The gaming mouse market is very over-saturated, with a myriad of choices, price-points and features to choose from. Add to this, Razer has to fight with even itself to differentiate its own products against jack-of-all-trade options such as the ever-popular Razer Deathadder.
It makes sense, therefore, to focus on one particular style or genre of gaming with which will provide your target audience for your product.
On the PC, what better place to start than the ever-popular First Person Shooter. Ever since PC gamers first clocked up the frags in classics such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D and Quake (to name but a few in a glorious line of golden PC FPS titles), our desire for more speed, control, precision and….buttons, is something that can never be oversated.
Enter the Razer Basilisk – a high-end, ergonomically designed FPS-focused mouse aimed exclusively towards the right-handed user.
Let’s quickly review the specifications:
- Razer 5G optical sensor with true 16,000 DPI
- Up to 450 inches per second (IPS) / 50 G acceleration
- Razer™ Mechanical Mouse Switches
- Eight independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
- Gaming-grade tactile scroll wheel with customizable resistance
- Ergonomic right-handed design with enhanced rubber side grips
- Razer Chroma™ lighting with true 16.8 million customizable color options
- 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
- Razer Synapse 3 (Beta) enabled
- Approximate size: 124 mm / 4.88 in (Length) X 75 mm / 2.94 in (Width) X 43 mm / 1.69 in (Height)
- Approximate weight 107 g / 0.24 lbs (Excluding cable)
The Razer Basilisk is an 8-button beast that is designed so that you can take advantage of all the buttons available during the heat of combat. Unlike true ambidextrous mice, you don’t get a pair of buttons on the right-hand side of the mouse, however, this is isn’t a huge issue as these cannot be used by most for any practical application.
On first glance, 16,000 DPI / 5G specification would have you think that this is the same laser sensor featured in other Razer mice (such as the Razer Diamondback), however, the Razer Basilisk‘s sensor is actually optical which many pro gamers prefer for a more ‘pure’ input over laser mice which often tend to pickup unwanted additional data about a particular surface (especially soft cloth) which leads to undesirable tracking, especially at lower speeds.
A good explanation detailing the optical vs laser sensors (which actually turns out is down to the type of illumination used in the tracking) can be found on PC Gamer here.
The Razer Basilisk also features Razer mechanical mouse switches that featured on both the Razer Lancehead and Razer DeathAdder Elite). Manufactured in conjunction with Omron, these high-performance switches are rated for 50 million clicks:
The mouse also features a variable resistance scroll wheel so that you can configure the ratchet to either provide high resistance for tangible ‘clicks’ right the way down to allowing the wheel to freely move without any inhibitors:
Finally, unique to this model, is the removable side ‘clutch’ switch which, by default, allows you to temporarily decrease the sensitivity of the mouse, which is useful for precision sniping when the mouse is set to high DPI during normal operation:
With some top-end hardware under the hood and some unique features, the Razer Basilisk is off to a flying start – I’m looking forward to seeing how this beast performs.
Will it stand up the rigorous standards required to claim the prestigious RageQuitters Legendary award?
Let’s find out…