SteelSeries 6Gv2

SteelSeries 6Gv2

The 6Gv2 is the lower priced mechanical gaming keyboard from SteelSeries. Compared to other gaming keyboards, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 doesn’t come with a lot of spectacular features. It focuses on the most important aspects and gives you good value for your money. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 uses original Cherry MX Black Switches.

It’s heavy

Additional to its cheap price the SteelSeries 6Gv2 primarily tries to convince with its durability. The keys are mounted on a metal plate within the keyboard and the plastic material used to create the keyboard has also metal elements (to improve durability). All these metal parts obviously increase the overall weight of the keyboard and provide high stability.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 characteristics

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 has a USB cable, but also comes with a USB-PS/2 adapter. The purpose of this adapter is not to support old computers, but rather to use the practical advantages of the PS/2 connection. SteelSeries recommends to use the adapter whenever it’s possible. On the one hand, the processing of the keyboard signals requires less CPU time if connected by PS/2 and on the other hand, the adapter works as Anti-Ghosting measure. Connected by PS/2 an arbitrary amount of keys can be pressed at once.

The 6Gv2 doesn’t have a windows key, it got switched with a “SteelSeries-key”. The SteelSeries key converts the function keys to media controls. This has the clear advantage, that there won’t be any accidentally minimized games by the windows key anymore, but you also have to live without the windows key when not playing a game.

That’s basically it, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 doesn’t offer a palm rest, has no USB Passthrough, no illumination at all and no separate media controls or macro keys.

Tech Specs for SteelSeries 6Gv2

Weight: 1200 g
Connection: USB and PS/2
Illumination: No illumination
Cable Length: 200 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO (via PS/2)
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: Cherry MX Black
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: -
Available since: Mar. 2010

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PC World

March 20, 2014

2.5 out of 5 stars

"The 6GV2 is built like a brick house, but it doesn't deliver the performance and features to warrant its price tag."

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PC Advisor

October 19, 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars

"All in all, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 is a decent model at a decent price, but unless you hate your Windows key with a passion you might want to look elsewhere."

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August 19, 2011

4 out of 5 stars

"This pro gaming keyboard helps avoid ghosting in videogames with its multiple key presses, but is uncomfortable for typing."

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Kit Guru

June 11, 2011

9 out of 10 points

"At last, a mechanical keyboard that doesn’t break the bank!"

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Hardware Heaven

June 10, 2011

Recommended Award

"No fancy lights, macros, remapping or ports. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 simply offers an exceptionally high quality mechanical keyboard experience for a price which matches other high end traditional gaming boards."

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  1. If you want MX black, and a stable mechanical keyboard without bells and whistles – this is the one to get. Simple, heavy and affordable.

    1. got it again, owned 7G, but 6gv2 has less bells and whistles like you say, and 7G held 5 years, and still going, just juice made 1 key malfunction after all these 5 years of spilling and drying, heh

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