Razer Basilisk V2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jan 30, 2020 at 07:39 am
Razer Basilisk V2 Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Travel
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
9.0
Video Games (MMO)
8.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Basilisk V2 is an excellent gaming mouse, but its right-slanted design makes it comfortable to use even as an office mouse. This mouse has an excellent sensor performance and is better suited for people that use a claw or palm grip. This is a nice upgrade from the first Razer Basilisk and is identical to the wireless Razer Basilisk Ultimate, although this is the wired model. It also features the new Razer cable, which is lightweight, flexible, and doesn't create drag when moving the mouse.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a good mouse for a wide variety of usages. While it's mainly designed to be a gaming mouse, its right-slanted ergonomic design makes it suitable to use in an office as well. It has a lot of buttons that can make work more fluid, and it's also not too heavy and can be a good option if you want a straightforward gaming mouse to use for different games.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Amazing sensor performance; customizable.
  • Very low click latency.
Cons
  • Can be a bit big for smaller hands.
  • Not ideal for a fingertip grip user.
7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a good office mouse. It has a nice comfortable shape and its build quality is great, which should last you a few years. It also features a lot of programmable inputs, which can make your workflow more fluid. However, it's not wireless like the Razer Basilisk Ultimate.

4.9 Travel

The Razer Basilisk V2 isn't designed for traveling. It's wired-only, and having a cable can be very cumbersome if you're trying to get work done on a plane, for example.

8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Basilisk V2 is an excellent mouse for FPS games. Its sensor performance is outstanding and its click latency is very low. The mouse feels comfortable to use, especially with a claw or palm grip, although people with smaller hands might have trouble reaching the sniper button. It also isn't the lightest mouse, but the cable is very lightweight and doesn't keep kinks, which is great.

9.0 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer Basilisk V2 is great for gaming, even for MMOs. Although it has a lot of programmable inputs, it doesn't have as many side buttons as MMO mice do. Its sensor is amazing and it's comfortable to use during long periods, but some may feel like they need more easy-to-access side buttons.

8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Basilisk V2 isn't designed to be an ultra-light gaming mouse, but it's not too heavy and its performance is amazing. Its click latency is very low and the new improved Razer cable is also lightweight and flexible. This mouse can be a good alternative if you don't like ultra-lightweight mice with a honeycomb pattern.

  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Travel
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 9.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Basilisk V2 looks the same as the Basilisk Ultimate, except it has a cable and doesn't have side RGB lights. It features sharp lines and has a nice gaming-oriented design. It looks a bit more aggressive than the first Razer Basilisk.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
127 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
96 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
96 g

The Razer Basilisk V2 is on the heavier side, although it isn't the heaviest we've tested so far. However, there's no way to optimize its weight further.

5.4
Design
Portability
Length 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.2 cm)
Width 3.0" (7.5 cm)
Volume
25.02 Cu. Inch (410 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

This mouse isn't the most portable option. Due to its wire, it might be hard to use in cramped spaces like on the train or when traveling via plane. However, this shouldn't matter for people only looking for a gaming mouse to use with their home setup.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Basilisk V2's build quality is excellent. Just like the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, the PTFE feet glide well, and the whole mouse is built from solid plastic. The scroll wheel slightly wobbles, but this is due to its ability to tilt. You'll also find a scroll wheel at the bottom of the mouse, which lets you adjust how much resistance you want to put on the actual mouse wheel.

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

The Basilisk V2's ergonomic-oriented design is very comfortable to use. It's great for a palm or claw grip and all buttons are easy to reach. The mouse features a nice and comfortable thumb rest on its left side, making it great for right-handed people. If you prefer a straighter, less slanted mouse, check out the Razer DeathAdder V2, as it's almost the same mouse but without the sniper button, and with a less ergonomic design.

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

This mouse should be comfortable to use in a palm grip for everyone, regardless of your hand size.

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

When using a claw grip, people with smaller hands might have trouble reaching the sniper button.

