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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Razer BlackWidow V3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Green Mechanical Switches - Tactile & Clicky - Chroma RGB Lighting - Compact Form Factor - Programmable Macro Functionality (Renewed)
  • 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- Mar. 2020 combined.
  • Signature Mechanical Switch for Gaming: Razer Green switch technology provides a satisfying clicky sound with 50 G of actuation force, ideal for typing and gaming requiring the highest accuracy
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  • Doubleshot ABS Keycaps: Using a doubleshot molding process to ensure the labelling never wears off, the keycaps also have extra-thick walls which make them extremely tough to withstand constant spamming.
  • Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of plush leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions
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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)
  • PC GAMING KEYBOARD AND GAMING MOUSE COMBO: Includes Redragon RGB Backlit Computer Gaming Keyboard and RGB Backlit Gaming Mouse. ALL-IN-ONE PC GAMER VALUE KIT, Fantastic for Gamers (New Improved Version)
  • 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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Womier WK61 60% Keyboard Mechanical, Hot-Swappable Ultra-Compact RGB Gaming Keyboard w/Pudding Keycaps, Linear Red Switch, Pro Driver/Software Supported - Glacier Blue
  • 【Ultra-minimalistic Look】: This 60 percent keyboard is with unique color pudding keycap and matte SLIGHT translucent bottom case, when the RGB is off, they give your keyboard an incredibly sleek and clean feel. When RGB is turned on, the frosted walls brings out the brilliance of RGB in every direction.
  • 【DIY Extra Replaceable pudding Keycaps】:Womier WK61 Mechanical keyboard come with 24pcs Colored pudding keycap that can be replaceable, You can freely match the colors you like. So that you can DIY and do whatever you want. In the hearts of players, WK61 is the most cost-effective DIY 60% mechanical keyboard. Meet your needs for custom keyboards.
  • 【Hot-Swappable Red Switches & Type-C USB Cable】: Quiet mechanical switch, linear and soft key travel makes every click easy to register. Made to last with switches rated for 50 million keypresses. Type-C USB Cable, High Speed Transmission,More stable transmission.
  • 【Vibrant RGB & Pro Software Advanced Customization】: Up to 19 presets backlighting modes are free to choose by the keyboard itself. 9 colors selection and 4 brightness levels. WK61 keyboard can design your own new mode and effects. Build macros, and set up per-key lighting and effects.You can use our 60% mechanical keyboard at home, at the company, and on the travel.
  • 【Good service & Multi-platform Compatibility】: The keyboard is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One so you can have one keyboard for both PC and console gaming. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our after-sales support through Amazon message function, we will assist you to solve all problems you had met with our product.
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RedThunder K10 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo, LED Backlit Rechargeable 3800mAh Battery, Mechanical Feel Anti-ghosting Keyboard + 7D 3200DPI Mice for PC Gamer (Black)
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  • 【Rechargeable & Long Battery Life】The keyboard is equipped with a 3000 mAh battery, and the mouse is equipped with an 800 mAh battery. The long battery life allows you to use them continuously for 8 hours with light. The keyboard and mouse are equipped with smart energy-saving functions. If there is no operation within 2 minutes, they will automatically go to sleep, press any key to wake them up. Please charge 8 hours before using.
  • 【Light Up Keyboard and Mouse】The keyboard has built-in three groups of rainbow backlight effects, supports 2 breathing modes, 3 static modes, and 4 brightness levels. The luminous design of Letters, logo, gaps and surroundings makes it the best light up wireless keyboard on the market (Note: There is no surrounding light in the right top corner due to the indicator light). The mouse has a built-in 7-color cyclic gradual lighting effect.
  • 【Durable Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse】The keys have a 10 000 000 keystrokes lifetime, so you can hold on to it for the next decade! ABS keycaps adopt two-color injection molding process, the letter of characters never fade. Thick and firm frosted metal cover, long service life, and never deforms. The mouse fits the palm perfectly, and the anti-sweat and non-slip design gives you complete control.
  • 【Plug and Play 】: The keyboard and mouse share a USB receiver, and the code has been completed by default. You only need to insert the receiver and turn on the keyboard and mouse to use it. (Note: If the connection is lost for any reason, you only need to reset the code pairing)
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Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Corsair OPX RGB Optical-Mechanical Keyswitches - AXON Hyper-Processing Technology for 4X Faster Throughput - 44-Zone RGB LightEdge
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E T Mechanical Gaming Keyboard RGB Backlit Keys Computer Keyboard, 16.8 Million Color 104 Keys Blue Switch Wired Gaming Keyboards Full Size, Aluminum Base USB Keyboard for PC Gamer Laptop
  • 104 Keys Mechanical Keyboard - A backlit, full-sized mechanical keyboard with 104 keys no rush provides smooth and lightweight linear action. Rather than rubber membranes, the mechanical keyboard use Mechanical Switches that underneath each of the keycaps to offer clicky sound, tactility, sturdiness, and the heavy build.
