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SteelSeries 64255 6GV/2 Mechnical Gaming Keyboard (Red Switch)

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Built on the proven success of the SteelSeries 7G, the new 6Gv2 utilizes gold-plated mechanical no-click switches and a powerful buffer-system to provide gamers with advanced key combinations and increased Actions-Per-Minute (APM). The extreme “anti-ghosting” feature allows as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard: Move, crouch, aim, fire and even check the scoreboard, all simultaneously in first person shooter games. SteelSeries’ Media Controls offer quick access to volume, mute and other audio controls. The mechanical tactile system is ergonomically designed to ensure ease-of-use, while the no-click switches and iron-infused plastic makes the 6Gv2 both comfortable and durable, with an unrivaled lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes. Like a tank, this “heavyweight gaming keyboard” is not the prettiest chick in the beauty pageant. It doesn’t glow or pulse. But it packs a punch. A serious one.

  • newegg Mechanical Switches SteelSeries 6Gv2 is built with mechanical no-click switches, which provides a highly different users experience compared to using the “soft feel” keys found on conventional keyboards or even laptops: low latency and fast response.
  • newegg 50 Million Key Presses, and it’s heavy The 6Gv2 offers a lifecycle of 50 million key presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount than conventional keyboards. 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.
  • newegg Consistent Tactile Feedback The 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.
  • newegg Travel Distance - Increased APM With the 6Gv2 you don’t have to press the keys all the way down for them to register. The 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.
  • newegg Redefining “Anti-ghosting” When using the PS/2 connection on the 6Gv2, you can press as many keys as you want at the same time, all of the key presses will go through and be registered by your computer. 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.
  • newegg Media Controls, No Windows Key The Windows key has been replaced 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. Press the SteelSeries key and access the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard. No additional rows of space consuming keys translate to a compact and easy to transport keyboard.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Oscar B.
  • 4/4/2016 5:37:32 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGood mechanical keyboard for the price

Pros: for gaming is just perfect, for an office I wont pick this up. I have this keyboard since 4 years only to game and its amazing.

Cons: none so far, key may fade out a bit with the use, they wont lose the paint tho.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why people come here and rate this keyboard bad because is loud (its a mechanical keyboard they all sound the same, if you don't like it just get a set of oring and you wont get any sound), or because its too responsive, the switches are red, they suppose to be like that, that's the whole purpose of the cherry red keys.

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  • Brian K.
  • 2/17/2016 12:57:57 AM

5 out of 5 eggsIncredibly Solid Product

Pros: -This thing is incredibly durable. I decided to fight my keyboard in my one and only fit of rage with this thing when a +100 hour save file got corrupted in a game. It won. I busted up my knuckles on the thing and got some blood on it and all I managed to do was pop off some of my keys. No board bend or damage to the exterior and amazingly all switches still activating normally.
-The cherry reds are really responsive, it was definitely difficult to get used to typing on this thing at first but after being with it for 3 years I'm quite fond. Double taps and quick key presses feel light and quick.
-The keycaps on mine are quite firmly attached. If you rock your finger back and forth on a keycap you will feel a very small amount of wiggle, but by the time you do that the key is already beginning to depress because of the amount of force required to make them wiggle and the little force required to depress them.
-N-key roll over is a godsend in certain games.I know it's standard on pretty much every mechanical keyboard, but it really helps, even in games with relatively low APM when you may be holding 'w', 'a', 'shift', while simultaneously pressing '3' and 'c'.

Cons: -PS/2 adapter for the keyboard plugs in and will stay in, but it feels like it's going to slide out. It won't, just makes you feel like it will.
-If you are running the keyboard through the PS/2 port on your computer the keyboard will have to be plugged in on start up to be recognized. This is standard for PS/2 connected keyboards because the port system was not designed for hot swapping of devices while the computer is on.

Other Thoughts: The key layout for this keyboard is pretty non-standard for an English keyboard layout. The enter key is a backwards 'L' shape, with a shortened right shift key. This could be listed as a con, but it's down to personal preference. In my opinion if you're getting a mechanical keyboard it is because it is intended to last you a while. You will get used to the layout and it will largely become a moot point.

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  • Adam B.
  • 12/17/2013 11:17:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard while it works...

Pros: Great keyboard while it works, good response time, anti-ghosting works like advertised.

Cons: Intermittent power outages after ~9 months.

Steelseries tech support has been a complete nightmare to deal with. I can say after owning one and trying to RMA it I will NEVER buy another Steelseries product.

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  • Circle E.
  • 12/9/2013 8:01:32 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThey Sent This Broke And Everything

Pros: None At All

Cons: Why Would They Send This Like They Did I dont know but the post office said they got it and it was already destroyed

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  • Bruce J.
  • 11/25/2013 6:47:19 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: solid board.
very reliable as I have owned this board for 3 years

Cons: The biggest and only con I can say about this board and it absolutely aggravates me is the fact that the keys will pop out. If you think nothing about this as a con I dare you to drop this board. You will be trying to figure out what button goes where for a couple days. I have lost one key and have no idea where it is. Other than gluing your buttons in place its a great board.

Other Thoughts: If you want a great quality board this is the board you want. It is pricey but its a beast. Simple layout but whatever you do.... dont drop it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2013 12:04:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRed Switch

Pros: Solid build, responsive keys.

Cons: Technical Cons: The keyboard would not be recognized whenever I would restart/turn on desktop. I would have to unplug and plug in keyboard after windows 7 was fully loaded. Looked for drivers on the keyboard's website, and none were to be found.

Personal Cons: Right shift key unnecessarily shorter than standard size. This resulted in hitting the "/" key more often than not when trying to use Caps.

