Tuesday, March 2nd 2010

SteelSeries Introduces New 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard

SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today, during CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, introduced the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard. Designed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical switches, the keyboard offers quicker reaction times and advanced key combinations for more Actions Per Minute and a lifetime more than 10 times that of conventional keyboards.

Like the SteelSeries 7G, the new keyboard utilizes a powerful buffer-system created specifically for gaming, supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. The “anti-ghosting" feature allows users in first person shooter games to move, crouch, aim, fire and even check the scoreboard, simultaneously. The SteelSeries G product line is the only series of keyboards on the market that allows this type of functionality all at once.

"We've been watching professional teams such as Fnatic, SK Gaming, Evil Geniuses and others win grand slam tournaments with the 7G as their weapon of choice and have seen it recognized as one of the most impressive performance keyboards on the gaming market. Keeping that rockstar mentality, we designed the slimmed down SteelSeries 6Gv2 to pack the same punch without compromising response time, durability or performance." said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO.

The new keyboard will incorporate SteelSeries' Media Controls allowing quick access to volume, mute and other audio controls. Features not present in the keyboard, compared to the SteelSeries 7G, are the audio ports for headphone-in and microphone-out, the two USB ports as well as the removable plastic handrest.

The mechanical tactile system is ergonomically designed to ensure ease-of-use, while the no-click switches and iron-infused plastic makes SteelSeries G Series of keyboards both comfortable and durable. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 also has a switch lifetime of 50 million operations, which is more than 10 times the lifespan of a typical "membrane" keyboard known for a maximum of only 1-5 million total keystrokes in a lifetime.

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard retails for EUR 79.99 and will be available in Q2 2010. For more information, visit this page.
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14 Comments on SteelSeries Introduces New 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard

#1
Mescalamba
Well, 7G is definetly great keyboard (if not best).. but not sure if they can make such good one for USB (7G is native PS2).

And I hope, considering Xai-crap, that their new mobo will be at least as good as 7G. I dont like "progaming" manufacturers going by quality downwards (Razer is nice example currently, Xai just behind it).
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#2
Depth
move, crouch, aim, fire and even check the scoreboard, simultaneously.
Finally. I've waited so long for this :confused:
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#3
TIGR
Why must they continue to call it "anti-ghosting?"

Anyway, sounds like a great keyboard. I had no idea why I kept getting smoked in FPS games when trying complex maneuvers that should have worked until I looked into n-key rollover and realized commands weren't even getting through. The ability to press many keys at once can make a big difference in fast-paced gameplay for those who go all-out, really jumping into the action. And, you just can't beat the feel of a good mechanical keyboard.
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#4
department76
i love it and other steelseries products. simplistic and elegant design, with function over form put to #1 priority.
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Mescalamba
by: department76
i love it and other steelseries products. simplistic and elegant design, with function over form put to #1 priority.
Then dont try Kinzu or Xai.. it will ruin your image of SteelSeries. I like them still more than others, but just not that much..

(currently G9x + SteelSeries 7G + Puretrak Stealth)
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#6
pr0n Inspector
Be a man and get a Cherry or Filco.:nutkick: no deformed enter on those.
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ArkanHell
by: btarunr
...allows users in first person shooter games to move, crouch, aim, fire and even check the scoreboard, simultaneously...
aim and fire! I use to do this with the mouse! now this is a super keyboard :banghead:
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department76
by: Mescalamba
Then dont try Kinzu or Xai.. it will ruin your image of SteelSeries. I like them still more than others, but just not that much..

(currently G9x + SteelSeries 7G + Puretrak Stealth)
kinzu, as in the mouse with no back/forward buttons? ya that was disappointing.
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#9
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
by: pr0n Inspector
Be a man and get a Cherry or Filco.:nutkick: no deformed enter on those.
This is probably a Costar OEM product just like the Filcos.
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#10
TIGR
Binge is probably right, and if so, the only difference would be layout and choice of mechanical switches with the Filco. I don't think most people in this keyboard's target market have a clue about the difference anyway.
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fenurch
by: TIGR
Binge is probably right, and if so, the only difference would be layout and choice of mechanical switches with the Filco. I don't think most people in this keyboard's target market have a clue about the difference anyway.
Read a thread about this but I'm almost 100% certain that the vast, vast majority of people would rather buy something with good features and flashy gizmos (e.g. Backlit, Screen etc) rather than a very standard keyboard with some kind of high-tech switches.

For me, it's a dilemma, I love standard square keyboards (like the ones from IBM times) but would I choose between this and G15, its hard to say.
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#12
Sproinket
I don't personally prefer any "High End" Keyboards, since I think they are usually a waste of cash considering I'd much rather own a good mouse as opposed to a keyboard when gaming.

I've been gaming for quite some time now and have been an Admin for a rather LARGE gaming league. My Microsoft $13 keyboard works flawlessly in every FPS I play because the majority of things I need are simple from a keyboard standpoint, the rest is all in the mouse.

Anything else is just silly, but of course it's a personal preference and others will beg to differ I'm sure.
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#13
TIGR
Sproinket, I see where you're coming from but you might change your mind if you owned a Cherry/Filco for a while. It's kind of like a person who has never played a game at over 1024x768 saying they think video cards that let them play at higher resolutions are a waste of cash, because after all, you don't really "need" the higher res to play the game. Well, you don't "need" a quality mechanical keyboard to type, either, but as strange as it may sound, one really can change your computing experience.

That said, ignorance is bliss, and I don't suggest getting used to something that will result in you shelling out more cash for that which you don't really need. :laugh:
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#14
BumbleBee
the steelseries 6gv2 is manufactured by Datacomp like the steelseries 7g, it was never manufactured by Costar. the keycaps look like they are silk screened like the original 6g but I could be wrong. the biggest complaint on the steelseries 7g is the small backspace key and it looks like they fixed it by using a standard size one without compromising the L shaped enter key. I think this is a better choice over the Filco Majestouch Linear Force because you get the L shaped enter key, media keys, function key which has no scan code so if you depress it by accident when your gaming nothing will happen but you can't remap it, longer cable and it's $45 cheaper.

by: ATZ
Read a thread about this but I'm almost 100% certain that the vast, vast majority of people would rather buy something with good features and flashy gizmos (e.g. Backlit, Screen etc) rather than a very standard keyboard with some kind of high-tech switches.

For me, it's a dilemma, I love standard square keyboards (like the ones from IBM times) but would I choose between this and G15, its hard to say.
people don't think much of a keyboard now in days which is a shame because mechanical keyboards have advantages over rubber dome keyboards in speed, accuracy, durability, rollover and ergonomics. maybe it's wishful thinking but I find it hard to believe if a person was educated on the matter they would choose a rubber dome keyboard over a mechanical keyboard.
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