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REVIEW: HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse, More Than Just Pretty Colours

HyperX is a trusted gaming brand known for its accessories like headphones, keyboards, memory storage and of course, mice.

HyperX has released its Pulsefire Surge, the brand’s first RGB gaming mouse.

Other brands like Razer have a slew of products with the RGB feature adding some pizazz to what a would be a pretty plain accessory.

In the box you get the mouse and instructions.

Design

The mouse has dynamic 360-degree RGB lighting effects and comes with three core lighting settings: solid red, colour wave and colour cycle.

The difference between the colour wave and colour cycle is the RGB is shown all the time with colour wave, and the cycle is one colour slowly transitioning to another.

The hardware itself is smooth, sleek and my hand fits perfectly over it. This is mouse isn’t clunky or cumbersome to use.

The only issue is the mouse has one DPI button so you have to go through all the colour settings before finding the right one.

HyperX NGenuity

HyperX NGenuity is a program where users can adjust the mouse DPI settings, monitor performance and create and store macros and button bindings.

You are also given gaming profiles for the mouse that changes the RGB settings so when you click on a game a certain colour and theme will show on the mouse reflecting the game.

For example, Friday The 13th has a red light slowly meandering around the mouse and Fortnite is purple.

These profiles can also be customised, you have several zones you can customise making each of them any colour you want.

You can also change the direction of the light, the speed on which it is shown plus the logo can also be changed.

The software is user friendly and is easy to navigate and I guarantee you will get distracted from all the colour combinations.

Hyper NGenuity software in action

 

 

Performance

On the technical side, Its features include a pixart 3389 sensor, native DPI up to 16,000, Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, six programmable buttons.

The mouse is light weighing at a tiny 100g. From using a stock standard mouse to the Pulsefire

To use this mouse you’ll need Windows 10, 8.1 and 8.7.

HyperX Fury S Gaming Pad

I was given the HyperX Fury S pro gaming mouse pad to use with the Pulsefire Surge and made using the mouse a smooth experience.

I used the largest of the four options, 900mm x 420mm.

HyperX says this mat has its surface optimised for speed, seamless anti-fray stitching and is designed for comfort and stability.

I always find a gaming mat to be useful especially when your wrists are constantly rubbing against the desk adding a protective layer.

Some mice need a mousepad or mat to work properly but I didn’t find any issues using the Pulsefire Surge on the desk. In saying that, I much prefer using the Fury S gaming pad.

Value

The Pulsefire Surge is priced at $109 which is a mid-range price considering many gaming mice are around the $200-$300 mark.

For HyperX itself, it is the most expensive gaming mouse in the range with the other option, the Pulsefire FPS priced at $79.

Overall

This mouse is a great investment for newer gamers or those who just want to add a bit of colour to their lives.

The HyperX NGenuity software is easy to use and you most probably will get distracted making various profiles.

It is a cheaper alternative to what brands such as Razer offer with that being said does only have one DPI button which is not really a deal breaker for some.

Specs:

Ergonomic: Symmetrical
Sensor: Pixart PMW3389
Resolution: Up to 16,000 DPI
DPI Presets: 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI
Speed: 450ips
Acceleration: 50G
Buttons: 6
Left / Right buttons switches: Omron
Left / Right buttons durability: 50 million clicks
Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colours)
Light effects: Per LED RGB lighting¹ and 4 brightness levels
Onboard memory: 3 profiles
Connection type: USB 2.0
Polling rate: 1000Hz
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
Dynamic coefficient of friction: 0.13µ²
Static coefficient of friction: 0.20µ²
Cable type: Braided
Weight (without cable): 100g
Weight (with cable): 130g

Design 7

Performance 8

Value 7

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