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Steelseries 6Gv2 keyboard review


Expensive and loud, but great for typing and games

Review Date: 5 Sep 2011

Price when reviewed: £75


Reviewed By: Tom Morgan

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

User Rating 5 stars out of 5

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Instead of having a membrane underneath the keys which makes contact with a conductive layer below when a key is pressed to register each keystroke, mechanical-switch keyboards have individual, physical switches under each key. This leads to precise key actions, fast response times and superb tactile feedback.

The plain black design might not set pulses racing, but all is forgiven once you start typing; the mechanical switches have plenty of spring and make a positive click with each press. It can make quite a racket when typing at full speed, but the responsive keys are far superior to cheaper membrane-style keyboards.

Steelseries 6Gv2 keyboard

Unlike other gaming keyboards there aren’t hundreds of macro keys or bright LEDs. Instead, the first six function keys double as multimedia shortcuts. The left Windows key has been replaced with the function button needed to make them work, but there’s no option to change it back to a Windows key; if you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts when you aren’t playing games, you could find it irritating.

At £75, this definitely isn’t a keyboard for everyone; it's loud enough to irritate those around you and the raised typing position can take some getting used to, but if you need something with near instantaneous response times that can also survive the occasional bout of gamer rage, there’s really no competition for the price.

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