A mouse has been a staple of computer peripherals since the first public demonstration of one back in 1968. Since then they have come in all sort of shapes and sizes, and also changed in purpose. Today, most mice have some sort of basic shape that we are all familiar with, and most will have some sort of gaming aesthetic that makes it appeal to the end user. In 2018, we can say the rise of RGB has made its way to everything, including your fans, cases, and peripherals. Let me introduce the Pulse Surge RGB mouse; the first RGB mouse from HyperX, and the 2nd in their gamer mouse line-up.
The first mouse HyperX released was the Pulsefire FPS mouse, which we reviewed back in 2017 (Review available here).
I am going to do something a little different with this article, and combine an unboxing and review together. To start off, the box for the Pulsefire Surge is once again up to the high standard of quality that you can come to expect from HyperX. The black box contains a picture of the Surge mouse in all its RGB glory, as well as containing some basic selling details on the front. The side and rear of the box continues with more detail of the Surge RGB specifications, as well as a different image of the mouse on the back. Inside the box, is a plastic shell which contains everything that comes with the mouse. The Surge RGB mouse is cozy inside a formed tray with a cut-out of the mouse, covered with a clear plastic sheet for protection. The braided mouse cable is tucked neatly above the mouse in its own pocket, and under the tray is the basic HyperX warranty and instruction pamphlets.
Upon removing the plastic cover of the tray, and removing the mouse, you can see the mouse complete in all its glory, covered by some plastic wrap to protect the finish from any scratches that might occur during shipping and handling. After removing that, you can see the nice matte finish of the mouse top, which feels amazingly smooth in the hand. The Surge RGB cable is nice and long, with a great braided cable. In 2018 a braided cable is a necessity if you want your device to have a premium feel. Turning the Surge RGB over you are greeted with 2 large mouse skates to provide low friction movement on your mousing surface.
After using the Surge RGB mouse, I can safely say that it is indeed a great mouse, It fits in the hand nicely and the surface feel of the mouse is smooth and not slippery at all thanks to the matte finish. The underside of the Surge, with the large skates is very similar to the PulseFire FPS mouse, and moves very smoothly over our HyperX Fury mousepad, just like you would expect. Using it on any other surface was also low friction and felt good. I tried it on a few different pads, and some hard surfaces without really noticing any difference in performance.
So lets go over the specifications of the Surge RGB. Of course the RGB on the Surge mouse is probably what you will notice first. The Surge has a 360° RGB light ring (the first RGB mouse to have this feature) which is capable of dynamic light effects, which is customizable through HyperX’s proprietary software called Ngenuity. The sensor used in the Surge RGB is a Pixart 3389 sensor with a native DPI of 16,000. The DPI is changable via the button on the top of the mouse below the scroll wheel. By default the DPI settings are 800, 1600, 3200, but can be fine-tuned in the Ngenuity software. The Surge has 6 buttons, left & right, 2 thumb buttons, the mouse wheel and the DPI selection button. All the buttons are Omron switches and are rated to over 50 million clicks. The Surge also contains an onboard memory able to store 3 different profiles so you can take it on the go and use it on different systems. Some other specs that might be of interest to some people are listed below
- Connection type: USB 2.0
- Polling rate: 1000Hz
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- Dynamic coefficient of friction: 0.13µ2
- Static coefficient of friction: 0.20µ2
- Cable type: Braided
- Weight (without cable): 100g
- Weight (with cable): 130g
Overall, the Surge RGB is a great mouse. It is light (weighing in at only 130 gram) so if you like a heavy weighted mouse, you will probably not enjoy using the Surge RGB at first, but over time you will get adjusted to it. My main issue I found with the mouse was the overall size of the mouse. I found it slightly on the small side for my larger hands. While it was still comfortable to use over extended periods of time, I found that my pinky and ring finger were often misplaced and I couldn’t figure out how to position them properly. This might have only been an issue I found, as I can not vouch for everyone.
In the end of it all, I feel HyperX has done another amazing thing by releasing the Surge RGB. The design is fresh, and with the popularity of RGB, this mouse will fit right into the niche of the gaming peripheral market. At a price of $89.99CAN, it is right in line with other gaming mice on the market.