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HyperX Pulsefire Dart Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 14, 2021 at 10:28 am
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
7.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.2
Video Games (MMO)
6.2
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.8
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent wireless gaming mouse that feels well-built and has cushioned side grips. It's well-suited for all grip types and very nearly all hand sizes; however, small hands may not reach the scroll wheel using a fingertip grip, and extra-large hands may drape over the front using a palm grip. It has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, a low lift-off distance, and good click latency, and it connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also comes with a wireless extender and is Qi-Certified for wireless charging, but we don't test for this, and a wireless charging device isn't included. Unfortunately, it lacks Bluetooth support, its software is only compatible with Windows, and there's no storage compartment for its USB receiver.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is good for office and multimedia work. It feels well built, and it connects wired or wirelessly with a USB receiver. It has a good number of buttons you can program using the companion software, though it's only compatible with Windows. That said, it also has onboard memory that allows you to use your custom settings on computers without the software installed. Unfortunately, this mouse doesn't support Bluetooth, and its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and has no free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good number of programmable buttons.
  • Ergonomic shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
  • Onboard memory.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • No internal storage for USB receiver.
7.4 Video Games (FPS)

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent FPS gaming mouse that feels well built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, low click latency, and a low lift-off distance, though it's not as low as some other options. Unfortunately, it's heavy, and some FPS players may prefer a more lightweight mouse.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Mouse feet are only decent.
7.2 Video Games (MMO)

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse. Nevertheless, it feels well-built and has a right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and almost all hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has a wide CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, and low click latency. It also has a low lift-off distance. However, it's not as low as some other gaming mice.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
6.2 Ultra-Light Gaming

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is too heavy to be considered an ultra-light gaming mouse. Nevertheless, it feels well-built with a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has good click latency, though its mouse feet are only decent and make a scratching sound when used directly on desks.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Mouse feet are only decent.
6.8 Travel

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is okay for travel, but it's bulky and may not fit in some laptop cases. That said, it feels well-built and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has onboard memory for using custom settings on computers without the software installed. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and there's no storage compartment for its USB receiver when not in use.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Onboard memory.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • No internal storage for USB receiver.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.2 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.8 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 14, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (125 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.9" (73 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.23 inยณ (397 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
153 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
114 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
114 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

If you'd like a modular mouse that you can use left-handed, check out the DELUX M627.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator No

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless gaming mouse includes a cable for recharging, but it's also Qi-certified and supports wireless charging using any Qi-standard device. However, this isn't something we test.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Pulsefire Dart
  • User Documentation
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Wirelesss receiver
  • Wirelesss receiver extender

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options on the HyperX Dart are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No
Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
14 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
16 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name NGenuity
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless gaming mouse we tested is black, and there aren't any other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent wireless gaming mouse and the only current wireless model in the new HyperX Pulsefire lineup. Like most of the mice in the lineup, it uses the mid-range Pixart 3389 sensor, which offers better performance than the Pixart 3327 in the budget HyperX Pulsefire Core, but not quite as good as the Pixart 3335 in the HyperX Pulsefire Haste. As the only wireless model, it's the only mouse in the lineup that's Qi-Certified for wireless charging. However, it doesn't include a wireless charging device. Unfortunately, it's heavy, even for a wireless gaming mouse, and there are numerous more feature-rich options available in the same weight range.

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Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor

The Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse with HERO Sensor is a better wireless gaming mouse than the HyperX Pulsefire Dart. The Logitech is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible charging cable, a wider CPI range, a more consistent sensor, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. It also has software compatible with Windows and macOS, while the HyperX only has software compatible with Windows. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Glorious is much lighter but is a wired-only mouse. It has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the HyperX feels better built and connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and Qi-Certified wireless charging. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The Razer is a wired-only mouse that's significantly lighter and feels better built. It also has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly and significantly lower click latency. You can also assign a G-Shift button using the companion software to enable a secondary layer of commands. On the other hand, the HyperX connects wirelessly with its USB receiver and has a wider CPI range and a more precisely adjustable CPI.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is a better wireless gaming mouse than the HyperX Pulsefire Dart. It's much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide smoother, a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and significantly lower click latency. Additionally, it has a storage compartment for its USB receiver, while the HyperX doesn't. And its software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the HyperX software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the HyperX has a USB-C standard charging cable rather than the older micro-USB charging cable used by the Logitech.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a better wireless gaming mouse than the HyperX Pulsefire Dart. It's slightly larger, but it's lighter and has a thumb rest. It also has a more flexible charging cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and significantly lower click latency. It has one additional side button, more programmable inputs, and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons and free scrolling. The Razer also has a storage compartment for its USB receiver when it's not in use, which the HyperX lacks. Comparatively, the HyperX supports Qi-Standard wireless charging.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 is an excellent wireless mouse designed for office use, while the HyperX Pulsefire Dart is a decent wireless gaming mouse. The HyperX is lighter and has better performance for gaming, including a wider CPI range, a much higher maximum polling rate, and a significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech is oriented towards comfort and productivity. It has a thumb rest with a gesture button, a thumb wheel, and a primary scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons, and a free-scrolling mode. It also supports Bluetooth and has customization software compatible with Windows and macOS.

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