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The 6Gv2 mechanical keyboard by SteelSeries looks like other standard IBM compatible keyboards at first glance. Visually, the difference is the replacement of the lower left Windows key with a special SteelSeries function key that can be utilized to activate the media functions assigned to the F1 through F6 keys. This has been done so that when an individual is in game, they do not accidently depress the Windows key that can cause the window to be minimized. Yet, that is where the similarities end between modern standard consumer keyboards and mechanical prowess of the 6Gv2.
Since keyboards are the primary means of input to a computer, the feel while in use is quite important when selecting a keyboard. The 6Gv2 keyboard provides an extremely sturdy feeling while in use. With most current keyboards, it is necessary to fully depress the keys to ensure that the keystroke will register. Since this is peripheral is a mechanical keyboard, a full depression of the key is not required. The one thing that I love about the mechanical keyboards is the return of the clicking sound. This will be familiar with individuals who have been using computers since the mid-90’s, and remember the bulky IBM compatible keyboards.
You may ask what a mechanical keyboard is, and what the benefit of such a keyboard is. Mechanical keyboards remove electronic elements that can reduce response time between key press and the computer’s recognizing it. As well, due to the removed electrical elements of the keyboard they have the potential to be longer lasting under normal conditions. From using this keyboard, I can definitely attest that the feeling of the keyboard is very sturdy in quality and comfort. According to SteelSeries, the 6Gv2 can handle up to 50 million key presses before the lifetime of this peripheral has come to an end.
While this product is developed for gaming, I can also recommend it for office use where keyboards can take heavy abuse. In regards to gaming, the simplistic nature of the keyboard removes distractions and mistakes while using it. It is quite responsive, especially if you use the USB to PS2 adapter. This feature removes the USB limitation of six simultaneous key presses, allowing you to mash all the keys you require at once! In addition, I have a feeling this keyboard will not let you down if you are in the middle of a gaming tournament, or typing a ten page cost benefit analysis.
You can purchase this keyboard at your local electronics retailer, or online at SteelSeries themselves.