SteelSeries 6Gv2 review

The keyboard citing multiple key presses as its speciality has gamers in its sights

SteelSeries 6Gv2
A keyboard designed especially for gaming

TechRadar Verdict

This pro gaming keyboard helps avoid ghosting in videogames with its multiple key presses, but is uncomfortable for typing


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    Great build quality

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    Can record 104 simultaneous key presses

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    Mechanical keys

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    Easy to clean


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    Not ergonomic

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    Lacks additional keys

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Modern keyboards can sometimes be accused of being overly elaborate, with products such as the Logitech G510 gaming keyboard including all kinds of bells and whistles to justify its existence.

First impressions of the SteelSeries 6Gv2 pro gaming keyboard may lead you to believe that it's just a standard office keyboard. Its plain looks and lack of ergonomic design obscure the fact that this is a well-made keyboard that excels at competitive online gaming.

The inclusion of a USB to PS/2 adapter might seem like a curious throwback, but far from being an obsolete port, the PS/2 allows for 104 simultaneous key presses – compared to only six with USB.

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 pro gaming keyboard specialises in multiple key presses – not terribly useful for word processing, but it helps to avoid 'ghosting' when playing games. This is when too many keys are pressed for the keyboard to record, so crucial key presses are lost.

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 is an extremely well made pro gaming keyboard, with a solid weight. The mechanical keys feel crisp and responsive when used, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

It's not as comfortable to use if you're typing long documents, but that's not what this keyboard is built for. For PC gaming, this is a great, straightforward, choice.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.