When I checked out the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 wired earlier this year, I was impressed with my experience. Its weight, simple design, comfort, and price make it an excellent, affordable option. So with this in mind, I was keen as hell to check out the wireless version. And here we are!
The wired version in most of the best ways
Looking at the wireless mouse next to the wired version, in almost every way, it’s the same mouse. It looks, feels, and is used just like that mouse. The nice, simple aesthetic with minimalist lighting gels with me. It’s comfortable as hell to use and super light.
The cable is the same as the wired one, which is useful when you’re in a long game and forget to charge the mouse. In wired mode, it seemed like the exact same mouse, and that’s a good thing.
Now featuring wireless
What makes this mouse better is its wireless functionality. A little switch at the bottom flicks between off, Bluetooth, or the dongle. With that dual connection option, you can have it connected to your work lappy via Bluetooth and your personal rig with the dongle, and you can enjoy this comfort all week long.
Connecting was easy and fast, and I was off. When testing in wireless mode, it took a lot to spot any latency. Playing almost every game was seamless and easy to use. When I loaded up FPS on the highest settings, I did notice the slightest bit of stuttering. But to be fair, I only did this for test purposes. It’s not how I play games, so easing it back to normal settings that don’t make my lappy sound like a jet engine worked as well as any other mice I have used.
The battery life is damn impressive too. It’s advertised as 100 hours, but that’s going to be under testing, like continuous use and with the snazzy wheel RGB turned off. The good news is that I was in my third week of use when it needed a charge. So, in other words, heaps.
Where the wired wins
So obviously that click latency is gone in the wired version, so if that’s important to you, then you’ll be happy going wired.
With the additional bits inside the wireless model, the mouse is a few grams heavier, but it’s still light as hell. If knocking off those few grams is important, then you’ll need to take a second look at the wired version.
So should you get one?
At $159, it’s a damn good, reasonably priced wireless mouse. For $109 you can nab the wired version, which is insanely cheap. Depending on your price range, you’ll be happy with a Haste 2 or Haste 2 wireless. Personally, the $50 extra is worth it to have fewer wires on the desk.