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HyperX Pulsefire Haste Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Feb 11, 2021 at 10:28 am
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Picture
7.3
Office/Multimedia
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
7.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.4
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent gaming mouse with a honeycomb body that makes it very lightweight. It feels well-built and durable and has a comfortable design that's suitable for most hand sizes using any grip style. It also comes with extra grip tape for those who want a better hold. It has remarkable feet that provide a smooth gliding experience. It also has very good click latency and a wide CPI range that’s pretty consistent, although you can’t adjust it super precisely. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have as many programmable inputs as other gaming mice, but it should still be adequate for most people. Also, the software doesn’t offer that many customization options and isn’t compatible with macOS, but at least you can save your favorite profile on the onboard memory.

Our Verdict

7.3 Office/Multimedia

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is only decent for office use. While it's very comfortable and feels well-built, it lacks some useful features for office work, like a horizontal scrolling wheel or wireless connectivity. It also doesn’t have that many programmable inputs, and even though the mouse works on macOS, the companion software doesn't, so you can't make any customization changes.

Pros
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Feels very well-built and solid.
  • Well-suited for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Can’t be used wirelessly.
  • Software not available on macOS.
8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. It has a honeycomb design that makes it very lightweight, while still feeling well-built and durable. Its click latency is very good, so most gamers won't notice any delays, and it has excellent feet that provide a smooth gliding experience. Its design is quite universal, and only people with smaller hands may find it hard to use it with a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Well-suited for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Only six programmable inputs.
7.3 Video Games (MMO)

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a decent choice for MMO gaming. It's a very comfortable mouse that feels durable and that should fit most hand sizes using any grip type. It also has very good click latency and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly as many programmable buttons as dedicated MMO mice, and the onboard memory only allows you to save one profile at a time.

Pros
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Feels very well-built and solid.
  • Well-suited for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Software not available on macOS.
  • Not nearly as many buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an amazing ultra-light gaming mouse. It features a honeycomb design, making it very lightweight, though it still feels solid and durable. It's also very comfortable, and it's well-suited for most hand sizes using any grip type. Its click latency is very good, so most gamers won't notice any delay, and its cable and feet are also excellent.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Well-suited for most hand sizes with any grip type.
Cons
  • Only six programmable inputs.
5.4 Travel

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is disappointing for traveling. Like most wired gaming mice, it’s not the most portable option as the cable may be annoying in tight spaces like a bus or a plane. It also has a fairly tall back, making it hard to fit into some laptop bags. On the plus side, it feels very well-built and solid, so it should be sturdy enough to carry around. It’s also very comfortable for most hand-sizes using any grip type.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
Cons
  • May be too bulky for some laptop cases.
  • Can’t be used wirelessly.
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.4 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 09, 2022: We've updated this review to Test Bench 1.1, which revamped our click latency test methodology. We've updated the text to reflect our new results in various sections, including the Click Latency test box, Usages, Introduction, and other locations where we discuss click latency.
  2. Updated May 30, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated May 11, 2022: The dimensions of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste were retested following the discovery of an inconsistency between our listed measurements for this mouse and the identically-shaped HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless. The previous measurements for this mouse were incorrect and have been fixed. It's resulted in a slight increase in the portability score from 5.6 to 5.7 and the travel score from 5.1 to 5.4.
  4. Updated Feb 11, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has a pretty straightforward design with honeycomb holes and a matte black finish. There are two glossy black buttons on the side, not too far from the HyperX logo, and customizable RGB lighting along the scroll wheel.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
19.34 in³ (317 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired gaming mice, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste isn't the most portable option. It has a fairly tall back, making it hard to fit into some laptop bags, and the cable may be annoying in tight spaces like a bus or a plane. That said, this probably won't be an issue for people looking for a gaming mouse for their home setup.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
84 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
60 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
60 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

Like other honeycomb mice we've tested, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is very lightweight. However, it doesn't come with any weight optimization options.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse feels very well-built and solid, even if it's entirely made out of plastic and has honeycomb-patterned holes. There aren't any loose parts or squeaking sounds, and the wheel doesn't wobble. However, pinching the top and bottom parts of the mouse can cause the CPI button to activate, though this shouldn't be an issue with normal use.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste feels very comfortable. While it only has buttons on the left side, there's no thumb rest and it has a symmetrical, ambidextrous design. There aren't any grips on the mouse itself, but it comes with grip tape that you can add on the L/R click buttons and both sides. The mouse can be used with pretty much any grip style for most hand sizes, except for smaller hands with a fingertip grip.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Any hand size should reach all the buttons and have good control over the mouse while using a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Any hand size should reach all the buttons and have good control over the mouse while using a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is great for a fingertip grip for everyone except those with smaller hands, as the mouse might be a little too big for them to easily reach the scroll wheel and side buttons.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has an excellent paracord-like cable, though it retains slight kinks from the packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

