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SteelSeries 6Gv2 review

The keyboard citing multiple key presses as its speciality has gamers in its sights

Our Verdict

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

For

  • Great build quality
  • Can record 104 simultaneous key presses
  • Mechanical keys
  • Easy to clean

Against

  • Not ergonomic
  • Lacks additional keys

Modern keyboards can sometimes be accused of being overly elaborate, with products such as the Logitech G510 gaming keyboard including all kinds of bells and whistles to justify its existence.

First impressions of the SteelSeries 6Gv2 pro gaming keyboard may lead you to believe that it's just a standard office keyboard. Its plain looks and lack of ergonomic design obscure the fact that this is a well-made keyboard that excels at competitive online gaming.

The inclusion of a USB to PS/2 adapter might seem like a curious throwback, but far from being an obsolete port, the PS/2 allows for 104 simultaneous key presses – compared to only six with USB.

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 pro gaming keyboard specialises in multiple key presses – not terribly useful for word processing, but it helps to avoid 'ghosting' when playing games. This is when too many keys are pressed for the keyboard to record, so crucial key presses are lost.

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 is an extremely well made pro gaming keyboard, with a solid weight. The mechanical keys feel crisp and responsive when used, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

It's not as comfortable to use if you're typing long documents, but that's not what this keyboard is built for. For PC gaming, this is a great, straightforward, choice.

Tech Specs

Product TypeKeyboard
Keyboard/Keypad Host InterfaceUSB, PS/2
Brand NameSteelSeries
Keyboard/Keypad Connectivity TechnologyCable
Device SupportedComputer
Keyswitch TechnologyRubber Dome
Keyboard/Keypad Height83.82 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Width546.10 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Depth320.04 mm
ManufacturerSteelSeries ApS
Product Model6Gv2
Product Name6Gv2 Keyboard
Hot KeysMute, Volume Control, Audio
Manufacturer Part Number6Gv2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.steelseries.com
Marketing Information

What is a gaming keyboard? Up until the release of the SteelSeries 6Gv2 it was clear that in order to be considered a "gaming" keyboard it had to in some way glowed in the dark. Don't take that the wrong way, we do like things that have lights and can be a bit flashy, but we don't believe that's what should define or set apart a keyboard for gaming. As we began to design the 6Gv2, we wanted to offer a keyboard that would do more than emulate the bridge console on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and instead, we focused on raw performance and durability.