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Hardware Review: HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse

Jul 25, 2017
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The most important peripheral in my gaming arsenal is, without a doubt, the mouse. Personally, I’m one of the least adaptable gamers. Ever. I find the slightest adjustment nearly impossible to get used to. That being said, my transition to the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse has been near seamless. From the intuitive grip to its thoughtful design, the HyperX Pulsefire is an excellent tool for any gamer. Here’s the EsportsEdition breakdown.

HyperX Pulsefire Gaming Mouse: Key Features

Premium Omron switches

The first time I clicked on this mouse my fingers literally tingled. If there’s one thing you’ll love about this mouse, it’s the ‘clickability’ of your left and right clicks. Omron switches are generally the market preference anyway, and much more suited to MOBA/RTS gamers, who click several hundred times a minute.

Minimalist design

Or as my Law professor used to say, “pragmatic and functional.” The Pulsefire has your traditional suite of buttons, plus two on the side. The two side buttons are small enough for you completely ignore if you’re a Windows 98 gamer, but also accessible for people who use them on a frequent basis, like myself.

Intuitive shape

In many ways, the Pulsefire is HyperX’s answer to the DeathAdder. It’s quite similar in shape, aside from the flared tips of the DeathAdder. The HyperX however, also employs a raised midsection for a more ergonomic feel.

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Pixart 3310 sensor

While not the best in-class sensor, any mouse that properly equips a 3310 sensor basically ensures complete responsiveness. Just make sure you’ve brushed that nasty Cheeto dust off your mousepad first.

Textured side grips

HyperX Pulsefire Side Grip

Check out those little hash-marks. The grip is mirrored on each side, giving gamers better control over their most precise actions. There’s one caveat: if you have really really sweaty hands, the grip might start loosing effectiveness.

But…

Weight

The HyperX Pulsefire is a slightly heavier mouse in comparison to some of the other popular gaming mice that are currently on the market. If you consistently lift your mouse, it’s going to take a toll on your wrist. If you’re a super low-sensitivity gamer, I’d recommend something much lighter. I’ve recently taken a break from FPS games, where I tend to need about a foot of space just to do a 360-degree turn, but once Overwatch League starts up, my wrist might be getting a serious workout.

Customization

As far as I’m concerned, this is a positive. I hate adding bloatware to my computer. The Pulsefire doesn’t come with any additional software to customize your light colors or other added features, which I have rarely bothered to explore. You can still change your DPI on the fly though from 400-3200 with the central button.

Verdict

After several days of heavy use, the HyperX Pulsefire has proven to be a more than comfortable mouse for me. It builds upon existing paradigms of ideal gaming mice, adding in a sweet grip and slight adjustment to shape to prevent your hand from too much wear and tear. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the Pulsefire exemplifies iterative innovation. If you’re looking for a new mouse that improves upon the designs of its predecessors but still offers that warm feeling of familiarity, I’d definitely give the Pulsefire a shot.

Esports Edition was provided with a review unit of the Pulsefire FPS by the manufacturer. As with all of our game and hardware reviews, our opinions are our own, and this article truthfully and accurately reflects our experiences with the product. Please review our Ethics Policy for more information about our review process.

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