HyperX Pulsefire Haste Review: One Of The Best Budget Mice?

hyperx pulsefire haste review
hyperx pulsefire haste review

Overview

Our review of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste has been split up into multiple different sections:

The Great, The Okay and The Not So Great. Each one of these sections will outline different aspects of the Haste and provide my personal experience, as well as how it has performed.

The HyperX Pulsefire haste packs a punch for the budget friendly price tag of $49.99 MSRP, it sports some great features such as the TTC Golds and the light flexible cable, both very much appreciated.

Let’s get started!

Introduction

HyperX has been well known in the tech market for a majority of things: headsets, keyboards, their pudding keycaps and so on. This time, they’ve decided to take a shot at the ultra-lightweight mouse market, was it a shot well taken? Heck yeah! It’s a 58 gram ambidextrous right handed mouse. It sports a PixArt PAW3335 sensor, you may be thinking the sensor isn’t good compared to a 3360/3389, but the in-fact it feels awesome in use and I have had no issues. The mouse has TTC Gold 60ms for the main buttons, a really flexible light cable, pure PTFE feet and some subtle RGB.

I was excited to get my hands on the Haste, when I was first told about it I was skeptical about HyperX going for the ultra-lightweight market, but needless to say I am very happy they did.


HyperX Pulsefire Haste Specifications

Size LxWxH124.2mm x 66.8mm x 38.2mm
Weight58 grams
Ambidextrous:Yes 
SensorPixArt PAW3335
CableHyperFlex Cable 1.8 metres
Price$49.99
Feet100% Pure Virgin PTFE
Number Of Buttons6
Warranty2 Years
Stock Wireless CapabilityNone
SoftwareYes
Main SwitchesTTC Gold 60ms
Wheel EncoderMechanical
AvailabilityAmazon.com

The Great

Buttons

The Main Buttons utilise TTC Gold 60ms, a welcomed change from Omron 50ms/20ms.
The pre-travel is very low and post travel is fair, which makes the clicks feel satisfying and tactile. They’re light to medium clicks when it comes to force needed to actuate, so perfectly fine for gaming and very spammable. In terms of the physical buttons, they’ve got minimal side and vertical wobble, both got some slight comfort grooves, there are also some honeycomb cutouts but they do not get in the way for me. So very solid and I am happy with them.

The Side Buttons feel pretty great too. They’re placed well, I didn’t find myself reaching for them, they’re also a good size: not large but not small. Both Pre and Post travel are minimal, resulting in a nice click feeling, though there is a fair bit of play on them. I like how they’re glossy coated too, which contrasts the matte coating on the mouse.

Another area worth mentioning is the TTC scroll wheel, it’s light and noise created is minimal. The steps on it are subtle but defined nicely, meaning tactility is good. The click of the wheel requires a medium to heavy amount of force, so I never accidentally pressed it, the feedback when pressing is good too.

There’s also a DPI button on top of the mouse, feels good to click and does its job. The button protrudes a little bit but it’s placed well, so I haven’t accidentally clicked it yet.


Shape

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Design

The shape of the Haste is around a medium to large size, it’s somewhat similar to the Zowie FK2 Series, so if you’re looking for a modern mouse to replace your FK2, this is a top recommendation. 

I can use both Claw and Fingertip grips on this mouse with my 19cm x 10cm hands, personally I preferred using claw here due to how confident & comfortable I felt, but fingertip is still viable. Another thing worth mentioning, the sides of the Haste are very flat, whereas on the majority of ambidextrous mice there’s usually some flare. The ROCCAT Burst Pro is fairly similar here when it comes to the sides, it can make it easier to get a grip but can make the mouse feel somewhat wider.

The shape of this mouse also incorporates some honeycomb design, assumably to reduce the weight and get it into the lightweight market, fortunately the holes are not on the sides so it makes the mouse a lot safer for the majority of people.

Dimensions

  • Pulsefire Haste: 124.2mm x 66.8mm x 38.2mm
  • Zowie FK2-B: 124mm x 36mm x 58mm
  • Xtrfy M42: 118mm x 63mm x 38mm

Shape Comparisons

Haste vs Zowie FK2-B

HyperX Pulsefire Haste vs Zowie FK2-B

Haste vs Xtrfy M42 with low profile hump

HyperX Pulsefire Haste vs Xtrfy M42

Build Quality

The build quality here is superb, no rattles, flexing or creaking anywhere on my unit.

It just feels really solid, I was surprised as this mouse does have a honeycomb structure, so hats off here to HyperX and well done. 


Sensor & Technical Details

The Haste utilises the PixArt PAW 3335, but don’t let that deter you, it’s a top tier sensor and I’ve had no issues. There were reports of extremely bad CPI deviation when first released on some copies, but HyperX have seemingly addressed this and fixed it in a firmware update, which you can install manually via the NGENUITY software. I’ve had no noticeable input lag, tracking has felt accurate, no spin outs on any of my pads and polling rate feels stable.

