HyperX has bolstered its crew of gaming peripherals with the release of the brand’s gaming bundle that includes the Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard, the Cloud Revolver gaming headset, and the Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse.
In case you missed it, we unboxed the gaming bundle here.
In this particular review, we put the HyperX Pulsefire FPS under the microscope to find out if it can replace your old one and take your first-person shooters to a higher step.
Unboxing and Design
The Pulsefire FPS is encased in a sublime brushed flap box enveloped in its packaging jacket. Lifting up the flap shows the HyperX Pulsefire FPS itself stepping on a plastic mold that keeps the mouse’s braided cable and letter from the HyperX Team.
HyperX stays true to its vision of enforcing plug-and-play technologies to its peripherals, and the Pulsefire FPS is one of them. There are no software CDs to install and other modification kit such as extra Omron switches, nor mouse accessories.
This mouse is composed of six buttons: the left and right click buttons, forward and back click buttons, mouse wheel, and DPI button. A rubberized grip pad is worn by its left and right cheek for additional clutch when lifting the mouse in between games. At the foot are two smooth mouse skates and the Pixart 3310 optical sensor.
The Pulsefire FPS may look “basic” to gamers as the mouse doesn’t seem to imitate any Japanese robot unlike the other overly-designed mice in the gaming market. However, the mouse’s arc is too high, affecting the forward and backward buttons’ height as they are attached close to the peak point. Nevertheless, the Pulsefire FPS feels comfortable to the hands except maybe for the left-handed gamers since this mouse is not ambidextrous.
In this portion, we will talk about how the Pulsefire FPS performed while playing Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter game, to take advantage of the mouse’s specialty skills.
Right below the mouse wheel is the DPI (dots per inch) button. It allows you to change your mouse’s sensitivity in a blink of an eye. The color-coded button enables you to reach 400 DPI (white), 800 DPI (red), 1600 DPI (blue), and 3200 DPI (yellow) in just a snap.
There were instances when we had to carefully aim the enemies and switching to 400 DPI helped us a lot in thorough tracking of the crosshair. On the fly, the DPI button easily switched back to 800 DPI (our preferred setting in the game) for a few clicks.
Speaking of clicks, we just want to mention how crispy the Omron switches are. There’s an unexplainable satisfaction in clicking these buttons due to these switches even when used in non-game activities.
The side grips helped us a lot during the slack to moderate actions in the game but not in instances where aggressive mouse movements were required. In this case, we had to lift the mouse up and slide it down back to the mouse pad before we take another aggressive maneuver but with the rubber grips, sliding takes more time than usual. Thanks to Pulsefire’s 95g gravity and smooth mouse skates, picking up from the mouse pad and rolling over again covered up for it.
As mentioned, this plug-and-play gaming mouse does not come with a software installer, meaning we couldn’t customize the buttons’ functions and lights to our preference.
For its P2,495 price tag, the HyperX Pulsefire FPS doesn’t have new science to offer and won’t let you modify its functions through a software. However, it can provide comfort, simplicity, and smooth gaming experience for first-person fanatics.