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.
We took a
long look at the most extreme use scenarios for keyboards and designed a
keyboard that would meet and (in most cases) exceed every one of them. That’s why
we refer to the 6Gv2 as the “heavyweight of gaming keyboards”. It’s not the
prettiest chick in the beauty pageant. It doesn’t glow or pulse. But it
packs a punch. A serious one.
6Gv2 is built with mechanical no-click switches. The users experience with
mechanical switches is very different compared to using the “soft feel” keys
found on conventional keyboards or even laptops. So how is it different?
keyboards are built with small rubber domes under the keys. It is these rubber
domes that provides the “soft feel” level of resistance when you type. When you
operate a rubber dome keyboard, the keys needs to be pressed down until a
membrane switch is activated. These membrane switches will slowly wear out,
typically after one to five million key presses. You may already have tried
this. After a while you will find yourself pressing harder and harder to get
the keyboard to register key presses. Typing gradually becomes annoying and
irritating – but when you’re gaming and you start missing critical in-game
commands, frustration sets in. The 6Gv2 offers a lifecycle of 50 million key
presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount than conventional
6Gv2 offers more than just a long lifecycle. The rubber domes on a conventional
keyboard will, over time,lose their tactile feeling due to rubber flexing. The
keys you use the most will start to feel different. The physical construction
of the mechanical switches used in the 6Gv2, and the strict tolerance levels in
which the switches are manufactured, is what allows the key presses on this
keyboard to always feel consistent.
even better. With the 6Gv2 you don’t have to press the keys all the way down
for them to register. Our mechanical switches will register key presses fast;
the travel distance will be roughly 50% shorter than a conventional keyboard.
You will type faster, with a consistent tactile feeling. Your Actions Per
Minute (APM) can reach new heights with the 6Gv2 thanks to this feature.
take a while to get used to a mechanical keyboard, most gamers or typists
acclimate in approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Once you are properly acclimated you
will appreciate better tactile feedback, superior response times and ultimately
greater control. Simply put: You will become a better typist.
just call it “heavyweight” because it packs the best performance in the
industry. The 6Gv2 is also physically heavy. All keys are mounted on a metal
plate within the keyboard to ensure durability. The plastic material used to
create the keyboard has metal elements, also to help to improve durability.
We’re just like you. That’s why we know you can get “frustrated” when you lose
a game. You may even hit something in front of you when it happens. Like a
keyboard. We tried to take that into consideration when we designed the 6Gv2. Disclaimer:
Don’t hit your stuff. It’s not nice.
and build quality of the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard stands up to fast fingers,
fists and furious slams. Its iron-infused plastic surface and keys present an
optimal feel that when coupled with Cherry™ Black MX switches, gamers will find
faster registered key presses and increased Actions Per Minute (ACM).
NOT A FRUIT
Black MX switches are the toughest and highest quality key switches available
on the market. SteelSeries’ 6Gv2 is the only gaming keyboard on the market that
has them. They bring the lifecycle of a keyboard up to 50 million key presses
(the average is only about 6 million). Wow, that’s a a lot of gaming…and
pressing a few keys on your keyboard and getting a beep sound? It either
happens when you press too many keys at the same time, or when you press too
many keys within the same cluster at the same time (like the keys around WASD
which often used for movements in games). If your keyboard exhibits this
behavior it will hinder your ability to perform certain actions, movement in a
FPS games being one example. The industry has labeled this anti-ghosting. When
using USB, you can use up to 6 keys plus modifiers at the same time, which is
the highest spec limit a USB connection can accommodate.
The 6Gv2 is
built with a USB as standard, but we also included a USB to PS/2 adapter in the
box. The choice is yours.
We absolutely recommend using the PS/2 connector when possible. First,it will
give you total freedom with no limit to the amount of simultaneous key presses.
And, equally as important, using the PS/2 may just improve your overall gaming
experience. The reason is that when you use a USB keyboard your computer is
actually using CPU time polling your keyboard. The higher the polling rate the
more CPU time is used to perform the polling. And because of the built-in
debounce rate found on any quality keyboard, any polling rate above 200Hz is
simply a waste of CPU time and really just a result of pointless marketing
hype. Unlike USB keyboards a PS/2 keyboard isn’t polled at all. The keyboard
simply sends a signal to the computer as key presses are made, which causes a
hardware interrupt, forcing the CPU to register the signal.
We like the
Windows key for certain things and in certain situations. But not when we are
in the middle of a gaming session. We have replaced it with a SteelSeries Key that
won’t wreak havoc during a gaming by minimizing your game or by opening a menu.
The SteelSeries Key serves a different purpose: it’s a function key for the
Media Controls found on the 6Gv2.
To keep the 6Gv2 compact and easy to transport, we decided against adding
additional rows of space consuming keys for this. Instead you can press the
SteelSeries key and access the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the