There’s something about a quality gaming mouse that goes beyond the other peripherals. Sure, a solid keyboard and headset are must-haves. Yet, your mouse is arguably the most essential tool. It’s the direct connection to the digital world, used for your most primary actions in nearly every game.
The proper mouse must track well on top of its ergonomic design. An unnoticed vessel that instantly communicates the thoughts and actions of the player into the digital space. When approaching the HyperX Pulsefire with this mindset, I can safely say that it passes my assessment in every sense.
The first thing I noticed was how balanced this device is. It wasn’t a drag to move nor was it too simple. My hand precisely moved the 95-gram mouse with the perfect amount of resistance. Usually, I have to adjust to the weight of the mouse before performing in games like Counter-Strike, but this one felt good right away. The weight of the Pulsefire FPS complements its powerful Pixart PMW3389 sensor, which works flawlessly on multiple mousepads.
I have big hands. Because of this, I have to uncomfortably mangle my palm around a mouse until my fingers can reasonably hit the buttons. With the Pulsefire, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, I’m surprised at how well this mouse accommodates me. It’s both wide and long enough to acclimate my size, with the side grips indenting for maximum thumb comfort.
The Omron switches provide a quality click, with rates of 20 million per. A substantial resistance pushes back at you with each one, ensuring that no press is accidental. The same resistance applies to the two useful left-hand side buttons and the middle one as well. Pressing the mouse wheel provides the same bounce, though there is a tad too much resistance to scrolling for my taste. I’m putting in a bit more effort than I should here, and that extra time could mean the difference between life and death in a shooter.
Of course, every single button is reprogrammable via the HyperX NGenuity software that comes with the device. Here, you can establish button presets for your favorite games, build and store a macro library, adjust DPI presets up to 16,000, and change between the 16,777,216 different RGB colors.
RGB shines through the logo near your palm and on the mouse wheel. You can choose between 4 levels of brightness, though both the wheel and logo lighting must be the same. Most colors compliment the sleek, steel-colored material covering the mouse, so feel free to go crazy.
The Pulsefire’s braided cable is a tad frail. The wire isn’t going to fall apart by any means, but it doesn’t have the weight that other braided cables do. Running at 1.8 meters, it could be a bit longer as well. However, these are minor complaints as it does exactly what I need it to. As long as you’re somewhat near your computer, this mouse will reach it. You can always buy a USB extender for cheap otherwise.
Compared to other mice in its price range, $60.00 for the Pulsefire Pro is about right. It’s easy to adjust to, even for users with bigger hands. Clicks feel good, and the grip is outstanding. That said, if you don’t care about RGB or DPI customization, you can get the traditional Pulsefire for $10 less. It’s worth noting, however, that the non-Pro edition comes with a Pixar 3310 sensor instead of the 3389. Otherwise, you’ll find this mouse is worth the price. It’s an ideal device for any type of gamer, with a sleek style to match.