Pulsefire Haste Review: Ultralight Gaming Mouse

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HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a new gaming mouse from HyperX, part of the Pulsefire line. There are different models in this line – with a large number of additional buttons, wireless, with different shapes and sizes. Pulsefire Haste differs from its counterparts in its extremely low weight – only 59 grams excluding the cable.

Appearance and equipment

The mouse is supplied in a regular box. Inside, in addition to the manipulator itself, there is an instruction and a set of four stickers for the side surface and two main mouse buttons – so that your hands do not slip. Plus there is also a set of spare gliders – in case the original ones somehow wear off.

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Pulsefire Haste is a symmetrical mouse, so it can be used by both right-handers and left-handers. Right-handers, however, will most likely find it a little more convenient to operate the side buttons, because they are on the left side of the device. It is easy to press them with the right thumb, but not very much with the left little finger (although I admit that this is all due to the lack of experience with “left-handed” mice).

The dimensions of the mouse – 124.2 long, 66.8 wide and 38.2 mm high – clearly indicate that the Pulsefire Haste is intended primarily for people with medium to large palms. There are only six buttons – two main, two side, a wheel and a DPI switch button under the wheel, but this is usually enough for the eyes. However, the peculiarity of this model is not in this, but in how the actual body of the mouse looks like.

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In order for the manipulator to weigh 59 grams, the creators decided to make a rather original thing: a body in the form of a plastic “honeycomb”. Thanks to these very hexagonal holes, it weighs much less than devices of the same size with a “one-piece” body.

An added plus is improved ventilation, so your hand will sweat much less during heavy hacks in online shooters. There is, however, a fear associated with such a design – will the mouse get clogged with dust much faster than its “solid” counterparts? To purge it in which case, of course, is also much easier than other mice, but still.

As for the rubber velcro with a relief texture (by the way, also made in the form of hexagons), this is a completely optional thing, and it is not at all necessary to sculpt them on a mouse. But if you feel that your hands are constantly sliding off the mouse, then it is better to attach.

Buttons

Pulsefire Haste, as I mentioned, has six buttons – and they are all programmable. True, you will most likely leave three of them (two main ones and a wheel) as they are, so you have to tinker with only three keys – two side keys and a button that switches DPI by default. All buttons on the mouse, by the way, are separate – so you don’t have to worry that clicking on one of them will make the other work as well.

The two main buttons are equipped with TTC Golden dust-proof microswitches, and are rated for 60 million clicks.

The mouse’s optical sensor, the Pixart 3335, allows for up to 16,000 DPI – although by default the mouse allows you to switch between 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 DPI. For more, welcome to customize with HyperX NGENUITY software. You can also configure buttons and backlighting there. And don’t be intimidated by the sensor model, it sits between 3389 and 3360 in the PixArt hierarchy.

Haste gliders are made of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene; say without hesitation – call Satan), thanks to which a minimum of dirt and dust will stick to them. By the way, if you suddenly rushed to google what kind of PTFE it is, then you shouldn’t – under this terrible name lies the well-known Teflon.

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The convenience of use

When I found out which mouse was sent to me for review, I laughed very loudly. The whole point is that the device is light in weight – I’m used to using mice with twice the weight, and if there are additional weights there, it’s generally wonderful. Let’s say my Roccat Kone XTD, which I’ve been using for five years now, weighs 123 grams by default, plus you can add another twenty grams with weights. And here you have a mouse that weighs two and a half times less.

My first thought was “yes she will fly away from the first movement!” – but, fortunately, this did not happen. The mouse moves very “smoothly”, although sometimes – especially if you, like me, are used to heavier models – you can jerk it too hard. Nothing, get used to it in a week and a half.

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I tested the device in several games, including Destiny 2 and Nioh 2, and Haste performed well everywhere. Of course, I’m not an esportsman in any way, but aiming with it is very convenient, and thanks to the high maximum DPI of the sensor, you can customize the mouse “for yourself” in any convenient way. However, 16000 DPI seems to me a bit too much – 3200 is enough for the eyes. But, of course, everyone has their own tastes.

Thanks to the appearance of the mouse, you can control it with any of the three “classic” types of grip – palms, fingers or “claws”. Haste fits perfectly in the hand, although, again, for people with a small palm, it can be too big.

Like many other HyperX products, Pulsefire Haste can be configured using the HyperX NGENUITY utility. In the program, you can adjust the color and effects for RGB backlighting (or turn it off altogether), you can assign controls to different buttons, and also adjust your DPI and change the mouse polling rate.

The built-in memory in Haste is enough to store one profile, but if you wish, you can simply create yourself several different presets using NGENUITY and switch them right in the program.

Conclusion

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a good gaming mouse for those who don’t need 100-button monsters, but only need light weight and ergonomics. At the same time, it looks very neat and does not glow like a Christmas tree – is this not a plus.

I see this mouse as an excellent solution for people who prefer lighter manipulators, as well as for those who like to set the DPI value as high as possible. Plus it has additional programmable buttons – which is always useful – and the ability to use the mouse with your left hand. Well, the design in the form of a “honeycomb” still stands out among the competitors, which must be honest.

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