All in all, we find the HyperX Pulsefire Surge to be a gigantic step up from its predecessor, the Pulsefire FPS. You get a longer lifespan of the main switches, the design is more elegant, there are RGB lights all around it, we feel the secondary switches are better and they use a whole new optical sensor. The sides are now smooth, the coefficient of friction is lower, the mouse is slightly heavier this time, and you get to take advantage of using the NGenuity software. From every angle, inside and out, there is not one thing HyperX did not address, and it seems to have paid off for all the effort that went into this design.
We do feel, at times, the DPI and sensitivity can be a little too much, but not all of you edit pictures for a living, and may never run into the things we saw at all. That being said, by lowering the DPI we found an easy solution to the matter, and with so much DPI range, there is no way a user can say they couldn't find their sweet spot. The Fury S is another excellent addition to the feel and response of the Pulsefire Surge RGB, and due to this, we do use this mousepad, and have over the last year, as one of the test pads when reviewing all mice. When everything is looked over with a fine tooth comb, there is only one glaring problem in HyperX making it out to the masses.
The elephant in the room is the cost. While we can see the Pulsefire Surge RGB costing a fair bit more than the Pulsefire FPS, based on features and inclusions, we never thought it would be this much. We know Newegg likes to play with prices when it comes to listing things so that they appear to be a more significant deal to be had, but even so, they were not the most affordable location. That award goes to Amazon, but even there the mouse is well over $100 in most places. $80 is asking a lot for a fully features top of the line gaming mouse, and the fact that Amazon, being the most affordable at $96.74 is still a hard pill to swallow. If you can wait, and find this mouse on sale, or when pricing has subsided, we would have no issue paying in the realm of $70 to $80 for this mouse, but right now, we feel that the cost is prohibitive to all of the gamers out there.
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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The Bottom Line: If cost is of no concern, by all means try out the Pulsefire Surge RGB from HyperX. It is comfortable in the hand, the parts inside are top quality, the lightshow is terrific, and with the NGenuity software, the mouse can bend to nearly any desire!
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The HyperX Pulsefire Surge - RGB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse, Pixart 3389 Sensor up to 16000 DPI, Ergonomic, 6 Programmable Buttons, Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 - Black retails for $46.75 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The HyperX HX-MC002B Pulsefire Surge - RGB Gaming Mouse retails for £39.59 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [HyperX Pulsefire RGB Gaming Mouse]
- Page 4 [Inside the Pulsefire Surge RGB]
- Page 5 [HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mouse Pad]
- Page 6 [HyperX NGenuity Software]
- Page 7 [Gaming and General Impressions]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]