The feet on the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are remarkable. The four rounded pads offer a smooth gliding experience. Some extra feet are included, but we couldn't find any third-party replacements at this time. If you find some, please let us know in the discussions.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Pulsefire Haste mouse
  • Manual
  • Grip tape
  • Extra feet

Control
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

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has a total of six buttons, but unfortunately, you can't reprogram the up/down scroll. Also, the L/R click buttons can only be reprogrammed as each other, so you can invert the clicks for both right or left-handed use but you can't assign them any other function.

7.9
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
8.2 ms
Wired
8.2 ms
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
N/A

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has very good click latency. It's suitable for playing games in any genre and it's extremely unlikely you'll notice any delays during gameplay.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3335
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has a wide CPI range adjustable by steps of 100, which isn't as precise as some other gaming mice we've tested. The set CPI is quite consistent whether you're moving your mouse slowly or quickly. The lift-off distance is low enough that the sensor shouldn’t track your movements when you're repositioning your mouse, and you can choose between four polling rates: 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

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

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste has a pretty standard scroll wheel with RGB lighting on both sides. The increment steps feel very soft, and it's almost hard to tell that you're scrolling sometimes.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

This mouse is loud, but it still shouldn't bother people around you unless you're in a very quiet environment.

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

The HyperX NGenuity software is great overall. It doesn't offer that many customization options but still allows you to adjust the RGB, CPI, and polling rate. It's only compatible with Windows, and while the mouse has onboard memory, you can only save one profile on it.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is fully compatible with Windows. The mouse also works on macOS, but the software isn't available on this OS, so you can't reprogram the buttons or make any adjustments.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are no other variants of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste, and it only comes in black. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse and is among the lightest ones we’ve tested. Compared to other gaming mice, it has an almost universal design that fits most hand sizes using any grip style; only people with smaller hands using a fingertip grip may have a harder time reaching all the buttons. It also comes with extra grip tape to customize the L/R clicks and the sides to your liking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have as many programmable inputs as other mice we’ve tested, and the L/R click buttons can only be reprogrammed as each other. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best mice, the best wired mice, and the best gaming mice.

GLORIOUS Model O

The GLORIOUS Model O and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste perform quite similarly. Both options are wired-only and feature a honeycomb design, but the HyperX is shorter and a bit lighter. It also has a wider CPI range and slightly better click latency, though the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS' cable is a little more flexible, and its set CPI is slightly more consistent. It also allows you to save more than one profile to its onboard memory.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The HyperX features a honeycomb design, while the Razer has a plain body, but both are very light and weigh almost the same. The Razer has many more programmable inputs, as it allows you to cycle through different profiles directly on the mouse. It also has a much lower click latency. On the other hand, the HyperX is slightly more comfortable and is suitable for a lot more hand sizes and grip types, especially if you have larger hands. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a wider CPI range with a lot less variation.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are both wired, lightweight gaming mice with comparable performance. The GLORIOUS has a right-handed shape and a slightly more flexible cable. It also has marginally better click latency, though users are unlikely to notice a difference between them. On the other hand, the HyperX has an ambidextrous shape and is lighter. It also feels slightly sturdier overall and has both a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are both amazing gaming mice. The Razer is a good choice for people who want lower click latency and a wider and more precise CPI range. It also has three times the amount of programmable inputs than the HyperX but is slightly bigger and heavier. On the other hand, the HyperX is amazing for ultra-light gaming as it features a honeycomb design that makes it very lightweight. Its CPI variation is also lower, so the set CPI is more consistent whether you’re moving your mouse slowly or quickly.

