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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Red Cherry Switches Edition by SteelSeries



Brand: SteelSeries Category: Controllers Platform: Windows ESRB: Rating Pending

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The Steel Series 6Gv2 Red Switches, modeled after the award winning Steel Series 7G keyboard, is the lower priced mechanical keyboard designed to improve the user's ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard on the market. The Steel Series 6Gv2 Red Switches redefines “anti-ghosting” features by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard. Utilizes red cherry switches. Improved feel.


  • Extreme anti-ghosting
  • Features Steel Series media controls
  • Gold plated mechanical switches
  • Durable metal inner chassis

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SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard–Red Cherry Switches Edition

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches, modeled after the award-winning SteelSeries 7G keyboard, is a more affordable mechanical keyboard designed to improve the user's ability to obtain more actions per minute than any other keyboard on the market. The SteelSeries G Series Keyboards redefine “anti-ghosting” features by supporting as many simultaneous key presses as there are keys on the keyboard (when used with a PS/2 connector). The SteelSeries 6Gv2 features PS/2 and gold-plated USB connectors as well as 18K gold-plated mechanical switches with a switch lifetime of 50 million operations, more than 10 times the lifespan of a typical “membrane” keyboard. Its increased response times and extreme durability make the SteelSeries 6Gv2 the ultimate keyboard option for gamers.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

the ultimate keyboard option with increased response time and extreme durability.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

Metal keys offer an extended lifecycle for up to 50 million key presses

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

Featuring gold plated mechanical switches and connectors for enhanced durability

SteelSeries 6Gv2 - Red Cherry Switched Edition

Featuring a compact but heavy-duty chassis, Cherry MX Red switches, built-in media controls, and rapid response time with a life cycle of over 50 million key presses, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 gaming keyboard delivers the edge you need for long and competitive play sessions.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

The Cherry Red switch features all the benefits, reliability and durability of the black switch, but requires less force to actuate it.

SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard

Experience greater tactile feedback with the 6Gv2 gaming keyboard

SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard

SteelSeries key provides access to the Media Controls via the first six F-keys on the keyboard

Mechanical Cherry Red Switches

SteelSeries 6Gv2 is built with mechanical, no-click, linear switches. The users experience with mechanical switches is very different compared to using the “soft feel” keys found on conventional keyboards or even laptops. The 6Gv2 keyboard uses professional-grade Cherry Red switches for top performance.

Cherry MX Red switches are among the toughest and highest quality key switches available on the market. SteelSeries 6Gv2 Red Switch is one of the few gaming keyboards on the market that have them. They bring the lifecycle of a keyboard up to 50 million key presses (the average is only about 6 million).

The Cherry Red switch features all the benefits, reliability and durability of the famous MX Black switch, but requires less force to actuate it. Because of this, the Cherry Red switch is considered the “gaming” switch. It allows for much higher rate of presses due to the decreased amount of effort required to press the keys. It is a light switch designed for rapid-fire response.

50 Million Key Presses

Traditional keyboards are built with small rubber domes under the keys. It is these rubber domes that provides the “soft feel” level of resistance when you type. When you operate a rubber dome keyboard, the keys needs to be pressed down until a membrane switch is activated. These membrane switches will slowly wear out, typically after one to five million key presses. After a while you will find yourself pressing harder and harder to get the keyboard to register key presses. Typing gradually becomes annoying and irritating–but when you're gaming and you start missing critical in-game commands, frustration sets in. The 6Gv2 offers a lifecycle of 50 million key presses per key, which is more than 10 times of the amount than conventional keyboards.

Tactile Feedback

But the 6Gv2 offers more than just a long lifecycle. The rubber domes on a conventional keyboard will, over time,lose their tactile feeling due to rubber flexing. The keys you use the most will start to feel different. The physical construction of the mechanical switches used in the 6Gv2, and the strict tolerance levels in which the switches are manufactured, is what allows the key presses on this keyboard to always feel consistent.

Travel Distance

It gets even better. With the 6Gv2 you don't have to press the keys all the way down for them to register. The mechanical switches will register key presses fast; the travel distance will be roughly 50% shorter than a conventional keyboard. You will type faster, with a consistent tactile feeling. Your Actions Per Minute (APM) can reach new heights with the 6Gv2 thanks to this feature.


The design and build quality of the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard stands up to fast fingers, fists and furious slams. Its iron-infused plastic surface and keys present an optimal feel that when coupled with Cherry MX Red switches, gamers will find faster registered key presses and increased actions per minute.

Redefining “Anti-Ghosting”

Ever tried pressing a few keys on your keyboard and getting a beep sound? It either happens when you press too many keys at the same time, or when you press too many keys within the same cluster at the same time (like the keys around WASD which often used for movements in games). If your keyboard exhibits this behavior it will hinder your ability to perform certain actions, movement in a FPS games being one example. The industry has labeled this anti-ghosting. When using USB, you can use up to 6 keys plus modifiers at the same time, which is the highest spec limit a USB connection can accommodate.

What's in the Box

The SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard with USB connectors and a USB to PS/2 adapter

Technical Specifications

  • Gold-plated Microphone and Headset Jacks
  • Connection Options: PS/2 and USB
  • Dimensions: 21.5″ x 12.6″ x 3.3″

More Details

Publisher: SteelSeries Category: Controllers Binding: Personal Computers Language: English

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