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.

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Logitech G613 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Multihost 2.4 GHz + Blutooth Connectivity - Black
  • Lightspeed: Wireless technology for super-fast 1 ms report rate
  • Romer G mechanical switches deliver quiet, precise mechanical performance and 70 million click life for incredible feel and durability
  • 6 programmable G keys put custom macro sequences and in app commands at your fingertips. 1 Customize G key profiles individually for each app
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth enabled device with Windows 8 or later, Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Chrome OS, or Android 3.2 or later, iOS 10 or later
  • G613 delivers up to 18 months of gaming on 2 x AA batteries. System requirements: Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.10 or later, Chrome OS, Android 3.2 or later, USB port
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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 red switches 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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SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – World’s Fastest Mechanical Switches – OLED Smart Display – Compact Form Factor – RGB Backlit
  • OmniPoint adjustable switches: Allow for customization of actuation distance from 0.4 to 3.6 millimeter
  • OLED smart display: An integrated command center for adjusting settings and tracking on the fly info straight from your game, spotify, discord, and more
  • Aircraft grade aluminum alloy: Built for a lifetime of durability and stability
  • RGB Illumination: Unmatched customization with 16.8 million colors per key
  • Premium magnetic wrist rest: Provides full palm support and comfortable, ergonomic feel
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Logitech G413 TKL SE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Compact Backlit Keyboard with Tactile Mechanical Switches, Anti-Ghosting, Compatible with Windows, macOS - Black Aluminum
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  • PBT keycaps: Heat- and wear-resistant, this computer gaming keyboard features the most durable material used in keycap design
  • Tactile mechanical switches: Uncompromising performance is always within reach with this wired gaming keyboard
  • Premium color, material and finish: Elevate your gaming setup with this backlit keyboard featuring a sleek, black-brushed aluminum top case and white LED lighting
  • 6-Key rollover anti-ghosting performance: Experience reliable key input with this anti-ghosting keyboard versus non-gaming mechanical keyboards
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RK ROYAL KLUDGE Typewriter Style Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with True RGB Backlit Collapsible Wrist Rest 108-Key Blue Switch Retro Round Keycap, Black
  • [Retro Typewriter Style with Mechanical Keys] - Mechanical blue switch for ultimate gaming performance. The mechanical keys offer medium resistance, audible click sound & tactile feedback. Vintage steampunk round keycaps looks like a classical typewriter, brings you comfortable typing feeling & stable clicking touch.
  • [Ergonomic Design with Detachable Wrist Rest] - The ergonomic ABS palm rest provides firm support that alleviates pressure on your wrist from gaming at an elevated angle.
  • [True RGB LED Backlit Light Up Keyboard] - This RGB illuminated keyboard has up to 168 LED backlit modes and 7 color sidelight. Press "Fn+Pause" to change the global backlight color, supports single color mode and RGB color mode. You can also adjust the backlit brightness and speed. And you can create 1 customized backlight as you like.
  • [Metal Panel & 108-Key Anti-Ghosting] - The keyboard panel was made of top-grade aluminium alloy material, with matte-finish texture, sturdy and robust enough to protect it from scratch. 108 keys full size keyboard, and all keys non-conflict. Every keystroke is registered during intense gameplay and fast typing, no matter how many other keys are pressed at the same time. Let you enjoy high-grade games with fast response.
  • [PC Gaming Keyboard Compatibilty] - Support computer systems including Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Plug and play. No drivers or softwares are required.
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Havit Mechanical Keyboard, Wired Compact PC Keyboard with Number Pad Red Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 89 Keys for Computer/Laptop (Black)
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  • 【Colorful PBT Keycaps】 Constructed from unique and high-quality durable PBT keycaps, Havit mechanical keyboard has excellent touch experience and long serving time. Colorful keycaps can bring a more pleasant mood during games or work, decorate your space and enhance your life.
