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Razer Basilisk Essential Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 at 08:51 am
Razer Basilisk Essential Picture
7.2
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
7.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.7
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Basilisk Essential is a stripped-down model in the Basilisk lineup. It shares the same ergonomic shape and has a thumb rest on its left side, but it lacks a few features found on more premium models in the series, like the scroll wheel lighting, a second CPI switch button, free-scrolling, and L/R wheel tilt buttons. It has a low lift-off distance and a fairly consistent sensor. While its CPI range isn't as wide as some of the other models in the Basilisk lineup, it should still be good enough for most people. Unfortunately, its click latency is fairly high, its cable isn't very flexible, and it's fairly heavy.

Our Verdict

7.2 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Basilisk Essential is decent for office use. It feels well-built and is suitable for any grip type for almost all hand sizes, and it has a textured thumb rest and many programmable buttons. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel doesn't have L/R tilt buttons and can't unlock for free scrolling. Also, you can't use it wirelessly.

Pros
  • Many programmable buttons.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only design.
  • Wheel has no L/R tilt and can't unlock for free scrolling.
7.3 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Basilisk Essential is decent for FPS gaming. It feels well-built and is suitable for all grip types for almost all hand sizes with any grip type. It has a low lift-off distance, a high polling rate, and a fairly consistent sensor. While its CPI range isn't as wide as some other gaming options, it should be good enough for most gamers. Unfortunately, its click latency is fairly high and may not feel responsive enough during fast-paced games. Also, the mouse is heavy, and its cable isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Many programmable buttons.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low lift-off distance.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
  • Heavy.
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer Basilisk Essential is good for MMO games, although it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice do. However, you can program almost all of the buttons it does have, and you can even set a HyperShift button to give you a second layer of controls. It feels well-built and should feel comfortable for almost all hand sizes with any grip type. It has a high polling rate, a fairly consistent sensor, and a low minimum lift-off distance. Unfortunately, the click latency is fairly high, and the braided cable isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Many programmable buttons.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low lift-off distance.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as MMO mice.
7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Basilisk Essential is a decent ultra-light gaming mouse, but it's much heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice and almost what we'd consider a heavy mouse. While the PTFE feet glide well, the braided cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks from packaging. Also, it has fairly high latency and may not feel responsive enough for some gamers. On the bright side, it feels well-built and is suitable for almost all hand sizes.

Pros
  • Many programmable buttons.
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low lift-off distance.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency.
  • Cable isn't very flexible.
  • Heavy.
4.7 Travel

The Razer Basilisk Essential is inadequate for travel. It's fairly bulky and may not fit in some laptop cases. Also, since you can only use it wired, its cable may be cumbersome in tight spaces, like in a plane, bus, or train.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only design.
  • Heavy.
  • 7.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.7 Travel
  1. Updated Jun 17, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 11, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

If you're interested in a similar gaming mouse with LED lights that indicate your CPI setting, check out the COUGAR Revenger.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.9" (75 mm)
Grip Width
59 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.41 inยณ (400 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
129 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
98 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
98 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
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
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.1 ft (2.2 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk Essential
  • Removable paddle
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3328
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6,400 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
6%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

8.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
16
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No
Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

If you're interested in a gaming mouse with a scroll wheel that lets you change between a 12 or 24-step incremental mode, check out the Dell Alienware AW510M.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
6.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
25 ms
Operating System And Software
6.5
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
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Basilisk Essential has no variants and is only available in black. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Basilisk Essential is a stripped-down mouse based on the Razer Basilisk. It has the same right-handed ergonomic shape as other models in this series, although it lacks a few features that the more premium models have, like the scroll wheel lighting, a second CPI switch button, free-scrolling, and L/R wheel tilts. Compared to the other Basilisk mice we've tested, it has a significantly narrower CPI range, a higher lift-off distance, and you can't adjust the CPI as precisely. However, it's a good option if you're looking for something a bit cheaper than the other models but still want a fairly performant gaming mouse.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best Razer mice.

Razer Basilisk

The Razer Basilisk is a predecessor of the Razer Basilisk Essential. They have the same right-handed ergonomic shape, but the Basilisk has an RGB zone on its scroll wheel, an extra CPI switching button, and a different pattern on the side grips. Otherwise, the Basilisk performs better overall thanks to its wider CPI range, more precisely adjustable CPI, lower lift-off distance, and lower click latency. Also, it has onboard memory, which the Essential lacks.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a later, improved version of the original Razer Basilisk, compared to the Razer Basilisk Essential, a stripped-down version of the original Basilisk. They have a similar shape and design, but the V2 has an RGB zone in its scroll wheel, two CPI switching buttons, longer and pointier L/R clicks, and some glossy accents. The V2 has a more flexible cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and more programmable buttons. It also has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust more precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and a significantly lower latency. Both are best-suited for larger hands using any grip type.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is wireless mouse in the Basilisk lineup, while the Razer Basilisk Essential is a stripped-down version of the original Razer Basilisk. If you prefer mice without cables, the Hyperspeed is a better choice since you can use it wirelessly via Bluetooth or with its receiver. Also, it has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, much lower click latency, and onboard memory. On the other hand, the Essential is a wired mouse and weighs a lot less than the Hyperspeed.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO and the Razer Basilisk Essential are both gaming mice with thumb rests on their left side, but the Logitech performs better overall. The Logitech has a wide CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a more consistent sensor, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. It also has many more buttons, and you can unlock its scroll wheel for free scrolling. However, if you prefer lighter mice, the Razer weighs much less.

Razer DeathAdder Essential

The Razer DeathAdder Essential and the Razer Basilisk Essential are both right-handed gaming mice, but they have different shapes. The Basilisk Essential has a more ergonomic design with a textured thumb rest on its left side like the other models in its lineup, whereas the DeathAdder shares the same high-back shape as the other DeathAdder mice. Otherwise, they perform very similarly, but the Basilisk Essential has more programmable buttons, and the DeathAdder Essential has a much lower latency. Both are best suited for large hands, although people with small hands may be comfortable with a palm grip.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer DeathAdder Elite and the Razer Basilisk Essential are both gaming mice, but the Elite has a much wider CPI range, a CPI that you can adjust very precisely in increments of one, a lower lift-off distance, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the Essential has a dedicated sniper button and a thumb rest. Both are best-suited for larger hands, although people with small hands may be comfortable with a palm grip.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Razer Basilisk Essential is a decent FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious has a honeycomb design, making it a better option for fans of ultra-light gaming mice. It has an ambidextrous shape with two side buttons, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a better quality cable. On the other hand, the Razer is a right-handed mouse with a thumb rest and a dedicated sniper paddle. While the Glorious has a higher maximum CPI and a lower lift-off distance, the Razer has a lower minimum CPI.

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