HyperX Pulsefire FPS
Gaming Mouse (Wired)
When it comes to peripherals like gaming mice it’s always great when simplicity and form are all built around delivering a singular function. With HyperX’s Pulsefire FPS, from memory and storage giant Kingston’s gaming division, the clue is in its naming. This an optical mouse of the right-handed palm meets claw grip design, where the goal is to provide the sort accuracy and comfort one looks for when a main use would be to shoot at other players, or on-screen baddies, in a first-person shooter.
In terms of look the HyperX Pulsefire FPS doesn’t stray too far from other mice that aim to do the same thing. In fact, at a glance its virtually identical in both shape and feel to Razer’s popular DeathAdder Elite – but with textured side grips that have a nicer feel than straight-up plastic. And there’s also the more budget-friendly price-point to consider. It’s this classic and simple design that keeps the Pulsefire FPS firmly in the realm of the sort of mouse you can comfortably use for several hours.
The second thing that stands out is the bright red led lighting. Naturally. Which could potentially clash with other peripherals you use, if red isn’t your colour. Especially when you factor in that the Pulsefire FPS presents a driver-only approach to PC integration.
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3310
- DPI: 400/800/1600/3200 Selectable DPI
- LED Color: Red
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: Six
- Weight: 95g
- Cable Length: 1.8m
Okay so being software-less and driver driven what you see above is what you get. The DPI settings are switchable at the press of a button, which is handy, but that means a jump from 1600 to 3200 DPI without anything in-between or any fine-tuning available. That’s all left to either Windows or game settings to fine-tune. A simple approach sure, but clearly lacking when compared to other mice on the market.
The sensor is certainly up to the task, and even though 3200 DPI isn’t anywhere near the highest we’ve seen across gaming mice, it’s definitely accurate enough for fast-paced shooters like Quake Champions and to a lesser (or, slower) extent Overwatch. Both of which were included in the testing for this review. Coming in at 95g it’s also light, without feeling hollow or cheap.
It’s also worth noting that without software or any way to adjust the optical sensor the HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a mouse that doesn’t work without a decent mousepad, in that response can get a little erratic depending on the surface. Well, any surface that isn’t a mousepad. Which in the end, makes the HyperX Pulsefire FPS recommendation one that comes with a few reservations. For the price, you get a solid mouse with a decent and accurate sensor, great feel thanks to the textured grips, and good click-age thanks to the Omron switches. But you also don’t get any software, can’t customise the buttons at the hardware level, and need to be a fan of bright red LED lighting.