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HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed May 19, 2023 at 10:57 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 24, 2023 at 12:45 pm
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6.6
Work
9.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
9.4
Raw Performance

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is a wired gaming mouse that continues HyperX's Pulsefire Haste lineup. Compared to the previous HyperX Pulsefire Haste, this mouse has the same shape but a new sensor, more durable left- and right-click switches, and a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. While its predecessor had small honeycomb cutouts in the body to reduce its overall weight, this new version has a solid plastic body but manages to weigh slightly less overall.

Our Verdict

6.6 Work

While not designed with this use in mind, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is adequate for work use. It has impressive build quality and is well-suited for all grip types and medium or larger hand sizes. It doesn't have many programmable buttons, and the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and left/right tilt inputs.
  • Cable retains some minor kinking from the way it's packaged.
9.1 Video Games (FPS)

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is an outstanding FPS gaming mouse. It has impressive build quality and a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and ideal for medium or larger-sized hand sizes. Performance-wise, this mouse delivers a very responsive and consistent in-game experience with low latency, a remarkably accurate and consistent sensor, and a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Great click latency.
  • Supports a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • Cable retains some minor kinking from the way it's packaged.
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is good for MMO gaming but has fewer side buttons than a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can reprogram the buttons it does have using the customization software. It also has impressive build quality, great click latency, and outstanding sensor performance, offering a precise and responsive-feeling gameplay experience.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Great click latency.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Cable retains some minor kinking from the way it's packaged.
9.4 Raw Performance

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 has exceptional raw performance. It has great click latency and a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which means it sends information to your computer eight times more frequently than most gaming mice using a standard polling rate of 1000Hz. At the same time, its sensor provides remarkably consistent motion and accuracy performance that closely translates the physical movements you make with your mouse into the cursor movements you see on-screen.

Pros
  • Great click latency.
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Supports a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • 6.6 Work
  • 9.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.4 Raw Performance
  1. Updated May 24, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed GLORIOUS Model O 2 in the Style section of this review.
  2. Updated May 19, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated May 12, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is available in a black or white colorway. We purchased the black color, and you can see the label for our unit here.

This mouse also has a wireless version called the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless.

Compared To Other Mice

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 is a lightweight wired gaming mouse that continues the HyperX Pulsefire Haste lineup. Compared to the last generation HyperX Pulsefire Haste, this new model is slightly lighter despite no longer having any visible honeycomb cutouts to save weight. It also has a more accurate and consistent sensor, more durable left- and right-click buttons, and newly supports a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. This mouse offers an even lighter alternative to similar wired mice with 8kHz polling rates like the Razer Viper 8KHz and the Corsair SABRE PRO. Altogether, this is an outstanding option if you have medium or larger-sized hands and are looking for an affordable wired model with top-of-the-line sensor performance.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best gaming mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best lightweight mouse.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 are lightweight gaming mice. The Logitech is a wireless model with lower click latency. It also feels a bit sturdier.  On the other hand, the HyperX is a wired-only model that's a bit lighter and supports a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste are lightweight gaming mice in the same lineup. The newer Haste 2 has a solid plastic shell and is more lightweight. It has lower click latency, significantly better sensor performance, and it supports a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. On the other hand, the older Haste feels a bit sturdier, but it's also heavier and has small honeycomb-shaped cutouts on its body.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2  are lightweight gaming mice in the same lineup. The Haste 2 Wireless is a wireless model you can connect with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Haste 2 is a wired-only model that's a bit lighter. It also has significantly lower click latency and sensor latency and supports a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, making it better suited for competitive gaming.

Razer Viper 8KHz

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 and the Razer Viper 8KHz are wired gaming mice with maximum polling rates of 8000Hz. The HyperX is significantly lighter and has a single RGB lighting zone in the scroll wheel. On the other hand, the Razer has lower click latency and no RGB lighting.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless are lightweight gaming mice in the same lineup. The Haste 2 is a wired model that's newer, lighter, and has a solid plastic shell. It also has lower click latency, significantly better sensor performance, and it supports a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. On the other hand, the Haste Wireless is a heavier wireless model with honeycomb-shaped cutouts in its body.

ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition

The ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition and the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 are wireless, lightweight gaming mice. The ASUS is somewhat lighter and has significantly lower click latency. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, which the HyperX lacks.

