The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless gaming mouse is a little pricey, but you can’t argue with its build quality.
Its design is attractive, if a little conventional: black with a soft matte finish; glossy plastic is used for the thumb buttons, and the three-level DPI switcher located below the scroll wheel. By default these levels are 800, 1,600 and 3,200 DPI, and you can set them to whatever you want (below its 16,000 maximum DPI). The side grips were a surprise: plush, and pleasant to touch.
The package comes with a USB nano receiver and USB-C cable for wireless and wired operation. You can charge with the wire, but you can also, unusually, use a Qi charger, which unfortunately is sold separately.
Had the optional cable been braided, it would have earned the Pulsefire Dart extra points with us, but the fact that it’s not only wireless will definitely be appreciated by anyone who worries that the battery may run out during a game.
Also included in the box is a wireless signal extender, which plugs into your PC and gives you a few more meters of range, which can be useful for watching Netflix on the couch.
But the best thing about the Pulsefire Dart is its performance, which, let’s face it, is what you really want to know about when you’re looking for a gaming mouse.
We put the Pulsefire Dart through its paces in FPS, MOBA and RTS games, and found no issues with it. In fact, we were very impressed: it tracks perfectly, even on wood, and the Omron switches lead to a satisfying click, and crucially are fast and responsive.
The scroll wheel is probably the best one we’ve used: grippy, light, but precise – when you scroll, you don’t sometimes accidentally middle click, which happens to us with other mice and drives us wild.
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart wireless gaming mouse comes with a two year warranty and is normally priced at $100 (£90, AU$129). Right now, it’s available for $75 on HyperX’s US website, and, for UK customers, on its UK website.
HyperX’s NGENUITY software, available to download from the Microsoft store (opens in new tab) can be used to rebind your keys and set up macros. It lets you customise the lighting, but there are only three lighting effects available.
Weighing in at 110g wireless and 150g with cable, the mouse is a little heavy, but not egregiously. We didn’t have an issue with it, especially since it didn’t impact gaming.
We've got some bad news for left-handed gamers, though, as the mouse is assymetrical, ergonomic, and there’s no left-handed version.
Hopefully, a left-handed version comes out in the future.
If you’re looking for a high-end wireless gaming mouse with noticeable gaming-grade specs, then the HyperX Pulsefire Dart will be right up your street, particularly if you’re interested in Qi charging.
The only big criticisms we have are the price and the lack of a left-handed version. The other issues we have – the generic visual design, the lack of braided cable – won't be deal breakers for many people.
Buy it if…
You want a wireless mouse with a long battery life
The Pulsefire Dart’s battery is impressive, working for up to 50 hours with the LEDs on and 90 hours without. So it’s reliable at home, and on the go.
You’re a fan of wireless charging, or just hate wires that much
The Pulsefire Dart’s Qi charging support is a unique addition and something that not many mouse peripherals offer. Unfortunately, there’s no Qi charger included with the mouse.
You want want a well-built mouse
The responsive Omron switches are rated at 50 million clicks, the plush side padding feels nice like a teddy, and the scroll wheel is one of the best we’ve tried: precise, grippy.
Don’t buy it if…
You want your mouse to look interesting
For a higher end gaming mouse you expect a few things to make it feel extra special, and design is one of them. The Pulsefire Dart is surprisingly pretty basic in that regard.
You prefer braided cables
This is not a huge issue, since, with the Pulsefire Dart’s great battery life you are unlikely to use the cable for anything other than charging, but it is unexpected in a high-end mouse.
You are left handed
By now, gaming peripheral companies should always be considering left-handers. There is really no justification not to. The demand may not be as high compared to right handers, but they exist and should be included.
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