SteelSeries announced two products today, a headset and rather interesting looking keyboard. Both products are very much gamer-centric, with specialized features to make them of particular interest for the hard core LAN party player.
Let’s start with the headset; the SteelSeries 7H has 50mm drivers in passive noise canceling ear-cups, and keep out the background noise so you can get the drop on what direction that sniper is shooting at you from. The 7H also has the choice of leather or cloth ear cushions, based on your preference. When you’re done, the 7H can be broken down into 4 pieces so you can stuff it in your backpack without worrying about busting the thing up. SteelSeries puts retractable microphones in many of their headsets, and the 7H includes this feature in both the USB or standard version. The standard version is available for pre-order for $119.95. The USB version has it’s own 7.1 virtual surround and is also available for $149.99.
Next the 6Gv2. Don’t be fooled by the harmless sounding name, this is the real thing. The 6Gv2 is a mechanical keyboard with 18k gold plated switches, so it’s pretty much bulletproof. No fancy macro keys here, the 6Gv2 is designed to be smaller then the normal gaming keyboard setup. SteelSeries states that due to the way it’s designed, you should see a life expectancy of 10x more then a conventional keyboard. The 6Gv2 has the buffering system of the 7G, which allows you press pretty much every key on the keyboard at the same time without missing a beat. The 6Gv2 does have volume, mute, and limited audio controls, but it does lack the audio ports and USB ports on the 7G. The SteelSeries 6Gv2 is available for pre-order now for a quite reasonable $99.99.