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Razer Basilisk Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Razer Basilisk Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
7.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
6.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
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This mouse was replaced by the Razer Basilisk V2
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Basilisk is a great gaming mouse that has excellent customization options, whether you're looking to play around with the sensitivity settings or the RGB lighting. Its design is sleek and suits most people, but small hands might have trouble reaching the side sniper button. It won't be a great travel option due to its size and cable, and isn't light enough for ultra-light gaming, but it's a great option for gamers who are looking for a mouse with great ergonomics and a very low wired latency.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

Good for the office. It has great ergonomics, although people with small hands might feel uncomfortable with the claw and fingertip grips. It's a very well-built mouse and it has a few programmable buttons that you can set in its software. The mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS thanks to its on-board memory.

Pros
  • Very low wired latency.
  • Excellent performance; customizable.
  • Ergonomics design suitable for most.
Cons
  • Rigid cable that keeps kinks.
  • Not recommended for small hands with claw or fingertip grip.
7.4 Video Games (FPS)

Good for video games like FPS. It has a fairly low click latency, but it's a heavy mouse. You can set the mouse sensitivity to suit your preference, switch between CPI settings, and even set a hold sniper button for a preset sensitivity. The mouse's performance is excellent and is suitable for pretty much everyone, other than small hands with a claw or fingertip grips. On the upside, its wired latency is very low and the mouse feels responsive.

Pros
  • Very low wired latency.
  • Excellent performance; customizable.
  • Ergonomics design suitable for most.
Cons
  • Rigid cable that keeps kinks.
  • Not recommended for small hands with claw or fingertip grip.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

Great for MMOs. The mouse has great performance that's customizable to your preference. It also has a few programmable buttons, but not as many as some dedicated MMO mice. It might also feel a bit awkward to hold if you have small hands when using a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Very low wired latency.
  • Excellent performance; customizable.
  • Ergonomics design suitable for most.
Cons
  • Rigid cable that keeps kinks.
  • Not recommended for small hands with claw or fingertip grip.
6.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

Mediocre for ultra-light gaming. The mouse's performance is excellent, but it's on the heavier side. There are definitely plenty of lighter options than this mouse if you're looking for the lightest possible.

Pros
  • Very low wired latency.
  • Excellent performance; customizable.
  • Ergonomics design suitable for most.
Cons
  • Rigid cable that keeps kinks.
  • Not recommended for small hands with claw or fingertip grip.
5.0 Travel

Bad for traveling. The mouse is pretty big and is always-wired, which isn't ideal to work with a laptop on a plane.

Pros
  • Very low wired latency.
  • Excellent performance; customizable.
  • Ergonomics design suitable for most.
Cons
  • Rigid cable that keeps kinks.
  • Not recommended for small hands with claw or fingertip grip.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Update 10/15/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Razer Basilisk has a gaming look, but with fewer buttons than the Razer Naga Trinity on its side. It has a simpler design with only two side buttons and a sniper button, with some RGB lighting on the mouse wheel and manufacturer logo on the back of the mouse.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (123 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.8" (72 mm)
Grip Width
61 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.70 Cu. Inch (372 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Razer Basilisk is a bulky mouse that won't fit inside most laptop cases. The always-wired design is also not very travel-friendly due to the dangling cable.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
139 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
110 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
110 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

There's no way to reduce the weight of the Razer Basilisk, and it's on the heavier side, too.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Razer Basilisk gaming mouse is great. The mouse is entirely made out of hard plastic that doesn't feel cheap. There are no loose or wobbling parts. Unfortunately, the feet are average, rubbery pieces, but they still slide well enough for most people.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The ergonomics of the Razer Basilisk are very good for right-handed people. It has a comfortable shape with a thumb-rest and the three side buttons are easy to press.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

When using a palm grip, everyone should be able to use the Razer Basilisk comfortably, without any difficulty reaching all buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands might have trouble reaching the sniper button when using the claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Due to the larger design of the mouse, people with small hands using a fingertip grip might have trouble keeping a good control on the mouse when trying to reach the side sniper button.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

The Razer Basilisk is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly. Instead, check out the Razer Basilisk Ultimate or the Basilisk X Hyperspeed if you prefer a wireless design.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

This is a typical Razer cable. It's braided and strong, although it isn't flexible. It keeps a lot of kinks from being stored and drags on your desk. If you want a similar mouse that has a much better and less rigid cable, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2, though it doesn't feature the same slanted, ergonomic design.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Razer 5G
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-9 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
8.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
9
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
18
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

