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Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jun 22, 2022 at 10:38 am
Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless Picture
7.8
Office/Multimedia
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is an ultra-lightweight wireless gaming mouse and a continuation of Pulsar's Xlite lineup. It shares the same shape, sensor, and distinctive, pill-shaped cutouts in the body as the previous generation Pulsar Xlite Wireless. It also features several minor improvements over the previous generation. There are no longer pill-shaped cutouts covering the entire surface of both sides; there are now solid plastic areas to rest your fingers. The scroll wheel is 1mm higher out of its housing, and the scroll click takes less pressure to activate. Also, while the previous version was front-heavy, Pulsar moved the battery closer to the back on this version. As a result, this mouse has a centered weight distribution, making it easier to control.

Our Verdict

7.8 Office/Multimedia

Although it isn't specifically for this use, the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is good for office and productivity work. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for nearly all hand sizes and grip types. You can also rebind any of the buttons using the customization software. Unfortunately, there's no Bluetooth support, and the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and left/right tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Scroll wheel lacks free-scrolling mode and left/right tilt inputs.
8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is excellent for FPS gaming. It's extremely lightweight and has very low click latency. It also feels sturdily built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape that's almost universally suitable for all hand sizes and grip types. You can also adjust the CPI precisely in a very broad range, and the minimum lift-off distance is very low.

Pros
  • Very low click latency.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Lacks a conventional bottom plate; underside is very open to dust and debris.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is good for MMO gaming, though it isn't specifically for this use as it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice. That said, you can program all the buttons it does have using the customization software. Performance-wise, it has excellent click latency, and you can adjust the CPI precisely in a very wide range. It also feels very sturdily built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape that's almost universally well-suited to all hand sizes and grip types.

Pros
  • Very low click latency.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • Doesn't have as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Lacks a conventional bottom plate; underside is very open to dust and debris.
8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. Weighing in at 60g, it's the same weight as several other premium ultra-light gaming mice. Performance-wise, it has excellent click latency, very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI precisely within a very broad range. The build quality feels excellent, and the right-handed shape is comfortable and well-suited for nearly all hand sizes and grip types.

Pros
  • Very low click latency.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Lacks a conventional bottom plate; underside is very open to dust and debris.
6.9 Travel

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is adequate for travel use. It feels well-built and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. Unfortunately, it's bulky compared to most dedicated travel mice and may not slip easily into laptop bags or cases. Also, there isn't an internal compartment for storing the USB receiver when it's not in use, making it easy to lose in transit.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape well-suited for most hand sizes and grip types.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky; not designed to be slipped into laptop bags or cases.
  • No storage compartment for its USB receiver.
  • 7.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 22, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 09, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless looks very similar to the previous generation Pulsar Xlite Wireless. It has a matte black plastic body with pill-shaped cutouts on the palm rest and in small sections on the side of the mouse near the front. The mouse's underside is unusual compared to most gaming mice which typically have a solid plastic baseplate. The mouse's base is comprised of several plastic struts and small panels that hold the PCB and other internals in place but don't cover the entire underside. There's a single RGB LED visible inside the mouse that you can set to display a custom color with a "breathing" or solid color effect. This LED also shows battery status.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (123 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm

Note: The 3D scanning tool has difficulty accurately capturing the bottom of this mouse due to the open design. The resulting scan has slightly blurry textures, and the scan doesn't accurately portray the hollow areas visible inside the mouse. That said, the scale and dimensions of this scan are still accurate and aren't affected by this minor visual error. The hollow interior spaces and exact design of the bottom plate are much easier to see in this photograph.

5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
20.87 in³ (342 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
96 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
60 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
60 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is extremely lightweight. It's virtually the same weight as the previous generation Pulsar Xlite Wireless and other premium lightweight mice like the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Razer Viper V2 Pro.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless's build quality feels excellent. There's no wobbling, creaking, or rattling if you shake the mouse. There's a very small amount of flexibility if you apply pressure to the frame on the underside, but this isn't an issue when using the mouse as intended.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has a very comfortable, right-handed shape. The buttons feel well-placed and can be reached by most hand sizes using any grip type. The previous models in this lineup had pill-shaped cutouts over the entire surface of both sides, which some people found uncomfortable. The areas where you rest your fingers are now solid plastic instead.

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

You can comfortably use a palm grip regardless of your hand size.

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

You can comfortably use a claw grip regardless of your hand size.

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

If you have small hands, you may find the front side buttons are difficult to reach using a fingertip grip.

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 Yes

Pulsar advertises that the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has a battery life of up to 70 hours. The LED light displays different colors to indicate the battery level by default.

9.0
Design
Cable
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

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has a very flexible and lightweight paracord-like cable. It glides very smoothly on mousepads and desks. Unfortunately, it retains some kinks from its packaging.

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

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has superb feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. There are two sharp corners on the top foot, but this has minimal impact on the gliding experience.

