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.

SaleBESTSELLER NO. 1
SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Per-Key RGB Illumination – Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy Frame – OLED Smart Display (Hybrid Blue Switch)
  • Hybrid mechanical gaming switches – The tactile click of a blue mechanical switch plus a smooth membrane
  • OLED smart display – Customize with gifs, game info, discord messages, and more. OS-Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox, and PlayStation. USB port required
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy frame – Manufactured for unbreakable durability and sturdiness
  • Dynamic per-key RGB illumination – Gorgeous color schemes and reactive effects for every key
  • Premium magnetic wrist rest – Provides full palm support and comfort
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Logitech G PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Ultra Portable Tenkeyless Design, Detachable Micro USB Cable, 16.8 Million Color LIGHTSYNC RGB Backlit Keys
  • Built with and for esports athletes for competition-level performance, speed and precision.
  • Durable GX Blue Click switches deliver an audible and tactile click for a solid, secure keypress.
  • Ultra-portable compact ten keyless design frees up table space for mouse movement. It’s easy to pack up and transport to tournaments.
  • Use LIGHTSYNC to highlight keys and program static lighting patterns to onboard memory for tournament systems that don’t allow G HUB installations.
  • Detachable Micro USB cables feature a three-pronged design for an easy, secure connection and safe transport in your travel bag.
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RK ROYAL KLUDGE RK61 Wired 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard RGB Backlit Ultra-Compact Hot-Swappable Red Switch White
  • 💝MINI 60% KEYBOARD: RK61 is a ultra-compact layout keyboard with 61 keys. Concentrated all the key functions you need in minimalist design. Save more space for your mouse moving and neat the desktop. It’s most FPS gamers' choice for this 60% gaming keyboard.
  • 🌟HOT SWAPPABLE--Red Switch: The Wired RK ROYAL KLUDGE mechanical keyboard linear red switches could be fast action with minimal resistance without a tactile bump feel, provides a smooth quiet click mechanical stroke experience. Perfect for office typing or playing games
  • 🌟GORGEOUS RGB EFFECT: The RGB gaming keyboard has 18 RGB backlight modes and 8 monochrome backlight on board. Customized backlit colors and effects are also available through RK ROYAL KLUDGE software. Single key color is also controlled. Giving you more enjoyable when you gaming or typing at night
  • 🌟SMOOTH GAMING EXPERIENCE: Hot swap mechanical keyboard is compatible with Windows, Linus and and Mac. Full keys anti-ghosting bring you more smooth gaming experience. Detachable USB-C keyboard cable make the quite gaming keyboard more portable and customized
  • 🎁ERGONOMIC GAMING KEYBOARD: The design of this mechanical gaming keyboard is based on ergonomics. Scientific stair-up keycaps design brings maximum comfort, keeping your hand in a most natural state to minimize hand fatigue after longtime use. Perfect for gamer, office worker, copywriter, typing teacher and editors
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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 87 Key Rainbow LED Backlit Wired with Anti-Dust Proof Switches for Windows PC (Black Keyboard, Red Switches)
  • Tenkeyless compact mechanical gaming keyboard Redragon k552 tkl small compact with dust proof mechanical 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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Mechanical Gaming Keyboard,RGB 104 Keys Ultra-Slim Rainbow LED Backlit USB Wired Keyboard with Blue Switches,Durable ABS Keycaps/Anti-Ghosting/Spill-Resistant Mechanical Keyboard for PC Mac Xbox Gamer
  • 【Mechanical Keyboard: Responsive Blue Switches】RisoPhy keyboard features clicky keys which offer you higher accuracy and quicker response with an enjoyable click sound when typing.This keyboard is more comfortable to type on since it features deeper key travel,greater feedback,and more space between keys.For those who prefer keyboards with a more tactile and "clicky" feel,our keyboard with BLUE switches is a nice choice.
  • 【Rainbow Backlit Keyboard Illuminate Your Desktop】With 9 different backlights,5 levels of light speed and brightness,our gaming keyboard enriches your gaming experience and improves your mood greatly,which is a great addition to your desktop,especially in the dark.Plus,the ultra-durable double injection ABS engineered keycaps provide crystal clear uniform backlight and greatly improve your typing accuracy at night.
  • 【High-End 104 Keys Full-Size Keyboard】The Win lock function frees your worry about mistyping when gaming(Fn+Win).Keycaps are pluggable and easy to clean,saving you much unnecessary trouble.We designed 4 hydrophobic holes for this keyboard,allowing water to flow away quickly to prevent damage to the keyboard.No longer afraid of accidents.(✦Include a keycaps puller for cleaning or other needs.)
