The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is one of the newest RGB gaming mice from HyperX, and since its release in early 2020, it has managed to carve a space for itself in the very competitive gaming mouse market. But just what does this gaming mouse come with? What features set it apart from all the rest.
This HyperX Pulsefire Raid price, spec and software review takes a closer look at a gaming mouse that comes with many adaptabilities, and some well-engineered touches on the design front. From its weight to the quality of the cables, to its responsiveness and its programmability.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Specs: A Unique Wired RGB Gaming Mouse?
|HyperX Pulsefire Raid Specs|
|Sensor||Optical Premium Pixart PMW3389|
|Resolution||up to 16,000 DPI|
|DPI presets||800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI|
|Left / Right button switches||Omron|
|Left / Right button durability||20 million clicks|
|Backlight||RGB (16,777,216 colors)|
|Light effects||2 RGB lighting zones|
|Onboard memory||1 profile|
|Connection type||USB 2.0|
|Cable||Braided (1.8m long)|
|Dimensions||L: 127.8 mm, W: 71.0mm, H: 41.5 mm|
|Weight||Weight (without cable) 95g (with cable)125g|
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Price
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid price is now $60. The RGB gaming mouse is available on online marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, eBay, and a couple of other smaller gaming accessory retailers.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Design
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is one gaming mouse that’s designed to be both a budget option and a durable option. The gaming mouse comes with a braided cable and RGB lighting that adds to its durability and beauty. The mouse weighs around 95g without the cable and 125g with the cable.
The gaming mouse comes in a matte black plastic finishing, the scroll wheel is threaded, and the grip is textured. There are a total of 11 programmable buttons on this mouse, we have five on the left side of the mouse and six on the top of the mouse. I should add that the scroll wheel is clickable. The scroll wheel and the RGB lighting comes with support for 16.8 million colors, but I noticed that the wheel light projects to any nearby walls, which I didn’t think was that great.
The braided cable that comes with the mouse isn’t removable, the mouse feels a bit smaller and thinner than I would have expected at a length of 5.03 inches, a width of 2.8 inches and a height of 1.63 inches. While it’s smaller than some other budget gaming mice with side buttons I have tested, I did feel it was comfortable when using it for longer periods.
The mouse also comes with a split-button design, which is expected to help responsiveness, an optical Premium Pixart 3389 Sensor, DPI presets that are rated 800, 1600, 3200 DPI respectively. I should also add that the HyperX Pulsefire Raid comes with a speed of 450 IPS and an acceleration of 50G.
On the design front, the HyperX Pulsefire Raid looks like a basic gaming mouse that comes with a lot of features and customization options that improve the ease and comfort of using the gaming mouse.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid In-Game Performance
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid works well with Xbox One, PS4, PS4 Pro, and PC. The button under the scroll wheel allows switching of the DPI between five different DPI settings, and that makes it a breeze to switch the sensitivity based on the game you’re playing. I prefer lower sensitivity when playing FPS games like Fortnite, so being able to switch in the spur of the moment is something I appreciate.
Some users have complained that the DPI settings randomly changes, but I didn’t experience that issue, so I imagined they mistakenly pressed the button under the scroll wheel. If that was the case, then I’d find issues with this gaming mouse as that could easily mess up your gaming experience and cause you to lose some matches. But based on my experience alone, I will give the sensitivity a pass.
The biggest selling point of the HyperX Pulsefire Raid is the fact that you can customize its buttons. While the side is great on grip, I felt the divide between the rows of side buttons has resulted in me accidentally clicking two or more buttons at once a few times. Only four out of the 5 side buttons were easily accessible for me while gaming, which is something I didn’t like. The mouse looks more designed for right-handed users as it just doesn’t come with a lot of freedom on the design front for lefties.
I appreciated the Omron switches that came with this mouse. The crisp, tactile feedback they provided makes it pretty easy to know when your click is registered. In my own opinion, the buttons are good, but if you don’t need 11 programmable buttons for your gaming, I’d advise against settling for this gaming mouse.
The HyperX Surge Raid comes with tilt commands, but I didn’t find these sexy as they felt completely unnatural. I would pick the more tactile middle button over tilting any day. Overall, the Surge Raid is a great mouse if you’re looking to play shooters accurately and not miss shots. While it comes with many customizations, it just wasn’t the best we’ve tested, in fact, it falls short when we compare it to a gaming mouse like Razer Viper Ultimate.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Software, Driver, Firmware Download
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid comes with the NGENUITY software that can be used for the gaming mouse setup. The software also makes it pretty easy to personalize your mouse, from being able to set button bindings, to being able to customize the mouse lighting.
The software also makes having Firmware updates over-the-air possible, so all you just have to do is update the NGENUITY software anytime it’s updated to a new Firmware, and you’ll have automatic access to all new features and customizations as long as your mouse supports them.
What’s my thought on this review of the HyperX Pulsefire Raid price and spec? I’d give the gaming mouse a 7/10. This is because it’s a budget gaming mouse that still comes with a strong ergonomic design and a lot of buttons that can be customized.
But then, I felt that for its size and shape, the buttons were just too much, and that resulted in mistaken clicks on multiple buttons.
Will I settle for this gaming headset? Yes, if I wasn’t concerned about the freedom to customize mouse buttons and if I am looking for a very sensitive mouse. But No, if I was looking for size and some “usable buttons” without compromise on design.
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