Basilisk Review

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  1. Hawkeye85

    Hawkeye85 Member

    To start, please consider the following!
    • This is the FIRST review I have ever done, so I will do my best to cover everything..... but PLEASE.. correct me if I'm wrong on a statement/tell me if I missed something!
    • This is the first Optical Gaming Mouse I have used.
    • I just moved from a Razer Naga Epic Chroma, so I am going from Laser to Optical, and Large/Wide, to Large/Thin.
    • With that taken care of, I will start by breaking things down into the following:
    • How well it 'feels'-the shape/size of it, button placement, etc.
    • How well the sensor performs.
    • How the buttons feel/perform/what they can do.
    • (I apologize for the lack of video. I wanted to give a review but did not want it to take all day.)
    • Starting with the SHAPE:

    Left side!
    It feels like they took the general idea of the Deathadder(although I like the right side of that mouse more... feels more curved.. preference that I picked up from the Naga Epic Chroma most likely), and added a thumb rest/wing(not sure exactly what to call it). This provides a good place to wrest the thumb that doesn't move when you move your mouse if your grip is very relaxed. If your grip is more tight/squeeze than relax/wrap around, then the wing will not matter that much, unless you have a extraordinarily large right thumb, where the curvature of the wing could get in the way.
    The buttons higher up on the left side also do not get in the way, at least from my experience from playing Overwatch with the mouse. I do occasionally bump the thumb trigger with my thumb, which can be annoying, but if you have small hands/do not want that trigger, then there are 3 trigger sizes for a reason. (long, short, and just a cover I think)
    The rubber grips on the left side... with the stripes in the design, it provides a good grip. HOWEVER, they do get quite dirty and are a little difficult to clean.
    The left button has a decent sized gap under it on the left side of it, right above the dpi trigger/clutch, and does not go down all of the way to fill the gap(probably intentional to give it a more sporting look).
    This is not a problem however, since the dpi clutch and the 2 side buttons kind of shield your thumb from that space. (And you would need very long fingers to reach that location)

    Right side!
    To start, I feel like the right side needs more... space filler/outward curve to it...(if you don't understand what I am trying to describe, think of the curve on this ')' right parenthesis. This kind of gives my 4th/5th fingers a bit of a cramped feeling after 20-40 mins of gameplay. (I am not sure of the exact time, but I end up frequently stretching my fingers because of this) I do not know if this was intentional(??) or if my grip style is just not fitting the style of this mouse. However, it is a little uncomfortable, whether or not it is on my end, or Razer's design.
    This might not be a problem if you have developed the (strange) habit of using your middle finger on the mouse wheel, and your 4th finger on the right trigger, which I have a feeling was the design purpose for this mouse.
    For the rubber grip on the right side.. they have the same design as the left side, and thus get the same, dirty/difficult to clean rating from me. They do provide a good grip, and extend 2/3 down the mouse. Other than that, the top of the grip seems like it doesn't quite fit. It feels like it wasn't properly fitted, and can cause irritation with some grip styles/if you leave one of your fingers on top of it.

    Sensor time!

    Let me say once more, that I just went from a Razer Naga Epic Chroma(which is glitching frequently) to this, 4G Laser, to a 5G Optical.
    That said, it performs as close as 100% as is possible to discern, unless you are one of the best players in the world for FPS games(and even they would have a hard time telling if this thing skips a beat). I have tried it on 400 dpi, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1600, 1800, think I tried over 2000 at one point. Other than personally not liking most of those and deciding on using 800 dpi as my main.. as far as I could tell, it performed perfectly.
    The sensor CAN track in increments of 50, down to a minimum setting of 100 dpi, and a maximum of 16000(who uses that??).
    There are 4 options for the dpi stages: 2, 3, 4, and 5 stages. I do not think that you can turn it down to 1 stage, without removing the sensitivity stage buttons and replacing them with some other function. You can hide the sensitivity stages and just set the dpi on a single slider(can also click on the number and type in what you want). It has 3 different ultrapolling rates, 1000, 500, and 125.
    You can adjust the DPI clutch to whatever dpi you want(or change it to another function... I have mine on hypershift at the moment).
    As far as I know, it tracks perfectly on both my fake-wood desk, and my $15 cheap 16.5"/13.5" cloth mouse pad.

