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Pulsar X2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Feb 02, 2023 at 09:47 am
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 16, 2023 at 10:34 am
Pulsar X2 Picture
7.2
Work
9.0
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
9.3
Raw Performance
This mouse was replaced by the Pulsar X2V2

The Pulsar X2 is a lightweight, wireless gaming mouse with a symmetrical shape. Available in several different color options, this mouse has a solid plastic shell, which is noteworthy because it's a bit lighter than previous Pulsar releases despite them having cutouts in their bodies to help reduce their overall weight. Regarding internal components, this mouse uses Kailh GM 8.0 main button switches and PixArt's flagship sensor, the PAW 3395, one of the most accurate and consistent sensors on the market. There's also a smaller version of this mouse called the Pulsar X2 Mini.

Our Verdict

7.2 Work

The Pulsar X2 is decent for work, though it isn't designed specifically for this use. It feels very sturdy, and you can remap buttons using the customization settings. Unfortunately, while it connects wirelessly, it doesn't support multi-device pairing. Also, its scroll wheel lacks left/right tilt inputs and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.
  • Lacks a storage compartment for its USB receiver.
9.0 Video Games (FPS)

The Pulsar X2 is an outstanding FPS gaming mouse. It's extremely lightweight with a comfortable symmetrical shape well-suited for most hand sizes. Performance-wise, It has excellent click latency and an exceptionally accurate and consistent sensor. It also has excellent build quality, and its feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.

Pros
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Lightweight bottom plate design means the inside is open to dust and debris.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The Pulsar X2 is good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. It feels very well-built, and you can reprogram buttons and customize sensor settings using the customization software. The click latency and sensor performance are also excellent and more than capable of delivering a consistent and responsive feeling in-game.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Comfortable symmetrical shape.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Lightweight bottom plate design means the inside is open to dust and debris.
9.3 Raw Performance

The Pulsar X2 has superb raw performance. Its sensor delivers exceptional accuracy and excellent motion latency performance. Its click latency is also very low, providing a responsive-feeling experience more than adequate for gaming in any genre at any competitive level.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Accurate and consistent sensor performance.
Cons
  • 7.2 Work
  • 9.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.3 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Nov 16, 2023: We've renamed this review as the Pulsar X2 to better match the advertised product name. The review has been updated to reflect this change.
  2. Updated Oct 02, 2023: We've added text to this review for the new tests added in TBU 1.5.
  3. Updated Oct 02, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.5. This update adds a new Main Button test group, which provides button actuation data and switch information. We've also made minor changes to how we calculate the Office usage score. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Jul 10, 2023: We've added a link to the Endgame Gear XM2we to the Style section of this review.
  5. Updated May 29, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless in the Wireless Versatility section of this review.
  6. Updated May 19, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 in the Sensor Specifications section of this review.
  7. Updated Feb 27, 2023: We've added a link to the newly-reviewed Ninjutso Sora in the Weight section of this review.
  8. Updated Feb 02, 2023: Review published.
  9. Updated Jan 26, 2023: Early access published.
  10. Updated Jan 19, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  11. Updated Jan 17, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  12. Updated Jan 13, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  13. Updated Jan 12, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we'll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pulsar X2 comes in several standard colorways and has several limited edition versions.

Name

Size

Colorways Switch Type
Pulsar X2 Regular Available in Black/White/Red Mechanical
Pulsar X2 Founders Edition Regular Green Mechanical
Pulsar X2 Bruce Lee Edition Regular Yellow with black accents Optical
Pulsar X2 Mini Mini Available in Black/White/Red Mechanical
Pulsar X2 Mini Rotobox Edition Mini Gray with colored accents Mechanical

There's also a smaller version of this mouse called the Pulsar X2 Mini, which we've included in the table above. We expect this mouse to be better suited for smaller hands and to offer similar performance. We purchased the full-size Pulsar X2 in black. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pulsar X2 is an extremely lightweight wireless gaming mouse with a symmetrical shape. For its manufacturer, Pulsar, this mouse marks a departure from their earlier models, which had small cutouts shapes in their bodies to help reduce their weight. This mouse has a solid plastic shell and a subdued look similar to flagship competitors like the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT or the Razer Viper V2 Pro. Its gaming performance also rivals these premium options, making it a standout alternative worth considering due to its comparatively lower price point.

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

LAMZU Atlantis

The Pulsar X2 and the LAMZU Atlantis are lightweight wireless gaming mice with similar shapes. The Pulsar is slightly smaller and delivers somewhat better sensor performance. On the other hand, the LAMZU is a bit bigger, and its back end is a little wider. Each mouse is available in various colors, but the LAMZU has more colorway options.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Pulsar X2 are lightweight wireless gaming mice. The Logitech's shape is well-suited for all grip types for most hand sizes. It also delivers lower click and sensor latency performance. On the other hand, the Pulsar is better suited for a claw or fingertip grip and is somewhat lighter.

Razer Viper V2 Pro

The Razer Viper V2 Pro and the Pulsar X2 are lightweight wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The Razer is slightly longer and has a lower-profile shape. It also has lower click latency, slightly better sensor performance, and longer battery life. On the other hand, the Pulsar's body has a more pronounced hump towards the back and is wider in the rear. It's also slightly lighter.

Ninjutso Sora

The Ninjutso Sora and the Pulsar X2 are wireless gaming mice with similar symmetrical shapes and comparable gaming performance. On the one hand, the Ninjutso is slightly more lightweight. On the other hand, the Pulsar feels somewhat sturdier and is available in a wider range of color options.

