Review: HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse

Submitted by Jonah Bellemans on Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:42

In the box

The box of the mouse is relatively simple and doesn't contain anything else but the mouse and a 'getting started'-guide. The box itself is a fairly sturdy reusable travel case, so that the mouse can be safely transported. No software or adapters are delivered with the product.

Cracking the numbers

HyperX provided the Pulsefire with a Pixart 3310 Sensor, with an adjustable sensitivity in the range of 400 - 3200 DPI. The sensitivity can't be changed with any software, but the mouse comes with a sensitivity button to cycle between 4 preset DPI settings. The PulseFire FPS has a polling rate of 1000 Hz and a tracking speed of 100 IPS. At a non-adjustable weight of 95 grams, this mouse definitely falls in the lighter end of the gaming mice spectrum. The mouse uses a standard USB 2.0 connector cable with a length of 1.8m.

Form factor

The Pulsefire is a right-handed mouse with 6 non-reprogrammable buttons with underlying Omron-switches for extended durability. The shape of the mouse follows closest to a palm-grip type, although the mouse is not excessively large, which makes it usable for people with smaller hands as well as users who might be used to a claw-grip type. The cable is nylon-braided and has red markings on it to distinguish it more easily from other cables that might be cluttered behind your desktop. The mouse has red LED-lighting and a coloured led on the sensitivity button to indicate which one of the 4 preset DPI settings it is using (400/800/1600/3200).  The sides of the mouse are sporting textured no-slide grips to have a firm hold of the device at all times.

Software and Compatibility

This gaming peripheral does not come with predelivered customizing software. The mouse is ready to go by just plugging it into the pc, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux computer.

Personal opinion

The device has an all-round okay specification with the look and feel of a budget gaming mouse. The lack of software, button customization, or RGB-LED lighting is a small letdown, but the biggest downside of this mouse for me is the lacking sensor. I use my daily driver at a sensitivity of 8200 DPI, and a mouse that only has 4 settings with a maximum of 3200 DPI just doesn't cut it for me. Most users probably won't need to crank up their sensitivity as high as I do, but I believe a setting of around 5000 DPI isn't something unreasonable to ask for, and that is something a regular user might actually use. After using the mouse for an extended time, I must say it glides comfortably along the surface (a HyperX Fury S Mousepad was used for this test), and it feels comfortable in your hand, albeit a little too lightweight.

Verdict

The HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a good mouse for daily use if you don't need any bells and whistles like RGB lighting, a highly sensitive sensor, or reprogrammable buttons. However, it is a bit lacking in the sensor department with a maximum DPI setting of 3200. I would place this mouse in the budget gaming market segment, but the price of the unit doesn't justify this: at a price point of 59.99 EUR, it attempts to compete with the big players in the high-end mice sector, which it just fails to do at this point. This is why the Pulsefire FPS gets a 5/10 as a Blackholetec Review score.

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