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A couple of weeks ago, HyperX sent us the new Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse for a quick review, and I myself am quite a newbie in terms of lightweight mice as my only knowledge about them is “light mouse = lots of holes” so I’m pretty interested to give a try and learn something new

So without further ado, find out what’s the hype regarding this new HyperX product.

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A quick at the box and you know it is the good ol’ HyperX with the red, black, and white color combination with a big fine print of the mouse on the front. Fun fact – all the legal stuff is printed somewhere on the packaging that the user won’t see.

To my surprise, the Pulsefire Haste supports PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S aside from PC so if you have the needs, you may connect it to your console of choice.

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Pulling everything out of the packaging and we have the mouse, a quick start guide, and a couple of info cards.

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The most eye-catching key design is definitely the honeycomb mesh design applied not only on the top body part of the mouse but also extending a little bit into the left and right click area. As a result, the weight of the mouse cuts drastically cut down despite its size.

But courtesy to HyperX, the clicks do still register even when pressing the mesh part so definitely no misfires on that aspect. As for gripping, my default posture is the palm grip so it is large enough to accommodate my entire hand despite mine being smaller than the average size.

As for moving around and gliding, it is smooth on any sort of mouse pads and even on table surfaces with little pattern or texture so it deserves a few extra points from me.

A little note to pay attention to is the seemingly shorter key travel distance of the face buttons, as well as the mouse wheel click, as some users including me may feel that it is a little bit mushy at the start, but I quickly adapted to that so no big deal.

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Contrary to conventional designs, the Pulsefire Haste’s honeycomb mesh design adopts a fully see-through layout that is completely top to bottom and vice versa which is a nice thing to know that everything that passes through it is likely to fall out too.

But the negative side of things is that the RGB game is pretty much non-existent or kept to a minimal level which in this mouse’s case is the latter.

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The left side gets a cute little side hotkey duo and I must say they are one of the best at providing inputs that are not mushy or jammy on top of being easy to reach. Using plastic to make it pop out even more in contrast to the textured surface of the mouse, I’d say that HyperX is doing a great job at this particular aspect.

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If you picked the White and Pink model, then you’ll get a soft-braided cable in white that is fully flexible with no bend – just like a normal rope or whatnot. And I understand the decision as you can’t keep the entire mouse lightweight if opting for some tough but heavy material.

And USB-A connector with no special colors. I do hope it’s pink though.

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For the sweaty gamers, there’s a pair of additional grip tape that can be applied on either the sides or the top-facing buttons – depending on which side of your hand drips liquid like no tomorrow.

Burnt out the mouse feet due to extensive FPS gaming at low DPI settings? Have an extra set to replace them with quick notice.

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We also got the Pulsefire Mat XL to pair and test with the mouse. This is literally a table mat as its dimension is 900mm x 420mm x 4mm. With its 4mm thickness, this is actually just a bit tad thicker than the usual ones on the market but makes a huge difference in terms of usage. Coupled with the use of cloth material, it actually weighs a bit more than you expected.

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In comparison, it is bigger than the desk of my own personal PC setup at home.

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I won’t say that the RGB game is particularly flashy in this case but for those aiming for a less blinky setup, the pairing of the Pulsefire Haste and Pulsefire Mat XL is a good start.

In order to wring out the curvy spots, I suggest you take some flat but heavy items and place them on top of those spots to help the mouse pad flatten out. Do it for a day or so to ensure they are indeed flattened properly.

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HyperX’s own peripheral companion software, the NGENUITY, is updated to recognize the mouse in the latest update and I have to say, the lightweight installer plus zero updates on the first launch is nice. No waiting and stuff – Install, Plug In, and Have Fun.

The default landing page is the Lights tab where you can adjust the RGB profiles here which only affects the mouse wheel. Yes, there’s a single RGB bulb under it and no more.

The patterns include Cycle, Breathing, and Static with parameters such as speed, color spectrum, and opacity being the adjustable parts. As the RGB light doesn’t permeate through the mouse itself most of the time, there’s no issue with just having it cranked fully.

On the other hand, the Polling Rate tab is just positioned nicely on the top right and expectedly, you can go as high as 1000Hz.

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Input preferences are part of the key experience as well because you can give the left and right mouse clicks as well as the 2 side hotkeys to become whatever keypress you like.

From multimedia controls to even recordable macros, the settings are easy to access and clear to understand as there are no branding jargons – a good sign of UI/UX layout.

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Lastly, you can mess around with the DPI figures on the Sensor tab and give yourself a complete make-over on the unique color profiles as well as the specific sensitivity. Or just stick to the default available options if they just somehow matched yours.

A good thing to touch on is that all 3 settings can be saved into the mouse itself so you may carry it around without losing your finely-tuned options – useful for the pro players.


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To wrap it up, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a great mouse to be used for both daily driving and gaming at the same time. It does well in what it is trying to sell – its lightweight characteristics and for the price of RM175, in my opinion, it is decently positioned and pretty okay to swallow.

Adding the ease of use of the NGENUITY software and cute color scheme, there are really no major complaints about it.

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