Before jumping into this review, please note that this is written from a perspective of a casual gamer who doesn’t play on keyboard and mouse too often and is by no means an expert when it comes to gaming mice.
Now. Let’s jump in.
While a player’s skill is important in a game, often the equipment a player uses can make all the difference between winning and losing. Gaming mice, for example, have come in various shapes, sizes, weights, and customisations over the last few years and depending on the user’s preference and gaming style, can help with the overall enjoyment of a game.
The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 wired gaming mouse may not seem like much at first glance but pick up the mouse and you’ll see just what makes it so unique.
Designed similar to the solid shell of its predecessor, the Pulsefire Haste, the Pulsefire Haste 2 is a solid piece of tech, with one major difference: it weighs only 53g! With such an ultra-light body and its smooth, low friction skates on its underside, this mouse has been designed to optimise every second of play, helping gamers move quicker and smoother. More than capitalising on each millisecond, this lightweight design also helps gamers feel less fatigue during intensive play.
The Pulsefire Haste 2 also comes with a HyperX 26K Sensor, which gives the mouse a capability of up to 26,000 DPI (dots per linear inch to measure sensitivity) as well as being able to track speeds up to 650 IPS (inches per second to measure speed). What does this all mean? Well to put it in easier terms, this gaming mouse essentially has a high level of precision.
Together with an 8000Hz polling rate (which means the mouse sends a signal every .125 milliseconds), there’s almost zero input lag when playing games with the Pulsefire Haste 2.
The mouse is also rated for up to 100 million clicks, which is provided by the solid tactile mouse switches which the Pulsefire Haste 2 comes equipped with. While playing, this will give you that satisfying audible click on each press.
Not only that but the Pulsefire Haste 2 mouse can also be customised using the HyperX NGENUITY Software, which means it can be perfectly tailored to your style of gaming with programmable buttons, macros and even RGB lighting.
Of course, as a wired controller, some gamers may be put off by having a cable attached. However, I find it much easier to game with a wired mouse given that I can essentially plug in and start playing without needing to worry about charging the mouse beforehand. The other benefit is that the Pulsefire Haste 2 also uses the HyperFlex 2 Cable, which is made out of paracord material. This facilitates smoother mouse movements while minimising cable snags.
Overall, as someone who doesn’t play on keyboard and mouse often, I can’t quite tell you all the nitty gritty details about this mouse or why it’s a game changer beyond its light weight body, which I was quite impressed with. However, on using the mouse to play a quick game of Fortnite, the game did feel a lot easier on my hand and wrist than usual. It felt a lot smoother to move my cursor around my screen as well, which can definitely be attributed to the better precision and response time of the mouse, as shooting on Fortnite seemed to feel a lot better and quicker too.
All in all, the Pulsefire Haste 2 is a solid and extremely light mouse that may suit your gaming needs, especially given it comes at a relatively low price point as well ($99AUD at JB Hi-Fi and Mwave).