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While fully usable out of the box, users will need to use HyperX’s free NGenuity software (available only on Windows 10) to change the lighting color/effects settings, DPI settings, and button remapping. There are 4 DPI presets (400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200), but by using NGenuity you can set up to 5 (or delete any extra you don’t want) to any number of your choice up to 16000. The default lighting color/effect is a slow cycle through the rainbow, but in the software you can add up to one triggered effect (fade) as well as three general effects (Cycle, Breathing, Solid). In the button mappings, you can remap any of the six buttons to keyboard functions, mouse functions, multimedia controls, windows mappings, or recorded macros. Here you can also outright disable a button so it’s not mapped to anything.

My general impressions of the Haste are quite favorable. The first time I used it, it was honestly pretty weird. I’m used to my mice having a bit of heft (several years back, I had a mouse which had a variety of adjustable weights), so when taking the Haste for its first spin, I felt like I was going to accidentally throw the mouse into oblivion with my normal arm movements. The partially-exposed nature of the frame also makes the mouse feel slighter and more fragile, so I was also worried about crushing it to pieces within my grip (which suddenly felt Hulk-like in nature). I adjusted quickly, though, and within a day the light weight felt like more of a benefit than something I needed to be mindful of. The mouse also did not shatter within my grasp, which gave me the confidence to begin gripping less gingerly. This in turn exposed the frame’s surprising sturdiness, despite its delicate-seeming appearance. There’s no way the honeycomb plating will be as strong as a cohesive plate, but the Haste won’t be breaking apart anytime soon by using it for its intended purpose (even if that includes gripping it strongly).

I am surprised by how much I like the Haste, now that I’ve been using it for a week. It feels less fatiguing on the arm compared to heavier mice, and has a much smoother glide moving from point to point. For day-to-day activity (most games, as well as for school and work where one uses a lot of repetitive movement), I highly recommend it. I only have two reservations: I might miss the extra buttons for gaming that the Pulsefire Raid provides, and for small, precise movements (e.g. sniping in games), a heavier mouse will sometimes be preferred (such as the Pulsefire Surge) .

At about $50, the Haste is reasonably priced for the promises it delivers on: light weight, smooth movement, anti-dust coated switches that are rated up to 60M clicks, robust keymapping, and standard lighting effects/options. I’m certainly a fan, and if you aren’t in dire need of a large amount of mouse buttons and don’t want extra weight for your personal gaming purposes/preferences, the Haste is an excellent investment.

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