Even amateurs will appreciate the upgrades.
Last year, IGN took a look at the HyperX’s first gaming mouse, the Pulsefire FPS. It was an impressive fledgling effort, and the company followed it up with an even more advanced model dubbed the Surge RGB. For its third go-around, HyperX is splitting the difference between these two mice with a midrange model dubbed the Pulsefire FPS Pro (See it on Amazon). It essentially is the Pulsefire mouse, with a few features borrowed from the upscale Surge. Perhaps the most surprising change, at least compared to the Surge, is HyperX has removed some of its lighting, which is definitely going against the current trend. As its name implies, it’s an upgrade from the entry-level Pulsefire FPS, and at $60 it slots directly into the middle of the company’s mouse lineup.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro – Design and Features
I reviewed the HyperX Pulsefire Surge earlier this year and fell hard for its stylish looks and comfortable design. The FPS Pro is missing that mouse’s insane 32-zone RGB light bar, but the basic shape and size of the original Pulsefire FPS remains largely unchanged, so the love affair continues with the Pro. This new mouse also has the same Pixart 3389 sensor from the Surge, which is an upgrade from the 3310 chip found in the Pulsefire FPS. Whereas the standard Pulsefire had preset DPI intervals that you couldn’t change, the Pro model lets you select whichever increments you want in a range from 200 to 16,000 DPI.
The Pulsefire Pro offers a swoopy design with a mid-body arch intended for right-handed gamers, and its shape made it immediately comfortable in my large-ish hand. I’m a palm-grip gamer, and the Pulsefire FPS Pro fit my hand like a glove, offering just enough support to my hand under the knuckles. While forcing myself to use a claw grip, I found the mouse to be equally comfortable, too.
The flared front edge of the mouse—very similar in appearance to Razer’s popular DeathAdder mice—worked flawlessly in helping contain my fingers over the left and right buttons, regardless of grip style. The Pulsefire Pro also uses durable Omron switches, just like in its previous mice, which the company claims will last for over 20 million clicks. Though I can’t speak to their long term durability due to my short testing window, I can say the buttons on this mouse provided a satisfying tactile response with each press.
The Pulsefire FPS Pro is a six-button mouse, including left, right, clickable mouse wheel, centered DPI selector, and two left-facing thumb buttons. This is essentially the “basic loadout” for a gaming mice these days, and it’s more than enough for first-person shooter fans (hence the FPS name) like me.
The textured, rubberized grips on the sides of the Pulsefire FPS Pro are not very attractive, but I can’t deny their satisfying feel. Coupled with the tuned ergonomic grip, this mouse always stayed exactly where I wanted it, even while playing intense games. The two large skates on the underside of the mouse also worked exceptionally well, and while this isn’t the lightest mouse on the market at 95g (sans the braided cable), the Pulsefire FPS Pro flows smoothly over a mouse pad with little effort.
The lighting on this mouse has been upgraded from the previous version, as well. The non-pro version offered only red for the color of the backlight, but the Pulsefire FPS Pro uses full RGB lighting, expanding the color palette significantly. Light is emitted from the mouse-wheel and HyperX logo on the palm rest, and hitting the DPI selector behind the mouse wheel briefly flashes a corresponding color to let you know what sensitivity you’ve selected. Unlike the wraparound lighting on the Surge, the lighting is subtle, adding a bit of flair without screaming “Look who is a gamer!”
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro – Software
HyperX’s NGenuity software has remained largely the same since I reviewed the Pulsefire Surge earlier this year, and figuring out how to customize things on the Pulsefire FPS Pro still takes some getting used to. I think navigating through its weird profile selection screen is probably the most confusing, but once I got the hang of it, setting lighting effects and such is a pretty straightforward affair.
There’s four RGB lighting presets to choose from, including solid color, color cycle, breathing, and trigger (which pulses color with a button press). All of the effects look vibrant, and the ability to choose a custom tone with a color wheel is a nice touch. You can also use a color wheel to set the corresponding color that flashes when you adjust DPI, which is a handy feature, and there’s an option to choose how many DPI presets you want to apply to the selector button, from one to five (the mouse includes just three out of the box, but you can change this in the software). Overall this is a great feature, and will please pretty much everyone who uses it as some people want all five DPI presets, while others just want two, or to use that button for something entirely different.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys recording macros and using them on a mouse, you can do it on this mouse though I have no use for it. It’s also a fairly simple process, and overall all of these options are a big upgrade over the previous model, which didn’t have any software at all. Though Ngenuity is kind of rough around the edges, it’s easy to use and straightforward in its design, so I have no major issues with it.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro – Gaming
Sometimes life as a reviewer is hard and you have to do things like play video games for hours and hours to properly test new hardware. Such was my plight while using the Pulsefire FPS Pro to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch, and Fallout 4 (a replay is in order before Fallout 76). Thankfully, I found this mouse to be an absolute joy to use for any game, but it really seems to live up to its name when it comes to first-person shooters.
The swift, easy-gliding skates and the exceptionally accurate Pixart 3389 sensor made fast-paced gaming feel effortless. I can’t say for certain if the Pulsefire FPS Pro directly improved my performance, but the way it fit into my hand coupled with its improved sensor made me feel like I had pinpoint control at all times. Button presses were satisfying, and while this mouse is missing bells and whistles like adjustable weights and “frag harder” lighting, I never found myself wanting. Its stripped-down design is actually a benefit, not a negative. It essentially has “just the basics,” and each one of those basic features is polished to a high sheen, and made the mouse feel comfortable and effortless to use at all times.
When dialing in the new sensor, I generally used either 800 or 1600 DPI in all of the previously mentioned games, and I appreciated the ability to have just two presets instead of having to use all five that are available. The software also allows for adjusting DPI intervals by 50 DPI, so you can really dial them in to your liking.
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro has an MSRP of $59.99, and since it was just released (late July 2018), that’s what it costs on Amazon: