Razer Basilisk Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Razer Basilisk Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office/Multimedia
5.0
Travel
7.5
Video Games (FPS)
8.6
Video Games (MMO)
6.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
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

7.4 Mixed Usage

Good for mixed usage. Although this mouse is designed for gaming, it can still be a good option in the office as well. Overall, its performance is excellent and its wired latency is quite low, making it a responsive mouse. Gamers will love its customization options, but it isn't the lightest option. It's worth noting small hands using the claw or fingertip grip might have trouble using the sniper button.

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 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.

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.

7.5 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.

8.6 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.

6.3 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.

  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.0 Travel
  • 7.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.6 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

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
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
139 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
110 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
110 g

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

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 4.8" (12.3 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.2 cm)
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.

8.5
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.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
61 mm

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
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: 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
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

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

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: 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
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

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.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
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.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
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.

9.6
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
2.4 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

Outstanding performance for this mouse. The Razer Basilisk has a very wide CPI range that can be fairly customized to your preference. It also has a very high polling rate, which gives you a smooth cursor movement.

8.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

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.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal 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.

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 DeathAdder Elite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Basilisk V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Mamba Elite
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

SteelSeries Rival 310
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 Naga Trinity
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

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.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

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, a better sensor performance, and has on-board memory to save customization options when switching PCs.

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