Some people out there have an obsession with collecting obscure vinyl records. Others like to go spend more time at the gym than is probably actually healthy. My obsession? Gaming peripherals, and I’m not ashamed of it. When I hear the click-clack of a brand new mechanical keyboard or the glorious silky smooth movement of a new 240 Hz monitor I get that little buzz a kid gets waiting for Santa to come to night before Christmas.
So imagine my absolute joy when I took my first plunge into the world of HyperX products and purchased myself a set of the Cloud series gaming headsets; I was gobsmacked. Not just from the juicy thundering bass tones and crisp high-ends, but the build quality with robust aluminium frames and heavy duty cable threading. This is what I had been searching for in a headset for so long and my only regret was that it had taken me up until mid-2018 to jump aboard the HyperX train.
This isn’t some paid PR piece, HyperX are not paying me to blow their trumpet. All I can say is after using many different products from different brands (I won’t name names), this was the absolute bee’s knees in terms of everything a headset should be, which pushed me into a brave new frontier – to completely converge my gaming peripheral range into a HyperX one.
Now, I could go on all day about headsets, but that isn’t why you are here reading this review. I’m here to talk to you about the HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse, which, just the like the HyperX range of headsets is an absolute beast in every conceivable way.
So what makes this thing so good? Let’s start with the build quality. The HyperX Pulsefire FPS is quite a large beast, but with a smooth ergonomic design that slips into the palm of your hand like a silk glove at a ball. To compensate for this smoothness, the mouse features a rubber grip on each side that holds onto your thumb, pinky and ring finger with ease and comfort. Not once did I find my hand slipping or moving in weird ways during a pinch in tense firefights of CS:GO or Fortnite, the grips are tactile enough to keep your hand firmly locked but also comfortable in that you don’t even notice they are there. The design of the mouse is also very simplistic, witch a nice matte black finish and classic HyperX glowing reds for the base logo, DPI button and scroll wheel.
However, If you are somebody who must absolutely have flashy colours going off like an underground psytrance gig in Berlin then I would recommend taking the step up to the Pulsefire Surge or Pro; same epic mouse, just prettier colours.
The Pulsefire boasts Omron switches, with these babies providing some of the nicest tactile clicking I have ever come across in a gaming mouse. Shooting is responsive without needing to hammer down anything, yet isn’t so light that you feel you are misclicking. On the bottom of the mouse you’ll find the Pixart 3310 optical sensor which in my many hours of play testing never skipped a beat in firefights or team fights. I tested a lot of varied titles to get the best representation of the Pulsefire, everything from CS:GO, Overwatch, Fortnite, Black Ops 4 (beta), Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, Minesweeper (ok not Minesweeper, but you get the jist).
Everything I played felt more responsive than ever to the point I was popping off more headshots and quick turns than I was before. Now, this isn’t to say you will suddenly become better at gaming with the Pulsefire but anything that helps your hand function better over long periods of time and feels this comfortable is only a good thing. The extra-large skates found at the bottom of the Pulsefire add to this when playing, provided you are playing on a quality mouse mat (never, ever use a plain desk – that is heresy), with movement so light and fluid it almost feels like flicking your hand around on air.
Now for those out there who need to customise everything like DPI and colours, this is where the Pulsefire might lose you as it skips those features; it is quite literally plug and play. It does features four preset DPI options (the usual 400, 800, 1600 and 3200) that you can hit at the click of a button. For the average gamer, these are the presets you will be used to using already and will only need. If you are looking to truly customise your DPI options then the Pulsefire Pro will be the way to go, although both mice in terms of build are almost identical bar these on-board features to customise the lighting and DPI.
Now, the biggest bonus? The OG Pulsefire FPS Mouse won’t set you back more than $70 depending where you buy it from here in Australia. This is such a ridiculously good price for a mouse that I feel is leagues ahead of the competition, it should be a criminal offence. Not that I am complaining, but never have I seen a product with this level of quality around this price range.
Whether you are a gamer on a budget looking to sweeten up your peripheral range or a seasoned PC expert, I cannot stress just how good the Pulsefire is. Everything from its solid build quality, robust and elegant design, ease of use during marathon competitive gaming sessions – everything here just fits together beautifully. And with a price so good you are practically stealing the thing for free. You would be hard pressed to find anything better, even in mice that are three times the price.
- Robust and highly durable build quality
- Tactile finger grips
- Plug and play
- Tough and long braided cable
- A price tag so generous for a product this good should be a crime
- Might not be flashy enough for some people