We’ve not been more than 7 days into the new year and we’re already up with yet another review for you guys. Well, this time we’re looking at another gaming mouse from HyperX. It’s the HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB gaming mouse that was launched way back in December 2018. Since then, the gaming mice have managed to keep up its popularity thanks to the affordable price tag.
When it comes to gaming mice, there are already numerous options especially under the budget and mid-range segment. With all these brands trying to put out a competitive offering out there, the entire process of picking the appropriate one becomes quite overwhelming. Furthermore, not every gamer is ready to spend heavy bucks for fancy RGB effects and more macros. That is the reason why we decided to take a look back at the HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB gaming mice.
You can also check out our previous review of the HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse (Review).
Currently available for INR 2,672 at online retailers, let’s dive into our comprehensive of Pulsefire Core RGB to find out the answer to the foremost question – Is HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB Gaming Mouse a worth buy in 2020?
Build & Design
With the Pulsefire FPS, the company went with minimum color accents and focussed more on the comfort. You can see a similar approach with the Pulesfire Core RGB. In fact, HyperX has toned down the colorful accents to the bare minimum which makes sense considering the asking price. There’s an HyperX branding at the rear side which comes with RGB lightning effect customizable by the NGenuity software (more on the software later). That’s it, no excessive colorful accents.
Weighing around 87g, the mouse is slightly lighter than average mouse out there making it better in terms of movement. Above all, the lightweight design prevents any unwanted resistance. Generally, gaming mice tend to feature an ergonomic design. The Pulsefire Core RGB, on the other hand, went with the symmetrical design just like its older brother Surge. When it comes to the shape of the mouse, it seems like the company has nailed it and the overall experience was pretty impressive.
The slight hump giving a bell shape offers a comfortable, snug feel. Due to this design choice, the palm and thumb/pinky finger will raise higher offering a comfortable grip. Furthermore, we didn’t find the hump to be too high as to make things south in terms of comfort. For those who prefer Claw or Palm grip, this mouse can actually turn out to be a pretty good option. Coming to the glide, there are two big rectangular skates on the bottom of the mouse delivering a fluid experience. Another good design choice is the large mouse button that gives you plenty of room to place your fingers.
In conclusion, the shape of the mouse is quite impressive and manages to deliver an overall comfortable experience. At first, the hump seemed a bit odd to me but as I started using this mouse on a daily basis, it started to grow on me. Lastly, the mouse comes with a black braided cable which is a great addition in my opinion.
Coming to the performance, HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB packs a lot more than we actually expected. Under the hood, the gaming mouse makes use of the Pixart 3327 sensor with a maximum DPI of 6200 and a maximum speed of 220 IPS. Considering the price tag, the Pulsefire Core packs in so much more such as 100Hz polling, 20 million clicks switch reliability and a maximum acceleration of 30G. I know I am throwing a lot of technical mumbo jumbo at you so let’s talk about this in simpler words.
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The Pixart 3327 is quite a popular sensor and you’ll see numerous gaming mice featuring it. The sensor offers impressive accuracy along with low lift-off distance. In short, you should not face any massive issue while using this mouse. One thing which I missed a lot was a dedicated DPI switch button which would have been a nice addition here. Although you can customize one of the buttons for that job using the software.
As mentioned earlier, the mouse comes with a maximum DPI of 6200 which might seem a bit low considering the current trend of offering insane DPIs. To be honest, most of the gamers out there will be more than content with 6200 DPI. Personally, I was using the mouse at a DPI rate of 1600. Moving on to the buttons, the clicky feedback is quite satisfying. I don’t have a single complaint with the button placement and their feedback.
Unlike the Pulsefire FPS which we reviewed last year, the Pulsefire Core RGB supports the company’s own HyperX NGenuity software. You can download the software from the company’s official website itself. If you’re firing up the software for the very first time, then you might be asked for a quick firmware update. The overall software experience is pretty straightforward and it’s something that I really appreciate.
There are three main tabs in the software namely Lights, Buttons and Sensor. The sections are pretty self-explanatory with the Lights one giving you control on the RGB effects, the buttons offering customization and the Sensor allowing you to manipulate the DPI of the mouse. Furthermore, you can also control the polling rate of the mice along with the RGB brightness.
I don’t think you will find any hard time while exploring the NGenuity software and in fact, you’re going to like how simple everything here is layed out.
The Core: Conclusion
Well, it’s the moment you all have been desperately waiting for. It’s time to answer the foremost question of this review – whether you should invest in this mouse or not, especially in 2020. Although the company is offering a lot more at this price tag, there are few things which you need to keep in mind. First up, the Pulsefire Core RGB doesn’t have a current-generation sensor and has weird plastic textures on the sides. In fact, the textures on the sides do not sit well with the overall design in my opinion.
Apart from these two downsides, there are few positive angles that we can not ignore. For instance, the mouse offers incredible side buttons, fluid skates, a good scroll wheel, and an overall comfortable shape & grip. Similarly, there are numerous small things that the company managed to do pretty well. Naturally, the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. In the end, it all boils down to your preference.
For a person who is quite tight on the budget and is looking for affordable offerings without worrying about the performance, then HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB is worth considering.
Launched way back in 2018, HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB is still a solid option for those who're looking for great performance without any frills. For the asking price, the mouse offers a lot more, making it a value for money product.