Steelseries 6GV2 Mechanical Keyboard Review

Steelseries 6GV2

The Steelseries 6GV2 is an excellent keyboard for both gaming and word processing. The first thing to know about the product is that it is a mechanical keyboard. Steelseries is a great company that innovates their products with PC gaming in mind. Although slightly more expensive than the average keyboard on the market, the 6GV2 is designed for gamers and it stands out above other keyboards. The 6GV2 is not very much to look at, but do not let that steer anyone away. Steelseries employs a very simple look for this model opting for an all black very boxy looking design when most other "gaming" keyboards use flashy colors and lights with character designs from other games to make the product look nice. In comparison this keyboard is very bland, which is too bad because the features of the keyboard are so much nicer than most other keyboards out there. Mechanical keyboards feel much different to use than other keyboards. It does take a little bit of time to get use to how the keys are laid out and how they feel, but after a week or so of use it begins to feel much more natural that other keyboards.

The 6GV2 is a mechanical keyboard, which means that it uses actual physical switches to determine when a key is pressed. The alternative, electrical current switches, is less expensive. That's why most people do not use mechanical keyboards, but gamers and people who use word processing regularly should consider making the switch. Since the switches are physical it improves the response time between key presses and actions on the computer. The keyboard will optimize the users actions per minute. This is very important for gamers especially those who play fast paced or online games.

Steelseries 6GV2

Most keyboards will only recognize a very limited number of key presses simultaneously; it's usually around 4-6. While plugged into the USB slot the 6GV2 will recognize 6 distinct key presses simultaneously, but if it is plugged in through the PS/2 slot the computer will recognize every single key pressed at the same time; although there may never come a time when that is necessary, many games require multiple keys to be pressed at the same time to perform more tricky maneuvers. In most games players are constantly pressing three or more keys at one time. The 6GV2 may have gone a little overboard on this feature, but it is nice to know that you could potentially press every key and the computer would know what you're doing.

It is hard to describe why it feels so good to use the 6GV2, but perhaps there are two reasons. One reason is the sound. It makes a very rewarding clunk. It may be odd to say a keyboard sounds good, but the 6GV2 has a very rich sound to each key press and while typing a paper or working on a project the constant clicking is actually quite calming. This is because of the physical parts moving for each key press. The second reason it feels so good to use is because the keys are more firm and they do not wobble when pressed. The keyboard has a very sturdy feeling to it. Since the switches are all physical it means that it will last much longer. Steelseries guarantees a 50 million keystroke life for this model. It is a little heavier than the average keyboard, but users will not be picking it up very often so that hardly matters.

Many PC gamers have a frustrating memories of being in the middle of a battle or crucial portion of a game and while trying to press control accidentally hit the windows button and minimize the game. On the 6GV2 the windows key on the left side was replaced with a Steelseries key. Pressed by itself the key does nothing. This effectively eliminates the possibility of minimizing the game accidentally. The replaced key works as a function key used in conjunction with the f1-f6 keys as shortcuts for windows media player. This just shows PC gamers that Steelseries knows who we are and they want to make products tailored for us.

In order to properly review this product a number of games were played using the keyboard. Here are a few of the games tested with the keyboard to review its functionality.

Batman Arkham City There was no real improvement in gameplay, but never having to worry about minimizing is very comforting. While countering in the last minute during extended fights this keyboard saves the day. It has an incredible response time.

Star Wars: The Old Republic This keyboard can really shine in an MMO especially when there are no built in macros. This forces players to become keyboard turners in order to click all the hotkeys and use their abilities fast enough. The increased response time gives players a slight edge over other gamers.

Battlefield 3 Again no noticeable change or simplification in gameplay. The keyboard just feels great to use.

The 6GV2 has many features that make this keyboard vastly superior to others on the market. Steelseries tailored this keyboard to gamers and removed the left side windows key. It has a great sound and feel because the parts are mechanical and after long use it is evident that they are well made and sturdy. The keyboard is priced at $99.99. Most people don't think keyboard when building a gaming machine, but after all the core components are purchased this peripheral would be a great addition to any PC gamers setup.

Steelseries 6GV2 Mechanical Keyboard
The removal of the left side windows key and the great response time of the mechanical keys make the 6GV2 superior to the average keyboard.
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Typing on a mechanical keyboard does take a little time to get used to, but following that brief learning curve, it becomes second nature to the user.
Although not visually striking, this keyboard is durable and built to last.
For gamers looking for a responsive, reliable keyboard, the Steelseries 6GV2 has much to like.
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