HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse Review

HyperX is the subsidiary of Kingston and has been on hot streak of late. It’s popular for award-winning gaming peripherals like gaming headset, however has branched out with a series of other accessories that have, majorly, been well received. Company’s first multi-colored keyboard, Alloy Elite RGB is really enjoyed by most if not all the users, and you will not be surprised to listen that there is now its RGB gaming mouse known as HyperX Pulsefire Surge to with it.

In the year 2017, the company debuted its first gaming mouse, Pulsefire FPS. This year, they announced its updated version. While it retains much of function and shape of its predecessor, it certainly strikes bold new look with extremely detailed and customizable RGB lighting. It does not tried to reinvent its wheel however if offers high-end optical sensor in symmetrical form which is specifically easier on the eye.


 

Technical Specifications

  • Sensor: Optical (Pixart PMW 3389)
  • DPI Levels: 16000
  • Max. acceleration: 50G
  • Max. speed: up to 450 inches/sec
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Programmable Buttons: 6

Other Features:

  • Ambidextrous design
  • Onboard memory
  • Omron switches
  • RGB Lightining

Mouse Design and Ergonomics

It’s much like its predecessor FPS version, bearing resemblance to Razor DeathAdder. With its flared right/left buttons and understated curves, this mouse is clearly returning some serious home users.

RGB lighting is simply been prioritized by the design team at HyperX, however that is no worse thing, this’s one of the prettiest gaming mice we have found. Its 360 degree light ring surrounding its body is specifically finely integrated, with few 32 RGB LEDs aiding to maintain smooth illumination as well as the company’s logo on bump is backlit. We are really surprised there isn’t any illumination on its scroll wheel, however this’s on the other hand one of the finest examples of RGB lighting, if you really like to have them on your gaming mouse.

Seeing past the glow, its appealing design spreads to its whole body. Smooth black top of this mouse is nice matt textured plastic finish, whereas its sides are subtly textures for giving it appropriate amount of grip without any sticky feeling. It is sleek-looking pointer, with 6 buttons which blend in intuitively as well as a 1.8 meter braided USB 2.0 cable. When you turn the lights off, that are set to wave effect by default, you would not compulsory know that this mouse is meant for gaming purpose.

I really like the way this mouse looks, as well as the way it perform. As soon as you hold this mouse in your hands you will tend to understand that how comfortable this mouse is, and for long, slender digits, this mouse is the best fit.

Its dimensions are 120 mm x 41 mm x 63 mm (LHW respectively). Its dimension feels specifically well suited to claw-grip style, although 100 grams weight is at higher side and not suitable for every user, especially those who like to play fast pace games, prefer something lighter.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge could be recalled as a mouse which favor superfluous RGB light on buttons which work as planned, however that would be shame because it is highly capable mouse pending upcoming fixes.

Mouse Buttons

Keeping its layout sensible as much as possible, Pulsefire Surge has used tried-and-tested and Omron Switches (50 million clicks) backing its 6 buttons including;
• 2 right and left buttons,
• 2 thumb buttons on left,
• 1 notched and clickable scroll wheel as well as
• 1 DPI Toggle switch.

The scroll wheel has slight ridges to allow enough grip without any interference. DPI adjustments is done through small button which is behind scroll wheel. You can change DPI setting on the fly with 3 default setting.

So far it’s good, however there is an issue with mouse buttons. As you can see the gap between right and left buttons, it is a tad too much small, and when you are aggressively clicking away, these 2 buttons can often rub against each other. We have just experienced this clash once while gaming, however that is beside this point, it should never occur and we are shocked this flaw has slipped through overlooked by the company on a retail product. Also its rare button is placed too far, you need to bend your thump unnaturally to click this button, which is uncomfortable.

These issues has been deemed severe to effect its sales, however we are motivated to see the company taking proactive approach for this. Hardware revision, due to reach in 6 weeks and it will feature wider distance between both buttons in order to resolve this problem. In the meantime early buyers can request for replacement through hyperxgaming.com

Mouse Sensor

At the bottom, sandwiched between 2 extra-large Teflon pads, is the optical sensor i.e. Pixart PMW3389 with 16000 DPI optical sensor which occurs to be the best sensor in the market. This is the very same sensor used by Razer DeathAdder Elite. If you need horrifically speedy gaming mouse this mouse serves you. However most if not all gaming need lower DPI settings, however coupled with customizable DPI settings in larger range, HyperX Pulsefire Surge can be set to any preference. At bottom it features 2 large smooth stakes to help this mouse move smoothly, however without being slicker as to slide around much.

Mouse Sensitivity is adjustable in 50 DPI increments. You can adjust up to 5 default levels, out of which 3 are predefined at 3,200, 1,600 and 800. We believe in the fact that RGB lighting ring changes it color precisely to allow you to know which DPI setting you are using and performance is best during real-world use, with best precision as well as no chance of jittering.

Gaming Performance

We put this mouse through its pace by using it to play many hours of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Far Cry 5, as well as Overwatch. Its smooth glide, combined with its comfortable design, makes it one of the best gaming mice. I never felt any strain or cramp in my hand (unless I try to reach its back thumb button). After long Far Cry 5 Marathon, I observed that my finger was ribbing slightly on space between flared edge of right click button and light bar. Allowed, some of this is because of my palm grip as well as how my ring finger rests naturally. Although it was not a big deal it was observable and a bit of annoying after long hours of gaming session.

Generally I switched between DPI range of 800 -1600 during games. If found that the latter, speedy setting must be good for Overwatch. However in all game settings, Surge was found to be precise and there weren’t any cross hairs lagging. Acceleration was excellent, and while it does not include fancy features like counterweights, this mouse is extremely balanced.

Mouse Software

Its software is not as robust as the hardware of the mouse. Free downloadable NGenuity app continues to show anything but ingenuity. It cater for many computer peripherals by HyperX. When you want to create custom lighting effects, finding how to assign profiles or to edit them to customized them it feels as a chore. Also it is not still as advance as other gaming mouse software, for instance Razer Chroma. There is a room for app to improve, still button mapping and macros can easily be managed, and there is sufficient onboard memory for storing up to 3 custom profiles.

 

PROS

  • Stylish and sleek design
  • High-end Pixart sensor
  • Extremely comfortable to use
  • RGB lighting ring is appealing to eye

CONS

  • Delay in availability
  • Companion software still need improvements
  • Only 6 buttons

Final Verdict

HyperX Plusfire Surge is one of the high-performance mice. It is precise, comfortable and easy on the eye. It cuts lots of frills to deliver high-end performance gaming which can be used for long gaming session.

Gamers who are looking for niche gaming features such as customizable scrolling wheel resistance, weight adjustments, or excess of buttons shouldn’t buy this mouse. However if you like something simple with more traditional pointer, HyperX Pulsefire Surge is definitely your thing.

There is still some room for improvements on software side, and its retail availability has been sent back a couple of months to fix some unexpected flaws, however given the high-quality sensor, profile, as well as super sleek RGB light, HyperX Pulsefire Surge is a gaming mouse that could be worth the wait.

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