Last year we took a look at the SteelSeries 7G keyboard and fell in love.
It was absolutely bombproof, made of seriously solid materials with gold-plating in all the important places and a truly glorious tactile feel when typing. With multiple USB ports, headphone outputs and a massive wrist-rest, it is among the very finest keyboards on the market.
Unfortunately for most of us that ‘Rolls Royce of Keyboards’ came with a suitably eye-opening price-tag.
So if you fancy all the important bits of the 7G, but in a more affordable package, what can you do?
Well SteelSeries are nothing if not understanding of all their customers requirements and they’ve stripped away the extraneous elements of the 7G to leave just the great keyboard itself and here it is. The SteelSeries 6Hv2.
Has taking away the additional features also lessened the pleasure of the 6Hv2, or is it everything you want, but for pain in the wallet?
Obviously a keyboards specifications live and die with only one element, the switches used. The 6Hv2 has Cherry Black MX switches which are the most robust switches in the Cherry line-up.
If you’ve never looked seriously at mechanical keyboards then you’re probably wondering why it matters what is going on beneath the key, so long as when you press it, it works. Well to explain too much right now would leave little for the rest of the review, but suffice it to say that if you’ve only ever typed on those keyboards for a fiver, you’d be astounded how much of an improvement a good mechanical keyboard can have. Cherry switches are the absolute daddy in the switch line and the Black MXs are the most resilient of those.
Robust describes everything about the SteelSeries 6Hv2, built from a metal chassis to withstand almost any abuse, and weighing 3 and a half pounds, this baby wont flex or creak. Time to take a look.