Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

The Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm mechanical gaming keyboard is part of the latest round of PC gaming accessories launched by the company. It’s the second keyboard in the EsportsEquipment lineup following the Thunderstorm gaming keyboard.

BESTSELLER NO. 1
Razer Ornata V2 Gaming Keyboard: Hybrid Mechanical Key Switches - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting - Individually Backlit Keys - Detachable Plush Wrist Rest - Programmable Macros
  • The #1 Best-Selling Gaming Peripherals Manufacturer in the US: Source - The NPD Group, Inc. U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Keyboards, Mice, PC Headset/Pc Microphone, Gaming Designed, based on dollar sales, Jan. 2017- Dec. 2019
  • High-Performance Mecha-Membrane Switches: Provides the tactile feedback of mechanical key press on a comfortable, soft-cushioned, membrane, rubber dome switch suitable for gaming
  • Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
  • Fully Programmable Macro Support: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
  • Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of soft-touch leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions, with built-in magnets for convenient alignment
BESTSELLER NO. 2
Corsair K63 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Backlit Red LET - Linear & Quiet - Cherry MX Red
  • 100 percentage Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches: Gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches deliver the ultimate performance and competitive advantage
  • Per key red LED backlighting and large font keycaps: Brilliant red LED backlighting enhances the experience with dynamic and virtually unlimited lighting adjustability
  • Compact, ten keyless design: It's great for travel, and you'll have more room for your mouse
  • Dedicated volume and multimedia controls: Control to adjust audio on the fly without interrupting your game
  • 100 percentage anti ghosting with full key rollover: No matter how fast you’re in game actions are, your keystrokes always register the way you intended
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Redragon K550 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, RGB LED Backlit with Brown Switches, Macro Recording, Wrist Rest, Volume Control, Full Size, Yama, USB Passthrough for Windows PC Gamer (Black)
  • GAMING KEYBOARD BLACK; 104 Key Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Custom Mechanical Switches(Cherry Brown equivalent) designed for longevity with greater durability and responsiveness. The Mechanical Keyboard Keys offer medium resistance, medium click sound, and crisp, precise tactile feedback. Ideal for both; ultimate Gaming performance andfor office environments, where a too loud clicky sound might annoy others.
  • RGB MECHANICAL KEYBOARD; WITH 12Programmable MACRO KEYS; K550 Yama Redragon RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, the RGB Led illuminated keyboard comes with Double-shot injection molded keycaps offering crystal clear uniform backlighting and lettering that doesn't scratch off. Featuring a Total of 18 Backlight Modes, 8 different colors, 5 backlight brightness levels, breathing speed, and 6 dedicated keys to program user defined backlighting.
  • QUICK DETACHABLE WRIST REST AND SOLID BLACK ALUMINUM / ABS CONSTRUCTION; The PC Gaming keyboard is constructed of Aircraft-Grade Aluminum. Plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches that stand up to tough gaming conditions. (The key switches are user replaceable)The detachable wrist rest gives you the comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions.
  • BACKLIT ANTI GHOSTING KEYBOARD; ALL 131 mechanical gaming keyboards keys are conflict free (n-Key Rollover) for ultimate Gaming performance. Featuring, 12 multimedia keys, 12 programmable macro keys, USB passthrough, volume control, Non-Slip Ergonomic, splash-proof Design. Comes with Full numeric keypad and a gold-plated corrosion free USB connector for a reliable connection.
  • PC GAMING KEYBOARD COMPATIBILTY: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, Limited Mac OS keyboard support
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Redragon K556 RGB LED Backlit Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Aluminum Base, 104 Standard Keys
  • Mechanical Brown Switches: Offering the satisfying tactile typing experience, also being ever so slightly quieter, fitting for office or gaming use. And you will get 8 spared switches as a gift.
