HyperX  - HyperX Pulsefire Core


HyperX Pulsefire Core: a light, symmetrical and inexpensive gaming mouse

Aprox. 27€ - see price -

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Coming to strengthen the HyperX mouse range of a fourth model, the Pulsefire Core is a simple and efficient mouse. It could convince more than one thanks to its sale price below 40 €. Provided of course to ensure the essential ...

Positive points

Light and handy mouse.

Good sliding.

Accurate and responsive.

Agreed but effective design.

Bad points

Still lacks grip.

Software stingy with possibilities.

Acceleration / smoothing impossible to deactivate.

Symmetrical, but not ambidextrous.

Our review


Like the Pulsefire Surge from the same manufacturer, this Pulsefire Core cannot claim the status of a truly ambidextrous mouse. Indeed, if its design is perfectly symmetrical, it has two slice buttons on the left that we do not find on the right. Result, it is to be stored in the box - full - of mice that we recommend especially to those who play the "mouse" with the right hand.

Otherwise, it is a rather small mouse (11.9 cm long, 6.4 cm wide) and rather light (87 grams), whose palm rest is fairly rounded (4.1 cm at highest point). Mounted on two large PTFE pads, its glide proves to be impeccable, whether on the hard surface of a desk or on a fabric carpet.

It has a total of 7 programmable buttons, counting in addition to the 2 main clicks and the 2 slice buttons the click wheel as well as the 2 small upper buttons used as resolution selectors. The behavior of all these buttons is true to what you would expect from such a mouse. The wheel (rubberized, notched and silent) benefits from a pleasant and frank click. Edge buttons provide dry, responsive feedback. While the two main clicks benefit from a good rebound (it is possible to chain the clicks without frenzy frantically).

Their switches, guaranteed for 20 million clicks, have a rather muffled sound (which is not to displease us). On the other hand, the small upper buttons are too soft in our opinion and are difficult to distinguish in the heat of the action, although they remain sufficiently accessible to be usable.

In hand, the mouse is particularly handy. Because of its lightness and good glide, it is one of those that can be moved from left to right without the slightest annoyance or fatigue, and without having the impression of losing precision in it (we will come back). If we appreciate the use of a small diameter braided cable which also favors movement, we must admit that we still regret the use of a different material on the slices of the mouse, which could have brought better grip. Not to mention soap, very slightly textured hard plastic is insufficient for our taste to guarantee an ideal grip.

The last touch of style is - of course - brought by an RGB led hidden behind the HyperX logo engraved in the shell of the mouse. A configurable visual effect on 16.8 million colors - even deactivable.



In terms of precision, the performance of the Pulsefire Core from HyperX is entrusted to a Pixart PMW3327 optical sensor whose native sensitivity can climb up to 6,200 dpi (which is more than enough, even equipped with an Ultra HD screen). A sensor capable of absorbing maximum accelerations of 30 g and ensuring flawless tracking up to a speed greater than 5.5 meters per second.

Not being equipped to technically verify these data provided by the sensor manufacturer, we can nevertheless affirm that on a daily basis, for a mixed office / game use alternating fast FPS and precise clipping work with Photoshop, we never had to complain about the behavior of this mouse.

The only thing to note, the mouse applies a certain amount of acceleration to the movements made, and the movement of the cursor on the screen is therefore not exactly representative of the area covered by the movements of the wrist. A peculiarity that we integrate quickly enough and which is not sufficiently pronounced to have hindered us in our practice of video games. However, it is possible that seasoned players complain about such behavior and seek to deactivate this acceleration ... which is unfortunately not possible.

As always with optical sensors, glossy coatings or glass are not surfaces that guarantee optimal functioning of the sensor. Finally, we note that the mouse communicates movements and clicks every millisecond with the system (thanks to a polling rate of 1000 Hz).



A cheap alternative to the Pulsefire Surge, this Pulsefire Core with limited ambitions on paper is doing relatively well in practice. Very handy because of its lightness and its excellent glide, not tiring to use long hours, it nevertheless sins on some details: a lack of grip, an acceleration of the sensor movements impossible to deactivate, a symmetrical design but a design not -ambidextrous and software that deserves a little more care and richness. Sold for around forty euros, it will find it hard to find a place in a popular segment where the Logitech G403 Prodigy or Corsair Optical Saber reign supreme, alongside of course the essential G502 Proteus Spectrum from Logitech.