Corsair SABRE PRO

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 and the Corsair SABRE PRO are wired gaming mice with maximum polling rates of 8000Hz. The HyperX is significantly lighter and has higher-quality feet. it also has an RGB lighting zone in the mouse wheel. On the other hand, the Corsair has no RGB lighting, but its software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the HyperX software is only compatible with Windows.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color RGB

This mouse looks very similar to the previous HyperX Pulsefire Haste, but this version has a solid plastic body. A small section of the body has honeycomb cutouts, but it's on the mouse's underside and is covered by the mouse's label. The body is made of matte black plastic with a slightly textured finish, while the CPI button and side buttons are glossy. The scroll wheel has a single RGB lighting zone, and there's a HyperX logo on the front left side. If you're interested in a lightweight wired gaming mouse with RGB zones on either side of the mouse instead, check out the GLORIOUS Model O 2.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No

This mouse shares the same shape and dimensions as the previous-generation HyperX Pulsefire Haste.

5.7
Design
Portability
Box Volume
19.34 inยณ (317 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse has poor portability. It's fairly large and bulky, is a wired-only model, and its cable is not detachable.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has impressive build quality. The plastic feels high-quality and has a pleasant textured finish. There are no loose or rattling parts and only minimal flexibility if you apply pressure to the body. That said, you can activate the CPI button if you press hard enough into the body next to the CPI button or underneath the mouse. However, this isn't an issue when using the mouse normally.

Nearly all of the mouse body is made of solid plastic, but weight-saving honeycomb cutouts are hidden under the mouse's label on the bottom.

9.4
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
52.6 g
Default Weight
52.6 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is extremely lightweight, and despite now having a solid plastic shell without honeycomb cutouts, it's somewhat lighter than its predecessor, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has a symmetrical shape with a gradual, slightly flattened hump in the middle and a full, rounded back. It's a comfortable fit for all grip types and most hand sizes, but if you have smaller hands, you won't reach all the buttons using a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
Wired
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

This is a wired-only mouse.

8.5
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wired
Cable Length
5.8 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse has an excellent cable. It's lightweight and flexible and glides smoothly across desks and mousepads. That said, it does retain some kinks from how it's packaged.

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

This mouse has superb feet with rounded edges that glide well on mousepads with minimal resistance. They make a bit of a scratching sound on mousepads and slightly more noticeable scratching sounds when used directly on desks, but this doesn't affect the gliding experience.

Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2
  • Extra mouse feet
  • Adhesive grips
  • User documentation

Control
6.5
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on this mouse, but you can't reprogram the scroll up/down inputs, and the left- and right-click button functions can only be switched.

The left- and right-click buttons use HyperX switches. Compared to the TTC gold switches on the previous HyperX Pulsefire Haste, these switches feel slightly heavier and have marginally more pre-travel. HyperX also advertises they are much more durable, rated for 100 million clicks.

8.3
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
6.6 ms
Wired
6.6 ms
Receiver
N/A
Bluetooth
N/A

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 has very good click latency. It provides a responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

9.7
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.10%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.21%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.17%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.41%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.40%
Worst Tracking Error
-3.25%
Minimum CPI
200 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has exceptional CPI performance. Its sensor delivers outstanding tracking accuracy, and the physical movements you make with your mouse translate extremely close to your cursor movements on-screen.

9.5
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
10.3 ms
Delay At Half Movement
1.6 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
1.8 ms

This mouse has remarkable sensor latency. The sensor reacts exceptionally quickly when you move your mouse, and these movements closely match the timing of the movement of your cursor on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
HyperX 26K
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
8000 Hz

You can adjust the lift-off distance and set up to five custom CPI settings using the software. The polling rate options on this mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 4000Hz, and 8000Hz.

Higher polling rate settings mean your mouse sends information to your computer more often. Using a polling rate of 8000Hz, your mouse sends reports eight times more frequently than most gaming mice which typically use a polling rate of 1000Hz. Higher polling rate settings can deliver more fluid cursor movements and better click latency performance. However, not all games support higher polling rates, and using these higher settings consumes more CPU resources from your computer.

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 scroll wheel has a notched rubber grip, and scrolling feels precise with reasonably defined steps. It's also fairly quiet, and the middle click doesn't require too much force to actuate.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The mouse buttons and scroll wheel on this mouse are reasonably quiet and unlikely to bother those around you.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name NGenuity
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

This mouse uses the HyperX NGenuity customization software, which is only available for download from the Microsoft Store. The software is easy to use and allows you to reassign buttons, record macros, and adjust sensor settings. You can also save custom macros and RGB lighting preferences to the onboard memory.

However, as is the case with software options from other major manufacturers, this software is the source of criticism from the broader community. While we didn't experience any issues during the testing of this mouse, many users online criticize this software for requiring frequent updates and taking up disproportionate system resources, among other complaints. This software may be frustrating if you prefer more lightweight software options or no software at all.

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

All default button functions work in Windows and macOS, but the software is only compatible with Windows.