  • 18 Backlit Modes: Press FN + INS-PgDn to enter Pro-gamer mode. RGB LED adjustable lighting with 6-themed backlights -18 lighting models. You can also adjust their brightness with FN+“↑”and“↓” Besides, there is a 9-color single backlit mode for this keyboard.
  • N-key Rollover, Ergonomic And Durable Design: This keyboard is made of full metal material, with matte-finish texture, solid enough to protect it from scratch. It allows multi-keys to work simultaneously with high speed.
  • Self-design & Removable Keycaps: The Redragon K556 features a custom designed keycap that has been made shorter to reduce the time it takes for your actions to register. Include a keycaps puller for clean or other needs.
  • Wide Compatibility: Support computer system including Windows10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows VISTA, etc.
BESTSELLER NO. 5
HUO JI Z88 Z-88 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Blue Switch , LED Backlit, Water Resistant, Compact 81 Keys Anti-Ghosting for Mac, PC, White
  • Anti-ghosting 81 keys, N-key rollover. Allowing multi-keys to work simultaneously with high speed
  • DIY blue switches, Custom mechanical switches designed for longevity, responsiveness and durability
  • 10-Mode rgb backlighting and color-flashing speed, Double-shot injection molded keycaps for crystal clear backlighting
  • Durability and wide compatibility, Laser carving character key for long time use
  • Convenient multi-media keys fn+f1~f12 provides windows key lock for gaming, multimedia controls for entertainment, email and calculator
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Redragon K552 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard RGB LED Rainbow Backlit Wired Keyboard with Red Switches for Windows Gaming PC (87 Keys, Black)
  • Tenkeyless compact mechanical gaming keyboard Redragon k552 tkl small compact with dust proof mechanical switches cherry mx red equivalent Linear switches quiet click sound fast action with minimal resistance without a tactile bump feel
  • Rainbow LED RGB backlit mechanical USB gaming keyboard 19 different lighting effects and game modes 2 user defined modes 6 colors multiple brightness level breathing speed precision engineered keycaps offering crystal clear uniform backlighting
  • Ergonomic designed steel series mechanical game keyboards high-quality durable metal-abs construction with plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches that stand up even during the most testing marathon gaming sessions
  • Anti ghosting all 87 keys are conflict free nkey rollover featuring 12 multimedia keyboard keys and a non-slip ergonomic, splash-proof design comes with gold-plated high-speed corrosion free USB connector for a reliable connection
  • Compatible with windows 10, windows 8, windows 7, windows vista, or windows xp, limited mac os keyboard support works well with all major computers brands and gaming pcs.
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Redragon K582 SURARA RGB LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with104 Keys-Linear and Quiet-Red Switches
  • Professional Red Switches: Redragon K582 gaming keyboard is equipped with pluggable OUTEMU red switches, which are linear, top-to-bottom switches. These switches require less force to press down and the keys feel smoother and easier to use. No tactile "bump" but responsive. A great choice for work and play!
  • N-key Rollover: 100% anti-ghosting 104 keys ensure the most accurate simultaneous key presses. Fully programmable - Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for effortless gaming.【No CD software included, please download software from http://bit.ly/K582keyboard】
  • Dynamic RGB Backlight: 6 backlight themes and 18 backlight models allow you to type in the dark. You can adjust its brightness with FN + Up/Down. Arrow Key in any non-breathing mode.
  • Extreme Durability: 50 million times keystroke test, small actuation force and short travel make it. Solid base with double injection ABS keycaps design, it is built to withstand a lifetime of gaming.
  • Wide Compatibility: Supports computer system including Windows10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows VISTA, etc. With USB golden plated port to ensure the stability of data transmission. No delay, no error.
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Velocifire VM01 Mechanical Keyboard 104-Key Full Size with Brown Switches LED Illuminated Backlit Anti-ghosting Keys for Copywriter, Gamer and Programmer
  • MUST HAVE- Velocifire mechanical keyboard is designed for copywriter, programmer, editors who spend many hours typing every day. You will get better at typing speed and accuracy through Velocifire mechanical keyboards.
