The HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse is HyperX’s latest addition to their deep collection of PC gaming peripherals. This is HyperX’s first mouse, and like their headsets, this one impresses right out of the gate. They’ve been putting out quality gaming peripherals at reasonable prices, and this mouse is no different.
Upon opening the box, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Razer DeathAdder, which has been my tried and true mouse for years now. But, I think my DeathAdder is now facing some stiff competition. I was initially worried about some aspects about the mouse such as DPI and polling customizations, but my fears were quickly put to rest — this is a robust low-cost gaming mouse that delivers on comfort, too.
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS was designed in line with how other HyperX gaming peripherals look. It is all black with accents of red in the form of LED lights on the scroll wheel, the heel of the mouse, and the DPI sensitivity selector. In a pretty clever touch, the DPI selector has four colors — white, red, blue, and yellow — that correspond with 400/800/1600/3200 DPI, respectively.
The mouse is your usual entry-level gaimg mouse. There’s your traditional left and right click button (HyperX uses Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks), a clickable scroll wheel, two thumb buttons and the DPI selector. It also comes with a larger textured, no-slide grip on both sides of the mouse, similar to the DeathAdder. In terms of textured grips between the two, the biggest difference is that the left side of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS has a larger surface area and smaller side buttons. It is also a right hand-only mouse, and HyperX does not yet offer a left handed mouse. The cord is 1.8 meters long and braided, like most gaming mice we’ve seen recently. The design may seem simple and similar to other designs. but it is a design that is proven in my opinion.
Perhaps my biggest concern with the HyperX Pulsefire FPS initially was the lack of customization for DPI and polling rates. With a mouse like the DeathAdder, Razer’s Synapse software lets you adjust the DPI and polling, but with the way the new mouse software is designed, there is a bit of lag when you first turn on your computer before the software kicks in. Additionally, you have to open up the software to customize the mouse every time you want to make tweaks.
So, while you do not have that full slate of customization options on the Pulsefire FPS, there’s definitely some beauty in simplicity — especially at this price. With the DPI selector on the mouse, you can quickly change your DPI settings on the go, and with only four settings and it being color coded, you will know which setting you are currently on without having to minimize your game and open up software.
I primarily tested this mouse on Overwatch as well as for daily use. It performed phenomenally — I was able to fire pinpoint arrows with Hanzo and felt very comfortable spamming D.Va’s fusion cannon. It felt even more comfortable than my DeathAdder, and I have not switched back since. I think the difference in weight has been the biggest factor for me, although preference for light or heavy mice is subjective. The HyperX Pulsefire FPS weighs in at 95 grams, while the DeathAdder weighs in at 105 grams.
I do have one minor complaint about this mouse and it is regarding its thumb button — they are a bit small for my liking, but overall it wasn’t a huge issue. Also, I have not once hit the DPI selector on accident, despite the fact that I tend to switch between different mouse grips depending on what I am doing. Definitely can’t say that for every gaming mouse!