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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red Cherry Switches Edition

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Style: 6Gv2 Mechanical Red Cherry Switches

The Steel Series 6Gv2 Red Switches, modeled after the award winning Steel Series 7G keyboard, is the lower priced mechanical keyboard designed to improve the user's ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard on the market. The Steel Series 6Gv2 Red Switches redefines "anti-ghosting" features by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. Utilizes red cherry switches. Improved feel.

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Style:6Gv2 Mechanical Red Cherry Switches

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Brand Name SteelSeries
Item model number 64255
Hardware Platform PC
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 2 x 18.7 x 7.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.01 x 18.7 x 7.91 inches
Color Black

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ASIN B008OQTGBQ
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4.2 out of 5 stars 471 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #109 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware > Gaming Keyboards
#575 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Keyboards, Mice & Accessories > Keyboards
#2,862 in Video Games > Accessories
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available July 28, 2012

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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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---Edit as of 051515: After five years of ownership, I am happy with the purchase given what was available at the time. I would not recommend this keyboard over other best-in-class options currently. Since I purchased this, the market has grown substantially, providing suitable alternatives.

Final thoughts:
- The switch under the "/' key on the numpad broke a couple of years into ownership without being abused, forcing me to use the / next to the >.
- The portion of the keycaps that fastens itself to the switchs has broken for one of the keys. I easily replaced it with a keycap from a lesser used key. ---

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 most appropriate switches for gaming, along with the lighter MX Reds).
- 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.
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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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