Endgame Gear XM2we

The Pulsar X2 and the Endgame Gear XM1r are lightweight wireless gaming mice with similar symmetrical shapes and comparable gaming performance. The Pulsar is somewhat lighter but has an open bottom plate design that is more prone to collecting dust and debris. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear feels marginally sturdier and has a bottom plate design. The Endgame Gear also has optical switches, which are typically more durable than the mechanical switches used by the Pulsar.

Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless

The Pulsar X2 and the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless are lightweight, wireless gaming mice. The X2 has a somewhat smaller, symmetrical shape. It's also somewhat lighter and has a solid plastic shell. On the other hand, the V2 is bigger and has a right-handed shape. It has better sensor latency performance. However, its body has pill-shaped cutouts on its palm rest and small sections on the sides to help reduce the overall weight of the mouse.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse has a straightforward look with a black, matte plastic body and side buttons. The scroll wheel is also black and has a glossy finish and a rubberized grip. There isn't any RGB lighting, and rather than having a traditional solid plastic baseplate, it has a minimal plastic framework that leaves the interior open. If you want a similar wireless gaming mouse with a conventional solid baseplate design, check out the Endgame Gear XM2we.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Width 2.5" (63 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No

The baseplate of this mouse isn't a solid piece of plastic but a plastic frame that leaves open spaces revealing the interior of the mouse. The 3D scanning tool used for this test has a limited ability to capture open spaces, so some of the interior spaces appear more shallow than they are in reality. For comparison, you can see a photo of what the underside of this mouse looks like here.

5.8
Design
Portability
Box Volume
17.64 inยณ (289 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has excellent build quality. Its plastic body feels sturdy and has a slightly textured matte finish that feels good in your hand. There are no wobbling parts or rattling sounds when you shake the mouse, but there's very minor flexibility in the sides of the mouse if you apply a significant amount of pressure. However, this doesn't present any issues during normal use.

9.2
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
55.6 g
Default Weight
55.6 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is extremely lightweight, making it easy to move quickly and accurately. Impressively, despite having a solid plastic shell, it's somewhat lighter than previous Pulsar releases like the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless, which had small cutouts in its body to help reduce its weight. If you're interested in a very similar wireless mouse that's slightly more lightweight, check out the Ninjutso Sora.

There's also a smaller variant of the Pulsar X2 called the Pulsar X2 Mini. Pulsar indicates on its product page that this smaller version is about 4g lighter.

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

This mouse is medium-sized with a gentle hump in the center and a somewhat wide rear end that fills out your palm. The buttons are well-placed and easy to differentiate between, and the overall shape is best suited for a claw or fingertip grip for most hand sizes.

There's also a size variant of this mouse called the Pulsar X2 Mini, which is better suited for smaller hands.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
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 Yes

The Pulsar X2 Wireless has a 300 mAh capacity battery which Pulsar advertises can last up to 70 hours. A small LED light next to the front side button blinks red when the battery reaches 25%. There are widespread reports from users online that the battery level indicator in the companion software isn't very accurate, but this doesn't affect the battery life itself. If you're interested in a similar lightweight wireless gaming mouse with a longer advertised battery life that supports a Bluetooth connection, check out the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse has a lightweight and flexible paracord-like charging cable that produces minimal drag across desks and mousepads. However, it retains some permanent kinks from how it's packaged.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

This mouse has exceptional feet that glide very smoothly across mousepads and desks. The corners of the feet are mostly rounded, but there are two small sharp corners on the top foot. There's a minor scratching sound when gliding directly on desks, but this doesn't impact the gliding performance.

Design
In The Box

  • Pulsar X2
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • Stickers
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Main Button
Switch Type
Mechanical
Switch Model
Kailh GM 8.0

The left- and right-click buttons use Kailh GM 8.0 mechanical switches.

6.9
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all the buttons on this mouse except for the scroll up/down inputs and the CPI button on the underside. You can also configure four custom CPI profiles using the customization software. The side buttons use Huano White mechanical switches, which are quiet and satisfying but have a 'hollow' feel.

8.4
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
6.4 ms
Wired
4.9 ms
Receiver
6.4 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

This mouse has excellent click latency. It provides a consistent and responsive-feeling experience for playing games in any genre.

9.8
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.15%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.14%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.15%
Worst Tracking Error
-6.00%
Minimum CPI
50 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has outstanding CPI performance, which means its sensor is remarkably accurate at tracking the physical movements you make with your mouse and converting them to cursor movements on screen.

8.7
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
14.1 ms
Delay At Half Movement
4.7 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
5.8 ms

This mouse has excellent sensor latency performance, which means the sensor reacts extremely quickly to the physical movements you make with your mouse so that it closely matches the timing of your cursor movement on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3395
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

This mouse allows you to adjust the polling rate settings between 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. It also has adjustable lift-off settings of 1mm or 2mm. Like other mice using this sensor, this mouse has a Motion Sync feature enabled by default. This feature attempts to synchronize sensor readings with polling events which can produce a smoother, more consistent motion-tracking experience in-game. However, Pulsar notes that this setting may cause added motion latency (less than 1 ms), so you can disable this feature using the companion software. If you're interested in a lightweight mouse with a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz and don't mind giving up wireless connectivity, check out the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel Type
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel Type
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The mouse wheel has a grooved rubber surface and uses a TTC gold encoder which operates quietly with pronounced step definition. The scroll click is also satisfying and doesn't feel too heavy to actuate.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name Pulsar Fusion Wireless Mice
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
No
RGB On/Off
No RGB

This mouse uses Pulsar Fusion software which is easy to use and well-laid out. It doesn't feel as bloated as software options from some of the larger mouse manufacturers and lets you adjust all the expected options, including polling rate, CPI, lift-off distance, debounce time, sleep settings, and Motion Sync.

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 available for Windows.