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Hardware Review: HyperX PulseFire FPS Gaming Mouse

Hardware Review: HyperX PulseFire FPS Gaming Mouse
4.5
Game Name: Hardware Review: HyperX PulseFire FPS Gaming Mouse
Publisher(s): HyperX
Developer(s): Kingston Technologies
Release Date: April 24, 2017

I did an unboxing of the HyperX PulseFire FPS mouse back at the end May, and since the unboxing I have been using the PulseFire FPS as my daily driver for a mouse.   Now I will admit, this mouse wasn’t always my daily driver on my computer.  You see, like most people you get accustomed to a certain way you hold your hand when using the computer.  Whether for good or bad, you develop muscle memory and comfort-ability depending on what you use.

When you need a mouse, because your latest one has died, or broke, or is just so worn out from all the gaming you have been doing, most of us will go to the nearest computer store and try the various mice they have on display, choosing one that is a nice mixture of comfort and function.  When you get a mouse for review, it’s a little different, and you end up sometimes forcing yourself to use something because you need to, and your old item is still in good working order.  I will be honest here, the PulseFire FPS mouse took a lot of time for me to get used to, but this is a good thing.  Let me explain.

CDN$ 44.99

My previous mouse was the Logitech G700 Laser Gaming mouse; I bought it probably 6 or 7 years ago.  As I explained above, I tested it out in the store, and chose it because it felt comfortable, and had a decent number of buttons that would do what I needed them to do.  The physical layout of the G700 was something I have always enjoyed, and always found comfortable.  When I first saw the PulseFire FPS, I was excited, since I have not had to use a different mouse in a long time, and my G700 was looking a little rough around the edges.

Razer DeathAdder on the left, HyperX PulseFire on the right

The PulseFire FPS is designed in such a way that it fits a standardized form factor, which was very evident when placed next to our new Razer DeathAdder mouse.  The PulseFire FPS is comfortable in the hand, although a tiny bit on the light side for me, so the inclusion of either removable weights, or a slightly heavier design would possibly be better.

The PulseFire FPS has 2 large smooth feet that glide on any surface, but when paired with the HyperX Fury mouse pad (review here), it is like mousing on top of butter.  It also felt great on the Antlion Uberwide mouse pad, and since both the Uberwide and Fury are cloth type pads, the feel of the mouse movement is so smooth.  I was originally using the PulseFire FPS on a SteelSeries 4HD Pro mouse pad, but it didn’t feel as good, and almost felt a little grindy.  I didn’t have any other mouse pads to try, but it also felt great when not using a mouse pad, though a little scratchier.  The bottom also contains a Pixart 3310 optical sensor which gives great performance and movement accuracy.

PulseFire FPS on a SteelSeries 9G mouse pad

The PulseFire FPS body is black in color (naturally) and has a red glowing HyperX logo at the base, and a red glow on the scroll wheel.  There are the standard left & right mouse buttons featuring Omron switches, and 2 additional buttons on the left side, reachable by your thumb, unfortunately these buttons are not programmable.  Just behind the scroll wheel, slightly more towards the center of the body is a mode select switch which changes the DPI sensitivity of the PulseFire FPS.  The button changes color depending on the setting, which covers a range from 400DPI (white) to 3200 DPI (red).  I personally always kept the mouse on blue because that is just how I roll.

The sides of the mouse are a textured rubber material, allowing your fingers a little extra grip when holding the mouse, and are a nice touch.  From my brief testing, any decent cloth mouse pad would feel extremely smooth with the large feet, and the buttons are very well placed.  The USB cord for the PulseFire FPS is a nice black & red braided cable, which has a length of 6 ft (2 m).  The USB connector has a nice durable rubber shroud that should stand up to a lot of abuse, though I wouldn’t recommend that.

Overall, after getting some mileage out of the PulseFire FPS, I found this mouse enjoyable.  It feels good in your hand, and has excellent smooth movement on the Fury mouse pad.  Sadly, with the inability to program the left thumb buttons I found them never getting used.  At a cost of $69.99 on Amazon.ca, the PulseFire FPS is a great mouse at a great price, and highly recommended.

 

A Special thank you to HyperX for providing the PulseFire FPS to us for review
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