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

Although this mouse isn't designed for a fingertip grip, it's still usable, although people with smaller hands might have some difficulty reaching the sniper button and keeping nice control over the mouse.

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

The Razer Basilisk V2 is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly. However, check out the Razer Basilisk Ultimate if you want this mouse in a wireless design.

8.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

Like most newer Razer mice, the Razer Basilisk V2 features the newest Razer cable, which is very lightweight and flexible. It's a noticeable improvement over the first Razer Basilisk's cable.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk V2 mouse
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
7 ms

The wired click latency is very low. It feels responsive and people likely won't notice any delay.

9.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
20000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-1.7 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Razer Basilisk V2's performance is outstanding. It has the same sensor as the Basilisk Ultimate, which allows for a wide CPI range, which can be easily customized in the software. It also feels accurate and consistent. The polling rate can be adjusted between 125, 500, and 1000Hz.

9.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
11
Number Of Programmable Inputs
13
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

This mouse features a lot of different inputs, especially since you can customize the scroll up and down, on top of the scroll wheel tilt inputs as well. The profile switching button is on the bottom side of the mouse, while you have two buttons on the top to raise or lower your CPI setting. All of these are programmable inside the software. You can also set a HyperShift command to enable a second layer of buttons. Note that the sniper button is magnetic, and is easily removable if you don't want it.

7.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
Yes
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Razer Basilisk V2's scroll wheel is quite decent. It has left and right tilt inputs, which is nice to have. Also, the scroll wheel resistance can be tuned to your preference. There's a resistance setting on the underside of the mouse that lets you choose whether you want a clicky, incremented scrolling, or a very loose and fluid scrolling.

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

Just like most Razer products, the Basilisk V2 is compatible with Razer Synapse 3, which allows for a good amount of customization options. You can also save all your settings and profiles on the mouse's on-board memory, so you won't have to reset everything if you switch computers.

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

Although this mouse is fully compatible with Windows, the software isn't available on macOS, although all buttons work. However, this mouse has on-board memory, which means that you can customize everything on a PC and then use it on a Mac computer without any problem.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There aren't any real variants of this mouse, but it's identical to the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. The Ultimate version is wireless, while the V2 is wired.

Compared to other mice

The Razer Basilisk V2 is an improved version of the first Razer Basilisk. It features a newly improved cable that is better than most cables from big brands. This mouse also features a more ergonomic, right-slanted shape, which feels a bit more comfortable than symmetrical mice. See our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wired gaming mice, and the best mice overall.

Razer DeathAdder V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Basilisk V2 and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are very similar performing gaming mice since they have the same sensor. What differentiates them is their shape. The Basilisk has a more pronounced right-slanted design and is slightly bigger. On the other hand, the DeathAdder is lighter, but it doesn't feature a sniper button like the Basilisk lineup.

Razer Basilisk
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.

Logitech G502 HERO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a better wired mouse than the Logitech G502 HERO. It's a bit lighter and its cable is noticeably better as well as it doesn't create as much drag. The Razer is also a bit more comfortable to use. On the other hand, the scroll wheel of the Logitech can be unlocked for infinite scrolling, which the Razer's can't do. Also the Logitech's software is available on macOS, while Razer Synapse 3 isn't.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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 X Hyperspeed
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a better gaming mouse than the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed. It features the best Razer sensor to date, and its also a bit lighter than the Hyperspeed. Although the V2 doesn't offer the wireless freedom of the Hyperspeed, it's a better overall mouse for gamers.

Corsair GLAIVE PRO
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Razer Basilisk V2 is a better wired gaming mouse than the Corsair GLAIVE PRO. The Razer is a bit lighter, has a much better cable, lower click latency, more programmable buttons, and a higher max CPI. On the other hand, the Corsair has better software that works on both Windows and macOS and has three side panels that allow you to change the grip and feel of the mouse. The Razer is suitable for any hand size with palm grip, while the Corsair is suited for any hand size with claw grip.

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