I’m not sure how many of you out there can relate HyperX brand as a mouse brand as it does not get the hype compared to the headphones or other accessories in its lineup. But, believe me this one is at the next level.
Not just for gaming but for productivity as well. So I’m going to call this the SwissArmy mice of gaming mouses. You will know why as we go along with this article. So let’s check out what’s in the box.
Packing & Contents
Once you unbox the mouse, it’s fairly simple and self-explanatory. A manual, A warranty card, and the mouse itself. Mouse feet would’ve been a good addition but hey, the brand is taking the user’s feedback and keeps improving over time.
First Look – Appearance
Once I unboxed the mouse, my reaction was like HOLYMOTHEROFGOD. Yes, that was my reaction. No exaggeration. According to me, a user shifting from a Logitech G304, the HyperX Pulsefire Raid was a big mouse with lots of buttons and a perfect ergonomic. Before the G304, my main mouse was the classic Steelseries Rival 300.
The overall design looked so appealing and comfortable to my hand compared to the egg-shaped Logitech G304. The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is much more well-shaped and comes with everything you need.
The rubber grip on both sides to keep your hand comfortable and gripped to the mouse, plenty of mouse buttons (has more than you can ever think for a non-MOBA gaming mouse), and lastly the RGB goodness.
The Overview – HyperX Pulsefire Raid
The fully black matte mouse has RGB in two parts, mouse wheel and the HyperX logo on the back where you rest your palm. The RGB does the job, pretty bright and goes along with other HyperX Products which can be configured with the Ngenuity app which we will discuss later in the article.
The mouse has a total of 11 programmable buttons including the left & right-click. There are a total of 5 buttons on the side but wait. This is not a MOBA mouse. The alignment of the side mouse button looks like this –
The only glossy part of the mouse is the five programmable side buttons. Below the side, buttons are the side grips that are dotted texture for better thumb grips. The same way on the right side, you can find a similar dotted grip. Talking about the weight of the mouse, it is a super evenly weight distributed mouse at just 50 grams. Compared to my previous mouse, the Logitech G304 it’s a mouse that has a pretty bad & uneven mouse weight distribution which is focused on the backside of the mouse due to the battery.
Talking about mouse feet, it has two large soft vinyl legs which is pretty smooth and a normal foot which most of the mice come with. I can’t tell much as I have not used or experienced any mouse with different mouse feet. The mouse cable is a braided and pretty lengthy cable to reach your CPU. The cable does add a little weight but does not make a change considering the mouse itself is super light.
The Tech Specs
Weight – The mouse is light. When I mean light, I mean it. It weighs less than 100 grams and to be exact 87 grams (without the cable) according to HyperX Pulsefire Raid product page.
Dimensions – Talking about the dimensions, it spreads around 71mm wide and 41.5mm tall. The top to down spread is 127.8 m.
Sensor – The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is powered bu the Pixart PMW3389 optical sensor which is well known in the gaming mouse enthusiast. The maximum acceleration of this sensor is 50G and the maximum speed is 450G. This sensor can support upto a maximum DPI of 16,000 and a polling frequency of 1000Hz max.
Mouse buttons – The mouse buttons used in the HyperX Pulsefire Raid are the Omron switches which are rated up to 20 million clicks.
The mouse comes with a total of 11 programmable buttons including the left and right mouse buttons. There are a total of 5 programmable buttons on the left side of the mouse which are strategically placed above the left side grip and one big button that covers the side of the mouse. Here’s a picture that will give you a better picture –
Going to the top side of the mouse, you have the left & right mouse click button, the scroll wheel, and the DPI Button itself. But wait, that’s not it. The left and right mouse buttons are having a unique split design which are independent. So irrespective of where you click or how you click, the click will feel much better & super responsive. Whereas if I try doing the same with my previous G304 mouse, the pressure I put towards the bottom of the left click vs the top varies a lot. The same doesn’t happen with the HyperX Pulsefire Raid mouse. So if you are that type of claw grip user who likes to use the bottom of the primary mouse buttons, this one is for you.
Other buttons on the mouse are the Scroll wheel buttons. Not just one, but three! The scroll wheel buttons can be used in three ways, click downwards, move leftwards, and move rightwards. And last but not the least, the DPI button. It is present right above the scroll wheel button which doesn’t interfere with your normal usage. The DPI button is preset at 800 DPI, 1600 DPI, and 3200 DPI respectively which can be customized using the HyperX Ngeunity software.
HyperX Ngenuity Software
HyperX’s Ngenuity software is super simple and is the proprietary software for the HyperX Pulsefire Raid mouse. The app is super simple and lightweight thereby ensuring not much load on your PC or during your gaming sessions. It allows you to do everything right from configuring your buttons to changing the color of your RGB Backlight and more. Installation is super simple as well, just head over to this link HyperX Ngenuity Software and install it.
My usage & Final Verdict
After using the HyperX Pulsefire Surge after a good month, It is hard for me to go back to my Logitech G304. The transition to this mouse wasn’t a hard process at all. In fact, I instantly got hooked with this mouse, no aim training, no practice to get used to this mouse. With its perfect ergonomics and responsive primary buttons, this mouse perfectly fit my palm.
The extra side buttons came in handy as I configured them to the scene transitions & mute button for my stream rather than pressing multiple buttons on my keyboard. And when I’m working, I use these buttons to copy, paste, and select. The Ngenuity app allows you to save up to three presets to the mouse onboard memory.
So, if you are looking for a mouse that is an all-rounder for both productivity and gaming, HyperX Pulsefire Raid is the best option. I highly recommend this mouse for those who are looking for a perfect fit mouse which is larger than the Logitech 304 and smaller than Logitech G502.