Ever since the pandemic forced us into our homes, many of us have relied on our desktops and laptops as a way to avoid what’s happening outside. Many people started playing games on the PC as a way to pass the time. Multiplayer games like Valorant, CS: GO and Apex Legends have grown in popularity, and to get good at competitive games like these, you need the right equipment. This includes a nice set of headphones to hear where enemies are coming from, plus a nice keyboard and mouse so you can move around the game easily. Of course, they can also give you a gaming touch. Today, I will help you choose a good gaming mouse for less than Rs. 4,000, which will help you climb the ladder towards the upper fragmentation. For this, we will compare the Logitech G402, the Asus ROG Strix Impact II and the HyperX Pulsefire Raid.
The Logitech G402 has eight programmable buttons
Design and ergonomics
Starting with the Logitech G402, this mouse looks like something dropped from outer space. I was a little skeptical about using this one because of how strange its format is. It has eight programmable buttons that you can customize to your liking using the accompanying software. HyperX Pulsefire Raid, another competitor in the same price segment, has 11 programmable buttons. As for the ROG Strix Impact 2, it looks tiny next to these otherworldly mammoths and, due to its compact design, has only five programmable buttons.
These extra buttons can help you quickly switch weapons or use tools while playing, and also work for common software actions like copying/pasting stuff or back and forth in your browser. You can even assign different macros to them, which are shortcuts to tedious tasks that require a lot of repetitive actions.
Pulsefire Raid has five buttons on the left where the thumb should be. Four of them appear to be huddled together. I accidentally hit a button or two unintentionally more than a few times. It would have been better if they were spaced a little apart to avoid accidental clicks. The placement of the thumb buttons on the G402 and Strix Impact II is similar. Both have two buttons on the left, but the G402 also has two additional buttons beside the left button. When compared, the thumb buttons on the Logitech G402 seem to stick out more.
It is noteworthy that only the Strix Impact II is ambidextrous, while the other two are only suitable for right-handed users. For me, the Strix Impact II was a little too small and too light. It only weighs 70g, while the G402 weighs almost twice as much, and the Pulsefire Raid plays the middle field with 127g. Some people prefer light mice, while others prefer heavier ones. In my experience, it was a bit difficult to get shots right with the Strix Impact II as I kept moving my wrist a lot, which resulted in stray sniper fire. This varies from person to person, so it’s best if you are sure what you need in terms of weight, as none of them have adjustable weights.
The G402 has a thumb rest which comes in handy if you tend to use the thumb buttons a lot. Pulsefire Raid, on the other hand, is slightly curved upwards, which makes it appear to have a wider base. Some people may feel comfortable with the high arch, while others may prefer the medium, flat arch feel of the Strix Impact II, which has a simple, straight-forward design.
The G402 and Pulsefire Raid have a rubber padding on both sides for better grip. For some reason, the Strix Impact II doesn’t. Instead, there’s a bit of texture on both sides, which is nice, but I prefer rubber, especially for longer game sessions. Another problem with the texture of the plastic on the Strix Impact II is that it collects dust too easily.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid and ROG Strix Impact II have RGB lighting effects. The Strix Impact II displays its RGB lighting in the ROG logo, the scroll wheel and a pair of headlights, which look really good. Pulsefire Raid gets RGB treatment on its scroll wheel and HyperX logo. The Logitech G402, on the other hand, is quite simple and only the Logitech logo lights up in blue.
The Asus ROG Strix Impact II weighs just 70g
The buttons on the three mice are made of high quality plastic and I found no construction flaws. The tactile feedback and click sound of the G402 was a little more satisfying than what I felt with the other two. None of these rats had excessively high buttons, which I personally like because it means they won’t bother other people.
As for the scroll wheels, the Pulsefire Raid’s seemed a bit cheap and their tactile feedback wasn’t as satisfying as the other two. However, Pulsefire Raid is the only mouse on this list to have side scroll buttons. You can assign multiple tasks to them, which can make your daily computer use more efficient.
The Strix Impact II has a very responsive scroll wheel button press action, so if you scroll a little too fast you’ll likely click it by mistake and scroll down 10 pages at a time instead of just one . The scroll wheel on the G402 is finished in rubber and is smooth.
