To spend 40$ or more on a mouse? Nowadays absolutely not a problem. But what if you can’t or don’t want to spend so much and still want to buy a decent new gaming mouse?

This is precisely where HyperX sees a gap in the market and wants to fill it with its “Pulsefire Core.” Less high-end features and gimmicks, but a fair price and a complete package. Will this plan work, or isn’t the “Pulsefire Core” much more than plastic scrap from the gamer’s point of view?

HyperX is a somewhat unknown brand at the moment, but behind it stands a well-known name – Kingston. But can the company, which has made a name for itself primarily as a manufacturer of memory cards, also be convincing when it comes to gaming peripherals? We’ll find out soon.

Why Expensive When It Can Go Cheap?

What makes today’s gaming mice so expensive? As so often in life, several factors interact. On the one hand, in many places, you certainly pay a little extra for the name. On the other hand, gaming mice also use increasingly precise and better technology in a small space.

And since the optics are supposed to be convincing as well as the performance and ergonomics, means often flow in, for example, to make complex lighting of the mouse or an excellent looking casing possible.

Even if the “Pulsefire Core” does not take part in the big arms race, you don’t have to forgo the advantages just mentioned thoroughly. But one thing at a time.

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When unpacking the wired mouse, you don’t notice that anything is inferior. The mouse with a total of 7 keys looks very simple, but still stylish, and also in terms of quality everything seems to be fine.

After the first functional test was successful and the (optional) software was downloaded, we’ll briefly focus on the technical cornerstones before we take a closer look at the everyday and gaming suitability of the mouse.

A popular value is the DPI number, which indicates how exactly the laser mouse measures its surface. The “Pulsefire Core” offers up to 6200 DPI. In the light of peak values far beyond the 10000 for other mice, this is a setback at first glance.

In practice, this is unlikely to play a role for most users, because these high DPI figures give a theoretical, technical advantage, but in practice, such a high accuracy is hardly noticeable for the vast majority of players.

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The next positive point is the keys. The Omron switches used to provide a good click feel, and are certified for 20 million clicks. So, they should keep loose for the next few years.

What also stands out is the low weight of 87 grams. It’s quite a change when, like us, you come from rather bulky, heavy mice. Depending on your preference, such a lightweight can sometimes give the impression of a lack of the value, according to the motto “what weighs nothing is also worth nothing.”

But as I said, it is not true, but of course, everyone has to decide for themselves whether they would rather have something more massive in their hands. For us, it was a change of habits, but after one or two days with the “Pulsefire Core” the weight also felt quite natural.

Impressions and Features

Right from the start, our impression of the “Pulsefire Core” was very positive, especially when you consider the price of just under 50$. What should not go unmentioned, is the size of the mouse.

With average or small hands, the mouse fits very well, but if you have above-average large hands, you should definitely “prolong” the purchase to see if the mouse is not too small for your own hands.

But if you’re not blessed with such paws, you can be happy about a mouse that feels good, no matter if you hold it in claw or palm grip. Due to its uniform shape, it is also very durable for left-handers. But then, the two thumb buttons on the left side of the mouse are on the wrong side.

We, as right-handers with standard hand size, were impressed by the performance of the HyperX mouse. Reliable, fast and precise, our inputs and movements were captured and implemented; everything felt “right” from the start.

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Of course, if you play MMOs or other games where, for example, as many thumb buttons as possible are an advantage, you won’t be entirely happy here. But there are special mice for that. Everyone who manages with a “normal” number of (high-quality) buttons and a flawless mouse wheel should take a closer look at the “Pulsefire Core.”

Of course, you can also do a lot with the NGenuity software. In addition to the cosmetic option to change the color of the logo lighting, there are also really game relevant options.

You can save different DPI-profiles, and thus also program a kind of sniper key, which then makes sure that movements are temporarily much less “strong” transmitted, and you can thus perform more delicate movements.

As the name suggests, it’s ideal for shooting with a sniper rifle. A macro editor is also here. It’s not very intuitive at first, but in the end, it offers a lot of functions. In short, the software isn’t the most comprehensive at first glance, but when you take a closer look, it offers many useful functions.

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Summary

We have already reviewed some gaming mice. Among them are high-rated mice, but each of them is highly priced. And while these often bring cool gimmicks, the “Pulsefire Core” concentrates on the essentials.

Of course, the HyperX mouse doesn’t offer familiar features such as a thumb rest, but the “Pulsefire Core” really doesn’t have to hide in terms of performance and processing.

In combination with the NGenuity software, we get a mouse that plays a very high role in terms of price-performance and impressed us in this respect. So if you can do without all-round lighting and some other gimmicks, and get along well with the rather small size of the “Pulsefire Core,” we can only warmly recommend that you take a closer look at this little price-performance miracle when buying a mouse soon.

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Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Good and not too overloaded software
  • Suitable for left-handers
  • Clean processing
  • Suitable for everyday use and gaming

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Cons
  • Very light (87 grams)
  • Not suitable for large hands