HyperX Pulsefire Surge
Gaming Mouse (Wired)
Last year when we reviewed the HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse we praised its simplicity, lightweight build, and solid performance. But were also quick to note that it was a little lacking in the customisation department, thanks to it being all driver with no software integration. More of a budget or entry-level choice. The HyperX Pulsefire Surge takes just about everything from the first Pulsefire and brings it into the realm of high-end performance thanks to the new Pixart sensor. Then there’s the new RGB lighting, symmetrical design and simple-to-use HyperX NGenuity software.
At first glance and even after connecting it up for the first time, there was a sense that the Pulsefire Surge was simply the Pulsefire FPS version 2.0 - but with added RGB lighting. As HyperX have been kind of late-to-the-party when it comes to RGB flourishes on their peripherals that hasn’t stopped the hardware maker from, well, killing it. Where it now finds itself not only the peripheral maker of choice for several esports professionals but also gamers too. Long story short, we were wrong. The new symmetrical and lightweight design of the Pulsefire Surge is clearly aimed at both professional and amateur gamers that play competitively.
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3389
- DPI: 800/1600/3200 Selectable DPI
- LED Color: RGB
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: Six
- Weight: 100g
- Cable: USB 2.0/braided
The simple six-button, sturdy build is also simple enough for everyday desktop use. The only downside that we can see, and this comes down to personal preference, is the removal of the textured grips found on the Pulsefire FPS.
In addition to the HyperX NGenuity software, you can also switch between the three default DPI settings via the mouse itself – with the 1600 setting proving to be the most familiar and comfortable. And comparable to other offerings from Logitech and others. Through the software and the new state-of-the-art Pixart PMW3389 sensor, the DPI settings and different levels can be adjusted via the new software – going all the way up to a ridiculous 16000 setting. Which if selected, will leave you like us – thankful that the on-board DPI setting is there because 16000 is unreasonably sensitive. But hey, why not.
Unfortunately, the HyperX NGenuity software is a tad simple and doesn’t give you the option to adjust polling rates or acceleration. And although the macro stuff is in-depth it’s a little clunky and overly complicated to use. As the first bit of mouse software from HyperX no doubt we’ll see many improvements over the coming months. On the hardware front, the Pulsefire Surge is hard to fault. The RGB implementation, although not essential, is excellent across the board and up there with Razer Chroma lighting. Everything from the build quality to the lightweight and portable feel make this a great option for both gaming and everyday use.