    Time for the buttons!

    Lets start with the key feature of this mouse: The DPI Clutch.
    It has 3 different triggers you can put on it! Long was too large for my hands(medium to large hands), but it felt easy to press. Perhaps too easy but that's my opinion and my hand is too big for the large trigger anyway!
    The short one(middle size) is what I ended up using. It is a little harder to press(good for FPS games like Overwatch) and if it were very slightly smaller, would work perfectly with my hand size/grip.
    The final size is essentially a cap. I am not even sure if you can activate the clutch with it. However, if you don't need that button and love the rest of the mouse, it works!

    Time for Left and Right click!

    I find them a little too easy to press, and often accidentally shoot/use an ability when I did not want to. This can be inconvenient, or a death sentence, depending on the timing, but that could just be me!

    Now lets tackle the other two left-side buttons!
    I have to say this first. I love the tactile feel/sound you get from pressing those buttons. I don't like it for keyboards, but I love it for this mouse. It is not ideal if you are playing in the same room as someone who is trying to sleep(fortunately I don't have that problem!), but I find those buttons to be excellent!
    They don't get in the way, although the top of them could do with being smoother(not the side where you press them in. The top.)

    DPI Sensitivity stage buttons!

    They are thinner than my Naga Epic Chroma's sensitivity triggers, but still are easy to press and do not get in the way. They are also VERY slightly longer than my Naga Epic Chroma's sensitivity triggers. All in all, they work well, and I have no complaints!

    Scroll wheel!
    This one I will tackle in 2 stages. The wheel itself, and the wheel adjuster.
    Scroll wheel: Unfortunately, you cannot tilt-click this one(I tried it many times out of habit.. fortunately the build quality is great so it didn't break!). It is quite tall compared to other scroll wheels, and the grooved/whatever you call those things make it very slightly easier to grip/move precisely than my Naga Epic Chroma's scroll wheel. Not by much, but it is an improvement. It is also very easy to press down, especially if you set the tightness of it(more on that in a moment) all the way up.

    Wheel Adjuster!

    It isn't as big as the pictures led us to believe! It is VERY tiny, yet easy enough to adjust! When adjusted all the way tight, the scroll wheel makes a nice tactile sound, not too loud, just enough to hear it if you don't have loud music playing/have headphones on. It also makes it very easy to press the scroll wheel in. When adjusted all the way loose, it is essentially hypersensitive. Cannot even feel when one scroll is registered. Unfortunately, even when it is all the way loose, you cannot just flick it and have it scroll for a couple seconds. It stops as soon as you stop your flick/scrolling movement. It being all the way loose, I have to say it is very slightly harder to press in the scroll wheel without activating a scroll movement, but that might just be me.

    Atleast release an official statement regarding Oreo update. If we will get it(hopefully) then please mention the time frame or else please don't frustrate us as you have always done with updates.

    Forget the time frame, tell us if we will get it or not?
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 28, 2017
  2. Hawkeye85

    Hawkeye85 Member

    Stuff I couldn't fit:

    Cable management:
    I do NOT have a mouse bungee, and improvised with a piece of box tape, holding the cord to my desk and allowing enough movement to cover my mouse pad. I have no problems with it because of that, but I'm sure any mouse bungee would help. I have not personally tried any, but I have heard that those who have tried both spring and clamp(I think those are the 2 versions) prefer clamp.
    It uses just about the same cord as my Naga Epic Chroma(and probably every other Razer mouse).

    Mouse Feet:
    It has three mouse feet. under the wing, right behind the cord attachment location, and some strange Banana looking design on the back of the mouse, under where your wrist/palm would be. These give it a nice glide feeling, although a little more control feel might be good(although it could just be me and my cheap mouse pad, so don't quote me on that one).

