HyperX Pulsefire Core - A Drunk Review
Whaddup denizens of ocn. I'm trying what I believe to be a unique type of review on these hallowed forums: a drunk review. The idea is that I should be really honest and have no filter whatsoever, so idk. We'll see how this goes.
I'm going to discuss the HyperX Pulsefire Core mouse. I won't post pics, at least not yet. If you want those, look them up. I'm a little too sauced to bother with that sort of thing atm. If you want size comparisons: it feels like what I imagine the CoolerMaster Mastermouse S feels like: short, fairly wide, with a present but unobtrusive hump (I'm glaring quite menacingly at you, g403). This isn't a big mouse, but it fills the palm nicely. People looking for a claw grip mouse that has a more stable feel reminiscent of a more palm-styled mouse, this is worth looking into. Maybe. MAAAAYBE.
I say MAAAAYBE because there's a big issue for me. The flare. Yup, the front flares out. It really is the red-headed stepchild of a Deathadder and a Mastermouse S. I've always hated that front flare on the Deathadder and I hate it here. I thought "gee, maybe it's not so bad, maybe it'll be so far forward I don't even notice it". Folks, I was WRONG. 10 minutes of drunk CS deathmatch and I was done. My ring finger cried for mercy as the hard plastic of the sides jutted rudely into it, giving no support and forcing it to bend in a manner that would make hand doctors cry in a fetal position for hours on end. Take a look at the g303. That diamond shape is the opposite of a forward flare. It works. When your ring finger is forced to be positioned farther out than your pinky finger, as it is with this mouse and in my experience any mouse with that flare, it hurts and it sucks. But it's pretty light, which is nice. I can't fault the Pulsefire Core on weight, they've done well here.
So the shape kills me. I can't use this freakn thing because the shape hurts my hand. So I'm gonna get to the more objective stuff now. Lemme tell you guys, the 3327 sensor is a pleasant surprise. The closest thing I'd used in this family was the 3320 in the ol' CoolerMaster Xornet II. It sucked. Couldn't get the LOD to work how I wanted it to. I have no idea what they've done to the 3327 but it's got a nice low LOD, but not toooo low. The tracking feels spot on. When I started using the Pulsefire Core, I was a little tipsy but not so far that my muscle memory had faded, and it was very accurate and very snappy. Sensor pedants be warned: I still consider the 3310 to be perfectly acceptable for top-tier play, so I'm not one of those people who's super sensitive to minor smoothing and whatnot, but to the best of my ability to tell the 3327 is a reliable, consistent, 1:1 sensor for all intents and purposes. The clicks are perfectly good, the scroll wheel is adequate, idk dude I've used a bunch of mice and very few have made me whine like "ohhh the scroll wheel isn't exactly like I want so the mouse is completely unusable and it's literal trash" or anything like that. But for real the clicks are light and tactile, the scroll wheel is firm but rollable, the side buttons are the same quality in feel as m1 and m2, I have no idea what more I could ask for. The top texture is good; it's a lightly textured plastic, I'd say like a rougher Zowie EC coating. The sides feel like a $7 Dell mouse trying to be "exciting" with weird grip lines cut into it. It's sad. This is a $40 mouse that feels like a $15 mouse because of the sides and the LACK OF ATTENTION PAID TO THAT GOD FORSAKEN FLARE AT THE FRONT. WHAT ALIEN IN YOUR DESIGN TEAM THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE AN OK IDEA?!?!?
OK. ok. It's ok. I'm ok. I'm done yelling. The flare is subjective, not objective. Some people like it. Some people like pineapple on their pizza. That's...that's ok. That's fine. You can have pineapple on your pizza (no you can't, that's literal blasphemy). OOOOOMG, why is my sober self coming in for this argument? Look, pizza has nothing to do with this review, so shut up.
Yeah but for real the glide is bad, it's got these big fat feet that would probably be polished and glide better over time, but there's more friction than I'd like. If you prefer "control" mousepads over "speed" options, this might be for you. If you can deal with that FLARE AT THE FRONT THAT KILLS EVERYTHING.
Also the software (or onboard memory?) is dumb, I can't get it to save my settings properly so here I am, with NO LIGHTS in my mouse that is advertised as having RGB. Look, I really only wanted G; the R and B were and afterthought but I can't even have that after setting everything then uninstalling the software.
Oh I totally forgot to add this earlier and I'm not about to read through the garbage I wrote to figure out where to put this in, but the cable is acceptable as far as braided cables go.
So there ya go, a drunk idiot's review of a new mouse from HyperX. I honestly hope this thread flops in the most spectacular way so I'm not motivated to buy any more mice and review them drunkenly. Actually I guess I should give my closing thoughts. It feels cheaper than it should because of the side grips, but it's a really solid performing, lightweight, smallish mouse with a sizeable rear hump and a flare at the front carefully designed for sadists who want your ring finger amputated before some dumb broad can convince you to put a wedding band on it.
P.S.: YOOOO why does this board call me a "linux lobbyist"???!?! I don't have the time to figure out how to make linux work with my stuff. I strongly protest.
MORNING AFTER EDIT: adding a few pics with comparisons to Evga Torq x5 and Zowie fk1.
Last edited by nillington; 10-18-2018 at 09:14 AM.