HyperX Pulsefire FPS Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Performance
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Plug and play
    • Solid performance
  • Cons

    • No customization

Quick Take

The HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse is a great middle ground for consumers that want a simple high quality gaming mouse without all the hassle or the expensive price tag.


Kingston HyperX has become something of a mainstay in the gaming peripheral market for their plug and play gaming headsets and keyboards. The company is expanding that lineup with the addition of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse. While this is their first attempt at producing a gaming mouse, it certainly looks and feels like a HyperX product with a simple pared down design, solid performance, and a competitive $50 price point.

The HyperX Pulsefire FPS sports a simple design, save for a few strips of red LED lights running along the mouse wheel, DPI settings button, and “HyperX” lettering located along the back end of the mouse. The large black mouse is designed with righties in mind. There’s a slight slant to the mouse that makes it comfortable to rest both your thumb and index finger along the sides of the mouse while your middle and point comfortably rest along the right and left mouse click buttons respectively.

The deep slow moving curves make the HyperX Pulsefire perfect for players with a palm grip as the back-end of the mouse contours to your hand. Players who favor a claw grip will find the Pulsefire more than suitable, but the large ergonomic design really spoils palm grip users. Adding to the comfort is a pair of rubber strips that run the length of both sides of the mouse. The soft texture pads add extra grip making the mouse really easy to handle.

The HyperX Pulsefire features a high-quality braided cable. The red and black highlights not only make the cord easy to fish out from the sea of other peripherals connected to your device but help to tie in the overall aesthetic.

The Pulsefire houses a total of six buttons including a left mouse button, a right mouse button, a clickable scroll wheel button, an adjustable dots-per-inch sensitivity button, and two thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse. All of the buttons offer short concise travel with consistent feedback. There’s a nice satisfying audible pop that can be heard when compressing any of the buttons. NBR was particularly impressed by how great the thumb buttons felt. They almost matched the mechanical buttons found on the Razer Naga.

The only notable downside is that there is a single button to adjust the DPI sensitivity. The mouse house’s four presets that are denoted by different colors: white (200), red (800), blue (1600), and a yellow (3200). With all of the pre set information on board, switching works well enough, but the issue is that that there’s no way to quickly switch between two settings. So if you want to scale between say 1600 and 800 DPI on the fly, you’ll have to quickly shuffle past the other two options. That doesn’t sound like that big a deal, but in a competitive game where every second matters it can be a bit cumbersome and awkward.

The sensor performs just as well as the mouse buttons as NBR found it consistent on both hard and soft mouse pads. While the Pulsefire will perform on either surface, NBR would recommend a soft pad as the hard plastic skis on the bottom of the mouse travel with less friction offering better control.

To test the mouse NBR played a few matches of Overwatch and League of Legends. In Overwatch, the Pulsefire did a great job tracking targets as Soldier76 and quickly snapping onto my targets heads as Macree. Tracking was also superb in League of Legends and the mouse buttons were responsive as I clicked my way up and down summoner rift. Despite being marketed as an FPS mouse, the Pulsefire is a solid and consistent general-purpose gaming mouse that will sever gamers well in any genre.

Final Thoughts

It may not have all of the bells and whistles that most gaming mice do, but the HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse is a solid peripheral. The mouse is incredibly comfortable to hold and use (especially if you’re a palm grip user). The buttons feel great to click, and the sensor performs well.

The biggest flaw with this mouse is also one of the main design choices. There’s no additional software packaged with the mouse. That means the buttons can’t be customized (outside of a game or software) and the four preset DPI settings can’t be altered. For some, that’s a deal breaker, but this mouse wasn’t really designed for the users.

Gamers that want something simpler, an easy plug and play option, the HyperX Pulsefire is a great fit.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Plug and play
  • Solid performance

Cons:

  • No customization



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