It’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love with a mousepad. Most of the time, gamers just grab whatever’s available, simply due to how similar the options are. But the often-overlooked counterpart to your handy mouse is vital when it comes to compatibility and performance. Lucky for us, HyperX has been working to change the way we look at these essential accessories.
HyperX’s lineup of rollable, microfiber mousepads has grown in quality, consistency, and variety over the last few years. With the release of the HyperX FURY Ultra, they may have just changed the game on what it means to own a professional quality mousepad. Want to see the difference for yourself? Read on.
Zoom In: Specs
- Dimensions: 14.15” x 11.78” (359.4 x 299.4mm)
- Thickness: 0.12″ (5.0mm)
- Weight: 1.28 lbs
- Material: Plastic
- Cable Type: Braided
- Cable Length: 70.8″ (1.8m)
- Compatibility: Optical and Laser Mice
- Light Effects: Per-LED RGB Lighting
- Design: Hard Surface 360° RGB
- Warranty: 2-Year Free Technical Support
HyperX kept things super simple when it came to unboxing. All you have is the well-contained mousepad and a quickstart instruction booklet that includes only one page of actual instructions.
As soon as I lifted the lid off the box, I could tell this was unlike any mousepad I had ever seen. Lining the edges were a variety of LEDs and a long braided cord extended from the top, making it look more like a keyboard than a mousepad. Unlike the rest of the HyperX lineup, the FURY Ultra is made out of hard plastic, meaning that it sacrifices easy transportation for a streamlined surface that touts optimization for both speed and precision.
While the look of the mousepad itself is pretty standard — a flat black surface with the HyperX logo in the bottom right corner — it’s the lighting that sets it apart. Right out of the box, the 360° RGB LEDs are fully customizable via a color wheel preset. And like most RGB peripherals, you can tweak things even further with the HyperX NGENUITY software.
Unfortunately, while the customization is extremely robust, the software itself leaves much to be desired. So much so, that’s it’s been in Beta for several years. This does make the $55 price point a bit less appealing, but it works well enough to add a bit of flair to an already impressive device.
As for performance in-game? Eager to test it out, I launched open Fortnite and put ‘er to work.
*Note: Performance tests were conducted with a Cooler Master MM711 Gaming Mouse
A refined combo of speed and precision seemed like a generic marketing play, but it quickly became apparent that this mousepad could perform. My mouse would glide effortlessly across the surface, and even after hours of play, there was no evidence that the mousepad had ever been touched. It provides just enough surface area to make full-length movements without fear of jumping off the pad, and the grip underneath kept it stable even with the most jagged movements.
I was incredibly satisfied with the performance at lower (400) and higher (1200) DPI settings. In both settings, I was able to move around and survey the terrain quickly, but still stop on a dime and make slight but accurate adjustments while scoped in. Every movement felt natural and consistent, and there was never a time where my mouse suddenly stuttered or caught itself on the surface.
My only real concerns with the mousepad are the size combined with the hard surface. It does take up enough space where you’ll most likely need to move your setup around on your desk. Additionally, some sort of wristpad would be beneficial, as the hard plastic did begin to hurt my wrist after a few hours of play. These are only minor gripes that the performance more than makes up for.
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Zoom Out: Verdict
Performance - 9/10
Design - 8/10
The HyperX FURY Ultra elevates the lineup of HyperX mousepads to the next level. Its micro-textured hard surface and natural rubber base allow for incredible precision, speed, and stability. The only drawback is the outdated NGENUITY customization software, which takes a bit of the brilliance out of the 360° RGB lighting elements. While it’s a bit on the expensive side, it makes for a perfect long-term upgrade to go with your other gaming peripherals.
- 1.8 m threaded USB cable
- Customizable 360° RGB dynamic lighting effects
- Micro-textured hard surface and anti-slip rubber base
- A bit on the expensive side
- Outdated NGENUITY software
- Large and not easily transportable