Design
In The Box

  • Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • Pulsar stickers
  • User documentation

Control
7.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
5
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless to perform a variety of actions, including keyboard functions, CPI adjustments, media controls, macros, and productivity commands. The left- and right-click buttons use Kailh GM 8.0 switches which are rated for 80 million clicks.

8.6
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
5.7 ms
Wired
4.2 ms
Receiver
5.7 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has excellent click latency. It delivers a very responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

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
6%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless has polling rate settings of 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can toggle the lift-off distance between a 1mm or 2mm setting using the customization software. You can also configure up to four CPI settings per profile and switch between them with an assigned CPI button or by pressing and holding the left click, scroll click, and the front side button simultaneously.

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 mouse wheel on the Pulsar Xlite Wireless feels precise, operates quietly, and has decently-defined steps. Compared to the previous version of this mouse, the scroll wheel is raised 1mm, making it easier to reach. The scroll click also requires less pressure to activate.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
Operating System And Software
8.0
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
Yes

The software is easy to use, and the interface is clean and modern-looking. In addition to standard CPI settings and lighting adjustments, it allows you to record macros and customize profiles, lift-off distance, and debounce time.

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

All the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless' default button functions work on macOS and Windows.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless we tested is the black color variant. There are also White and Red color variants available. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless continues Pulsar's Xlite lineup and makes several small but impactful changes from the previous generation Pulsar Xlite Wireless. The scroll wheel is 1mm higher, making it easier to use. The scroll click also takes less pressure to activate. The battery's position is further towards the back, so the weight distribution is centered, and the mouse is easier to control. Most of the pill-shaped cutouts on either side of the mouse are gone, and there are now solid plastic areas to rest your fingers, making it more comfortable to hold. With these changes, this model improves on the original's formula and offers an equally lightweight and similarly performant alternative to more expensive options like the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT or the Razer Viper V2 Pro.

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

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless are both ultra-lightweight gaming mice with comparable performance. The two mice weigh virtually the same, but the Logitech has a symmetrical shape and a solid plastic body. It also has a somewhat wider CPI range and marginally lower click latency. On the other hand, the Pulsar has a right-handed shape and has pill-shaped cutouts in its body to reduce the overall weight.

GLORIOUS Model D

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the GLORIOUS Model D are both lightweight gaming mice with right-handed shapes and cutouts in their bodies to reduce their overall weight. However, the GLORIOUS is a wired-only mouse, and the Pulsar is wireless. The Pulsar is also slightly lighter and feels sturdier overall. It also has a much wider CPI range and slightly lower click latency.

Razer Viper V2 Pro

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the Razer Viper V2 Pro are wireless gaming mice that weigh virtually the same. On one hand, the Razer has a symmetrical shape, somewhat better click latency and sensor performance, and a solid plastic shell without any honeycomb cutouts. On the other hand, the Pulsar has an ergonomic, right-handed shape, and its body has honeycomb cutouts and a minimal bottom plate that contribute to keeping the mouse very lightweight.

GLORIOUS Model D Wireless

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the GLORIOUS Model D Wireless are gaming mice with very similar right-handed shapes and comparable performance and honeycomb perforations in their body to reduce their overall weight. The Pulsar is lighter and feels more solidly constructed, while the GLORIOUS has more extensive RGB lighting and a dedicated CPI below the scroll wheel, which the Pulsar lacks.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are gaming mice with very similar shapes but are otherwise quite different. The Pulsar is a wireless model that's much lighter with significantly better sensor performance and click latency. It also feels sturdier overall. Its body has perforated pill-shaped cutouts and a very minimal baseplate design to reduce overall weight. On the other hand, the BenQ has a solid plastic shell.

Razer Viper Mini

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and Razer Viper Mini are gaming mice that weigh virtually the same but have several major differences. The Pulsar is a wireless model with pill-shaped cutouts in its body and a minimal bottom plate to save weight. It has a right-handed, ergonomic shape and significantly better sensor performance. On the other hand, the Razer is a wired-only model. It has a low-profile, symmetrical shape and is considerably smaller. It also has somewhat lower click latency.

GLORIOUS Model D- Wireless

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless and the GLORIOUS Model D- Wireless are wireless, lightweight gaming mice with right-handed shapes and cutouts in their bodies to reduce their weight. The Pulsar is marginally lighter and feels a bit sturdier. It also has a somewhat wider CPI range and slightly lower click latency.

Pulsar Xlite Wireless

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Wireless is an updated version of the Pulsar Xlite Wireless. These two mice weigh virtually the same and perform nearly identically. They also share the same overall shape and sensor, but the V2 Wireless features several improvements. These improvements include better weight distribution, a slightly raised scroll wheel with a scroll click that takes less pressure to activate, and the removal of weight-saving cutouts on both sides to make the mouse more comfortable to hold.

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