HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse Review
Last fall, HyperX and SteelSeries both jumped into the light weight “mice with holes in them” arena, a space once dominated by smaller hobbyist manufacturers and not mainstream products you can find in a Best Buy.
Up until last week, I had only experienced SteelSeries’ take on this idea: the Aerox 3 Wireless. It was one of the most polarizing mice I’ve ever used, with plenty to love and plenty to despise. Nevertheless, I could see what they were going for, and its merits were still enough to keep it from disappearing forever into my mysterious spare parts closet.
The Pulsefire Haste from HyperX launched a few days before the Aerox 3 family. If I had tried this one first, I never would have purchased the SteelSeries model. It’s a wonderful example of a lightweight hole-filled gaming mouse, and if you’re okay with a cable it’s an easy recommendation.
Note: I bought this mouse myself at the retail price. I don’t receive any kind of a kick back or other incentive if you decide to buy one. I don’t believe in using affiliate links, and my full reviews policy is right here.
The HyperX Pulsefire Haste sells for the same $49.99 as the wired Aerox 3 (official site here), making them close competitors. Now, I’ve only used the wireless SteelSeries model so keep that in mind when I talk about the differences, but the differences across the Aerox family are minimal outside of connectivity.
In the Haste’s box, you get the mouse itself with its nice flexible permanently attached cable, and remarkably — some extra mouse glide feet and grip tape pieces cut to size! This is so awesome to see, especially for a mouse at this low price.
The Pulsefire Haste uses a PixArt 3335 sensor capable of 18,000 DPI tracking that has excellent overall performance and more than enough speed for all gaming needs. Unlike some other companies, HyperX doesn’t try to hide that they’re using sensors made by PixArt, and they call out the model right on the box and on their web site. I think that bit of honesty in the marketing is a…