Monoprice Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless Gaming Mouse Review: From [A] To [Z]
Due to competitive gaming and support on the newest consoles, the market for gaming mice has exploded in the past few years. Almost every company that makes gaming accessories has a honeycomb-shaped mouse to make it as light as possible. With the Monoprice Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless, we can see this.
1. The Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless’s Style and Comfort
The Monoprice Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless follows the current trend of lightweight wireless mice with honeycomb designs and RGB lighting. The honeycomb design has become a mainstay of lightweight gaming mice because it gives structure while reducing weight. I hate it, though. Trypophobia is the fear of groups or patterns of small holes. For example, sea coral gives me the creeps. The honeycomb does, too.
There are many honeycomb mice on the market, but the Glorious Model O Wireless is probably the most well-known. It costs about the same as the Hyper-K ($79.99) and has software configuration options, which the Hyper-K doesn’t. The Hyper-K Wireless’s DPI can’t be changed with software, so the only options are the six presets that come with the mouse. The Hyper-K Wireless’s maximum DPI is also 16,000, which isn’t as good as other sensors on the market.
The mouse has six buttons and a scroll wheel that can be clicked: right/left mouse buttons, two thumb buttons, a button behind the scroll wheel, and a button on the bottom of the mouse next to the sensor. Since the Hyper-K Wireless doesn’t have any software support, none of these buttons can be set up to do anything. The button behind the scroll wheel isn’t, as you might think, for controlling RGB or switching DPI. Instead, it’s for the ridiculous polling rate. The mouse can poll up to 1,000 times per second, which is pretty standard for a gaming mouse.
The two thumb buttons are set up to move forward and backward, and the bottom button is the DPI switch. There is also a place on the bottom of the mouse to store the 2.4 GHz wireless dongle, which is always a nice feature.
The mouse’s RGB can’t be changed because it doesn’t have software support, but the power switch can be moved to different positions to turn it on and off. (In the top spot, the mouse and RGB are both on. In the middle, the mouse is on but RGB is off. When the mouse is in the bottom position, it doesn’t work at all.)
2. How the Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless works
I’ve seen a lot of videos on TikTok where people show off their aim trainer scores, so I decided to do the same thing with the Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless. After a few warm-up rounds with 3D Aim Trainer, my accuracy was 51%, which could be better if the Hyper-K skates were better. Even cheap mice, like the $30 Cooler Master MM71, have good PTFE skates, so there’s no reason for Monoprice not to include them here.
The Hyper-K Wireless doesn’t have as many features as some other gaming mice, but it gets the job done. It’s not the best mouse you can get for the price, though. If you use a low DPI, you can hear how fragile the inside is when you pick it up, which made me worry about how long it would last. Still, it tracked well and clicks were accurate. I didn’t have any problems with double-clicking or wireless connection drops when I tested it.
3. How long does the Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless’s battery last?
The Dark Matter Hyper-battery K’s life isn’t as good as the rest of the mouse. Monoprice says that the Hyper-300mAh K’s battery will last 50 hours if RGB is turned off. 50 hours isn’t very long, even if RGB is turned off. Monoprice doesn’t say if the 50-hour estimate is for Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz wireless.
Also, this mouse does not charge quickly like most wireless gaming mice do. Instead, this mouse needs to be charged for three hours.
The Hyper-K Wireless’s battery life doesn’t impress me because there are better mice on the market that have five times the battery life and cost half as much, like the Logitech G305 Lightspeed, which doesn’t have a rechargeable battery.
4. Bottom Line
The Monoprice Dark Matter Hyper-K Wireless is one of the products I have reviewed that I would not recommend to anyone. I want to see PTFE skates, DPI that can be changed, and maybe even some creativity for $69.99. I’ve seen other honeycomb mice by generic brands on Amazon for $17 that have better RGB and longer battery life.
If you want a wireless honeycomb mouse, I recommend the Glorious Gaming Model O wireless, which I own. If you don’t need something wireless, two of our favorites are the Cooler Master MM720 and the Glorious Gaming Model O Minus.
Superlight gaming mice usually have to give up something in order to give gamers the benefits they promise. Even though the Dark Matter Hyper-K Ultralight Wireless Gaming Mouse is a bit lighter than other mice in its price range, it doesn’t do enough to match the extra features that its competitors offer for the same price. If the Dark Matter Hyper-K were on sale, it would be easier to recommend it. Keep an eye on your favorite store’s circular.
At the price on the list, though, it’s hard to sell. For an extra $10, you can buy the HyperX Pulsefire Haste, which has an IP55 rating and a configuration utility that will help you get the most out of your game. If you are willing to spend a little more, the Razer Viper V2 Pro is still our Editors’ Choice because it has better options for polling rate and DPI range.