It’s time again for us to take a look at a gaming mouse and this time it’s a first for a well-known company that’s been around a long time. That would be Kingston under their HyperX brand which encompasses their lineup of enthusiast gamer products. The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse made an appearance at CES but until now we haven’t had the opportunity to see how their foray into the gaming mouse segment will pan out. The HyperX brand has been around since around 2002, so it’s somewhat amazing they haven’t put one out until now. Adding a gaming mouse was inevitable as it rounds out their existing gaming peripheral offerings such as keyboards, headsets and mouse pads. This is in addition to their more seasoned flash and memory products that have been core to their business for a long time. We’ve even heard that they there may be a gaming chair in the works but for today we’ll focus on the Pulsefire FPS mouse.
Gaming mice are a dime a dozen these days with a plethora of options in the marketplace and some big players, so it’s not an easy segment to grab a large market share. With their brand recognition and reputation in the industry, they’ll certainly have no problems wedging in. Right now, the Pulsefire FPS is retailing for $49.99 shipped on Amazon or you can get it through Kingston’s HyperX site as well.
Winner of the prestigious 2017 RED DOT award, the Pulsefire FPS features a very precise Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor for fluid and responsive tracking without the need for acceleration. Like many other mice in the market, it has pre-defined DPI presets – four to be exact at 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 DPI. Each are instantly modified with a simple button push to cycle through the variations and back again. However, if you want anything in between, you’re out of luck. The hardware comes sans software which is great in terms of plug and play with no bloatware to worry about but also limits customization. I’m not personally into programming button macros and such nor trying to navigate 50 buttons with my thumb so this design actually suits me. Others will be less enthusiastic.
Kingston went with the popular Omron switches for the left/right buttons due their top notch performance response time and durability which are rated for 20 million clicks. There are four other buttons (six total) which includes the wheel button, DPI button and the typical forward/back buttons for the thumb. The Pulsefire’s weight is strategically distributed to be well balanced and weighs in at 95g – without the cable. Kingston feels this is an optimal balance of smooth movement without inducing fatigue – though this is obviously a very subjective feature. This all sits on extra-large skates with a low friction coefficient to maximize the surface glide.
The claw style design is ergonomically shaped for right-handed use (sorry lefties!) with textured grips to mitigate slippage when the actions gets the palms a little moist. The shape itself is comfortable and not unlike a number of mice on the market today. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The 1.8 meter, USB 2.0 cable is braided for durability but still flexible enough to not impede movement and since it’s wired, the 1000Hz polling rate makes lag one less thing to worry about. Along with the lack of button programmability, the color red is your only LED light option on the Pulsefire FPS mouse. I’m not too picky when it comes to the lighting color but many are, so it’s another area where those that like customization will probably look elsewhere.
Let’s move along!