The main layout of the keyboard is pretty simple. Anyone that’s used a non-gaming mechanical keyboard in the past will be well used to it. All you have is the standard main body layout and function keys. Media keys are built into the top F keys and that’s about it as far as extras. Essentially its the Steelseries 7G without a wrist rest.
The keys themselves are laser etched with a sculpted shape. While this does mean that the key indicators won’t wear out as quickly as pad printing, it does mean you can feel the letters. This might annoy some people but its not massively noticeable.
Popping a key off, we get a look at the switches underneath. These ones are Cherry Blacks which are considered perhaps the best for gaming with a strong typing ability also. It doesn’t have tactile feedback, which isn’t as necessary for a gaming setup as keys are likely to be held down or pressed all the way anyway.
The advantage of mechanical switches in a gaming environment is that they don’t have to be pressed all the way down to register the key stroke. Even if they are pressed all the way, this means that the command should be issued about 50% quicker than on a standard rubber dome switch setup.
The other big advantage of a mechanical keyboard is durability. These switches give you over 50 million keystrokes. This gives them about 10-50 times the operational life of a standard rubber switch.
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The Num, Caps and Scroll locks are the same as found on the 7G. Blindlingly bright white LEDs that fit the theme very well.
The underside is ridged with a few little rubber feet to keep things sturdy.
Inside, the 6Gv2 has a thick steel plate. This makes the whole thing very heavy for a keyboard, but it does mean that it can take a beating from your hand, baggage handlers, LAN parties or anything else. It also gives it a really nice, expensive weighty feeling.