Kingston’s HyperX gaming brand has been very active in recent years, filling it with products with a good price-performance ratio. After she started releasing gaming sets and mechanical keyboards, the appearance of gaming mice could only be considered a matter of time. And now, this time has come. Meet the first gaming mouse from HyperX Pulsefire FPS.
The packaging of the product looks above all praise and creates a sense of buying a bonus thing. The design of the cover is dominated by black color, in the text description – white and red, it looks expensive and solid. The mouse images can be found on the three sides of the box. Strangely enough, there is at least a minimum of marketing information, instead, the technical parameters of the device are presented as its merits. Taking this box in hand, the user get a fairly complete idea of what is inside.
Under the outer cover, there is actually a box with a hinged cover, in which HyperX Pulsefire FPS mouse is resting on a plastic stand. This method of packaging makes an impression, and a similar box does not want to throw away in the scrap.
The kit consists of: a mouse, instructions and a “congratulatory” sheet.
Appearance HyperX Pulsefire FPS is discreet and solid. It is made mainly of matte plastic completely black. The top panel is smooth and tends to get dirty quite quickly, collecting prints and stains from the evaporated liquid. It is cleaned, however, quite easily. The keypads are made with the rest of the body. In the recess in the middle is the illuminated selection button. It is pressed with an average effort and a muffled click, but there is some rattling when the manipulator is lowered to the table. Otherwise, the assembly is of high quality, the body is assembled monolithically, the wheel and the panels of the main keys have no play and false positives, even with a sharp impact by the manipulator on the table.
The left side of the mouse is completely rubberized. Rubber to the touch is very tenacious with a microtexture in the form of a set of dashes collected in three and tilted diagonally left and right. Two side keys “forward” and “back” are made of glossy plastic. Trigger force is average, the clicks are loud, but not sonorous.
Fitting the panels in front is extremely neat. The two main keys work with a force below the average, the click is accompanied by a sonorous mid-volume sound and a clear tactile feedback. As switches, Omron’s mechanisms are used here, with an operating time of failure of 20 million activations. The rubberized scroll wheel is soft, its fixation positions are very weak, there is a crunch when turning, but it is very quiet. This version of the encoder is well suited for fast scrolling, but may not appeal to those who are accustomed to clear cuts with each change of wheel position. The wheel is pressed with medium effort and a muffled tripping sound. The signal cable enters the case exactly in the middle and has a soft protection against bending and erasing.
The USB cable is enclosed in a black-and-red nylon sheath and has a length of 1.8 meters. It is quite elastic, of medium thickness. The stiffness is also average, the cable remembers well and supports the given shape. The USB connector is rather short, there are no ferrite rings near it.
The right side of the mouse is completely glued with a rubber lining, the same as on the left sidewall. Despite the fact that the panel is slightly inclined inward, it sits motionless in the fingers.
The mouse feed has a rounded shape with some symmetry shift to the left side. From the bottom there is an insert with the illuminated HyperX logo.
The form of the case is designed under the right hand and in many respects resembles the classic Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, which definitely like the players with experience. The weight of the manipulator without a wire is only 95 grams, the balance of weight along the axes is well maintained. This mouse is most convenient when using finger or palm grips. The “claw” can not be applied here, since with it one has to move the big and ring fingers too far forward, so that the body begins to fall back when it detaches from the surface. In size, the mouse is suitable for owners of large and medium-sized palms.
On the basis of the front and back of the mouse there are two huge Teflon legs, which provide excellent, well-controlled glide. By default, the base is sealed with a transparent film covering everything except the white strip of the serial number. Right in the center there is a good infrared optical sensor Pixart PMW3310.
The mouse has three red light zones – a scroll wheel, a resolution switch and a logo on the stern. The brightness of the LEDs is well chosen, they do not blind the eyes and at the same time are sufficiently distinguishable by light and in the dark. The color of the resolution switch varies depending on the selected sensitivity level of the sensor from red to blue, yellow or white.
Mouse HyperX Pulsefire FPS does not have software or built-in memory. You can not reassign keys or write macros on it. The only adjustment function available to the user is to change the sensor resolution. You can choose from four fixed sensitivity levels, which are switched by the corresponding button on the top panel. The highlight color of this button marks the current level: white – 400, red – 800, blue – 1600, yellow – 3200 dpi.
The displayed value is stored and stored after the mouse is repeatedly turned on. Remarkably, a resolution change is possible only when the mouse is on the table and the sensor reads the surface. Switch the resolution when the manipulator is raised, it is impossible. Probably, when switching, simultaneous calibration of the sensor separation height can occur, but there is no exact information on this.
From the point of view of ergonomics, the manipulator is quite convenient due to the pleasant shape of the body, low weight and its good distribution along the axes, and lateral rubber overlays providing reliable grip of the mouse with the fingers. Time to get used to this mouse is not required. Covering the top panel is not very resistant to contamination, the hand on it is prone to fogging, therefore, the liquid from it evaporates not fast enough. The body of the mouse as a whole has excellent build quality, but there is a barely audible rattling of the resolution change button. The effort of pressing and the tactile feedback of all the keys are chosen well. The scroll wheel is felt as slightly specific, because it rotates very easily and does not have tactile positions of fixation. To whom this may be to your liking, but to someone – no. The elements of the backlight look good, and, most importantly, informatively in the case of the resolution change key. Teflon legs in this manipulator are made just fine, they have a large size, so that the mouse slides quickly and smoothly, and at the same time, has minimal inertia.
Optical sensor Pixart PMW3310 behaves equally well in the entire range of available fixed resolutions. Theoretically, it can be broken on certain surfaces at speeds above 4 m / s, but most players will hardly need to develop even 3 m / s at least once. Acceleration is not felt here, the cursor trajectory is smoothed, but it is hardly noticeable. There were no other anomalies in the behavior of the sensor. Pleasantly pleased and the height of separation, in most cases it does not exceed 1 mm.
The HyperX brand can be congratulated on the initiative. Their first game mouse HyperX Pulsefire FPS turned out to be extremely simple and successful. It has everything that real players need – a good shape, a properly selected and distributed weight, hardy and precise switches, a good sensor, huge legs, a normal cable and even a decent backlight. Someone, of course, may not like the lack of software and only four fixed levels of resolution of the optical sensor. But this FPS-manipulator, and how often in a similar genre of games you may need to program complex macros or change the resolution from the one that the player is used to?
Critical disadvantages of the mouse HyperX Pulsefire FPS does not. With sharp permutations and strokes of the manipulator on the table, you can hear a barely noticeable rattling of the resolution change button. The softness of the wheel spin, in this case, is rather a feature, not a problem, and the attitude towards it is more of a matter of personal preferences.
The manufacturer estimates the HyperX Pulsefire FPS at $ 50 – and against the background of competing products this is an excellent offer for hardcore gamers.