HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB Review
Since HyperX expanded their product range to include peripherals, the HyperX name has become notorious for performance and affordability.
Like their memory, HyperX have generally sided with a ‘less-is-more’ approach in regards to their peripherals, but the HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB breaks this cycle by allowing HyperX to show off their wild side thanks a dynamic 360-degree RGB effects that adds a touch of flair and flamboyance to an already great looking mouse.
Don’t get me wrong, the Pulsefire Dart RGB and Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB are both excellent examples of how to elegantly blend RBG illumination without over saturating the core design of the mouse, but the Pulsefire Surge takes RGB illumination up a notch thanks to its subliminal RGB effects that circle the entire circumference on the mouse — Almost drawing you into a hypnotic trance as you stare at this piece of art.
Precision 360 Degree Gaming
The HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB is an excellent example of how to create a well-balanced mouse — Its Pixart 3389 sensor is one of the best sensors on the market that produces excellent tracking.
Its ever-reliable Omron switches feel and sound satisfying to press, while the symmetrical design is simple, yet allows for the gorgeous RGB ring to really highlight the ergonomic shape of the mouse.
Basically, there is nothing negative I can say about the Pulsefire Surge RGB, so I guess that wraps up this review…
When you first take the Pulsefire Surge RGB out of the box, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed — Its matte black plastic finish is initially a little underwhelming, while its overall design doesn’t push the boundaries of innovation, but this all changes as soon as you plug it in and allow the Surge RGB to come to life.
The HyperX logo begins pulsing through its 16.8 million colours on offer, syncing with the 360-degree RGB ring that is vivid and bright, allowing the Pulsefire Surge RGB to stands out from every other product on your desk.
Become One With The Mouse
Although the design of the mouse is symmetrical, it is not ambidextrous, meaning that our left handed friends won’t appreciate the mouse nearly as much as the rest of us. Nevertheless, its streamlined design is very comfortable for both palm and claw grips (with a slight edge towards the latter).
The Surge RGB weighs in at 100 grams (130g with cable), which interestingly sees the Surge RGB on the slightly heavier side when compared to other wired mouses. My personal preference has always been on the heavier side (I once went to the gym back in 2004), so I found the extra weight to have no impact on its performance and actually suited my style of gaming.
HyperX have ensured that there has been no compromise on performance with the Pulsefire Surge RGB compared to the rest of its range. This means that you get the same Pixart 3389 sensor that is in the top of the range Pulsefire FPS Pro and Pulsefire Raid RGB that is capable of 16,000 DPI and 450 IPS, all while maintaining an impressive 1000Hz polling rate.
What does this exactly mean? Well, this means that your PC receives an input from the mouse every single millisecond — Not bad HyperX, not bad at all.
Skating On Ice
This all sounds great on paper (or on the internet?), but how does it perform in the real world? Amazingly, as I am sure you would of guessed — Tracking is smooth and responsive, it almost feels like you are skating on ice.
I was impressed by the accuracy the Surge RGB was able to deliver. FPS games is where the Surge RGB really excels, in fact anything where quick reactions are critical such as CS:GO, VALORANT, and even MOBA’s such as Dota 2 really allowed the Surge RGB to show its potential.
HyperX have fitted the Surge with two Omron switches as its primary buttons, while its thumb buttons don’t quite get the same 50 million click guarantee.
The thumb buttons feel responsive and more importantly, don’t stick out and impede the overall design. Instead, the thumb buttons mimic the natural curves of the Surge RGB without distracting from the overall aesthetics of the mouse. The position of these buttons is quite nice, especially for claw users. Palm users like myself will feel that these could be slightly better positioned, but still feel better than positioned than when compared to the SteelSeries Rival 3.
I feel that the HyperX NGENUITY software generally gets a bit of a bad wrap. Sure, it is not perfect (still in beta I might add) and having to download it through the Microsoft Store is not ideal, but it has came along way in terms of development and offers an extensive range of customization for your product.
I was able to adjust a number of extensive RGB features such as brightness, effects, effect speed, opacity, and even combine multiple effects to create your own personalized effect.
For example, I added a solid colour trigger effects that flows around the 360 ring when a mouse button click is activated. This complemented my personalized zone creation (just the corners of the ring and HyperX logo) that was a slow, constant cycle of the complete 16.8 colour palette on offer.
I was also impressed with its other features such as being able to adjust the polling rate (not sure why you would want to increase this, maybe if you had a potato PC?), modify DPI variables that you can change on-the-fly (thanks to the DPI buttons on the mouse), and reassign buttons to other functions or even macros (for side buttons only).
The software is very user friendly and even provides Windows notifications when you change DPI settings, but thankfully these notifications don’t pop up in-game to ruin the experience. It would of been nice to have some option to adjust LOD in the software, but as I experienced no issues with this during my time with the mouse I am confident that most gamers will also have no LOD issues.
The more I used the HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB, the more impressed I became with what it offers — Performance, comfort, and that gorgeous 360 degree RGB ring all put this mouse well above its $125 AUD price.
The HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB won’t win any awards for being the best mouse on the market, but it also won’t disapoint.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB
- PERFORMANCE - 90%90%
- QUALITY - 83%83%
- DESIGN - 84%84%
- VALUE - 95%95%
HyperX have delievered one of the best all-round mouses on the market with the Pulsefire Surge RGB. Anyone looking for a great looking mouse and performing mouse should get their hands on the Pulsefire Surge RGB.
For more on HyperX, please check out our previous coverage.