Razer pump out new gaming mice faster than ever. The latest addition to their range is the Basilisk, a high-end mouse specially designed for first-person shooter games. At $ 69.99, it's at the top end of wired mouse prices, but for that price, you get unique features and world-class hardware.
Let's talk about the hardware first.
Like many flagship gaming mice, the Basilisk uses an optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 16,000, the ability to track up to 450 inches per second, and 1000 Hz polling. The switches are mechanical Razer / Omron switches that are designed for up to 50 million clicks. At 107 grams, the basilisk is a typical, moderate weight for a wired mouse.
This isn't the first time we've seen this sensor: the same is used in the wired Razer Lancehead. It's an excellent sensor with accurate tracking, a ridiculously high and basically unusable maximum DPI setting, and resistance to spin-out errors. The low speed tracking is precise and the tracking consistency in both straight lines and angles is very good. The result is a mouse that works largely error-free in game situations.
I still don't know how anyone can use a 16,000 DPI mouse. I've mostly used the basilisk around the 2,000 DPI mark, and even double that DPI is a challenge for me. 16,000 DPI? Well, about 4mm of movement moves the cursor from edge to edge on my 1440p Ultrawide monitor.
Most aspects of the design of this mouse are not new or revolutionary, but designed for a specific type of user. The main feature here is the thumb rest, which I'm a fan of, and a slightly curved design for right-handed users. The left mouse button is concave to grip your finger comfortably, while the right mouse button drops to make it easier to hold the mouse.
The bow is not as high as some mice like the DeathAdder, but it is also not flat, which results in a design that I found very comfortable. The more aggressive curves of the DeathAdder are still my preference, although I like to use the Basilisk for a long time without any comfort issues.
The construction of this mouse is great and contributes to usability. The left and right sides are large pieces of grooved rubber, while the main body is made of a smooth, matte plastic. Each main click button is a separate plastic section, while the scroll wheel is clearly highlighted. At the base of the mouse there are several large sliding pads that help the mouse slide smoothly over most surfaces.
And this would not be a Razer product without RGB. Therefore, the Basilisk Chroma RGB supports in two sections: the main logo on the palm rest and around the scroll wheel. As usual, you can customize everything with Razer's Synapse utility.
The sniper clutch is an interesting and unique feature of this mouse.
The Basilisk is a mouse with eight buttons: left / right / scroll click, back and forward buttons on the left, DPI buttons under the scroll wheel and an additional sniper clutch, which I will go into in more detail shortly will. The main mouse buttons have a solid, reliable click, while the scroll click is a bit loose before activation. The left forward / backward buttons are very good with a deep but satisfying click. The DPI buttons are hard to accidentally hit, which is good, although their location makes them less suitable for quick access in games. Each key is fully programmable.
The sniper clutch is an interesting and unique feature of this mouse. Sniper buttons themselves aren't new, it's something a handful of mice have picked up in the past, so FPS players can quickly bring the DPI down to the lowest setting. If you want to sniff, you can press the sniper button for more accurate accuracy with normal mouse movements. Press the button later to play the normal game. This type of button is very useful when playing FPS games as a sniper.
The main problem with many sniper buttons is that they stand in the way of normal use and general comfort. On the Basilisk, however, the clutch design of the sniper button allows the mouse to remain comfortable in everyday use. However, the button is still close enough to your thumb so that it is easily accessible. And the clutch actuation is designed so that a natural, comfortable thumb movement can activate sniper mode while preventing accidental activation.
The best thing about the sniper clutch is its adaptability. The button can be replaced by two other options: a shorter coupling variant or a stopper that completely deactivates the button. If you find that the clutch is in the way, you can replace it with a more convenient one.
The other aspect of this mouse that can be customized is the scroll wheel. The Basilisk has an adjustable drag wheel on the underside of the mouse, which can turn the scroll wheel from an extremely clicking wheel into something completely smooth. Many people love smooth scroll wheels, but most mice don't have smooth scroll wheels. So it's nice to see that this feature has been added to the basilisk.
Various aspects of the mouse can be customized with Razer's Synapse 3.0 software. This is a fairly decent utility that has been made even better in its latest iteration. With Synapse you can customize the buttons, adjust the RGB lighting, change the DPI and even calibrate the mouse for different mouse pads. Oh, and there's support for macros too.
For $ 70, the Basilisk is essentially the complete package for FPS players. If you like this type of mouse design, it's hard to think about what Razer could add to improve the experience. The optical sensor with 16,000 DPI is excellent, the selection of buttons is great (especially the adjustable sniper coupling), there is RGB support and an adjustable scroll resistance. Perhaps this mouse just lacks weight adjustment, but without this feature it is an excellent option.
Advantages: Comfortable design with an excellent sensor. The customizable sniper clutch is the best implementation of this feature so far. Adjustable scroll resistance.
Disadvantage: Just trivial questions.