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HyperX Pulsefire Raid Review 11-Button Gaming Mouse

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A highly capable gaming mouse, the HyperX Pulsefire Raid comes with performance and eleven programmable buttons packed inside a 94-gram shell that makes the Pulsefire Raid perfect for lightweight MMO gaming.
Three of those 11 programmable buttons are operated by clicking the textured rubber scroll wheel down, left and right. The left/right clickable scroll wheel comes useful as Internet browsing next/previous shortcuts, as well as for reloading and dropping ammo and picking up health from dead enemy.
The other buttons in the Pulsefire Raid gaming mouse include the left/right mouse clicks, the DPI button on top and five "clicky" buttons on the left side of the mouse. Both sides of the mouse integrate rubber panels that provide grip control for the thumb, ring and pinky fingers.
The Omron switches for the left and right click buttons are rated for up to 20 million clicks, which is essentially the estimated lifespan of the HyperX Pulsefire Raid that translates to roughly 2 years under moderate use. Most mice and keyboard manufacturers provide this "million clicks/keystrokes" rating as a guide for ascertaining the longevity of the mouse because once the switches start failing the mouse becomes unusable unless you physically unsolder the switches and manually replace them. Some gaming mice though, do come with swappable switches, allowing you to extend the lifespan of the mouse.
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is powered by the Pixart 3389 sensor, which can track movement at a native 100 DPI and up to native 16,000 DPI, which means the HyperX Pulsefire Raid uses a quality sensor and not mouse interpolation algorithms like some mice do. When buying a computer mouse is worth finding out whether the DPI stated is native DPI or interpolated DPI because if the mouse uses interpolation the mouse will not be accurate past its native resolution.
The Pixart 3389 sensor has a maximum speed of 450 IPS so, the Pulsefire Raid is able to track rapid movement even with low mouse sensitivity without making the mouse cursor jerky. As far as mouse input lag, the Pulsefire Raid polling rate can be adjusted from 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz and 1,000 Hz.
Higher polling rate does decrease lag as long as the USB port on a computer can handle high polling rate natively. You can tell whether any of your computer USB ports cannot handle 1000Hz polling rate when the mouse input starts to stutter.
The Pulsefire Raid gaming mouse has true native DPI all the way so, even at the highest - 16,000 DPI - the Pulsefire Raid mouse is able to quickly detect and react to smaller movements without jitter or pixel skipping, making the Pulsefire Raid an extremely reliable and accurate gaming mouse.
Be mindful though, that DPI doesn't scale with monitor resolution; hence you want to adjust DPI according to the resolution of your monitor setup to prevent stuttering and imprecise aiming. Something else you also want to do is adjust in-game sensitivity to get a more effective DPI (or eDPI).
For instance, with a 1080p monitor you may want to set the Pulsefire Raid to 800 DPI  and 5 in-game sensitivity. With a 1440p monitor, you may want to set the Pulsefire Raid mouse to 1600 DPI and 3.5 sensitivity in-game. For a 4k monitor, anywhere between 1600 DPI and 2400 DPI with 3 sensitivity in-game works well.

For accuracy type games like Overwatch where you need to maximize your aiming potential you definitely don't want to set the in-game sensitivity too high. Ultimately though, DPI and in-game sensitivity comes down to preference, the type of game you play and the number of monitors in your setup. If you only use a single monitor, the highest DPI you will ever need is 1000 DPI and even then, that will be overkill unless you have a triple 4K monitor where a high DPI comes in handy for quickly going from one monitor to the other.

The HyperX Pulsefire Raid comes with a non detachable cable, which is stiffly braided and measures 1.80 meter long and terminates into a USB-A connector with a hard plastic plug, thick strain relief and HyperX engraving on it.
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid gaming mouse works with Windows computers, running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 operating systems. There is no MacOS compatibility; hence the HyperX Pulsefire Raid is a gaming mouse strictly for Windows computers.
While the Pulsefire Raid works with most Windows computers, the HyperX Ngenuity 2 companion software is only compatible with Windows 10 computers. This means, if your Windows computer is not running Windows 10, you will not be able to run the Ngenuity 2 software needed for remapping the buttons and changing settings such as DPI since the onboard DPI button can only store three DPI modes on the Pulsefire Raid mouse.
The default DPI modes are 800 DPI (blue), 1600 DPI (yellow) and 3200 DPI (green). When changing DPI, the scroll wheel led changes color to differentiate the DPI mode. If you already own other HyperX peripherals such as the Cloud Flight S headset, you won't need to install the Ngenuity software again.
The dimensions of the HyperX Pulsefire Raid are 128mm long, 71mm wide and 41mm high. The hump in the back of the mouse slopes downward from the left to the right side of the hump, making the HyperX Pulsefire Raid more suited for palm grip.
The RGB lighting has been kept minimal with just two RGB zones on the rear logo and on both sides of the scroll wheel. The weight of the mouse, excluding the cable, is 94 grams. Total weight is 150 grams. You can buy the HyperX Pulsefire Raid from amazon.
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