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Steelseries 6GV2 or Razer Blackwidow 2013?

Poll Results: Which one do you reccomend?

 
  • 66% (2)
    Steelseries 6GV2
  • 33% (1)
    Razer Blackwidow 2013?
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post #1 of 4
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Hello!

I have decided to buy a new mechanical, and the only ones on the market here in Slovenia are The G710+ and Razer Blackwidow 2013 Ultimate, which cost waaaaay too much and don't have anything that I would care for.

This way, the only two options that I can find even at our biggest online retailer are the Steelseries 6GV2 for 90 € or the Blackwidow 2013 ("not-ultimate") for 95 €.

I gathered that the Razer is very clicky because of Blue switches and I am not sure If I want that or not. I also noticed some people complaining about the razer's quality...

However, I really got used to media keys on my old G11 so something along those lines would be nice, if any keyboard of those offers anything similar.
I do not need programmable buttons.
I do not know what to think about Black switches, really.

FYI: I never used a mechanical keyboard before, I just want one.

And about trying the switches out IRL.. good luck finding someone who has anything to try out in our stores. frown.gif

I don't really game all that much and I regularly play only one game and that is it.
I still do a lot of browsing and general typing, as I occasionally make longer documents for my work.
I spend a lot of my time at the computer.
Ocassionally I also do some programming.

I don't really care all that much about the flashy design of the razer, though it does look cool.

So what would you reccomend based on this information?
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Having owned both keyboards for a period of time, I'll toss in my vote for the Steelseries 6GV2. This is the first board I used when I went mechanical and I really liked it. thumb.gif

The 6GV2 has great build quality IMO - nice sturdy body, solid construction, thick cable, etc... The only (minor) thing that bothered me was that the place where the left Windows key would have been, there is a "Function" key instead which is used to activate the media keys. I use the Win key for things so this took some getting used to. On the subject of function keys - if the keyboard you really like doesn't have them, you can always use AutoHotkey to create them. For instance, I use Ctrl+Alt+**Forward/Back Mouse Buttons** to skip forward/back, and I use Ctrl+Alt+Mouse Wheel to control the volume Up/Down. There's lots you can do with it and it doesn't matter which keyboard you have with AutoHotkey. thumb.gif

Since this is your first mechanical board, MX Blacks might be a good switch for you. They'll have the linear feel of a dome keyboard, but a more robust feel when you press the keys. Something to keep in mind with MX Blacks is they have a higher than usual activation force (I think it's 60g IIRC). I wouldn't say they are uncomfortable to type on or anything, but just keep in mind that after long periods of typing/coding, you might feel a bit of strain. That said, I recall seeing an MX Red version of the 6GV2 some time ago. MX Reds are pretty much the same as MX Blacks (i.e. linear/non-tactile) but they have a lighter activation force (appx 45g IIRC). My work keyboard is MX Red and I can tap away at it all day and not be bothered...but I also went through 3 keyboards to figure out these are the best switches for me. doh.gif
Edited by francisw19 - 7/15/13 at 6:08pm
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply.

I just noticed that the Steelseries has 1 week delivery :|, but razer is in stock.
So that's a major plus for the Razer.

Autohotkey? Sounds awesome thumb.gif .


Yes, I gathered that Blues are pretty "radical" for a someone not used to mechanical. But I do tend to be heavy with my fingers.
However, I always wanted some clickiness for a keyboard.
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Having owned both keyboards for a period of time, I'll toss in my vote for the Steelseries 6GV2. This is the first board I used when I went mechanical and I really liked it. thumb.gif

The 6GV2 has great build quality IMO - nice sturdy body, solid construction, thick cable, etc... The only (minor) thing that bothered me was that the place where the left Windows key would have been, there is a "Function" key instead which is used to activate the media keys. I use the Win key for things so this took some getting used to. On the subject of function keys - if the keyboard you really like doesn't have them, you can always use AutoHotkey to create them. For instance, I use Ctrl+Alt+**Forward/Back Mouse Buttons** to skip forward/back, and I use Ctrl+Alt+Mouse Wheel to control the volume Up/Down. There's lots you can do with it and it doesn't matter which keyboard you have with AutoHotkey. thumb.gif

Since this is your first mechanical board, MX Blacks might be a good switch for you. They'll have the linear feel of a dome keyboard, but a more robust feel when you press the keys. Something to keep in mind with MX Blacks is they have a higher than usual activation force (I think it's 60g IIRC). I wouldn't say they are uncomfortable to type on or anything, but just keep in mind that after long periods of typing/coding, you might feel a bit of strain. That said, I recall seeing an MX Red version of the 6GV2 some time ago. MX Reds are pretty much the same as MX Blacks (i.e. linear/non-tactile) but they have a lighter activation force (appx 45g IIRC). My work keyboard is MX Red and I can tap away at it all day and not be bothered...but I also went through 3 keyboards to figure out these are the best switches for me. doh.gif

The lack of windows key is a feature, though. Not a con. It is advertised as a gaming keyboard, so the windows key had to go. That thing has killed many a player.
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