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Razer Basilisk Ultimate Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 20, 2020 at 10:06 am
Razer Basilisk Ultimate Picture
8.2
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
8.3
Video Games (MMO)
7.2
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a great gaming mouse. This wireless mouse looks very similar to the regular Razer Basilisk, but with a slightly sharper design on the front and a nicer texture on the thumb rest. It has an ergonomic right-handed design, with a plethora of customizable buttons and 14 RGB zones. Its sensor performance is remarkable and is one of the best we've tested so far and it should be comfortable in any grip type for most people, unless you have very small hands. It can be used either wired or wireless, and is overall a very versatile mouse.

Our Verdict

8.2 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a very good mouse for using at the office. While it has a more gamer-centric look, it has a comfortable and ergonomic right-handed design, with a thumb rest on the left-hand side, making it comfortable to use. It has several extra buttons, all of which are programmable, which can help you quickly navigate through your applications or documents. The mouse wheel can even be customized via a slider on the bottom of the mouse, to let you choose a more fluid or clicky scrolling experience, which is great. While people with very small hands may have a hard time reaching the side sniper button in claw or fingertip grip, this button can easily be removed and replaced with a space filler.

Pros
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Ergonomic right-handed design can be used in all grip types by most hand sizes.
  • Great customization options.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity options.
8.2 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a great mouse for FPS games. It has one of the best sensor performances that we've tested, with a wide customizable CPI range, adjustable polling rate, and the ability to reprogram every button. There are 14 customizable RGB zones throughout the mouse, and the feet are a nice upgrade over the regular Razer Basilisk, allowing the mouse to glide easier on your desk. It can be used with any grip by any hand size, and people with smaller hands will likely only have issues with fingertip or claw grips.

Pros
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Ergonomic right-handed design can be used in all grip types by most hand sizes.
  • Great customization options.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity options.
8.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is an excellent mouse for MMO games. While it doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice, it has three additional buttons which, along with every other button, can be reprogrammed within Razer's software. Unlike many Razer mice, the scroll wheel has a L/R tilt which can also be reprogrammed. It's comfortable enough for marathon gaming sessions and can be used in any grip type by almost every hand size, though those with very small hands may have a hard time reaching the sniper button with claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Ergonomic right-handed design can be used in all grip types by most hand sizes.
  • Great customization options.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity options.
7.2 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a decent ultralight gaming mouse. While it isn't nearly as lightweight as honeycombed mice that are designed for this use, it's still fairly light. Unfortunately, there's no way to adjust the weight other than using it wirelessly. This mouse can be used comfortably in every grip type by almost any hand size, though those with very small hands may have a hard time reaching all the buttons in claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Ergonomic right-handed design can be used in all grip types by most hand sizes.
  • Great customization options.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity options.
7.5 Travel

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a decent mouse for travel. While it's larger than mice designed for this use, it's still small enough that you should be able to toss it into a bag or larger laptop case with no problem. It can also be used wired or wireless, which can be helpful when trying to use the mouse in a tighter space like on a plane. It's also small enough that it can be comfortably used in palm grip by any hand size, and only those with very small hands will have a hard time with claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Outstanding sensor performance.
  • Ergonomic right-handed design can be used in all grip types by most hand sizes.
  • Great customization options.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity options.
  • 8.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.2 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.5 Travel
  1. Update 10/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Update 9/15/2020: Clarification about palm and claw grip.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate looks very similar to the regular Razer Basilisk, but with slightly sharper fronts on the L/R buttons. The thumb rest on the left-hand side also has a different texture to it and feels a bit more premium. It has the same RGB lighting strips on each side, on the mouse, and on the logo as the regular Basilisk. This mouse looks rather similar to the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Wireless.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 3.0" (75 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
7.4
Design
Portability
Volume
25.02 Cu. Inch (410 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is decently portable, especially for a gaming mouse. While most people will likely use it strictly with their gaming setup at home, it should fit in larger laptop carrying cases or bags and you can store its USB receiver in the mouse.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
140 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
107 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
107 g
Weight Distribution
Front-heavy
Extra Weights
No

This mouse has no weight optimization.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is excellent. While it's made of the same dense, good quality plastic as the regular Basilisk, the feet feel even better. There are no loose or wobbling parts.

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

The ergonomics are great for right-handed people. Its shape is quite comfortable with easy-to-press buttons, and a thumb-rest on the left side.

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

Update 09/15/2020: Added a clarification about the overlap of the right button towards the side of the mouse.

This mouse should be comfortable in the palm grip for people with any hand size. However, if you have a medium to extra-large-sized hand and you rest your ring finger near the right button, you may accident click it because the right button overlaps towards the side. Still, this shouldn't be an issue for most people who rest their ring finger on the side of the mouse.

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

Update 09/15/2020: Added a clarification about the overlap of the right button towards the side of the mouse.

People with very small hands may have difficulties reaching the sniper button when using this mouse with a claw grip. However, if you have a medium to extra-large-sized hand and you rest your ring finger near the right button, you may accident click it because the right button overlaps towards the side. Still, this shouldn't be an issue for most people who rest their ring finger on the side of the mouse.

