HyperX Pulsefire Core review: Entry-level excellence

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The HyperX Pulsefire Core is an impressive entry-level gaming mouse that delivers high-end performance and features at an affordable price.

The Good

  • Accurate and responsive
  • Light and comfortable ambidextrous design
  • Affordable price

The Bad

  • Only supports up to 6,200 DPI

There's no shortage of high-quality gaming mice on the market these days. From the meaty Logitech G502 HERO to the sleek HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB, getting a reliable, responsive and feature-packed mouse is relatively easy – provided you can afford the hefty price tags such mice command.

But what about gamers on a budget? Or non-gamers who want a premium mouse but don't want to spend a small fortune? That's where the HyperX Pulsefire Core comes in. Priced at a reasonable $69, it's an excellent entry-level wired gaming mouse that offers all the key features you'd expect from a high-end device while making a few smart compromises to remain affordable.


Design

  • Symmetrical design suitable for left- and right-handed people
  • Textured sides afford extra grip in intense gaming sessions
  • Seven programmable buttons provide plenty of customisation options


Performance

  • 6,200 DPI is lower than a lot of gaming mice support
  • Buttons are firm and responsive

Features

  • Seven programmable buttons allow for ample customisation
  • On-the-fly DPI switching with support for five profiles
  • Customisable RGB lighting illuminating the HyperX logo

Verdict

PC hardware rarely comes cheap, but HyperX has managed to strike a compelling balance between price and quality with the Pulsefire Core. It delivers the precision and customisation of a high-end gaming mouse in a sleek and durable package, all for roughly half the price of many of its premium rivals. While you're not getting quite as many extra buttons and the optical sensor isn't as sensitive as those on some flagship mice, you are getting an excellent entry-level gaming mouse that punches far above its price point.


Pricing and availability

The HyperX Pulsefire Core retails for $69 and is available online from Amazon as well as from computer retailers like PLE and Scorptec.

HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse

HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse

HyperX's entry-level Pulsefire Core gaming mouse offers high-end features and excellent performance at an affordable price point.

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Specs

HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse

Sensitivity

Physical dimensions

Features

Maximum DPI 6,200
Polling Rate 1,000Hz
Number of Buttons 7
Length 119.3mm
Width 63.9mm
Height 41.3mm
Weight 123g
Cable Length 1.8m
Wireless No
RGB Lighting Yes

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