HyperX Pulsefire Raid Review: New Gaming and Productivity Focused Mouse

HyperX recently launched the PulseFire Raid Mouse and Alloy Origins Core Keyboard in India. Both of the products are targeted at the mid-budget range which is a heavily contested area. Today we will be checking out the Pulsefire Raid Mouse, which toes the line between price and performance.

Packaging and Contents

The packaging is nothing to write home about, just a white box with features and main marketing points written all over it. The box contains the mouse, a bunch of leaflets with initial instructions.

Features and Specifications

HyperX Pulsefire Raid
Shape Ergonomic
Sensor Premium Pixart PMW3389
Resolution up to 16,000 DPI
DPI presets 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI
Speed 450 IPS
Acceleration 50G
Buttons 11
Left / Right button switches Omron
Left / Right button durability 20 million clicks
Backlight RGB (16,777,216 colors)
Light effects 2 RGB lighting zones
On board memory 1 profile
Connection type USB 2.0
Polling rate 1000Hz
Cable type Braided
Dimensions L: 127.8 mm
W: 71.0mm
H: 41.5 mm
Cable length 1.8m
Weight (without cable) Approximately 95g
Weight (with cable) Approximately 125g
Software HyperX NGENUITY

HyperX Pulsefire Raid a feature-packed ergonomic mouse that doesn’t cost a lot, making it great budget productivity and gaming mouse. The mouse features 11 programmable buttons, there are 5 buttons on the right side of the mouse and the scroll wheel can be flicked left or right to activate functions. The Pixart 3389 sensor in this mouse is capable of tracking very precisely and goes up to 16,000 DPI. The Pulsefire Raid uses Omron switches(rated for 20M clicks) and the buttons are separated from the housing to provide a crisp, tactile click. The mouse has customizable RGB lighting, large skates for smoother flow. The Pulsefire Raid works PC, MAC, or consoles, but sadly the HyperX NGENUITY customization software is available for Windows only. This becomes a big flaw as the big benefit of this mouse is the programmable buttons and customizability.

Build Quality and Comfort

The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is designed for an ergonomic right-handed grip, which means palm grippers would love using this mouse. The mouse lengths at about 128mm, 71mm in width, and height of 41mm. This is a larger mouse designed for right-handed palm grip use only, it weighs 95 grams. The thin braided cable in this mouse is surely is not as good as flexible paracords seen in current esports mouses but still, a decent feeling braided cable which is also more durable than flexible cables makes it an ideal choice of cable for a gaming/productivity mouse.

The nice side grips of the mouse ensures an comfortable and secure grip and feels decent.

The HyperX Pulsefire Raid has a decent Pixart 3389 sensor, the mouse can go up to 16,000 DPI, tracks at speeds upto 450 IPS,and acceleration speed up to 50G. The mouse doesn’t have nay issues flicking and moving very fast, also it tracks precisely at all DPI levels.

Software

the HyperX NGENUITY app can be downloaded from the Microsoft store. The software lets you control the RGB, change the button functions, and set macros.

The lighting is decent and you can customize the logo and the scroll wheel areas and set your desired color and choose from few effects. Apart from that, the software is decent but it is the weakest point of this mouse.

Performance

The Pulsefire Raid Mouse is a relatively understated mouse with some pretty distinctive features.

The Switches feels clicks and registers fast, you can use this mouse for butterfly clicking and drag clicking but this mouse isn’t a top pick for that. The scroll wheel feels tactile and stable, and the rest of the buttons are decently placed, they all sound quite crispy and the clicks are sharp. The switches used are Omron switches rated for 20M clicks.

One of the main draws for the PulseFire Raid is supposed to be its many customizable buttons, while four of its buttons are easy to reach, the usage of the fifth button is a bit tricky.

Conclusion

The Pulsefire Raid seems like it was built to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s comfortable to use for a prolonged period, it’s shaped like the quintessential gaming mouse and it’s even customizable. Unfortunately, its beta software isn’t nearly ready enough to justify the price tag. We have better options from the likes of Razer, Glorious, and even CM. Even the upcoming Pulsefire haste is a good alternative.

Those who consider buying this mouse should make sure they have a need for 11 programmable buttons and NEED a right-handed palm grip mouse. Otherwise, barring the choice of components, there are better mice out there. 

A bronze from TechARX

The HyperX Pulsefire Raid gets the TECHARX Bronze Medal

You can get the HyperX Pulsefire Raid here from Amazon.