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

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate can be used comfortably in fingertip grip by everyone except people with small hands, who will likely have a hard time reaching the sniper button.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate can be used wired or wireless. It comes with a USB receiver which can be plugged directly into your PC, or into the included cradle to work as an extension if your PC is too far from your mouse. If you also want to use your mouse via Bluetooth with your work station, then check out the more affordable Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed, although its performance isn't as good as the Ultimate model.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The included Micro-USB cable is the same as the one included with the Razer Viper Ultimate, and is much better than most other Razer cables. It's a good quality cable that has a good amount of flex. It can be used to connect your mouse to your PC, or can be plugged into the included adapter to work as an extension cable for the USB receiver.

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk Ultimate mouse
  • USB receiver
  • Charging cradle
  • USB to micro-USB cable
  • Manuals
  • Stickers
  • Sniper Button plastic cover

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Focus+
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
20000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-6 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
8.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
11
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
24
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate has 11 buttons including the L/R wheel tilt, and all of them (as well as the up/down scroll and profile switch on the bottom of the mouse) can be reprogrammed with the companion software. You can also assign a HyperShift button to give you a second layer of programmed buttons.

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

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate's mouse wheel is quite decent and has a L/R tilt, which is nice. The scroll resistance can also be customized to be as clicky or as fluid as you prefer by using the slider switch on the bottom of the mouse, which is great.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
7 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
7 ms

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate's click latency is excellent when used either wired or wirelessly, which is great. Even the most competitive gamers likely won't notice any delay.

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

Razer Synapse 3 is a great piece of software. You can customize every button on your mouse, save multiple profiles, adjust CPI and polling rate, and set the 14 RGB zones. This mouse also has on-board memory so you won't lose your customization settings when you switch computers, which is great.

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

Unfortunately, Razer Synapse 3 isn't available on macOS. While this mouse will work with default button configurations on Mac out-of-the-box, if you want to customize them, you'll have to make the changes on a Windows-based PC and save them to the mouse.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is basically the Razer Viper Ultimate but in the body of the Razer Basilisk, though with a slightly tweaked design. It gives a good upgrade over the regular Basilisk, and offers some of the best sensor performance we've ever tested. Unlike the two other Basilisk models available, the Basilisk Ultimate can be used either wired or wireless, which makes it a very versatile all-around mouse. Check out our recommendations for best gaming mouse, the best FPS mouse, and the overall best mouse.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V2 is identical to the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, with very slight difference. The V2 is wired while the Ultimate is wireless. The V2 is also ever so slightly lighter, but most people won't notice the difference. The Ultimate also comes with a cable, so you can use it wired as well, and comes with a nice RGB charging dock.

Razer Basilisk

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.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED. It's ever so slightly lighter, and it doesn't have its CPI buttons right on the main click, which some may prefer. However, the G502 Wireless can unlock its scroll wheel for infinite scrolling and its software is available on macOS, while the Razer software isn't.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Razer Basilisk Ultimate are very similar gaming mice. They're both basically the same mice internally, but have a different shape and design to them. The Basilisk Ultimate is a right-handed mouse with a thumb rest and has an additional sniper button on the left side. While the Viper Ultimate isn't recommended with all grip types for larger hands, the Basilisk Ultimate can be used comfortably with all grip types with anyone except those with very small hands.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a better mouse than the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed. The Ultimate can be used wired or wirelessly, has RGB lighting, more buttons, and a better performing sensor. On the other hand, the Basilisk X can be used via Bluetooth, and is available for much cheaper.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Razer Basilisk Ultimate are very similarly-performing gaming mice. The Basilisk Ultimate has more programmable buttons, and a lower click latency. On the other hand, the G Pro has a higher max CPI, a unique design with multiple button options, and its companion software is fully compatible with macOS or Windows.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a better overall mouse than the Logitech G502 HERO. The Razer is wireless, is slightly more comfortable to use, and features the newest Razer sensor and comes with a nice RGB charging station. On the other hand, the Logitech is wired-only and its wheel features tilt inputs and can be unlocked for infinite scrolling.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

Although both mice are very similar since they use the same sensor, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is a bit better than the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. The Pro is more comfortable to use, has multi-device pairing, and an adjustable lift-off distance. However, the Ultimate has more programmable inputs, and the scroll wheel has infinite scrolling.

Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro is better for most uses than the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. The Naga Pro has many more side buttons for MMO gaming, it has lower click latency, and the feet provide a better gliding experience. However, the Ultimate is lighter, has a lower lift-off distance, and the sensor has less CPI variation, making it a better choice for FPS or ultra-light gaming.

Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO

The Corsair DARK CORE RGB PRO is slightly better than the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. The Corsair has Bluetooth support, a higher polling rate, and the dedicated software is available on macOS. On the other hand, the Razer has more programmable inputs, it's lighter, and the sensor has lower CPI error.

Corsair GLAIVE PRO

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate and the Corsair GLAIVE PRO are both great gaming mice. While the GLAIVE is wired-only, the Basilisk Ultimate can be used wired or wireless. The Basilisk is suitable for all hand sizes with a palm grip, while the GLAIVE is best with claw grip for all hand sizes. The Basilisk comes with a less stiff and rigid cable, has a lower click latency even when used wirelessly, has more buttons, a lower lift off distance, and a slightly wider CPI range. On the other hand, Corsair's software is fully compatible with both Windows or macOS.

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