Hator is once again updating its range of gaming peripherals. This time we decided to take on symmetrical mice and Pulsar and Pulsar Essential replaced Deigh and Mirage. They differ from each other by the sensor and switches, but have an identical shape. This review will consider the «older» version — Pulsar, which is distinguished by its low weight of 69 grams and the Pixart PMW3389 reference sensor.
|Model||Hator Pulsar (HTM-313)|
|Type||Gaming (FPS/MMO/RTS games)|
|Sensor model||PixArt PMW3389|
|Permission, cpi||50 – 16 000|
|Number of buttons||6 buttons + scroll up/down (left, middle, right, resolution switch and two side buttons)|
|Maximum acceleration, g||50|
|Lift-off height (LOD), mm||2|
|Maximum speed, m/s||10,16|
|USB port polling rate, Hz||125 / 250 / 500 / 1000|
|Frame rate, fps||12 000|
|Cord length, m||1,8|
|Ability to change weight||–|
|Possibility to adjust the body shape||–|
|Cable material||Nylon braid|
|Housing surface material||Plastic|
|Backlight||+ (RGB, 16.8M colors)|
|Illumination zones||Logo and stern stripe (5 LEDs)|
|Leg material||Teflon (PTFE)|
|Dimensions, (L x W x H) mm||124 x 66 x 39|
|OS Compatibility||Windows XP/2000/ME/Vista/7/10, Linux and Mac OS|
|Additionally||Flexible «lacing» cable, Omron LMB and PCM switches with a resource of 20 million clicks, interchangeable feet included|
|average cost||1199 hryvnias|
Contents of delivery
The mouse comes in a retail box in a plain black and yellow box. Ahead there is a schematic representation of the device, and its technical details are painted in the back.
The package includes instructions for use and a set of two interchangeable legs.
The shape of the Hator Pulsar can be called «wide» symmetry. Slightly tapered «waist» is located in the center, in the place of the grip. And the front and back of the device, on the contrary, are expanded and rounded. The finish on the top panel is matte and smooth, and fairly resistant to dirt, although it does pick up greasy fingerprints over time. The panels of the main keys are separate, the plastic in them is thin, which is why they “walk” a little, which, however, is not a backlash in the direct meaning of the word. As LMB and RMB switches, Omron is installed here for 20 million clicks. In terms of tactile sensations, they work out clearly, with an average pressing force and a dry click with a slightly above average sound level. The middle button is traditionally pressed tighter and has a duller sound of operation. The resolution switch key is soft and quiet. The insert between the panels of the main buttons is made of gloss.
The left side of the mouse is plastic, with a tenacious texture in the form of miniature triangles. Two additional side keys protrude noticeably above the surface. They have a very large margin of free play before actuation. They make a distinct clicking sound and require medium force to activate. Kailh mechanisms are installed as switches under these keys.
The cable enters the mouse body in the middle, at a small height from the surface and has a short kink protection. It does not interfere with mouse movements. The scroll wheel is rubberized and covered with dotted tactile notches, arranged five in a row. Turns easily, with a slight crackle. Tactile feedback during the development of fixation positions is weak. The F-Switch mechanism is used here as an encoder.
The mouse uses a light, soft and flexible cord, which practically does not interfere with its movements. The cable length is 1.8 meters, a ferrite ring is fixed near the USB connector to eliminate interference. There is a Velcro tape on the cord that allows you to roll up the excess length of the wire.
The right side is also plastic, with a triangular coating relief, like on the left side. There are no buttons here.
On the stern of the mouse there is an inscription Hator (instead of the corporate logo) and a strip of translucent plastic at the bottom. This is one common backlight zone.
The mouse has a fairly large size and is best suited for right-handers with large or medium-sized palms. The shape of the body allows you to implement all types of grip. A small total weight of 69 grams, excluding the cable, eliminates the problem of balancing the weight along the axes of symmetry, although it is quite correct here, without distortions in either direction.