Keys were TOO responsive. This isn't really a flaw, but the way the keyboard was designed. Personally, this keyboard isn't suited for anything beyond fps games.

Keys were Small, Too High, and Tightly packed together. These complaints along with the "too responsive" complaint above made typing a nightmare.

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1 out of 5 eggsBreaks right after warranty expires

Pros: Works like a regular keyboard should.

Cons: Keys will pop out randomly, started having "double-tap" issues after nearly a year, only got progressively worse.

Becomes almost unusable after warranty expires (surprise!)

Price- nothing special about it unless you like loud clicking keys.

No noticeable difference in input speed between this and a "comes with the PC" store bought dell keyboard.

Other Thoughts: It's taken me quite a while to type this, as I'm typing it on the G6 V2, and about every 10 letters I have to go back and delete extra letters.

It started out just being the "o" key. I'd hit it once, and two "O"s would be put in. Ok, I must be accidentally hitting it twice. Soon it spread to the L, P, and K keys. Ok, maybe I'm developing parkinsons in my right hand. So I have a friend over type on it. Exact same keys are having the exact same problem. Science requires repeated results. 4 more friends try it, all four have the exact same problems.

Now it's spread to everything to the right of the E key. This keyboard is absolutely worthless for Starcraft or any game that requires a precise number of keystrokes.

Their warranty is only for a year. Only a year on a $100 keyboard. Wow. So I'm out $100 after less than 2 years on a keyboard (mind you, we have 10 year old Microsoft keyboards at work that still work flawlessly and have received far more punishment and spilled drinks on them than this one ever would have).

Don't buy it, there's absolutely nothing special about this keyboard, and it appears to have planned obsoletion engineered in to this as it suddenly started having problems JUST right after their legal obligation to help if it breaks.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent choice for this price range.

Pros: Everything you would expect in a mechanical keyboard. Solid Cherry Red switches, excellent tactile feel, very responsive, extremely well built. This thing is a tank!

The SteelSeries branded function key was a good call, removing the Windows key on that side is excellent for FPS players and non-Windows users.

Cons: Layout changes took some getting used to and I don't think they were the best choice on the part of SteelSeries but once I got used to it I stopped noticing the difference.

Deducted 1 egg off the review for the odd layout choice but that is the only real con with this keyboard.

Other Thoughts: Of the many choices for mechanical keyboards in the $100 range you can't do much better than this SteelSeries. The only thing I would pick up over this is a Leopold (not available on NewEgg) but either is a solid choice!

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  • Matthew B.
  • 2/10/2013 6:07:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I think all the positive reviews for the keyboard stand up. It has a great feel. I have not experienced any difficulty with a "learning curve" typing (i.e. more typos).

Cons: Red panel a little less professional than I was looking for.

Other Thoughts: I didn't appreciate from the pictures that the panel below the keys is red plastic. I was anticipating it would be all black. Looking back you can kindof see in the product pictures. And actually - it is not that apparent in real life (similar to the product picture - you can barely tell in real life). I wanted the "red switches" but I would have preferred an all black keyboard for a more professional look. So that is the only reason I took an "egg" off. Really an amazing keyboard.

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  • Philip T.
  • 11/28/2012 3:16:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst impressions

Pros: -Very solid construction. Has some weight to it.
-Responsive. Keys register before they are pressed down all the way. May be good or bad thing depending on what you are looking for in a keyboard. The Red switches feel very smooth to press down.
-Noise - It's pretty silent. Red switches don't have tactile feedback so there is no clicking sound.
-Position of the Windows key is on the right-hand side. There is now a Steelseries button in place of where a normal Windows key would be. The Steelseries acts as a function key for the media controls at the top where the F1-F6 keys are.
-Has a USB to PS2 converter (Useless in my opinion because most people wouldn't need one) but nice to have either way.

Cons: -Keyboard layout. This I find is the biggest issue. The "\" key is moved from being above the Enter like on most keyboards to below the Enter key. The "\" key now sits directly to the left of the Right-Shift key. This has a lot of implications. The Enter key is of the "J" shape variety and it takes up way too much space for my taste. In order to make room for the "\" key the Right-Shift key is shortened. Why Steelseries? This is terrible because most people are so accustomed to having our question marks being next to our Right-Shift. I find my self with a "|" at the end of my questions when I'm typing as opposed to a question mark because of the revised key positioning. I see no advantage to having a bigger Enter key, a smaller Right-Shift with and a "\" key in between my Right-Shift and question mark key. If you are reading this Steelseries, please change this part of the keyboard back to normal. Why change what isn't broken?
-Noise - Though being generally quiet, after prolonged usage I can faintly hear a "zoing" noise being emitted from certain keys. I assume that sound is being made from the springs under those keys.
-Despite having a solid overall construction, the key caps feel flimsy. I was expecting slightly better quality keys considering the price that I paid. The edges of the keys feel sharp due to the buttons being concave. I wish the edges were more rounded and smoother.
-Price - This will probably be the deal breaker for most people. Costs more in comparison to what other companies are offering for the same quality and type of mechanical keyboards. I feel like the price should be around 80-95$ at the most.
-No extra features - I knew what exactly what to expect when purchasing the product, but for the price It'd be nice if it had some extra features. Some of the keyboards in the same category as the 6gv2 come with extra keycaps and even a keycap remover while still costing less than this. I would take those over a USB to PS2 converter any day.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to give this 5 eggs but the price was what held me back from doing so.

Advice to those shopping for mechanical keyboards. Research the type of switches that you want. They vary in terms of force required to press them down, tactility and noise. If you can, I advise that you go out to a store to test out how they feel before you make a decision. Also pay attention to the keyboard layout and prices of similar products.

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