HyperX Pulsefire Surge

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Surge is a decent FPS gaming mouse. The Haste has a honeycomb design, making it extremely lightweight. It has a better cable, smoother-gliding feet, much lower click latency, and a more consistent sensor. However, you can't adjust the CPI as precisely on the Haste as you can on the Surge.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are excellent ultra-light gaming mice with symmetrical shapes, but the Logitech has better overall performance. The Logitech connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. Its feet glide more smoothly on mousepads and desks, it has lower click latency, and it has a wider CPI range. Its software is also compatible with Windows and macOS. On the other hand, the HyperX is a wired-only model. It also has RGB lighting, which the Logitech lacks. However, its software is only compatible with Windows.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless is a wireless version of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste. The two mice are almost visually identical and share the same sensor. They're also the same weight. The standout difference between the two is that the newer Pulsefire Haste Wireless connects with a USB receiver. However, the original Pulsefire Haste has lower click latency.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is overall a better gaming mouse than the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro. The Haste has a much lighter weight, smoother-gliding mouse feet, a more flexible cable, and a lower lift-off distance. It also feels better built, and its scroll wheel doesn't wobble. On the other hand, the FPS Pro has a marginally lower click latency, and its CPI can be adjusted more precisely.

HyperX Pulsefire Raid

The HyperX Pulsefire Raid is a more versatile wired gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Haste has better overall performance. The Haste is much lighter and feels sturdier. It has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and much lower click latency. It also has an ambidextrous shape and is nearly universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes. On the other hand, the Raid has a more precisely adjustable CPI and a right-handed shape best-suited for larger hands using a claw or fingertip grip or medium and large-sized hands using a palm grip.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is an exceptional, wireless ultra-light gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent, wired ultra-light gaming mouse. The Finalmouse is lighter and feels sturdier. It connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. Comparatively, the HyperX has a wider CPI range, customization software, and RGB lighting, which the Finalmouse lacks. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste and the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2 are excellent ultra-light wired mice. The HyperX is slightly lighter, and its mouse feet are better thanks to their rounded edges. Comparatively, the Pwnage has a lower minimum CPI and a more precisely adjustable CPI. Also, it comes with modular pieces that change the look and feel of the mouse. Also, it comes with weights if you prefer heavier mice or want to change the weight distribution.

Endgame Gear XM1

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste and the Endgame Gear XM1 are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The HyperX is more lightweight and a bit more comfortable to use. Its lift-off distance is lower, meaning that the sensor shouldn’t track your movement when you’re repositioning the mouse. It also has a lot more programmable inputs considering that none of the Endgame’s buttons are programmable. That said, the Endgame has slightly better feet, and its cable is a bit more flexible. Its CPI range is also a bit wider and has less variation, and its click latency is slightly better, though the difference shouldn’t be very noticeable.

Gamesense Meta

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste and the Gamesense Meta are both wired gaming mice. The HyperX has a honeycomb cutout pattern over its body, and it's a bit lighter. It feels better built, and its mouse feet glide smoother thanks to its rounded edges. Comparatively, the Gamesense has more programmable buttons and marginally lower click latency. If you have extra-large hands, you may prefer the HyperX's slightly larger size.

ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO is a very good gaming mouse. The HyperX has a honeycomb cutout design that makes it much lighter than the ROCCAT. Also, it has a more flexible cable, and its mouse feet glide much more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and slightly lower latency. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has more programmable inputs thanks to its Easy-Shift[+] feature.

HK Gaming Mira-M

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste and the HK Gaming Mira-M are both excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mice. The HyperX is marginally lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a somewhat lower click latency. On the other hand, the HK Gaming has a slightly lower minimum CPI. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. However, neither is suitable for small hands using a fingertip grip.

Cooler Master MM830

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent ultra-lightweight mouse, and Cooler Master MM830 is a versatile mouse for multi-genre gaming. However, the HyperX is a better gaming mouse overall as it's significantly lighter, feels sturdier, has a more flexible cable, and has smoother-gliding mouse feet. It also has a lower lift-off distance and a much lower click latency. Comparatively, the Cooler Master has a thumb rest, a wider CPI range, a d-pad button layout with four buttons, and a customizable OLED screen. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the HyperX is more accommodating for smaller hands.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-C

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent wired gaming mouse, while the BenQ ZOWIE EC1-C is a great wired gaming mouse. The HyperX is significantly lighter and has better quality mouse feet. It also has a much wider CPI range, and you can set the CPI precisely by increments of 100, while you can only choose between four default CPI presets on the BenQ. The HyperX also has RGB lighting and customization software, two features the BenQ lacks entirely. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the HyperX is more accommodating to a wider range of hand sizes overall.

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