Gaming Mouse (Wired)
When it comes to gaming mice it’s increasingly difficult to look past Razer’s line-up, thanks in part to the hardware maker’s focus on ergonomics and performance. The new Razer Basilisk gaming mouse has been designed for the FPS crowd, so much so that one of its standout and more interesting features is a removable DPI clutch. A what now? Yeah, a trigger that lets you switch the DPI response for limited bursts of precision. Which for me, means being able to quickly turn and run at the first sign of trouble. At speeds my cowardice could only dream about before.
The Razer Basilisk follows a similar ergonomic shape seen across the Razer range, plus naming their gear after formidable serpents. As a righty one glance at the Basilisk and you’ll note the prominent thumb rest indentation in the design. Although this means it may not be as aesthetically appealing as something like the Razer Lancehead
, in practice it’s more comfortable thanks to the overall lightweight design of the Basilisk and inclusion of textured rubber grips. Build quality is exceptional for what is essentially a mid-range gaming mouse, with a great finish and sturdy button feel.
In fact, a lot of the parts are the same as you’d find in the Razer DeathAdder Elite, which has been our go to comparison for quite some time now. Well, at least mine because I’ve been using one for several years now. So, using the Basilisk was like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Albeit one that gotten a funky new haircut and new RGB powered leather jacket.
- Sensor: Razer 5G Optical Sensor
- DPI: 16,000 fully customisable
- LED Color: RGB (Razer Chroma)
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Buttons: Eight Programmable
- Weight: 107g
Okay so the DPI clutch in the Basilisk is a great feature, but the addition of eight additional and programmable buttons means that the Basilisk could potentially be marketed as an MMO or MOBA mouse in addition to being primarily suited to FPS titles. The 5G Optical Sensor and Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches work as expected across the board without any input or lag issues to be found. In fact, performance across titles like Overwatch, Total War Warhammer II, and DOOM was great. The only real issues we had during testing came with the implementation of the new Razer Synapse 3.0 software. As fans of the previous versions, the new green text on a white background feels a little off and more difficult to use. Also, it’s starting feel like it might be getting on the bloated side, especially if you’re running multiple versions of Razer hardware.
If you’re a first-person gamer then the Basilisk is one to check out for sure, the great ergonomic feel makes up for the slightly off visual shape. Plus, quality parts and exceptional performance make this another winner from Razer.