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Hey there guys.

I received my Steelseries 6GV2 through the post yesterday and though I would make a review and give you my opinions on mechanical keyboards and this keyboard. Also differences between the 6GV2 and the 7G.

So to begin with I have never used a mechanical keyboard in my life. Never heard of them until my mate said he borrowed his brothers for a while and I heard him tapping away on ventrilo. Anyway after that I started looking at them and wanted one to match my Xai mouse, so steel series was my main option. So here are some pictures of the boring bit which would be the box and it's contents which everyone knows about..





Overall I though it was very basic packaging. As you can see. Contents were standard stuff really, Manual, other steelseries products and a sticker.
The first thing I did when I opened the box which I tried to resist was press down on the keys, as every human being would. Now I have listen to sounds of a mechanical keyboard and read reviews myself that other users fingers get tired after using it so I thought they would be hard to press down. It was the complete opposite. They are really soft it's just the fact that the spring underneath reacts so well is probably what makes your fingers tired, plus you can press down half way and it will register the key. I was trying to press down half way on my G15 and just couldn't do it. It's either down or up. Where as on this keyboard you can gradually press the keys down.

Here are some more photos of my set-up and the size difference between this keyboard and the G15:





With the last photo you can see the texture of the keys. It looks rough but it's not. I guess this sort of texture helps the keys keep the letters on? Well that's my guess anyway. After setting up my 6GV2 I obviously took my G15 out of the way and realised how much the 6GV2 weighs. I wasn't expecting it to be that heavy in all honesty, then again it's a perfect weight and doesn't move what so ever. Underneath the keyboard are 4 rubber feet, two at the top and two at the bottom. The back of the kayboard (where the wire sticks out) is raised. I thought I wouldn't like this as I have my G15 almost flat. However I love it. Perfect height to see all the keys along with reaching them. Although some users might want it higher, which you can't have. After playing a few games today I noticed the the bottom row of the keyboard (with the spacebar) are lower then all the other keys. It feels weird when you notice it but it's actually perfect. Here's what I mean underneath.



The CTRL button is lowered compared to the shift. I think this is perfect, it helps stop pressing CTRL instead of shift (not like that happens anyway) but feels more comfortable. Also you can see the keys are slight indented. This again makes it more comfortable to type as it fits your fingertips perfectly. The only problem I have had with this keyboard is that the right shift is smalled and the backwards slash is next to it, so I've pressed that instead a couple of times. Easy to get used to. The only downside to this keyboard are the media keys, I mean I use iTunes and can't change the song when iTunes is minimized. So there's really no point in using them.

Okay so the differences between this and the 7G? Price. The extra money you will spend on a 7G is just for a wrist wrest and 1.1 USB ports, headphone and mic jack. Worth it? I don't think so. Also the layout of the 7G is worse imo. The tiny backspace? Everyone is surely use to have a large backspace so that's why I avoided it. I managed to pick the 6GV2 up pretty cheap off amazon. Which I couldn't find for ages! After receiving the 6GV2 through the post I actually prefer it without the wrist wrest as I think it makes it look some what ugly. Along with both keyboard looking very basic compared to other competitors such as the Razor Black widow with it's backlights and pulses I actually prefer the more basic set-up. The LED for Num lock, Caps lock and scroll lock aren't as bright as I thought they would be from other reviews. Another thing I've just picked up on is that this is an American style keyboard as the @ symbol is on the 2, so I got confused when I press shift 2 for @ it came up with ". Just be careful with that quite annoying. Other users may find this quite annoying I'm not too bothered now, is the keyboard won't let you put headphone cable underneath. Slightly annoying at first but then you wouldn't care that much.

Overall if you're thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard, do it. You will not regret it. Typing seems a lot easier and more comfortable. Plus moving around in games actually feels a lot easier as it doesn't take that much weight to push down the keys. I prefer the basic look although they could release a version with back lit keys and more?

My rating I would give this keyboard a 9/10. Just because the small right hand side shift is smaller and it will take a few days to get use to.

I hope you like my first review, here is my set up.




Thanks!
Edited by BMorrisSly - 3/30/11 at 4:40am
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Looks nice, can I request an overhead shot of the keyboard. doesnt really need to fit the entire keyboard just wanna look at the quality and alignment of the keycaps.
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Looks nice, can I request an overhead shot of the keyboard. doesnt really need to fit the entire keyboard just wanna look at the quality and alignment of the keycaps.
Sure..

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I just received mine as well
Though, about a half dozen of the keycaps were scattered around the box haha
it was an easy enough fix, though - just pop 'em back on. It certainly is a different experience, isn't it? Its almost natural for me to type on this thing, even without a wrist rest. The only quip I have about this keyboard is the nub over the right "J" is a little flattened and it makes it tricky to find home row.
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I just received mine as well
Though, about a half dozen of the keycaps were scattered around the box haha
it was an easy enough fix, though - just pop 'em back on. It certainly is a different experience, isn't it? Its almost natural for me to type on this thing, even without a wrist rest. The only quip I have about this keyboard is the nub over the right "J" is a little flattened and it makes it tricky to find home row.
Yeah it's perfect, I'm just finding it a little hard to touch type on sometimes. Although my speed is a lot faster. I'm getting use to using the question mark though ahah. Yeah like you said what a keyboard that's why I reviewed. I haven't seen many to be honest. I like the fact that the key letters are also raised slightly.
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Mine is supposed to be arriving tomorrow. I can't wait. Thanks for the review.
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Wow, very detailed review dude. It's good coming from my PoV because you went from a G15v2 to a 6Gv2, the same swap I'm looking to do. You also look to have the QCK mousemat.

I love the minimalistic appearance of this keyboard.
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Hey, I just noticed you have the same headphones as I do - except I had to recable mine, because it wasn't done right when I got them and I didn't want to wait forever to get the RMA back. So now I have bigger wires going to the drivers
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Mine is supposed to be arriving tomorrow. I can't wait. Thanks for the review.
No problem, always happy to help. Let me know what you think of it. You will love it no doubt!

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Wow, very detailed review dude. It's good coming from my PoV because you went from a G15v2 to a 6Gv2, the same swap I'm looking to do. You also look to have the QCK mousemat.

I love the minimalistic appearance of this keyboard.
Thanks man, it was my first as well. I have missed a few little things out which would comment on the weight. Obviously it weighs a lot so it doesn't move whilst you game. Another thing if you rage and smack the keyboard it wont break this thing is made from steel.

I am like you, basic design looks a lot better imo. I'm not sure what mouse mat it is I just randomly brought it when I got my mouse for the first time. This was when I knew nothing about PC's. I need a bigger mat for CS
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I've had mine for about two weeks and all I have to say is that it's night and day how easy it is to type on since I first got it. It may be that I'm used to it or it's broken in a bit but either way, I'm very happy with my purchase.
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1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6 Poop Windows 7 64bit Asus VE228H 21.5-Inch LED 
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