HyperX Pulsefire FPS Mouse Review
Back late last year, in a meeting with HyperX in London I found myself quizzing HyperX as to the whereabouts of their Gaming Mouse!? After all, they have the Headset (Revolver) and the Keyboard (Alloy)… At the time I saw nothing but the shrugging of shoulders and the answer maybe in the future. But a wry smile on a certain individuals face gave the game away. The HyperX mouse was definitely on its way…
And here it is, the HyperX Pulsefire FPS. The Pulsefire FPS is a right-handed Gaming mouse designed for FPS Gamers and the like. The mouse itself is equipped with a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 3200. The mouse features five (non-programmable) buttons that feature OMRON switches as well as a DPI selector and the mouse weighs in at approximately 95g.
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS arrived at pcG in a small smart box with a large image of the mouse on the front. In addition to this HyperX have highlighted that the Pulsefire FPS is a ‘Precise Optical Mouse For First Person Shooters’ ans is the official mouse of both the Intel Extreme Masters and team NaVi.
Looking at the back of the box we see an overhead image of the Pulsefire FPS as well as a list of the package contents. We can also see that the Pulsefire FPS won a reddot design award in 2017.
On opening the outer box, by removing the outer sleeve, we find the (traditional for HyperX) inner black box complete with HyperX logo. This smart black/red box can be opened revealing the nicely presented Pulsefire FPS within. The mouse itself is firmly held in place by the plastic tray beneath.
There’s not much in the box though: Just a Quick Start Guide and a HyperX promotional leaflet, oh and the mouse itself of course.
At the time of review the HyperX Pulsefire FPS is available at Overclockers UK for approximately £50 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of HyperX
|Left / Right buttons switches:||Omron|
|Left / Right buttons durability:||20 million clicks|
|Backlight:||Single color, Red|
|Connection type:||USB 2.0|
|USB data format:||16 bits/axis|
|Dynamic coefficient of friction:||0.16µ1|
|Static coefficient of friction:||0.21µ1|
|Weight (without cable):||95g|
|Weight (with cable):||120g|
Cable length: 1.8m
First impressions of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS is that it is a good looking, somewhat standard, right-handed mouse with a great optical sensor! This is the norm for all pro Gaming mice, something that the Pulsefire FPS no doubt aspires to be. This is what I expected, but to be honest I’m also still a little disappointed…
This is a right-handed Gaming mouse so there’s only functionality to be found on the left side of the mouse. Here we find a very nice inlaid rubberised section that works really well (very grippy) and two well placed thumb buttons. On the opposite side we find the same rubberised surface inlaid into the right side of the mouse, meaning that the Pulsefire is a mouse that you’re unlikely to lose grip of.
Looking at the front of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS we see its ergonomic shape that slants to one side. At the base we see the main cable connection that’s supported by a simple rubber reinforcement. Also note the smart looking black/red cable that’s both thin and flexible.
Looking at the back of the Pulsefire FPS there’s not much to see other than the simple yet tasteful HyperX logo at the base. This logo illuminates red when the mouse is powered up, but there’s no RGB or further customisation supported.
Up top we have the two main left/right buttons both equipped with Omron switches. Centrally mounted we find the scroll wheel that features a rubber tyre style grip as well as red LED illumination, again no colour customisation is supported. The scroll wheel feels good with palpable graduations although it is a little light in operation. Behind the scroll wheel is a single button that allows the user to change DPI on the fly. Surprisingly only four DPI levels are supported, each one represented by a colour. (white = 400 DPI, red = 800 DPI, blue = 16000 DPI and yellow = 3200 DPI).
Looking at the base of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS we can see that the mouse features two large glides, one at the front and one at the back. No additional glides are provided. Centrally mounted we see the Pixart 3310 optical sensor with its maximum DPI of 3200.
The following Games were used during testing:
Once powered up the HyperX Pulsefire FPS began to glow in all the right places, namely the scroll wheel and the HyperX logo at the back. And, the Red illumination deserves a special mention as it’s a really deep red, something that’s hard to achieve sometimes with LED lighting. Now thanks to a few LEDs, the Pulsefire FPS looks a little more interesting.
The next task was, of course, to download the software… But, wait; there is no software… WTF! Really? Yes that’s right guys there’s no software for the Pulsefire FPS. So if you fancy mapping buttons, setting up macros or fine tuning your DPI settings this is not the mouse for you. 🙁
There are in fact just four inbuilt DPI settings (400/800/1600/3200) for you to choose from, identified by the colour of the DPI button atop the mouse. Most of my testing was done at either 800 or 1600 DPI depending on Game. Thankfully that Pixart 3310 optical sensor is simply great at keeping track of my movements, there’s no sign of lag or hardware acceleration and tracking was spot on in Game; especially in both Battlefield 1 and Overwatch. I also very much liked the grippy (bad word) sides of the mouse and also appreciated the well placed thumb buttons, perfect for my bastardised Claw grip.
Overall the new HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a good Gaming mouse and everything it is designed to do it does well. It’s well made, looks good and tracks well. But it is what’s not here that has me a little worried. The lack of DPI adjustment seems a little silly and the lack of software support will sure put some people off. Some of the best Pro Gaming mice that we’ve tested still offer basic software, should you wish to use it…
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a good mouse, but unfortunately that’s all it is. If that’s what you’re looking for then this might be the mouse for you. But at £50 many other manufacturers offer more than this…
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS arrived at pcG in a small, smart predominately black box. As usual (for HyperX) the mouse was both well packaged and beautifully presented in a flip top box. There’s not much in the box though, just the mouse and a couple of leaflets…
Once out of the box the HyperX Pulsefire FPS was found to be pretty much what I was expecting from HyperX. Yes that’s right it’s a mouse, a right-handed only mouse at that, designed predominately for pro Gamers. And, HyperX would have you believe that it’s geared toward pro FPS Gamers at that. In all honestly what it is: is a good looking, well made mouse with a great optical sensor, that sensor being a Pixart 3310.
The Pulsefire FPS was found to be comfortable when using my somewhat bastardised Claw grip and the two thumb buttons were found to be well placed. I also very much liked the two rubber grip sections that are inlaid in the left and right sides of the mouse. The scroll wheel was a little light in operation but with good palpable graduations.
The ‘big elephant in the room’ though is the DPI selection as there are just four to choose from (400/800/1600 & 3200). Now normally this wouldn’t be so bad as you could define your own in the software, but there is no software! This means that not only do you not have fine control over your DPI, but there’s also no button mapping or macros etc. This is simple stuff offered by almost every other manufacturer, even when looking at pro Gaming mice.
From a pure performance point of view though the Pulsefire FPS does a fantastic job thanks mainly to that hi grade Pixart 3310 optical sensor. Tracking was both smooth and razor sharp with no sign of lag or hardware assistance. To be honest in game this mouse does the basics extremely well…
But this is also a concern; as I said the HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a good mouse and everything it does it does well. It is well made, it’s comfortable and features a great optical sensor and Omron switches. But that’s where it stops: The limited DPI selection and the lack of software really hurt the overall package, especially at the £50 asking price.
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Many thanks to HyperX for providing this sample for review