[paragraph]With the rapid growth in the gaming technology, buying a gaming mouse becomes overwhelming exercise even at an entry to the mid-level segment. HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB mouse was launched in December 2018 and offered an attractive package in sub-4000 INR range.[/paragraph]
Following is my in-depth review after using it for over two weeks.
HyperX Pulsefire Core Review
Pulsefire core is medium size gaming mouse with the symmetric design that comes with seven programmable keys, and RGB lighting. Core uses the Pixart 3327 optical sensor that offers players precise, smooth tracking with no hardware acceleration.
Design & Build Quality
This gaming mouse has hump more towards the back, makes it highly suitable for smaller hands, and enough palm resting place for claw grippers. The Pulsefire Core has an overall rounded shape that feels good to hold and reminds me of HyperX Surge. The sides of the mouse are flattened yet nicely curved, which makes it easier to pick up. The sides also have this nice linear textures that help to improve the grip on the mouse. The Pulsefire Core offers premium feel to the gamers with its overall build quality. Both the sides of the mouse feels a bit lower on its plastic quality but doesn’t degrade the overall experience of the device.
Flairs on the front of the mouse might disappoint some gamers if they are particular to traditional mouse shape, but HyperX core has enough curvature on the flairs to give a similar feel and control. The curves on the buttons are also quite comfortable for the prolonged gaming sessions without tiring your fingers, but it could’ve been deeper.
The length of the mouse is 11.8 cms, which if considered should be a perfect fit for 60% of your hands, is ideal for up to the 19.6 cms length of the hand. Grip width is about 5.7cms, which are good enough for about 9.5 cm wide of palms. A lot of your gaming performance also depends on how you hold or grip the mouse, so these length guides are just suggestive until you try the various shapes and sizes of the mouse until you find the perfect one.
The cables of Pulsefire Core RGB are braided and smooth. Considering the mouse is not on the heavy side (94 gms), these light cables get out of the way fast and don’t interfere intense mouse movements. The cable on the mouse is I think is the best in any mouse in this price range.
Clicks on this gaming mouse are nice and snappy; they are not too loud and easy to get used to. The left one sound is stronger than the right-click, but flawless in actual gaming performance. The scroll is excellent for browsing, as it smooth as it needs to be, and steps of the scroll button are noticeable. The scroll button clicks also offer excellent feedback and sound.
The side buttons sound great and have little travel. The DPI buttons are well-placed which ensures little to no accidental clicks. The click sound of these buttons are alright, nothing fancy about it. Unless you use them to program a particular in-game function, they’re not used as much anyways apart from changing sensitivity.
HyperX Pulsefire Core offers a 6200 DPI, and the DPI buttons are set from 800 to 3200 with a stepping of 200. You can set up to 5 sensitivity level, and they can have programmable colors, that keeps you updated with sensitive information with the RGB HyperX logo.
The sensor on Pulsefire Core is Pixart 3327, which feels quite smoother with its tracking and 180-degree turns. It has technical differences compared to better sensors, yet the gameplay experience is quite amazing with this mouse. The tracking is perfectly smoother on higher DPIs compared to the lower ones, where it gets a bit jerkier. You have to look closely on your mouse pointer to notice this, otherwise in general gameplay’s it won’t matter much. For FPS games though, you may want to playtest this, to make sure you are aware of tracking smoothness at your desired sensitivity. In general the tracking smoothness over 1600 DPI sis perfectly fine.
The software that comes with HyperX gaming mouse is Ngenuity, which is not very comprehensive but offers a decent number of options to customize mouse buttons, set macros and of course the RGB lighting. It has a lot of scope of improvement, as it has an issue of resetting to default settings with every restart, and you have to click on Apply, as the customizations are saved but not applied by default. I guess its an easy fix with an update from HyperX and not an issue related to mouse.
HyperX Pusefire Core RGB can be considered as an entry to mid-level gaming mouse even though it is priced at about Rs. 3400, but its performance is much comparable to its higher-end version called Pulsefire Surge which is available at about Rs. 5000.
Pulsefire Core is a highly practical gaming mouse that can fit most hands. It has the moderate in weight which is widely acceptable, comes with high sensitivity range, and provides durable build quality. There is nothing we can call as a perfect mouse for everyone, as the experience may defer person to person, but I will highly recommend HyperX Pulsefire Core for gamers who prefer mid-size performance gaming mouse.
Price wise, if you can afford Pulsefire Surge, prefer it for its much premium build quality and much fancier appearance.