In regards to the NGENUITY software, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft store, you can customise a good amount here. The options you can change at the moment are: the RGB, CPI adjustment from 100-16000 DPI, Polling rate which includes: 125HZ, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, there’s also button remapping and macros. It’s worth noting that all options you change will be saved on board the mouse, so after you’ve personalised it to your needs, you can uninstall the software. I’m glad HyperX has allowed this to happen, it’s a lot more convenient than having to redownload software when you plug the mouse into a new device.


The Coating

The Coating on the Haste feels very similar to PBT keycaps, it also has a close texture to the Razer Viper Mini, I think it has a good grip capability and I haven’t had any issues with my grip slipping. My hands didn’t get overly sweaty or sticky with the coating here, so I found the coating to be very usable. One thing that could potentially be an issue is the fact that it picks up a noticeable amount of oils and fingerprints, though I found it easy to clean off so not a big problem, just worth mentioning. 


The Packaging

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Packaging

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste comes in some nice standard packaging, with graphics explaining what’s in the box and the box feels strong. Inside the box, you get the mouse, a manual, grips and some replacement feet. Am very pleased that HyperX has provided a lot here, really nice to see, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.


The Okay

The Cable

In terms of flexibility and lightness, it’s really good, especially for a stock cable.
It’s better than the stock cables on mice such as: RVM, G Wolves HTS and Xtrfy M42.

However, the stress relief is not angled up, therefore cable drag is a bit more noticeable without a mouse bungee but still usable without. I would put the cable in ‘The Great’ section if HyperX angled the stress relief upwards.


The Aesthetics

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Top Design

I think the Haste is rather plain here, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just doesn’t ‘stand out’. So if you like minimal looks, this may be a plus for you. If there was no RGB on the scroll wheel, I wouldn’t like the aesthetics, but I think that RGB adds just enough style.


The Feet & Glide

Even though the stock feet are advertised as 100% pure PTFE, I found them to feel a little scratchy, moreso on the Y Axis. They’re still usable and I can certainly live with them, however I would’ve liked them to be a bit smoother and a bit faster, but it’s hard to complain due to the price you pay for this mouse.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Feet and Glide

The Not So Great

The Included Grips

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Included Grips

Yes, it’s great that HyperX have included grips, but unfortunately I’m not the biggest fan of them. I personally prefer Lizard Skins or the grips included with the G Wolves Hati S and Skoll Mini. If the mouse had a honeycomb structure on the sides, I could see the grips being a lot more viable, though the grips for the main buttons may come in handy for some people due to the buttons having some honeycomb holes.


The Verdict

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Design

HyperX have done a great job here with the Pulsefire Haste, they’ve provided a lot for what you pay and the mouse itself is top tier, especially if you like shapes similar to the FK2. If you have medium/large hands you’ll be able to do both claw and fingertip with this mouse, palming will be ok for smaller hands, it’s a pretty safe shape.

With the Haste, you get some great switches, a great stock cable, a good coating, a solid build quality with low weight and more, it’s just a really neat & solid mouse.

There’s not much to improve on as the only things I can really think of are: going for a better sensor such as 3389, even though the 3335 is usable and still feels great, making improvements to the grips and angling the stress relief upwards.

Next time, I’d like to see HyperX go for an original shape or a smaller mouse with an even lower weight, I think they’ll be able to do it considering what they’ve done here..

I recommend this mouse a lot, it packs a lot of features and comes in at a very fair price of $49.99, it is in my opinion one of the best budget mice out there.

Pros

  • Crispy and tactile main switches
  • Superb price of $49.99
  • Awesome build quality
  • Light & Flexible cable
  • Low click latency
  • Grippy coating
  • Safe shape

Cons

  • Not a fan of the provided grips (but good they provided them)
  • Some side button wobble
  • Stress relief isn’t angled

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Alternatives

If you’re interested in buying this mouse but want to take a look at some other options, then it is worth looking at some other mice made for claw,  I’ll list some recommendations below for you.

Premium Alternative: The Logitech GPW Superlight

Whilst this does come in at a much higher price, it sports a lot more features and is a much more premium product. It’s wireless, the same weight as the Haste, great shape for claw with medium/large hands and in my opinion looks a lot better.

Check out our Logitech GPW Superlight review here for more info.

(See also: Pwnage Ultra Custom Symmetrical, SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless)

Similar Price Alternative: The EndGame Gear XM1 and XM1r

This is one of my personal favourite mice, like the Haste it’s great for claw grips, though a big difference would be that the XM1r flares quite a lot on the sides.

If you’re interested in a mouse for claw grip, it may be worth taking a look at the XM1 and XM1r. See our XM1r vs Burst Pro comparison here.

(See also: ROCCAT Burst Pro Review, Xtrfy M42 Review)  

Cheaper Alternative: The Razer Viper Mini

Whilst the Razer Viper mini is cheaper at $30, it still packs some great features and is worth looking at. It is on the smaller side but I enjoyed using it for claw and played very well with it.

(See also: Razer Viper Mini is probably the best small budget lightweight mice out there for claw & it’s good for fingertip too)

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