  • Durable Brown Switch- Low-noise switches have a tactile bump for feedback with every key-press. It is much QUIETER than Blue Switch but LOUDER than a regular Membrane keyboard. If you never used a mechanical keyboard before, please think about whether you can accept its sound first.
  • Full 104-key Double - Shot ABS keycap - Double-shot molding is a process of molding plastic around a preformed metal or plastic insert, which is a very popular technique to produce durable keycaps. Velocifire mechanical keyboard with full 104-key double-shot ABS keycap which is impact resistant, lightweight and very durable.
  • ANTI-GHOSTING - This is sometime used in place of Key Rollover, but the terminology is incorrect since ghosting is a different (and rare) issue. You will need to do more research to see what key rollover technology is being used. Ghosting is when two or more keys are pressed and a key that was not pressed registers instead.
  • OPTIMIZED PRODUCTIVITY - The durability lasts for decades, consistently offering stable and efficient typing productivity. Benefit the typing productivity and experience in all ways through Velocifire VM01.
BESTSELLER NO. 9
STOGA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Anti Ghosting USB Wired Gaming Keyboard with 87 Keys, Alloy Base, 10 Kinds of Backlight Modes LED Backlit
  • Fourteen Backlight Modes | Our rainbow backlit mechanical gaming keyboard offers 14 different backlight modes with no glare or fading. Switch to your favorite colors – perfect for any gaming setup!
  • Customizable LED Key Lighting | Stoga’s mechanical gaming keyboard allows you to customize keys with different color LEDs. Our keyboard’s modern eye-catching design elements surpass our competition and elevate you to the next level.
  • Durability & Double-Injection Key Caps | The keyboard panel features an all-metallic construction making it durable and professional grade. They keys use a two-color injection molded backlit key cap which is shock proof and wear resistant. The colors won’t fade away even after long-term use.
  • Lightning Fast Performance with Anti-Ghosting Technology | The 87-key full size keyboard not only looks and feels great, but also out-performs the competition! Anti-Ghosting Technology and Blue Keyed Design means a smooth gaming experience which can be felt with tactile response. Our nine multimedia functions using the function key allow you to stay productive with work.
  • USB 2.0 Keyboard Compatibility | Stoga’s mechanical gaming keyboard utilizes USB 2.0 making it compatible with Windows (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8,10), Linux, Android, and iOS. Our keyboard performs well with all major computer brands and custom PC builds.
BESTSELLER NO. 10
ONE-UP G300 LED Rainbow Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Small Metal Mechanical Gamers Keyboard 87 Key Computer USB Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches for PC Gaming (Black)
  • 【MECHANICAL GAMING KEYBOARD - BLACK VERSION】87 Keys Small Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Mini mechanical keyboard WITHOUT separate number gaming keypad. The Mechanical Keys offer medium resistance, crisp but a quieter click sound, and precise tactile feedback for ultimate typing and gaming performance. The switches are of high quality, tested for 50 million keystrokes. Designed for longevity with greater durability and responsiveness.
  • 【RAINBOW LED BACKLIT MECHANICAL USB GAMING KEYBOARD】8 different Game Modes, 2 user defined Game Modes, 6 colors, 9 backliting modes, multiple brightness levels, adjustable breathing speed and breathing mode. The Illuminated keyboard has Double-shot injection molded keycaps offering crystal clear uniform backlighting and lettering that doesn't scratch off. The perfect mechanical keyboard for office or home use.
  • 【ERGONOMIC DESIGNED PC GAMING KEYBOARD】The steel series mechanical game keyboards features a Compact Ergonomic Design and a High Quality Durable Metal-ABS Construction with Plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches that stand up even during the most testing marathon gaming sessions like league of legends, steam, Fortnite, PUGB, Overwatch, Call of Duty and other FPS Games.
  • 【ANTI GHOSTING GAMING KEYBOARD FOR PC】ALL 87 mechanical keys are conflict free (n-Key Rollover) for ultimate Gaming performance. Featuring, 12 multimedia keyboard keys and a Non-Slip Ergonomic, splash-proof Design. Comes with High-Speed corrosion free USB gaming keyboard connector for a reliable connection
  • 【WIDE COMPATIBILITY PC GAMING】 Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, Limited Mac OS keyboard support.

Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm mechanical gaming keyboard specifications

The following information is pasted directly from Sandberg’s product page for the Hailstorm.

  • USB interface
  • Cable length: 1.8 m
  • 104 standard keys
  • Outemu Blue mechanical switches
  • RGB color for all keys
  • Weight: 1400 g
  • Dimensions: 47.8 x 21.65 x 4.22 cm
  • With wrist rest

Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm mechanical gaming keyboard design

The EsportsEquipment Hailstorm is a rather nice looking keyboard. The design of it screams ‘gaming’, while the feel of it screams’quality’. The keys sit surrounded by a metal plate that sits on top of a plastic body that also acts as the bottom side of the keyboard. At the bottom of the metal plate are two raised panels of plastic which act as wrist rests for the user. Admittedly, a softer material like rubber would be a bit better and a lot more comfortable, but the wrists rest do their job as they should even if they do cause me a slight bit of discomfort. At the top of the metal panel is another raised bit of plastic, which this times plays host to Sandberg branding, which lights up blue when the keyboard is on. There are also a series of blue lights running around the edges of the metal plate, unfortunately, these and the logo light only light up blue and the color can’t be changed like it can with the keys.

Talking of the key colors, the EsportsEquipment Hailstorm has an RGB set of lights which generate a handful of different colors including yellow, red, purple and green just to name a few. There are several modes to choose from as well such as a sweep mode where the keys run each color in a motion similar to sweeping all at the same time and a mode where just one row of keys lights up at a time, just to name two, but there are a few more. There’s a way to change the color as well, this is done by simply pressing FN and delete simultaneously. There are also other settings such as brightness adjustment and light speed adjustment, all of which the clear instruction leaflet explains how to do using two keyboard keys.

Also included is a disc with software on it. This software allows you to create your own color profiles if you wish and create different macros. It’s really easy to use and the interface is nice and clean.

The cable from the keyboard is 1.8m long so pretty average in the length department. It’s just enough to reach my PC and still have a bit of slack left over. It’s also braided instead of just rubber coated, which means it’s a lot more versatile and much stronger.

With a weight of about 1500g the EsportsEquipment Hailstorm keyboard is a tiny bit heavy but not too heavy. This weight and four thick rubber feet on the bottom of the keyboard ensure that it grips the surface it sits on quite well. I haven’t had it move once on me, which shows me it really is working.

Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm mechanical gaming keyboard the switches

This keyboard makes use of Blue mechanical switches by a company called Outemu. Now in all honesty, until I got this keyboard I had never heard of Outemu. A quick search of Google revealed them to be a Chinese clone of  Cherry MX switches but a few more looks around the net revealed them to be quite good. They offer a smooth experience as I type and even as I game. They are consistent and each one works just as well as the last, but the one downside is that they are quite loud switches, not the loudest, but not the quietest either. So a relatively ok clone but nowhere near as good as Cherry MX, but still good enough.

Sandberg EsportsEquipment Hailstorm mechanical gaming keyboard in use

I simply can’t deny that I enjoy using this keyboard. I am typing this review on it and haven’t gone back to my previous mechanical keyboard at all, this has become my favorite. Typing on it is a blessing as each key is responsive and input lag free. The decent spacing between each key has allowed me to easily type away with very few typing errors at all. The multimedia keys also work really well but I do prefer dedicated keys over combined F keys such as the ones on here, so that’s a slight disappointment for me.

I have probably spent the best part of 5 hours using this keyboard for gaming as being a parent and a reviewer leaves me next to no time to play PC games anymore, but that 5 hours has actually shown me that this is a decent keyboard for gaming. It’s fast and responsive and everything I do happens at exactly the same time I enter the command on the keyboard. Then there’s the fact that you can set up macro keys, which for any of you hardcore gamers out there might just be a blessing.

Overall

The EsportsEquipment Hailstorm gaming keyboard is a near perfect example of how lesser known brands really should design a mechanical gaming keyboard. It’s not perfect but boy is it close and the only reasons I say not perfect are the combination F/media keys and the plastic wrist rests. Everything else is fantastic and that’s why this has become my main keyboard and will most likely be my main keyboard for quite a long time.

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