  • 【Advanced Ergonomic Comfort】This gamer Keyboard adopts a scientific stair-up keycap design that keeps your arms in the most natural state to minimize hand fatigue for long time use.In order to improve your posture and make you more comfortable during use,the wired keyboard comes with 2 strong foldable rear kickstands to slope it.Moreover,the keyboard is non-slip enough because there are 4 rubber padding underneath the keyboard.
  • 【100% Anti-Ghosting & 12 Multimedia Combinations】100% anti-ghosting gaming keyboard allows all keys to work simultaneously,no matter how fast you type.12 multimedia key shortcuts allow you to quickly access to calculator/media/volume control/email.RisoPhy mechanical gaming keyboard with the number pad greatly improves your productivity.This ultra-durable keyboard with up to 50 million keystrokes life works well with Windows 7/8/10/XP/VISTA/95/98/XP/2000/ME/VISTA and Mac OS Xbox etc.
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ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro Tenkeyless Linear Optical Titan Switch PC Gaming Keyboard with Per-key AIMO RGB Lighting, Anodized Aluminum Top Plate, and Detachable USB-C Cable, Black
  • OPTICAL SPEED, LINEAR MECHANICAL FEEL - ROCCAT’s new linear Titan Switch Optical actuates at the speed of light for a whole new level of speed and responsiveness, whilst retaining the signature keystroke feel of mechanical
  • TENKEYLESS FORM FACTOR - This smaller factor allows for a larger pad and a bigger range of mouse movements, improving your aiming accuracy
  • ADVANCED ANTI-GHOSTING - Technology optimized for gamers to ensure every key stroke of the most-used keys is registered – no matter how frantic the action gets
  • CUSTOMIZED YOUR WAY - ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift[plus] technology adds a secondary function to compatible keys; Just hold down the designated modifier key for double the command power in an instant
  • MIXER-STYLE MEDIA CONTROLS - The tactile volume dial and mute button allow you to adjust volume and mute/unmute on the fly; Instant Control at your fingertips
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MageGee Portable 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, MK-Box LED Backlit Compact 68 Keys Mini Wired Office Keyboard with Blue Switch for Windows Laptop PC Mac - Grey/Black
  • Mini portable 60% compact layout: MK-Box is a 68 keys mechanical keyboard have cute small size, separate arrow keys and all your F-keys you need, can use it for gaming or work while saving space.
  • Mechanical blue switch: pressing the switch makes loud click sound, crisp paragraph feeling, excellent input feeling, strong mechanical feeling and long service life, providing precise tactile feedback for typing and gaming.
  • Classic charming blue LED backlit: Customize multiple illuminated LED light effects, supports about 15 backlight modes, press Fn + Ins can control it, FN + ←/→ control backlight speed, FN + ↑/↓ control backlight brightness.
  • Full anti-ghosting Keyboard: all 68 keys are no conflict, grey black mash up design, ergonomic suspension double-color injection keycap, double kickstand feet adjustable typing angle and detachable usb cable, both practical and beautiful.
  • Extensive Compatibility: MageGee MK-Box mechanical keyboards use USB 2.0 connector making it compatible with Windows (2000, XP, ME, Vista, 7, 8), Linux and Mac, plug and play, no drivers or software required.
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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 spare 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. 10
Snpurdiri 60% Wired Mechanical Keyboard, Mini Gaming Keyboard with 61 Red Switches Keys for PC, Windows XP, Win 7, Win 10 (Black-Red, Red Switches)
  • 60% small mechanical keyboard: This 60 percent mechanical keyboard is ultra-compact. Its small size helps you save space on your desktop. Its detachable USB-C cable makes it more convenient to carry.
  • Mechanical Red Switches: The red switch is popular with gamers and typer because these switches respond faster and they require less force to hold down a button. Sensitive.
  • Luminous LED backlit: Rainbow LED backlight gives this small gaming keyboard a vibrant and splendid visual effect. Add more fun to your game time.
  • Ergonomic Design: This 60% mechanical gaming keyboard has two feet stands which can adjust the placement angle, so you can use it for a long time without feeling tired.
  • Various System Compatibility: This mini wired mechanical keyboard is compatible with Windows XP, Win 7, Win 10, etc.

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 2023-01-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API