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HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini Wireless Gaming Mouse: A Complete Review

Dwight Pavlovic
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Choosing the right mouse can come down to several factors, especially for gamers and power users. Some might choose based on size and design, while others focus on their preferred connection style for wired vs. wireless gaming. In this review, we’ll explore how the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini gaming mouse accommodates multiple needs for a variety of scenarios.

Meet the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini

When you think of a specialized mouse, it often brings to mind bulky alternatives and the colourful trackballs of retro inputs. These options are typically more ergonomic for repetitive tasks that require certain gestures. The requirements of competitive gaming, however, create a need for inputs that are comfortable and lightweight without sacrificing functionality. Enter the gaming mouse.
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The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini wireless gaming mouse offers a competitive weight advantage against other options, plus a noticeable improvement over last-generation models. That makes it ideal for gamers who value an ultra-light input with high-performance tech and gamer-friendly features like dual connectivity options and low-friction skates.

Slim design and compact size

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini is 16% smaller than the standard edition. This addresses longstanding accessibility issues for users with smaller hands and different ergonomic needs while providing an optimized input for gaming. That’s especially true for laptop and competitive gamers, who often prefer to travel with their own hardware, making this mini gaming mouse the perfect form factor.
In addition to a compact design, the Mini offers an ultralight build that weighs in at only 59 g. For comparison, that’s fractionally more than 2 ounces, or about the same as half a stick of butter. Lighter weight means better portability and responsiveness with reduced strain during intense gaming sessions.

Long battery life and extra connectivity options

For gamers, two factors often stand above the rest when choosing a new input: battery life and wired vs. wireless connections. Tanking a great run over spent batteries is always a disappointment, which is why the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini can go for up to 100 hours on a full charge - so you can stack multiple long gaming sessions without anxiety.
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It’s also great if you like a flexible approach to your peripherals, with both 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. That means you can easily adapt to a variety of gaming scenarios, with a dongle included to facilitate high-performance wireless connectivity when you need to quickly connect with other devices.

Precision gaming with the HyperX 26K Sensor

Though form factor and connection style are often deal breakers, some of the biggest upgrades to the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini involve technology and raw hardware performance. In particular, the built-in HyperX 26K sensor provides up to 26,000 native DPI for maximum sensitivity and minimum strain during frantic gameplay.
The Mini also features tracking speeds of up to 650 IPS, which translates to inches per second (not to be confused with in-plane switching). That means you can cover more angles in substantially less time with this mini gaming mouse, which is especially useful in scenarios where responsiveness and reaction time are at the top of your list of the most desirable input features.

Custom components and switches

The lightweight build and efficient tracking of the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini is primarily thanks to the custom components used by HyperX. Older gaming inputs often make predictable sacrifices to achieve the same ergonomic features, impacting immersion. This mini gaming mouse provides a robust and familiar experience for any user, whether you’re gaming or working.
One of its most important custom hardware features is its custom HyperX switches, designed especially to provide tangible feedback for gamers. That means a clear, unobtrusive click and the tactile input you would expect from a mechanical keyboard. They’re rated for up to 100 million clicks, so you can skip the auto-clicker and keep gaming for years.

Keep playing while you recharge

But what happens when you want to recharge and keep playing? Using replaceable batteries is a hassle and a big negative when it comes to managing your carbon footprint. Rechargeable batteries often mean stopping what you’re doing to charge up and add a new set. Using a corded input can add clutter and reduce overall portability.
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When your Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini’s battery is getting low, simply plug in the included charging cable to get back up to speed without interrupting gameplay. The ability to plan around charging reduces the risk of wasted time and effort, which can be critical when having to stop and replace batteries means losing a match or missing a critical in-game opportunity.

Use NGENUITY software for easy customization

One of the big advantages of a dedicated gaming input is customizability. Most gamers expect a high threshold for fine-tuning and adjustment. Even small features can be tweaked to be more ergonomic or responsive in different situations. That’s why HyperX technology offers easy customization, with several options you can manage via software.
That’s why HyperX developed NGENUITY to help users control a variety of different customizable features across their product lines. For the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini that includes six programmable buttons, plus DPI settings and RGB lighting effects. Create and save your own input shortcuts, then tweak the lighting to suit your environment or mood.

Sensor confidence and control

To support its integrated HyperX 26K sensor, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini is built with user confidence in mind. For gamers, that means providing a positive tactile experience and a high degree of stability and control - all in the form of a mini gaming mouse. During complex movements and hectic gameplay, the need for control is much higher compared to surfing the web or reorganizing your desktop.
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The Mini features built-in low-friction skates to give movements a natural feel and smooth glide, so you’ll never get hung up on your mousepad. It also includes a full set of four residue-free grip tape strips. Not familiar? Grip tape is usually a topside add-on for gaming inputs that adds texture, creating more durable and high-stability contact with your palm and fingers.

How it impacts gaming performance

Like racing and other sports, gaming outcomes can be determined on tight margins. The difference between a win and a loss can come down to a few seconds, points, or any number of other measurable metrics. Having a comfortable mouse is an important box to check for most PC users, but gamers have a lot of newfound pressure to get the most out of their hardware.
For high-pressure scenarios, a sensitive input is an easy and affordable hedge against the competition. While the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini is a lighter and more compact form factor, it lines up with the typical needs of competitive gamers. Better control means better reaction times, and strong ergonomic features make it a comfortable addition, even to routines beyond gaming.

Summary

The long story, short: PC gaming makes your choice of input a major consideration, whether your primary concern is adding precision or comfort. Adding a different mouse or keyboard can be a useful tweak to anyone’s routine, but that’s especially true when it comes to gamers who need to upgrade for improved response time, better control, or more customization.
With a HyperX 26K Sensor, custom gaming switches, and grip tape, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini is a model of gaming functionality and lightweight portability. It also features the level of personalization HyperX fans will recognize from other peripherals, like RGB lighting effects and extra customizable buttons to help flesh out your preferred style of play, with the unique form factor of a mini gaming mouse ready for play anywhere.

About the Author

Dwight Pavlovic is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Dwight is a music, gaming, and technology writer based out of West Virginia.

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