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  • 【Ergonomic Comfort】The design of this mechanical gaming keyboard is based on ergonomics, the two keyboard kickstands provide comfortable angle for typing and effectively reduces the burden on the wrist.
  • 【Wide Compatibility】This 89 key mechanical keyboard is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows VISTA and other systems. Cautions: For MAC system, the multimedia keys are not available.
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Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Multimedia Keys Wrist Rest and Red Backlit Gaming Mouse 3200 DPI for Windows PC Gamers (Black)
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  • RGB BACKLIT GAMING KEYBOARD; 7 different RGB Lighting modes & effects, 4 backlight brightness levels, adjustable breathing speed. The keycaps offering clear uniform backlighting WIN key can be disabled for gaming. The PC Gaming Keyboard has been ergonomically designed to be a superb typing tool for office work as well. The gaming Keyboard is built to withstand the average liquid spill. The integrated wrist rest gives you the comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions
  • MULTI MEDIA & ANTI GHOSTING; The Gaming Keyboard has 25 conflict free (n-Key Rollover) 10 Dedicated Multimedia keys plus 12 additional FN+ Multimedia keys (Total 114 keys). Keys are quiet, designed for longevity, durability delivering precise tactile feedback. Comes with Full numeric keypad and a gold-plated corrosion free USB connector for a reliable connection and ultimate Gaming performance
  • WIRED GAMING MOUSE; Ergonomic Redragon RED Backlit Gaming Mouse up to 3200 DPI (user adjustable 800/1600/2400/3200 DPI), 30G acceleration and Weight Tuning set. Total 6 Buttons of which 5 are programmable. The High-Precision Sensor delivers Pinpoint Accuracy while the Gaming Grade Micro Switches ensure longevity, greater durability and extreme responsiveness, giving you an even greater edge over your competition
  • PC GAMING KEYBOARD AND GAMING MOUSE COMPATIBILITY: 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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SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Adjustable Actuation Switches – World’s Fastest Mechanical Keyboard – OLED Smart Display – RGB Backlit
  • OmniPoint adjustable switches allow for customization of actuation distance from 0.4 millimeter to 3.6 millimeter
  • OLED smart display: An integrated command center for adjusting settings and tracking on the fly info straight from your game, Spotify, Discord, and more
  • Aircraft grade aluminum alloy built for a lifetime of durability and stability
  • RGB Illumination unmatched customization with 16.8 million colors per key
  • Premium magnetic wrist rest: Provides full palm support and comfortable, ergonomic feel
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Gaming Keyboard RGB USB Wired Rainbow Keyboards Designed for PC Gamers, PS4, PS5, Laptop, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Orzly - RX-250 Hornet Edition (Black) Brand: Orzly
  • The RX250-K gaming keyboard is ergonomically designed. A comfortable and superb typing tool for both office work and gaming.
  • The RX250-K keyboards range is ergonomically designed. A comfortable and superb typing tool for both office work and gaming.
  • Rainbow backlit gaming keyboards: 3 different lighting modes, 4 backlight brightness levels and breathing mode. Clear uniform keycap backlighting.
  • 19-Key Rollover support and built-in Anti-ghosting technology make sure every keystroke is recorded. Fast, responsive and quiet Membrane switches
  • Built-in drainage ports quickly remove liquids in the event of a spill, protecting your keyboard from damage. Wired, for a lag-free response. Includes foldable stand to offer you another typing position as shown in the Video and also in the pics
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Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition TKL Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard: Fast Keyboard Switches - Linear Optical Switches - Chroma RGB Lighting - PBT Keycaps - Onboard Memory - Classic Black
  • Faster Than Traditional Mechanical Switches: Razer Linear Optical switch technology uses optical beam-based actuation, registering key presses at the speed of light (15-30% shorter actuation distance than other linear switches at 1.0 millimeter)
  • Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30 plus partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
  • Quality, Aluminum Construction: Covered with a matte, aluminum top frame for increased structural integrity
  • Tournament-Ready Design: A tenkeyless design with a detachable USB-C cable provides a portable form-factor for on-the-go gamers
  • Oil-Resistant Doubleshot PBT Keycaps: Made of textured, high-grade PBT for a more durable and textured finish less prone to long-term grime buildup

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.

Last update on 2022-05-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API