When you’ve been gaming for a good chunk of your life, it’s obvious that sinking time into one video game is a missed opportunity, and picking up gear for a single purpose is a tailored approach, one that the Pulsefire isn’t here to fulfil. But what it offers is the flexibility to manoeuvre through almost any gaming genre you throw at it. No matter how half-baked it might seem at first.
So if you’re a casual gamer that dips a healthy amount of time into gaming, the Pulsefire Raid should be on your wishlist. Heck, it even has the ergonomic taste for a stress-free grip.
Grip and Design
HyperX has not given the Raid series a wireless treatment just yet so you’re stuck with the good ‘ol cable. One that is braided and lengthy for all kinds of movement. The Raid series also has a fine ergonomic curve for palm grip users. It bends top to bottom from left to right, giving a comfortable grip for casual browsing and gaming. Something quite similar to the Logitech G502.
The matte and rubberised finish is expected and done well enough to keep us from complaining. Its thumb rest area is sufficiently rubberised for comfort too. Depending on how you grip the mouse, your fingers might not sit wholly on the left click button. The button curves downwards a bit too quickly but it’s nothing too alarming. In fact, it gives the Pulsefire Raid a distinct look.
HyperX has plonked the Pixart 3389 sensor on this baby. Which is to say it’s the best HyperX has to offer. You do get 50G mouse acceleration on it but that wasn’t much of an issue in our test. However, we did find ourselves getting a little rusted at sniping in competitive gaming. The DPI-shift button is placed on the mouse to help you out but I personally don’t prefer it. And it’s a bit far from the resting thumb position.
There are four more buttons alongside the DPI-Shift button next to the thumb rest. It really removes the guesswork from keyboard clicks during gaming. We used the Ngenuity software to macro weapon and crouch onto the buttons for Valorant. And it works wonderfully. Albeit, you’ll have to put some hours of gaming with the Pulsefire Raid to take advantage of its crammed button placement. The back-placed buttons are bigger and wider than the front two. I am not a big fan of this design because there’s a small learning curve to it. You can accidentally press the wrong button but once you get the hang of it. It’s smooth sailing. If you have chunky fingers like our Deputy Editor, then you might want to look somewhere else.
The scroll wheel is tactile and great with two extra buttons for when the wheel is pushed sideways. This 11-button arrangement works well for MOBA games as well.
At 95g, the weight is well within the acceptable limit for competitive FPS games.
HyperX’s Ngenuity software leaves little to be desired. We have some minor gripes with it where some things are not well explained and often strange. For instance, we made a profile for our gaming needs and named it ‘Stuff’. Once done, we tried to make a few changes and when we saved it, the software prompted the save to be executed for ‘Profile 1’. This adds a bit of guesswork into the changes you’ve made but if you ignore the confusing prompt, it works. We think it needs a bit of polishing in presentation, that’s all.
Like always HyperX doesn’t disappoint with its features. The Pulsefire Raid is made for casual gamers and you can even dare to enter the competitive space using this.
It’s also got all the bells and whistles for a gaming mouse too. Million-something RGB customisation, DPI adjustment button, smooth skates and tactile buttons.
It’s not perfect but that shouldn’t stop you from picking this one up. The software polish will come as free upgrades in the future hopefully so that’s also taken care of too.