For the past six months or so, I’ve been reviewing a variety of different gaming mice. From Logitech G’s G903 to the Cooler Master Master Mouse MM520, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying both wireless and wired mice. After using a variety of them, I can now comfortably discern the differences between them, even those that a more subtle.
A couple of months ago, I was given HyperX’s first entry into gaming mice, the Pulsefire FPS, a mouse which is quick and responsive that it’s actually improved my gaming, and you all know that I’m an absolute beginner at using a keyboard and mouse for playing video games.
The standout and most noticeable feature of the Pulsefire FPS is its shape and design. Right from the get go, the mouse feels extremely comfortable, with a shape that clearly illustrates that comfort was at the forefront of HyperX’s mind when they designed the mouse.
The Pulsefire FPS has an ergonomic shape that’s made for right handed gamers who prefer a palm grip, which was perfect for me as my palm fit nicely over the mouse without needing to uncomfortably arch my hand. The rubber strips on either side of the mouse, made the mouse feel more secure in my hand, providing for more grip. In some ways, the mouse looked and felt very much like Razer’s DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse, which I absolutely loved using.
Not only is the fit nice, but the mouse is also perfectly lightweight, which made movement smooth and almost ‘weightless’. Though it’s slightly larger and heavier than the Logitech G Pro mouse that I had been using previously, the differences were extremely minimal. With a design that looked similar to the DeathAdder Elite and feel that was akin to the Logitech G Pro, the Pulsefire FPS was a perfect fit for my hand.
The mouse was relatively sensitive and pretty responsive, though it possessed a DPI rating of 3,200, which is actually lower than the Logitech G Pro, which is sensitive up to about 12,000 DPI. The mouse also comes with 6 buttons and software support, though for a more seasoned gamer, more programmable buttons would have been nice, along with a number of additional features.
When comparing overall performance with the likes of other gaming mice within the same price range, other competitors seemed to offer a bit more in terms of quality, customisability, support and performance. To be very honest, as a beginner gamer, all of this didn’t really matter too much to me, as I’m nowhere near being an expert at calibration and customisation of mice. The Pulsefire FPS still got the job done. Of course, it would have been nice to have some RGB lighting to match with the lighting of my keyboard and other equipment. I’m a sucker for visual delights. Thank goodness HyperX has a new range of RBG peripherals due soon.
When playing games like PUBG, the mouse actually seemed to help with my gaming, able to respond to my actions quickly and even made movements feel extremely light and effortless. The only downside is that I needed to make sure I was using the mouse on a physical mouse mat as it wasn’t very responsive on other surfaces.
Overall, I thought the Pulsefire FPS was a great first addition to HyperX’s peripheral lineup. Not only did it look good and feel comfortable, the mouse was also easy to use and wasn’t over complicated, something that often puts beginner and casual gamers off (or at least, I’m usually put off). For the price of around $80NZD, there are some better options, and some could argue that the Pulsefire FPS offers nothing unique. However, for a new gamer, such as myself, being able to use a wired mouse that was smooth, comfortable and light made for a great gaming (and even working) experience.
I enjoyed the HyperX Pulsefire FPS and I would certainly recommend it, if the price was a little lower.