The base of the mouse has two semi-circular legs in front and behind. Exactly in the center is the PixArt PMW3389 sensor window with built-in infrared illumination.
The illumination of the mouse is implemented rather strangely. Under the single glow zone, which consists of an inscription and a strip at the bottom, there are five separate RGB LEDs at once, which allows it to demonstrate a variety of effects. White does not look white, although the rest of the color scheme is approximately the same.
Hator Pulsar has its own software, which is available for download from the official website. The application interface language can be selected before installation from Russian, Ukrainian or English. The driver is started manually (there is no autostart) and remains active until it is forcibly disabled. The official website indicates that the program is a beta version, so we will not judge it strictly.
On the start screen, reassignment of six mouse buttons and two scroll directions is available. The list of available commands includes all possible options for mouse keys, macros, office and multimedia commands, resolution switching and advanced system commands. On the left side of the screen, you can create a separate profile, each with up to five configuration options. When you press the Apply button, the current settings are saved directly to the device’s memory.
The second tab is responsible for setting the sensor. Here you can set seven separate resolution levels ranging from 50 to 16,000 cpi in 50 cpi increments. Each level can be assigned a specific color as desired, marking it when switching. The sensor polling rate can be set to standard 125, 250, 500 or 1000 Hz. All other sliders duplicate the standard Windows mouse properties settings and change synchronously with them.
Backlight settings allow you to control the color and brightness of the backlight, as well as assign certain lighting effects. Not all effects correspond to their description, but this, as we remember, is beta.
In the macro editor, a directory of macro commands is created separately, into which the commands themselves are then written (you can assign arbitrary names to them). Only keyboard keystrokes and primary mouse button presses are available for recording. Scrolling directions and movement trajectory are not recorded, but it is possible to set the cursor offset by coordinates at the end of the recording. And the names of the mouse buttons are not translated from Chinese. Same features of the beta version.
The weapons section is likely an attempt to replicate A4Tech’s success in professional esports. Here you can record the mouse cursor offset correction after each shot from a weapon in the game. In other words, to compensate for the recoil of the weapon. «Easy» cheating, for which A4Tech mice were once banned in certain eSports disciplines at the device manager level when the game checked the PC configuration.
Ergonomics and testing
The Hator Pulsar mouse was tested on a plain black Mionix Alioth M fabric mat. Light weight combined with a large and comfortable symmetrical shape and grippy sidewalls fits perfectly in the hand. The mouse will be a good choice for any type of grip if the palm is large or medium in size. The soft cable does not interfere with the movements of the device, and the legs slide very easily. By the way, a small weight significantly reduces the moment of inertia, due to which the mouse is easier to control during sudden movements. There are no complaints about the operation of the main buttons. The side keys are characterized by poor responsiveness and a large power reserve. The scroll wheel is too soft for my taste, and does not work out the fixation positions well. The mouse cover is well chosen. What can not be said about the quality of the backlight.
The software is still in beta and, although it allows for basic configuration of device functions, it needs significant improvement in terms of eliminating localization errors and improving the convenience of the interface.
As a sensor, the Hator Pulsar uses the PixArt PMW3389 reference «game» sensor. This is one of the best solutions in today’s industry, with a high top speed, no spurious manifestations and disruptions in cursor tracking, and a low liftoff. Unfortunately, tear-off height adjustment is not available in this case, although it could be calibrated down. In all other respects, the sensor works perfectly.
The Hator Pulsar is a well-balanced and relatively inexpensive gaming mouse that is a great choice for both beginners and pro players who don’t want to overspend on peripherals. The advantages of this model are a convenient symmetrical large-sized case, an excellent sensor, a good cord and quite tolerable mechanical switches for the main buttons. Among the shortcomings, we can note the quality of workmanship and backlight control, side keys with a long stroke and raw software. Yes, Hator is a relatively young brand that has not managed to gain a stable reputation. But, in any case, there are not so many offers on the market that are similar in price and characteristics, provided with a two-year warranty.