In the peripheral game HyperX are best known for their popular Cloud line of gaming headsets, but now you can match your headset with their new Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse, a lightweight, mid-range offering focusing on performance rather than special features.
The Pulsefire's $49.99 MSRP puts it into a price range with a lot of interesting competion, including popular models like the Corsair M65 for $10 more and the feature-rich RIPJAWS from G.SKILL at roughly the same price.
Read on to find out out the Pulsefire holds up against comparable options.
Design and Features
The Pulsefire is a slightly shiny black all over, with rubberized texture grips on either side and red lighting (no RGB here). It has two buttons on the left-hand side and one beneath the mouse wheel in addition to the standard buttons.
The mouse wheel is a little on the small side in terms of size, but has an interesting rubber texture on it. The red lighting is minimal, illuminating the wheel, the button beneath the wheel, and a "HyperX" logo on the bottom beneath where you palm would rest. The red lighting is matched by the red accents on the thin braided cable. The only additional colors you'll get is if you cycle through the four pre-set DPI levels using the button below the mouse wheel, in which case the light on that button will shift from red to blue, yellow, or white to indicate which sensitivity level you have selected.
My favorite thing about the design of the Pulsefire is the overall shape of the front buttons, which have slightly flared edges that give the subtle suggestion of horns to the leading edge of the mouse. Combined with the black and red color scheme you get an edgy effect that isn't exactly rare in gaming peripherals, but which is popular for a reason.
The Pulsefire doesn't have much to offer when it comes to special features. There's no software for the mouse, which limits what you can do with it, and that means you'll need to rely on third-party tricks if you want to try to permanently re-map any of the buttons. Your DPI levels are also limited to the pre-sets, which range from 400 to 3200 DPI. That's a large enough range for most gamers, but it would have been nice to be able to tweak things to your exact specifications.
Comfort and Performance
The Pulsefire sits in a nice middle ground between purely symmetrical mice and those that are elaborately designed for right-handers, such as Logitech's G502. The Pulsefire is angled and sculpted in such a way that you'll definitely want to look elsewhere if you want a left-handed mouse, but not so much that it doesn't accommodate different grip-styles.
The rubber textures on either side of the mouse help provide much needed grip, though I found they tended to get a little bit stickier than I would have liked with extended use. The overall shape of the mouse was very comfortable, though, and the left-side buttons were easy to reach and large enough to use on a regular basis, though the price you pay for not needing any special software to use with the Pulsefire is that these buttons are locked to "browse forward" and "browse back," and tying them to other functions will need to be done inside individual games.
The best thing about the Pulsefire performance-wise is that it's so lightweight. It clocks in at 95 grams without the cord, and feels significantly more agile than most competing mice (especially in its price range). While your individual mouse weight preferences will vary, for its stated purpose as an FPS-focused mouse the Pulsefire's light weight is exactly what we should expect. It's generally accepted among high-level FPS players that lighter mice are simply "better" for the fast reactions and movements necessary in a game like CS:GO, and the Pulsefire delivers that speed at a competitive pricepoint.
The clicks on the main buttons of the Pulsefire give you all the tactile feedback and responsiveness you'd want, though I found the mousewheel to be a bit smaller than I expected, which made it just slightly harder to find when I needed it during a game.
Under the hood, the Pulsefire is packing a Pixart 3310 sensor (a piece of mouse tech that's generally well regarded) and Omron switches that should continue to provide clicks long after the human race has evolved beyond physical mice (we can only assume). In a performance-focused mouse it would be a shame it the actual technology was cut-rate, so it's nice to see HyperX offering reliable competitive gaming hardware in the Pulsefire.