HyperX Pulsefire Haste Overview
With the Pulsefire Haste out of the box, the first thing we noticed were the multiple hexagonal cutouts on the upper portion of the body, as well as the left and right mouse buttons. Like most modern lightweight mice, this is the quickest way to reduce the weight of a mouse while still maintaining its structural integrity. HyperX was able to put this weight-saving design to good use, as the Pulsefire Haste weighs just 59g. The next lightest mouse in the HyperX Pulsefire lineup is the Core, which weighs 87g, and the next lightest is the 95g FPS Pro.
The overall shape of the mouse could be considered ambidextrous, but the lack of buttons on the right side deem this to be a right-handed mouse. If it weren’t for the cutouts, the Pulsefire Haste would look like one of the most basic gaming mice out there, but that may just be an advantage, as it will likely fit the needs of a larger population of gamers.
Both the left and right mouse buttons feature slightly concaved surfaces for your fingers to rest in, and the cutouts for weight savings sit far enough back on the buttons that they are not likely to be noticed at all. Just beneath each button are TTC Golden Micro dustproof switches, each rated at 60 million clicks. We think that dustproof feature will come in handy, as with so many openings to the inside of the mouse, dust and other debris is bound to get inside. With a standard mouse it may not be as big of an issue, but we applaud HyperX’s inclusion of these switches on the Pulsefire Haste.
Looking at the left side of the mouse, we see a pretty standard layout, with a plain plastic side and two thumb buttons. Aside from a HyperX logo, there is not much to say about this side of the mouse, until you factor in the included accessories, which we will discuss later on.
Moving to the right side of the mouse, we find another plain layout, void of any buttons or embellishments. Again, this will change once we get to the accessories.
From the top down, we find a rubberized mouse wheel centered between the left and right mouse buttons.
The mouse wheel has a slightly textured pattern to it, and each side is trimmed in a semi-transparent ring, illuminated by the mouse’s only RGB lighting.
Just behind the wheel is a small button that can be programmed for a variety of functions.
Flipping the mouse over we find that a large section of the lower panel has been given the lightweight treatment. This provides the ability to see straight through the mouse, and to view some of the internal components. Centered in the mouse base is a PixArt PAW3335 optical sensor with a resolution of up to 16,000DPI. This sensor can register up to 450 inches per second, and 40G of acceleration.
Angled in each corner of the mouse base are low-friction, 100% PTFE skates, which is the most common material found on modern gaming mice.
At the front of the mouse we find a flexible rubber reinforcement for the lightweight USB cable that exits the mouse body. Aside from the lightweight nature of the mouse body itself, the HyperFlex cabling found on the Pulsefire Haste is probably the most intriguing part of this product. The HyperFlex cable is so light weight and flexible that it almost feels like you are using a wireless mouse, without the battery weight slowing you down. One of our biggest pet peeves is our mouse cord snagging or bumping into an object on our desk, and having that interfere with our gaming. This cable takes away all of that trouble.
As we have hinted, there are a few additional accessories included with the Pulsefire Haste, and we really appreciate their inclusion. First off, there is an additional set of PTFE feet should the original feet become worn out or damaged. This is a really nice touch that probably doesn’t add much to the cost, but will extend the mouse’s life.
The second accessory, which we think is the most important, is the inclusion of three optional grips for the mouse body. Both the left and right sides of the mouse, as well as the left mouse button can be outfitted with adhesive grips for better control and comfort. This grip material has a bit of a foam feeling to it, as once installed, there is an ever so slight padding to the material that really improves your grip on the mouse, and adds a bit of comfort as well.