HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse Review – Just Off Target
Wireless mice constantly get better and it’s one of my favourite tech trends. I hate cable drag but also inaccuracy and for a long time, it was a choice between one or the other. Nowadays, wireless mice are good enough.
Even the pros are using them on stage but I’m just not sure the HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse, while a good mouse, would be among them.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
This is only because it’s a very fine mouse but doesn’t really stand out in any particular way. I’ve never noticed any issues with aiming in FPS games but I haven’t been blown away by it either. All in all, when it comes to pointing and clicking it does it well but I’m not sure that’s enough to make it truly competitive.
I want to stress here that this doesn’t mean it’s a bad mouse. It runs on the standard 2.4 GHz wireless frequency and can have up to 16000 DPI. Clicking feels fast and responsive, there are programmable buttons including two on the side for thumbs. It’s everything you expect from a gaming mouse but not really anything more.
My Latest Squeeze
The one slight difference that the HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse is just below those two side buttons. The portion of the mouse where your thumb and little finger naturally fall are squishy, kinda like a stress ball. It’s an odd touch but actually kinda cool.
When things aren’t going well in-game, right there, you’ve got something to squeeze and take your frustrations out on. I don’t think it’ll make you any better, but maybe it’ll help relieve some of the anger.
It also means if you are the kind of person to have a naturally firm grip on your mouse this one might be a bit more comfortable than others, and maybe more durable too. I’ve squeezed it pretty hard and never once felt like I was going to damage the thing, unlike some of the lighter mice we’re seeing of late.
This isn’t one of those mice, it’s solid and kinda heavy but the battery life is actually really good and makes it worth the weight.
Overall, for someone who’s not that angry, it is reasonably comfortable in the hand. The arch is a little higher than I’d like but not enough to notice it unless I’m thinking about it. I’ve found myself squeezing those sides just to give it a little push and see how it feels from time to time and it’s oddly comforting. I wouldn’t say it’s enough of a reason to get this over another mouse for me, personally, but it’s neat.
Something else that’s pretty neat with the HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse is that it supports wireless QI charging. Unfortunately, the matt that’s meant to go with it to charge it hasn’t been rated for Australia, and we still don’t even know if it’s coming.
But if you have a wireless charger on your desk you can always top it off on that, which might be easier than using the USB C cable all the time. It will charge very slowly depending on your wireless charger though, but it’s cool that it even does.
The USB C cable is also a welcome feature. It may seem pretty standard but any mouse that is using this over micro or some other peripheral is doing something small to make my life easier and I appreciate it.
The cable also plugs into a male to female regular USB port which has a padded bottom. This allows it to stay on your desk easier and the idea is you can plug the receiver into it to keep it closer to your mouse which means if you have trouble with regular wireless mice picking up signals, this might work a bit better for you.
I personally like it because when I need to charge the cable is already right there, so again, making my life slightly easier for charging.
Not Quite a Bulls-Eye
Or maybe it is, given in many dart games that’s not the highest score.
The last factor that might tip you over when thinking of purchasing the HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse is if your other gear is HyperX too. It works with the Nguity software to configure the LEDs and buttons so if you want to keep everything in the same ecosystem. The LEDs are vivid, especially the one in the scroll wheel, and overall it looks nice without being too loud. If you turn that off it also just looks like a regular mouse, so if you’re after something a bit more low key it also might be your jam.
It’s a fine mouse but it won’t blow you away. There are a few cool features in there like the squeezy sides, long battery life, wireless charging, and the little cable attachment but they’re all small quality of life improvements. Not to say they don’t add up but they don’t necessarily make it a better mouse, just a slightly easier tool and it’ll depend on how much that matters to you as to whether you’d want this or a different device.
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse is fine. If when it launches in Australia it’s cheap enough it’s probably going to be a pretty good buy if you care about all the little things.
However, looking at pricing in other countries, you can probably spend around the same or even a little extra and get yourself a better mouse for gaming, or a better everyday mouse if either is your main schtick.
A HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse was provided by HyperX for this review.
Product Name: HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse
Product Description: HyperX Pulsefire Dart™ is a gaming-grade wireless mouse with a reliable 2.4GHz RF connection that will make you wonder why you waited so long to cut the cord. A wireless adapter is included to extend the range for desktop PC setups.
Does the pointy and the clicky just fine but not amazingly well
Squishy sides are weirdly cool
Features like QI Charging and the Cable set up are nice quality of life improvements
Not as comfortable as some other mice with the bump profile