The slides on all three mice were very smooth and I had no problem moving them across my mousepad. In fact, I even tried using these mouseless mice and they all registered the movements correctly without picking up scratches on the underside. The Strix Impact II was the smoothest of all thanks to its light body and the number of slide skates installed. The Logitech G402 and HyperX Pulsefire Raid also have soft pads on their undersides that facilitate movement on their surface.
The Logitech G402 has a decent quality 2.1m cable. The ROG Strix Impact II also features a 2 m long cable. I had to roll them both up to make room on my desk. On the other hand, the Pulsefire Raid has a 1.8m braided cable that should make it more durable over time. I faced some problems with kinks and had to straighten the cable at times for a totally unrestricted movement.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid can go up to 16,000 DPI
DPI and software
DPI is one of those things that make or break a deal for serious gamers. Simply put, DPI stands for dots per inch and is basically a measure of the sensitivity of a mouse’s sensor. The higher the DPI setting, the more intensely the mouse reacts to your input and vice versa. DPI generally ranges from 400 to 16,000 for gaming mice. Pulsefire Raid goes up to 16,000 DPI, while the Logitech G402 can go up to 4,000 and the Strix Impact II can go up to 6,200.
All three mice have dynamic DPI adjustment buttons. You can use the side buttons on the G402 to increase or decrease the DPI and, in the case of HyperX Pulsefire Raid, you can use the button just below the scroll wheel to adjust between DPI presets. On the Strix Impact II, the DPI button, for some reason, is on the bottom of the mouse, right next to the optical sensor. It’s not meant to allow you to change the mouse DPI mid-game, and that would be inconvenient to try.
The Logitech G402 and HyperX Pulsefire Raid have a sniper button, while the ROG Strix Impact II loses this feature. A sniper button allows you to temporarily switch to a certain DPI setting you set using the software, when you need extra sensitivity for a short period of time, for example to line up an accurate shot.
As for each manufacturer’s software, you get Logitech G Hub with G402, Armory Crate with Strix Impact II and HyperX Ngenuity with Pulsefire Raid. You can configure the customizable buttons of each mouse and also tinker with RGB lighting effects. These tools will allow you to create macros and assign specific profiles for each game. For example, if you start Valorant, the mouse will automatically switch to that profile and work on the DPI you’ve chosen.
As for onboard memory, the G402 has only one profile, while you can configure three profiles on the Strix Impact II. You can create as many profiles as you like for Pulsefire Raid, but it can only remember the default settings.
The Logitech G402 has a 2.1m cable, while the HyperX Pulsefire Raid has a 1.8m cable
I used these gaming mice intensively for a month and had no major issues with any of them during my gaming sessions. I played Valorant, Apex Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for 10-15 hours in total with each of these devices. I had no problems with pre-targeting enemies, controlling recoil, tracking enemy movements, or using the programmable buttons to activate abilities. I did not experience any noticeable delay between when a button was clicked and when the intended action was registered on the screen. All three rats performed their basic functions well.
Personally, I found the Logitech G402 and HyperX Pulsefire Raid to be better suited for FPS games as they provide better grip. This is very important in competitive games, especially when they last for hours and hours. ROG Strix Impact II was good too, but I think it would be better for games less reflex dependent, like League of Legends, Dota 2, Mirror’s Edge, GTA V and roleplaying games. Throughout my use, I had the DPI set to 1600 on all three mice because that, for me, hits the sweet spot. I didn’t have to unnecessarily shake my wrist or react badly to a sniper shot.
Rog Strix Impact II and HyperX Pulsefire Raid have RGB lighting effects
As of today, Logitech G402 sells for Rs.2,300, Strix Impact II sells for Rs. 3,000 and the HyperX Pulsefire Raid will cost Rs. 3,577. So which of these three should you buy? If you need a lot of buttons on your mouse, whether it’s to use skills in your game or for macros, you should go for HyperX Pulsefire Raid.
If you want something more compact and light, the ROG Strix Impact II is what suits you best. Both mice have good RGB lighting too, if you like that. Finally, if you want a more ergonomic mouse and high-quality buttons, the Logitech G402 can do it for you.