Pulsar Xlite Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 05, 2021 at 08:49 am
Pulsar Xlite Picture
7.3
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
7.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Pulsar Xlite is an excellent, budget ultra-light gaming mouse. It has a sturdy-feeling top shell covered in pill-shaped holes instead of the honeycomb-shaped cutouts that are commonly seen on other ultra-light mice. It also doesn't have a traditional bottom plate, and the interior is very exposed. Instead, it has a minimalistic plastic frame that acts as the bottom and holds the motherboard and sensor securely in place. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape with two buttons on the left, and it's almost universally well-suited for all grip types and hand sizes. It has a low click latency, very low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50. Unfortunately, there's no default button for changing your CPI profile, though you can assign one using the software.

Our Verdict

7.3 Office/Multimedia

The Pulsar Xlite is a decent mouse for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape that's almost universally well-suited to all grip types and hand sizes. You can also program all of the buttons using the companion software. Unfortunately, there aren't any wireless connection options, the software is only compatible with Windows, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels sturdily-built.
  • Comfortable shape; nearly univerasally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The Pulsar Xlite is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming that has an extremely lightweight plastic shell but also feels very sturdily built. It also has a right-handed shape that's almost universally well-suited to all grip types and hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI precisely by increments of 50. Additionally, it has a very flexible cable and superb mouse feet that glide very smoothly.

Pros
  • Feels sturdily-built.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • No dedicated, default button to cycle CPI profiles.
7.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Pulsar Xlite is a decent MMO gaming mouse, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all of its buttons using the companion software. It also feels very well-built, and it has a comfortable right-handed shape that's almost universally suitable for all hand sizes and grip types. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range.

Pros
  • Feels sturdily-built.
  • You can program all buttons using the companion software.
  • Low click latency.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as as dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons.
  • No dedicated, default button to cycle CPI profiles.
8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Pulsar Xlite is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It has a top shell covered in pill-shaped cutouts, making it extremely lightweight, but it feels very sturdy. It also has a flexible paracord-like cable and superb mouse feet that glide very smoothly. It has low click latency, a very low minimum lift-off distance, a wide CPI range, and you can adjust your set CPI by increments of 50.

Pros
  • Feels sturdily-built.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Low click latency.
  • Paracord-like cable is lightweight and flexible.
Cons
  • No dedicated, default button to cycle CPI profiles.
5.3 Travel

The Pulsar Xlite is inadequate for travel use as it's somewhat bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse without any wireless connection options, which can be cumbersome working in small spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels very sturdy despite being extremely lightweight. It also has onboard memory that allows you to use custom settings on computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels sturdily-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 09, 2021: We originally tested the click latency using the default debounce settings. We've retested the click latency using the lowest debounce settings.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 02, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.93 in³ (343 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
86 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
53 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
53 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
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
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 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Pulsar Xlite
  • Micro cable bungee
  • Grip tape
  • Extra set of mouse feet
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
20,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rates on the Pulsar Xlite are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
5
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
7
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the Pulsar Xlite, including the scroll wheel up/down inputs. You can also configure seven CPI profiles and cycle between them using the companion software or by assigning the function to one of the buttons.

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
Loud
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13.5 ms

Update 08/09/2021: In our initial testing, we recorded a Click Latency: Wired result of 24.5 ms with the Pulsar Xlite set to its default debounce setting of 12ms. We've retested the latency at multiple, lower debounce settings and obtained a result of 13.25ms by lowering the debounce setting to 2ms, the lowest setting. We didn't experience any double-clicking issues at the 2ms setting, though users may experience double-clicking issues after extended use. If this happens, we recommend increasing the debounce setting until the double-clicking issue disappears. The available debounce settings are 2ms, 6ms, 8ms, 10ms, and 12ms.

Note: Our click latency results are rounded up to the nearest 0.5ms.

Operating System And Software
7.8
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Pulsar Xlite
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
No
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pulsar Xlite we tested is black. There's also a white variant available. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pulsar Xlite is an excellent, budget ultra-light gaming mouse. Its top shell is covered in pill-shaped cutouts rather than the more common honeycomb-shaped holes on many similar mice, and it has a minimal plastic frame instead of a full baseplate. However, it still feels very sturdy. It also lacks RGB lighting and any dedicated buttons to cycle CPI profiles, contributing to keeping the overall weight very low, but their absence may disappoint some users.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best lightweight mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wired mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the Pulsar Xlite are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has a more flexible cable and a slightly lower click latency. It also has RGB lighting, which the Pulsar lacks. On the other hand, the Pulsar is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are almost universally well-suited for all grip types and hand sizes.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The Pulsar Xlite is a better wired gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Pulsar is significantly lighter and feels much sturdier. It has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. Additionally, it has customization software, which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ ZOWIE only has four default CPI settings. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Pulsar is accomodating to a wider range of hand sizes.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Pulsar Xlite are ultra-light gaming mice with comparable features and performance. The Pulsar is lighter and almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes. It also has a wider CPI, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, and lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Razer has a lower click latency and allows you to program a HyperShift button, which enables a second layer of programmable controls. It's well-suited for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes but only suitable for smaller hands using other grip types.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O and the Pulsar Xlite are excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has an ambidextrous shape and a more flexible cable. It also has a more consistent sensor. On the other hand, the Pulsar has a right-handed, ergonomic body that's lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI more precisely. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Pulsar is more accomodating for a wider range of hand sizes.

G-Wolves Skoll SK-L ACE Edition

The G-Wolves Skoll SK-L ACE Edition and the Pulsar Xlite are both wired ultra-light gaming mice with a very similar right-handed shape. The Pulsar feels better built despite its open bottom plate, but this helps make it much lighter. Also, the Pulsar has lower lift-off distance, lower click latency, and a CPI that you can adjust more precisely within a broader range. Both have a cutout design on their top and sides, but the G-Wolves has classic honeycomb holes while the Pulsar has pill-shaped holes.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The Glorious Model O Wireless and the Pulsar Xlite are excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mice. The Pulsar is a wired-only mouse with a right-handed shape. It's lighter and has a wider CPI range. On the other hand, the Glorious connects with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has an ambidextrous shape. It has marginally better click latency when connected with its charging cable and RGB lighting, which the Pulsar lacks. The Pulsar is nearly universally well-suited for all hand sizes and grip types, while the Glorious isn't suitable for small hands using any grip type.

EQEOVGA D10 RGB

The Pulsar Xlite and the EQEOVGA D10 RGB are excellent lightweight gaming mice, but the Pulsar has better performance overall. The Pulsar is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly, a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the EQEOVGA has somewhat lower click latency and RGB lighting, which the Pulsar lacks. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, but the Pulsar is more accommodating to smaller hands.

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