The HyperX Pulsefire Raid gaming mouse is the first in the Pulsefire family with 11 programmable buttons. Simple in design, the accessory is lightweight, has a good grip and high precision. Designed mainly for games like MOBA, MMO and Battle Royales, is it worth investing R $ 294.00 in it? Find out in the review, below.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid video review
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Visual and design
At first glance, you can see that the Raid has a simple look, even though it is a gamer product (which can sometimes look like a mini Transformer). Its design follows, more or less, the Pulsefire family standard: smooth base, where the manufacturer’s logo is located and a button for DPI adjustment just below the scroll.
The most striking visual differences now are the independent main buttons (left and right), the macros on the left side, rubber grips on the sides and larger sliding skates at the bottom.
The mouse also has a twisted USB 2.0 cable of 1 meter and 80 centimeters in length. The cable could be a little more malleable. This would help to accommodate you better at the table. The Pulsefire Raid also features a Pixart 3389 sensor with adjustments of up to 16 thousand DPI, speed of up to 450 IPS and acceleration with up to 50 g of force.
Despite the concave curvature, that is, more accentuated inward, on both sides the Raid was designed more for use with the right hand, especially due to the location of the five programmable macros.
Speaking of buttons there are 11 in total, all customizable and with Omrom switches that support up to 20 million clicks, according to HyperX. There are five of them on the left side, one to configure the DPI (just below the scroll), two individual main buttons (right and left) and three different ones, by means of movements, on the scroll itself (pressing the button and moving it to the left) and to the right).
Usability and comfort
Pulsefire Raid is multiplatform and very comfortable to use. With dimensions of 127.8 mm x 71.0 mm x 41.5 mm (length, width and height) and weighing approximately 95 g, the mouse is well suited even for small hands (I say this from experience) even with prolonged use.
The level of usability / comfort may vary according to your style. For those who usually rest their hands more on the mouse, the fit will be very good, especially to reach some of the side buttons (I’ll talk about them later). However, if you are more of the type that uses a claw-style mouse, that is, without supporting your palm so much to click faster, you may be able to get the same side buttons a bit.
Either way, the rubberized side textures allow a good grip, without letting the mouse slip out of your hand. Sliding skateboards also play a great role in ensuring smoothness on almost every surface, especially in frantic action games like shooters.
Speaking now, specifically, of the macro buttons on the left side to activate items, blows, spells or even change weapons in a game, I felt a little difficult to adapt to them. It may be, perhaps, that I prefer to use the buttons on the keyboard itself for these functions. Particularly, and this is a very personal opinion, I don’t care about many extra buttons on a mouse. I already got used to having these functions on the keyboard.
Now, “forcing myself” to use the side buttons because of this review, I noticed that the response to the commands is as fast as any other button on the Pulsefire Raid itself or on the keyboard. It’s a matter of whether you like macros on a mouse or not.
The criticism here goes to the position of the button eight (according to the product manual), that is, the lateral macro further ahead and the largest of the five. The fact that it is large compared to the other four does not mean that it is easily accessible. Sometimes, I forgot about his existence simply because he is out of the reach of his thumb (with his hand resting on the mouse). Suddenly, claw-style users don’t have that difficulty.
For those who like … Yes! Pulsefire Raid has RGB. It is not a carnival of lights and colors, but you can customize the animation style, speed, brightness and the colors of the manufacturer’s scroll and logo on the base of the gamer mouse. Or you can also simply turn off RGB – if you prefer. Regardless of your choice, you will have to use HyperX Ngenuity for this.
The program remains nothing intuitive to use and it takes time, especially for those who have never used it, to learn what to do and save the visual changes made to the peripheral.
The biggest advantage of Ngenuity is to automatically identify all HyperX products connected to the computer from which it was installed. If there is a firmware update available, for any of these devices, the program will also prompt you to download and install it.
Ngenuity already comes with six native configurations, but users can add their own, in addition to configuring the macro buttons and adjust the sensor precision up to 16,000 DPI. When the mouse allows it, I usually leave the peripheral configured at 8,000 DPI, which is already quite satisfactory in terms of pointer speed for me. Using the 16,000 DPI mouse can be “too fast” for ordinary users, but interesting in the competitive gaming landscape.
Unlike competitors such as Razer and Logitech, for example, HyperX gaming mice almost always bet on a simple look. This may please those who prefer a less robust peripheral. In this line, Pulsefire Raid differs a little, from the rest of the family, by implementing 11 macros with a clear focus on MOBA, MMO and shooters players.
With quick response buttons, smooth sliding of the base and the possibility of configuring up to 16,000 DPI, the accessory will hardly leave any player in the hand when it comes to taking a direct hit. The necessary question to ask is: are you going to use all 11 programmable macro buttons? If the answer is yes, this mouse may be a good choice for the suggested price of R $ 294.00 (but it is already possible to find it cheaper).
If the answer is no, it may be better to look for a less stout gamer mouse in this sense, but one that offers the same quick response, smoothness and even with the insane 16,000 DPI limit. This is without having to pay extra for buttons that will only be decorated.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid – Technical Specifications
- Shape: Ergonomic
- Sensor: Premium Pixart PMW3389
- Resolution: up to 16,000 DPI
- DPI presets: 800/1600/3200 DPI
- Speed: 450 IPS
- Acceleration: 50G
- Buttons: 11
- Left and right button switches: Omron
- Switch durability: 20 million clicks
- Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
- Light effects: 2 RGB light zones
- On board memory: 1 profile
- Connection type: USB 2.0
- Pickup rate: 1000 Hz
- Cable type: braided
- Mouse dimensions: 127.8 mm x 71.0 mm x 41.5 mm (length, width and height)
- Cable length: 1.8 m
- Weight (without cable): Approximately 95 g
- Weight (with cable): Approximately 125 g
- Software: HyperX Ngenuity