The magic of the 6G V2 is thanks to the Cherry MX Black switches that SteelSeries have used. These feel very different to the Cherry MX Blue switches that Razer use in their mechanical keyboards as they don’t have the same audible click. They have the same activation point (at 2mm down the 4mm overall travel) which means there isn’t any performance difference between the two.
At first, the mechanical switches feel a little strange but, after you’ve given yourself time to get used to them, you’ll never want to go back to a standard membrane keyboard. We certainly wouldn’t want to replace our SteelSeries 7G with anything but another mechanical keyboard!
Mechanical keyboards bring numerous performance benefits. As the keypresses are registered about half way down the key travel, they are triggered sooner than other keyboards which usually register at the bottom of the travel. To the most serious gamers, the tiniest advantages like this make a massive difference.
At KitGuru, we use mechanical keyboards because they actually let you type faster than a standard keyboard. Obviously this is only going to be the case if you can touch type but it makes quite a difference when typing long documents and reviews.
One of our favourite features of the 7G keyboard is the included palm rest that provides a more comfortable typing position. With the 6G there is no palm rest included which is a little disappointing. Using mechanical switches in a keyboard increases the thickness quite significantly which isn’t ideal for comfort. Don’t get us wrong, the 6G V2 isn’t uncomfortable to use but it isn’t quite as comfortable as the 7G with it’s palm rest in place.