SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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- 18K-Gold plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
- Extreme anti-ghosting
- Gold plated switches
- Features SteelSeries Media Controls
- Gold plated switches
- Extreme anti-ghosting
- Features SteelSeries Media Controls
- 18K-Gold plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
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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.
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.
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.
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 life cycle of 50 million key presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount of a conventional keyboards.
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.
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.
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|Gold-plated Audio Ports||✔||✔||✔|
|Dedicated Gaming Terrain||✔||✔|
|Record Macros Directly on Keyboard||✔|
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|Item Dimensions||21.5 x 3.3 x 12.6 in||1.56 x 17.34 x 5.37 in||6.6 x 18.9 x 1.4 in||5.83 x 17.64 x 1.3 in||5.1 x 17.4 x 1.5 in||19.7 x 2.36 x 10.24 in|
|Item Weight||2.6 lbs||2.74 lbs||1.8 lbs||2.81 lbs||2.34 lbs||5.34 lbs|
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.
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I'm blown away that this keyboard functions as new after this long. I haven't had any issues with it at all. If you are a programmer then the right shift key and location of the backslash might be a problem for you but it hasn't been an issue for me, even throughout these past few years that I have been getting a CS degree.
Overall, if you are looking for a great keyboard that will last you a long time, I highly recommend picking up this keyboard.
I looked at this Steel Series 6G and saw that it's pretty much the same as the 7G, minus a few features:
1 - no microphone and headphone jacks on the keyboard
2 - no USB ports on the keyboard
3 - no keyboard palm rest like the 7G
Really? I never used the audio or USB ports on the keyboard. I'm not into multiplayer gaming. I have the palm rest from my 7G so I took a gamble it would fit over the 6G keyboard.
I got the 6G today. The palm rest fits perfect! You cannot tell the difference between the 7G or the 6G. I got this 6G for about $68 as compared to the $148 I paid for the 7G.
The only real difference? A few of the keys are placed differently, and I think the right shift key is slightly smaller. For instance, the '\' symbol is next to the right shift key of the 6G. On the 7G, it was on the top row next to the backspace key.
Very small differences on the keys, I will adjust to them in a few days. I am hating the right shift key right now because it's smaller and I keep making mistakes, but it'll pass.
I consider this a perfect keyboard. Be warned, the letters on the keys will get very very dirty-looking in no time. Give me a week and it'll look like I had the keyboard for 5 years. You can't really clean the characters back to their pristine whiteness. Visuals aside, this keyboard performs like nobody's business. Recommended.
EDIT: I just added this section below on how to fix repeating keys. It works, It's not a faulty keyboard, it just needs maintenance :)
Because the keys are mechanical, over time, dust or whatever will start causing friction in some of the keys. For me it was the n, x, and e keys. I press one time and I get multiple characters. Here's how to fix it. You'll need a dry lubrication spray, I got mine from Home Depot for about $5.00. It's called Blaster Dry Lube. You can find it on Amazon, here's the link so you can see the exact one I used: http://www.amazon.com/Blaster-16-TDL-The-Lube-9-3-Ounces/dp/B0002JM8HM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419738212&sr=8-1&keywords=blaster+dry+lube
1. Take off all the keys. You might want to take a photo of the keyboard beforehand, so in case you mix up the keys, you can put them back correctly later.
2. With the keys off, vacuum the whole keyboard as best you can. If you don't have a vacuum, get a Q-Tip or a microfiber cloth, take the time to wipe between the keys, get everything as clean as you can.
3. Now, what you do with the spray is press down a key and spray it. You want the lube to go inside the key. You can wear a glove and use your finger to press the keys, or use a Q-Tip to press the key. You can just work on the keys that give problems, but if you have the time, do all the keys. Why not?
4. The Blaster dry lube will spray wet, but will dry almost instantly. When you spray a key, start pressing it up and down to work the lube in.
5. The lube will leave a white film when it dries all over the keyboard. It wipes off with a slightly damp cloth. Wipe the surface, you can go between the keys, but it'll be hard to get all the white film off. It's fine, it won't harm the keyboard. Just get the areas you can reach. Once you get the keys on, you won't see the white stuff.
6. Wipe the keys as you push them back on. This will take some time, and will help ensure the dry lube has time to dry more.
The only deficiency I've identified so far: very strange placement of the backslash/pipe character key. Why on earth did Steelseries move it to the bottom row? This makes it completely different from every other keyboard I use daily (including but not limited to: Saitek Eclipse II, Samsung laptop, Lenovo D-91275 keyboard) and is annoying. I suppose if I typed on it more I would get used to it, but it's an unnecessary distraction. I didn't need a monstrously-huge "Enter" key - the traditional 2-key-width "Enter" is big enough. But this is a personal preference, and not really a shortcoming as such, so I'm deducting no stars. At least this...unique...design choice is readily visible, so you know what you're getting into.
The build quality and responsiveness of this keyboard are excellent. After years of settling for lousy membrane/rubber dome keyboards, I just did not know what I was missing. From now on, I'm only buying mechanical keyboards.
One of the benefits I hadn't realized beforehand: responsiveness. The keys on the Steelseries 6Gv2 are simply more sensitive than on typical, cheap-o keyboards. This can be helpful in playing games, as well as ordinary typing. What I mean by responsiveness is this: The amount of force required for a keystroke to register is less than for rubber dome keyboards, and keypresses are smooth from start to finish. Contrast with a rubber dome keyboard, which typically has a stiff start to the movement and a "bounce" at the bottom. For example, the Lenovo D-91275 I'm typing this review on. It isn't terrible, but it's no Steelseries 6Gv2.
Noise: No, this keyboard isn't the quietest, but it's not the noisiest either. The switches are not at all clicky; the only noise will come from the keys themselves hitting the bottom of their travel.
Weight: This is not a lightweight keyboard, and that's a good thing. The weight helps it stay in place as you type. I was pleasantly surprised at how much this helped.
Feet: No, it doesn't have fold-out feet. Instead there are built-in ramps at the back. Again, I find this to be a superior arrangement. These ramps can't collapse or break off, and put the keyboard at a good angle.
Size: This keyboard is exactly as big as it needs to be and no larger. This is a valuable trait where desk space is at a premium. Spacing between the key groups (numpad, arrow keys, etc.) is perfect.
The "Special" key: I like the special key with the Steelseries logo, which replaces what would usually be a "Windows" key. It did take some getting used to, but now I love it. No more accidentally hitting the Windows key while in a game - and thus accidentally switching to the Start menu - and no need to do a registry hack to deactivate it to prevent same.
"Function" keys: These are handy and work well. For example, the volume down/up keys, which are used in conjunction with the Steelseries logo key.
This is absolutely the best keyboard I've ever owned. At this price point, you aren't going to do any better.
Mine does not have all the European-language symbols on it as in the photo, and the LEDs are *white*, not red, as in the photo.
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