When it comes to gaming peripherals, it’s oftentimes fancy in terms of design and also the lighting and whatnot. Then comes HyperX with their peripherals – particularly the Pulsefire FPS Pro that we have here today. We’ve also taken a look at other HyperX peripherals here.
As the name suggests, this mouse is meant for pro FPS players. But does the product itself holds up to the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro name? Let’s find out.
Compared to the other packaging designs that HyperX has, the Pulsefire FPS Pro is surprisingly simple. It has a generally white packaging with red accents, and there aren’t much highlights at the front as well. We can only see the NGenuity software, RGB, and its upgraded sensor being shown at the front of the packaging.
At the back of the box, we see a top view of the Pulsefire FPS Pro together with a few different colored lighting. We also see the 2-year warranty that HyperX is providing for the Pulsefire FPS Pro.
At the side of the box is where we can see more details regarding the Pulsefire FPS Pro’s specs:
- Pixart 3389 sensor with native DPI up to 16,000
- Relaible Omron switches
- 6 programmable buttons
- Weight: 95g
Opening up the box we can see that HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro comes with the contents – quick start guide, a warranty card, and also a “welcome to the family” card.
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro itself
Upon laying our first glance on the PulseFire FPS Pro, we realized that the product page didn’t do the mouse any justice. For example, take a look at the picture of the Pulsefire FPS Pro from the top. It looks quite symmetrical.
The images didn’t show the real profile and shape of the Pulsefire FPS Pro – which is a right-handed only ergonomic design. In reality, it has a trapezoid shape.
From the front, we can see the right-handed only ergonomic design much more clearly. For many people out there are fans of this type of design – and that includes myself. Also, the Pulsefire FPS Pro comes with a non-removable braided cable.
Looking at the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro from the back, we can once again see the mouse’s right-handed ergonomic contour.
At the sides of the mouse we can see a texture that is reminiscent of metal floor texture, which we realized HyperX is pretty fond of this texture. We reviewed the HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard here and the included set of extra red keycaps actually has the same metal floor texture as well.
Looking at the bottom of we mouse, we can see two large mouse skates and we can see the Pixart 3389 sensor there. The large mouse skates does help in smoother gliding on surfaces.
In terms of RGB lighting effects, the PulseFire FPS Pro has two zones – one for the HyperX logo around the palm area, and another lighting zone at the scroll wheel. HyperX is keeping RGB classy and not overdo it – which is well appreciated. Here are a few shots showing off the RGB lighting in different colors.
Upon launching the first time, it prompted me to update the firmware of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro. When there are firmware updates, it’s usually better as we expect bugs fixes and optimizations.
The HyperX NGenuity is a fairly new software from HyperX so that users can have more control over their peripherals. You can take control over the RGB lighting, reprogram the buttons on the mouse, or perhaps assign macros.
Upon launching the software itself, everything looks okay – but looking closely, we’re quite confused at first. The issues arise in the user experience when I started clicking around.
When we selected the profile to edit, we were presented with a sidebar where at the top is the profile name highlighted in red, and we can control the lighting, performance, and macros here.
In the lighting menu, we can find the usual few options here. We can choose the lighting effect mode, its color, or customize. The interface works – but reminds me of MS Paint’s interface while choosing colors.
Moving on to performance, this is where we can select the DPI levels. One brilliant feature that the Pulsefire FPS Pro has is that you can assign colors to each DPI level, so you can see the corresponding color when you cycle to that DPI. You can also select the number of levels of DPI sensitivity and customize each level’s value.
Then comes the macros. For some reason, HyperX placed the “key assignment” menu into macros as well. And from here, you can change the Pulsefire FPS Pro to be a left- or right-handed mouse. I honestly don’t advise you to to use this mouse if you are left-handed.
While assigning buttons, I have to click “return” or “save” before programming other buttons. That makes the user experience quite confusing and frustrating for those who are not aware what’s happening.
The second issue I discovered with the HyperX NGenuity software is the lack of choice when it comes to those programmable buttons. Personally, when I get a mouse for review, I will set the DPI cycle button to become a multimedia play/pause button. On the HyperX NGenuity. I don’t have that option. The entire menu for multimedia functions is not present.
However, I can assign the other buttons on the mouse to become any multimedia function. We’re not sure if this is an intentional design decision or HyperX overlooked this option.
The macro library on the other hand, is quite verbose but functions as intended. You can program your own or record a custom macro too.
Using the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro
When I held the mouse for the first time, it felt weird with the metal flooring texture on both sides of the mouse. Then comes the trapezoidal shape – which is surprisingly comfortable. HyperX made one of the most comfortable mouse that I’ve used thus far.
The left and right click buttons require a bit more force to press, and they’re tactile yet loud. It is good since the higher actuation force means no accidental triggers and the tactility can tell you that you’ve clicked.
As for the side buttons, they have quite a bit of travel force before actuating, which creates a satisfying tactile feedback with a loud click. Even the middle click button on the scroll wheel is the same.
While speaking of the side of the mouse, the metal flooring texture is surprisingly grippy. With increased surface area that we can actually feel with our fingertips, we did not worry about reduction of friction due to sweat or any dust or lint adhering to the rubberized sides. Yes, I do sweat through my fingertips.
I launched Overwatch the instant I got the mouse and played a few rounds with the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro – and I have to say, I got used to it within a few minutes of the game and it is very comfortable to use for sure. Upon using the mouse for a few hours non-stop, I still feel comfortable.
Once again, the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro is meant for right-handed users only and it is a large mouse. For someone with a large hand as me, I like to use the Pulsefire FPS Pro in claw and palm grips – for control and motion respectively.
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro ranks high in our list of mouse that we like. It became one of our go-to mouse within hours as we like its weight, its shape, ergonomics, and the minimal amount of RGB lighting – which we can turn off. The metal floor texture on the side of the mouse felt weird as first, but eventually became one of the best designed grips that we’ve tried.
Of course, it does have its shortcomings. The HyperX NGenuity software works, but there are many user experiences that can be improved. There some key assignment limitations as well, which we never experienced before on any other mice in the market.
For the official retail price of RM259 at HyperX’s official LazMall store on Lazada, we think that the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro is a great deal and it is definitely a mouse worth buying.
- Great ergonomic shape
- Grippy side with metal flooring texture
- Clicky and tactile buttons
- Affordable price
- HyperX NGenuity software still needs improvement