Lightweight gaming mice are undoubtedly the big trend in PC gaming lately, having quickly become popular with esports teams and “true gamers™” looking to get the best performance possible out of their mice. The Pulsefire Haste is the latest mouse from HyperX, and it too jumps on this trend. To find out just how lightweight HyperX was able to get this mouse, let’s take a read through our tech specs!
- Shape: Symmetrical
- Sensor: Pixart PAW3335
- Resolution: Up to 16000 DPI
- DPI Presets: 400/800/1600/3200 DPI
- Speed: 450ips
- Acceleration: 40G
- Buttons: 6
- Left/Right buttons switches: TTC Golden Micro Dustproof Switch
- Left/Right buttons durability: 60 million clicks
- Light effects: Per-LED RGB lighting
- Onboard memory: 1 profile
- Polling rate: 1000Hz
- Cable type: HyperFlex USB Cable.
- Connection type: USB 2.0
- Skate material: Virgin-grade PTFE
- Weight (without cable): 59g
- Weight (with cable): 80g
- Length: 124.2mm
- Height: 38.2mm
- Width: 66.8mm
- Cable length: 1.8m
Out of the box first impressions, I was actually a bit astounded by just how light the Pulsefire Haste is. As the tech specs indicate, the weight without the cable comes in at just 59g, and boy did I feel that when picking it up for the first time; or more appropriately, I didn’t feel it. This mouse feels as light as air. Even though accounting for the cord adds 21g and bumps the total up to 80, the light and flexible paracord material keeps that weight from affecting too much while gaming. In addition, everything here manages to feel incredibly durable despite the weight. With as light and hollow as the Pulsefire Haste is, I half expected it to feel fragile or, even worse, crack under standard use, but that definitely wasn’t the case. HyperX clearly didn’t manage to cut the weight down by sacrificing build quality. All of that said, one thing that does bother me is that the design is a bit on the basic side. Nothing really stands out here, especially compared to other ultra lightweight mice. The mouse does have RGBs for that sick gamer style, but it’s only on the scroll wheel. I feel like, especially with the honeycomb design, there would’ve been some opportunity to add in more RGBs
Now that’s all well and good, but how does the performance hold up? The lighter weight of course makes your reaction times a bit quicker, which can definitely be helpful if you’re playing a competitive online game. Even in single player experiences, though, I found myself really appreciating the lighter weight of the mouse. This is matched wonderfully with how smoothly the mouse glides, thanks to the low friction skates. Oftentimes I found myself forgetting that I was using a mouse at all, and was treated to a fantastic, natural experience no matter what game I was playing. Even generic web browsing and the video editing I do for work is a better experience with the lightweight mouse, feeling almost like a natural extension of my own hand in every instance. The golden mouse switches inside is also advertised as being dustproof, so HyperX has even attempted to address the common worry of these holey mice getting gummed up by accumulated dust. Outside of this, though, I will admit the mouse’s actual hardware is definitely more basic. You have your standard of six buttons; the two main buttons, two left side buttons, the clickable scroll wheel, and a middle button. HyperX isn’t doing anything too crazy or out of the box here. Rather, they’ve focused on taking what’s standard and already works, and creating the best experience they can from that.
In terms of accessories, the only things that come packaged with the mouse are some replacement skates, and grip tape that can be attached to both sides of the mouse, and the main left and right buttons. The grip tape sports the same honeycomb design as the body of the mouse, and has a nice rubbery texture to it. Application is as simple as placing the tape in its appropriate spot on the mouse, and the adhesive of the tape is strong enough to keep it applied, though not so strong that applying it is unforgiving. In terms of practicality, the grip tape definitely does a good job of making the mouse a bit more comfortable. I also didn’t notice any changes in performance from applying it, either upgrading or downgrading, making it more of a comfort and aesthetic choice.
Like most new HyperX products, the Pulsefire Haste features compatibility with the NGENUITY software, which can be used to customize the mouse. Through the software, you can change the scroll wheel’s color and color effects, remap the six buttons to your preference, and adjust the DPI settings. For the color settings, there aren't a ton of options available; you have three effect options, the ability to change the opacity of your chosen effect, and how fast or slow the color effects work. It’s a limited selection to an already limited RGB setup. For button remapping, the main two buttons can only be adjusted to switch between left and right clicks. The scroll wheel, middle, and left two buttons meanwhile can be remapped for a variety of keyboard, mouse, and other PC functions. Finally, there’s the DPI settings. The mouse comes pre-programmed with four different DPI settings; 400, 800, 1600, and 3200, all able to be cycled through at default with the middle button. Through the software, you can also set a custom fifth preset, and adjust the existing presets settings to anywhere from 200 to 16000 DPI. It adds a great degree of customization ability, and is one of my favorite uses of the NGENUITY software to date. As an added bonus, if you keep the software open while gaming, changing your DPI on the mouse will prompt a pop up in the bottom right of the screen, taking away any guesswork of having to remember which DPI preset you’re changing it to. Overall, the software still has some limitations on the mouse front, but it’s still got a few neat customization options that allow you to make the mouse truly your own.