  • Customizable Cool Chroma RGB Lighting - The RGB backlit keyboard allows you to select 16.8 million colors of the RGB wheel and apply them on a per-key basis. 7-LED themes and 14 backlight model. download the software on our official website:etkeys to customizing colors, it ensures you to choose the favorite colors and program them to appear on certain keys or in special sequences.
  • Tactile Blue Keyswitches - Mechanical switches with 2.0mm actuation. The blue switches combine actuation force with a satisfying tactile-click activation on every keystroke and deliver a superior typing experience over rubber dome keyboards. The mechanical switches are very balanced for typing or gaming excellence.
  • Gaming keyboard - Special keys are designed to access the Internet, music, and other frequently used programs. With the game mode and button custom settings, you can freely switch 5 game modes to improve entertainment. You can also lock the windows with FN + WIN, and adjust the brightness with FN + Up/Down. 
  • Programmable Macro - Through software recording macros, customizing advanced functions, and personalized function keys, our software can meet your needs and realize your infinite imagination
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CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO-Dynamic RGB Backlighting - Six Macro Keys with Elgato Stream Deck Software Integration-IP42 Dust and Spill Resistant-Detachable Palm Rest-Dedicated Media and Volume Keys, Black
  • Light up your desktop with six onboard lighting effects, assign a color to each lighting zone, or program your own vibrant lighting effects across five RGB lighting zones with CORSAIR iCUE software.
  • Activate functions, shortcuts, or keypresses in just one stroke with six dedicated macro keys, easily set up through CORSAIR iCUE software, or use instant streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software.
  • IP42-rated dust and spill resistance guards against accidents so your gameplay never has to stop.
  • A soft rubber detachable palm rest reduces stress on your hands so you can play longer in comfort, with a textured surface to keep your hands from slipping.
  • Dedicated volume and media keys let you control media playback and fine-tune volume on-the-fly without having to interrupt your game.
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60% Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Samll Mini RGB Backlight Mechanical Feeling and Mechanical RGB Honeycomb Optical Mouse,Gaming Mouse pad for Gamers and Typists
  • 【Compact and Practical】This mini 61 key gaming keyboard can realize multiple function like quick access to Home Page, Music, Email Box, etc. by pressing FN+related key , the side engraved visual symbol of the keys can help you understand the FN key combination function, floating high-low ergonomic key design allow using for a long time without fatigue, adjustable foot support can offer a alternative using angle if needed.
  • 【Ergonomic Design Mechanical Keyboard】 The 61 keys mechanical keyboard with the scientific stair-up keycap design brings maximum comfort, keeping your hand in a most natural state to minimize hand fatigue after longtime use and help you minimize typos. So it's designed for gamer, office worker, copywriter, programmer, typing teacher and editors.
  • 【RGB Honeycomb Gaming Mouse】Wired professional gaming mouse uses hard-core custom chip, high-precision optical sensor, up to 6400 dpi (level 6 / editable), able to withstand 20g acceleration, has 50,000,000 Button life. The high-performance mouse configuration can meet your needs for fast web browsing and gaming.
  • 【65G Ultralight Ergonomic Gaming Mice】This lightweight PC gaming mice is designed with O-shaped perforated shape, reduces weight, saves more energy, improves heat dissipation, extend the service life,ergonomic housing can fit your palm perfectly whichever way you hold it, make using more comfortable especially when gaming.
  • 【Wide Compatibility】This mechanical keyboard featured with waterproof, dust-proof, conflict-free, FN short key function, rainbow RGB backlit, non-slip mat, plug and play, 61key design, removable keycap, easy to clean, compatible with devices like pc, mac, laptop, computer which support windows series system or Android, Linux, IOS, etc, system,
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HyperX Alloy Core RGB – Membrane Gaming Keyboard, Comfortable Quiet Silent Keys with RGB LED Lighting Effects, Spill Resistant, Dedicated Media Keys, Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 – Black
  • Signature Light Bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects so you can personalize your battle station and bring it to life with 6 preset LED lighting effects
  • Durable solid Frame for long lasting durability and stability
  • Quiet and Responsive Keys with Anti-Ghosting: Key rollover lets you press keys simultaneously and every keystroke will register and be perfectly executed in the order pressed as quickly as it was input. No lost keystrokes from simultaneous signals
  • Spill Resistant to prevent damage from accidental spills
  • Dedicated Media Controls so you can conveniently control media
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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)
  • 【Compact Keyboard with Numpad】Unlike bulky full-sized layout, this 85% keyboard saves more desk space but keep the numkeys which is essential. Press Fn+Backspace to lock/unlock the numkeys (Note: The numpad lights up ONLY when it's unlocked, the rest of the keys don't have lighting)
  • 【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.
  • 【Red Switches Keyboard for Different Needs】Perfect for office typing or playing games. Havit HV-KB487L wired keyboard frees up your desk during work, after working sessions, you can enjoy the keyboard for gaming, or bring it with you as the size is compact and easy to carry out.
  • 【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 OS and Chrome OS system, the Num Lock function is not available, so the number pad is unable to be locked and will stay on.

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 2022-09-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API