This mouse offers a few buttons that are all programmable. You can also save different button layouts in the software and switch between them directly on the mouse. Also, on top of having a CPI switch button, you can have a set value on the sniper buttons, which allows you to have a specific mouse sensitivity for as long as you're holding that button. You can even reprogram the scroll wheel up and down.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel + Free Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The mouse wheel of the Razer Basilisk is pretty standard. It has RGB lighting and is incremented, which offers good scrolling feedback. However, it can't be tilted like the Razer Naga Trinity, nor can it be unlocked for fast scrolling like office mice.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms

The wired latency for the Razer Basilisk is low, which should be suitable for most gamers that want a responsive mouse.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Razer Synapse 3 software is a good tool to customize your mouse. You can save multiple profiles for your mouse, and even calibrate it with your Razer mouse mat, which we didn't test. The mouse also on-board memory, which means it still has your preferred settings saved if you use it on a different computer.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Amazing compatibility for the Razer Basilisk. Although the software isn't available on macOS, you can program your settings on a Windows PC and everything will work when on macOS.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Basilisk is a great gaming mouse that is fairly affordable. It's a bit heavy and very well-built but is quite wide. It's amazing for a palm grip, but unfortunately, this wired-only mouse has a mediocre cable. On the upside, it has very low latency and even more competitive gamers won't notice any delay. See our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best mouse. If you're interested in Razer products, also check out the best Razer mice.

Razer Viper

The Razer Viper is a better mouse than the Razer Basilisk. It's noticeably lighter and has a lower click latency. Its cable is also slightly better. On the other hand, the Basilisk is better for palm grip users thanks to its ergo-shaped design with a thumb rest. It also has RGB on the mouse wheel and a sniper button. However, it only has a button on the left side, while the Viper has some on the right side as well.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a nice improvement over the first Razer Basilisk. It's lighter, has a better cable that's lightweight and doesn't keep kinks, and its wired click-latency is lower as well. If your budget allows it, there's no real reason to go for the first version over the V2.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer Basilisk is slightly heavier than the Razer DeathAdder Elite and has a different shape. While they're both designed for right-handed use, the Basilisk has a thumb rest on its left side. They both are suitable for every hand size in every grip type, except small hands for claw or fingertip. The latency of both mice is very low, though the Basilisk is a little lower. The Basilisk also has one more programmable button than the DeathAdder Elite and on-board memory so you can maintain your customization settings if you switch PCs.

Razer Mamba Elite

The Razer Basilisk and the Razer Mamba Elite are both great wired gaming mice that are very similar. While they're both right-handed mice, the Basilisk might be slightly more comfortable due to its thumb rest on the left side. Both mice are suitable for all hand sizes for palm grip, and all hand sizes except small for both claw and fingertip grip. The Basilisk has one additional programmable side button, but the Mamba Elite has L/R tilt on its scroll wheel.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a better gaming mouse than the regular Razer Basilisk. While the Basilisk is a wired-only mouse, the Ultimate can be used wired or wireless and it has incredibly low click latency either way. They both have a similar design, with the same right-handed ergonomic slant. The Ultimate's mouse wheel has a L/T tilt which can be reprogrammed within the software, which is nice.

SteelSeries Rival 310

The SteelSeries Rival 310 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Razer Basilisk. The 310 is lighter-weight and slightly more comfortable thanks to its slanted, ergonomic shape. It's also fully compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the Razer is only partially compatible with Mac devices. However, while the click latency is slightly lower on the 310, the Razer has a wider adjustable CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and more programmable buttons.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO and the Razer Basilisk are both great wired gaming mice. While they're both right-handed mice, the Razer is more suitable for those with small hands, as it may be tougher to reach all the buttons on the Logitech. On the other hand, the Logitech has a better cable and more programmable buttons. Logitech's software is also one of the few that's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is a slightly better mouse than the Razer Basilisk. The X is a wireless mouse that has a lower click latency. On the other hand, the regular Basilisk has an extra programmable button and better sensor performance.

Razer Naga Trinity

The Razer Naga Trinity and the Razer Baslisk are both great wired gaming mice. The Naga has a unique design with three optional side panels to give you the choice between two, six, or 12 additional side buttons. On the other hand, the Basilisk has three side buttons. However, if you have small hands, you will likely be better off with the Basilisk, as the Naga is larger and may be tough to get a comfortable fit with. In terms of performance, they both have a wide customizable CPI range and a very low latency, which is great.

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