HyperX Pulsefire Haste Mouse Review

A mouse on a diet.

I can’t say I’d ever really considered the weight of my mouse. It’s not a thing that had crossed my mind, nor did I ever expect it to do so. It’s one of those factors that doesn’t feel anywhere near as important as the speed of the mouse sensor or (for the discerning RGB enthusiast) the number of colours it can give off. However, having now spent a fair bit of time with the ultra-light HyperX Pulsefire Haste, I’m a convert. I’m now a firm believer in gaming mice that shed every single gram they possibly can. I’ll never use a clunky mouse again.

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste weighs in at just 59 grams, which is roughly as much as four bourbon biscuits, which have been chosen as the comparison here because they are far superior to custard creams, because who even cares about that low-tier flavourless rubbish anyway?

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It manages this rather astoundingly low weight thanks to a hex shell, which is to say that it’s full of hexagonal holes everywhere possible. The top is covered in holes, parts of the main buttons have holes in, even the underside has holes, to the extent you can see right through the mouse at the right angle. It’s odd, and frankly, it’s a little concerning at first because the fear of stuff getting stuck inside of it is very real. Despite that fear, mine has yet to succumb to the inside of my hand, and my daughter hasn’t tried to put a breadstick inside of it yet either, which is nice.

One of the positive side effects of this design is that it also helps keep your hand cool. That’s good news for anybody who has warm sweaty hands, but bad news for those who wield icicles instead of fingers.

Alongside the weight, which is definitely the biggest (smallest?) factor here, you’ve also got a generally good mouse as well.

All of the saved weight would be useful if it didn’t work well, but in my time gaming with it, I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten substantially better at clicking on people’s heads under pressure.

As you’d expect from pretty much any mouse, has low-friction PTFE (teflon) skates. They’re labelled as “virgin-grade” on the website, which I think is a really weird way to phrase things, but they help the mouse glide along in concern with the air-like composition, and you’ll often feel as though there’s no mouse there at all.

That might not sound like a huge deal, but for anybody that suffers from RSI thanks to an improperly kitted out home office, for example, this is a big thing.

It also has a trio of customisable buttons, in addition to left, right and clickable scroll wheel. You can set these up to do a lot of things, but I fairly regularly forget they exist because I’m useless. People far more used to using a mouse than myself, and those who want to use the two thumb buttons to reload, open up the inventory, or whatever else they can think of will no doubt find these to be incredibly useful.

The only real downside of the most comes in the form of the RGB lighting. You’ve still got some built into it but the effect is minimal due to the fact that your mouse has holes all over it and needs to be light, but not lit. It’s reserved for the mouse wheel to light up, and you can still customise that a little, which is nice.

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Summary
The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a wonderful and incredibly light gaming mouse, and I can't see myself ever going back to anything weighs more than four of the best biscuit. That, apparently, is how I'm judging things now.
Good
  • Exceedingly light
  • Exceptionally smooth to use
  • A bunch of extra customisable buttons
Bad
  • RGB fans can only light up the scroll wheel
  • Fears that stuff will get in the holes
8
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Jason can often be found writing guides or reviewing games that are meant to be hard. Other than that he occasionally roams around a gym and also spends a lot of time squidging his daughter's face.

1 Comment

  1. Bourbon biscuits better than custard creams? Were you dropped on your head as a baby? Or are you on drugs?

    Either way, you’re clearly wrong about that.

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