Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
What we are about to see in this review stems from a product we looked at back in April of last year, when we got up close and personal with the Pulsefire FPS. What we found then was a mouse that was more than capable of handling the demands of any FPS gamer, but if you were looking for software, fancy lighting, or a high-cost mouse, it was not for you. While we did have a couple of talking points to discuss at the end of that review, they were not deal breakers, and the bottom line is that we then recommended the mouse, and we still would today as well.
That history is what took HyperX back to the drawing board, to attempt to one-up themselves and deliver a mouse that covered all of the features that the masses desire. It takes on changes not only in design aesthetically, but it has also gotten a complete reworking of the interior. While components may be similar, there is not one bit of this latest mouse that is identical in any way to the Pulsefire FPS. That says a lot about HyperX and what they are trying to accomplish. They are listening to those who will voice their opinion, and have gone to the table to develop a new product that carries the Pulsefire name, yet is leaps and bounds better than what we saw initially.
That brings us to the newest mouse from HyperX, the Pulsefire Surge RGB. Beyond the obvious addition of RGB LEDs, you will find nothing familiar about this mouse if you want to look at the Pulsefire FPS as a reference. The shape has been improved and subdued at the same time. It has increased in weight slightly too, but we feel the added ounces are worth it for what you are about to see. If you are in the market for a low slung mouse that fits all grip styles, you need software to customize it with, and if your pockets are deep, the Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse could be an answer to your desires.
Following the chart we grabbed from the product page, we see that the Pulsefire Surge RGB has a symmetrical design, but it is not an ambidextrous mouse. Tracking what you do is the PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor, which has a DPI capable of reaching 16,000. Out of the box, the three DPI presets, are set to only 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI, but with software, that can all change. The sensor is capable of reading movements of 450 inches per second, can still track with 50 Gs of force, and all included, the mouse delivers six buttons to use.
The two primary buttons are backed with fifty million click Omron switches, and all of the others are backed with TTC switches. As the name implies, there is 16.8 million color options from the RGB backlighting, with four levels of brightness, and per-LED control. The mouse comes with three profiles that can be stored within the mouse, but others can be added and stored on the PC. The Pulsefire Surge RGB connects to the PC via USB 2.0, the polling rate is set to 1000Hz, data is transmitted on 16-bit channels, the coefficient of friction is quite low, and the cable attached is braided.
Dimensionally, the Pulsefire Surge RGB is 120.24mm long, it stands 40.70mm tall, and it is 62.85mm wide. Without the cable, it weighs in at 100 grams, and with the cable on the scale, you can add another 30 grams. Speaking of the cable, we are also shown that it is 1.8-meters in length. What we are not told is that the mouse is made of a two-piece plastic shell. The top of the mouse contains the RGB light ring that runs down the left, crosses the heel, runs back up the right side, and continues around the front. Speaking of the sides, rather than rubber pads glued to the sides like the Pulsefire FPS had, this time a rubberized coating is applied like a paint finish. The last thing we want to discuss here is that rather than being supported with many feet, the Pulsefire Surge RGB glides on two large feet, one at the front, and one at the back.
Locating the mouse is not hard to do at all. With a quick Google search, we find that many of the big name retailers are more than willing to sell you this mouse, but prices do vary. The first hit we ran across showed the Pulsefire Surge RGB available at Newegg for $113.99, which is quite high. If you think that is bad, we also see that Newegg is trying some fancy advertising, as they show the previous price before the markdown was $164.99. However, if you are looking for the best deal we could find, venture over to Amazon, as they list this mouse for $96.74 with HyperX listed as the seller. In the grand scheme of things, the price is still quite a tall order, and it sets the bar very high for HyperX. We hope that the HyperX Surge RGB Gaming Mouse is worth all the money you are asked to shell out.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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