    It has a profile button if you need to/want to use it. The light blinks once/twice or more depending on the profile number from what I've been told(Thanks to Fisz on that one!)
    It is lighter than my Naga Epic Chroma, very slightly so, but there's a difference. I think I remember the weight being something like 1/4 pound for the Basilisk and 1/3 pound for my Naga Epic Chroma without the cord.

    The colors are quite different than on my 3-4 year old Naga Epic Chroma when playing Overwatch. It goes pink when my Naga goes red for the times when I play McCree in Overwatch. It has a very nice purple for when I play Widowmaker though(I am a hitscan main if anyone is wondering).

    Overall, I give the Basilisk a 8.5/10. -1 for the discomfort I feel when using it(large hands, so others may not have the same experience), and -0.5 for the side grip design that attracts dirt/grime and is a little difficult to keep clean.

    Final words:
    • First, I would appreciate it, if you guys would A: tell me if I missed anything, and B: tell me how well I did/how in depth it was/what was good, what wasn't, etc.
    • Second, I will be making a request to the Development team sometime this week(maybe even tonight) and would appreciate it if you would stop over there for a few minutes to read, add opinions, etc.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
  3. Hey Haweye,

    That's a great review! Nice to hear you're enjoying your Razer Basilisk.
    If I were to give you some feedback, make sure to properly organize your text- I've tweaked the layout a bit, for it to be easier to read.

    It's great to see Insiders reviewing their new gear and offering us constructive feedback on our products. Kudos to you!

  4. Hawkeye85

    Hawkeye85 Member

    Thanks, really appreciate it! I tried to fit it all in one message, when that didn't work I didn't remember to change it back! :big_grin_:
  5. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Great review! And what's your feeling about synapse 3.0 vs 2.0?
    The light on top of the profile button is an profile indicator. Probably it works as on other Razer mouses. Blink 1 time = 1st profile, 2 times = 2nd profile etc.
  6. ColinSFX

    ColinSFX New Member

    Great detailed review, thanks! I picked up a Basilisk yesterday and I like it!

    One problem I'm having so far ... Synapse 3 beta lets me map mouse buttons 1-5 to the clutch if I want, but I want it to be designated a unique button (6, 7, or 8) to map push-to-talk or an in-game function. There don't seem to be "Mouse Functions" for buttons 6-8 though, is there a way to resolve or work around this? I was planning on using the clutch for PTT and it's not working out!
  7. Hawkeye85

    Hawkeye85 Member

    I tried to include a few functions of synapse 3.0 in my review, but I exceeded the 10000 character limit by far. :confused_:
    In a nutshell, this is how it went for the synapse 3.0(did not save it to a text document so I don't remember it exactly.. will just do the highlights as I remember them.

    Synapse 3.0 Mini Review

    • Before I start, please note that my current computer is quite slow: amd a10-6700/single channel 1600MHz DDR3.
    That said, I'll begin!

    Key Features:
    • It does not take as many resources to run as Synapse 2.0.
    • Currently it has a White/Lime color scheme, rather than the standard Razer Black/Emerald, making it quite bright. Personally I would prefer the darker color scheme, but bright colors are nice too.
    • It seems to be compatible with only a handful of Razer items.
    • It has built in modules(or maybe just links) for things such as Chroma, Macros, and Beta Feedback.
    • It feels a little slow going between different 'tabs'. Could just be my computer though.
    • The Chroma features looks well designed, although I can't really use it properly since I only have Chroma enabled Mice.
    • The Customize tab for the mouse settings looks very clean and easy to understand. I especially like the toggle button for hypershift right under the mouse in the key assignment/customize tab.
    I have run out of things for my mini-review. Hope it was at least slightly useful!

    Thanks for the information Fisz!

    @ColinSFX One thing that could work, is binding that button to a keyboard function you NEVER touch, such as [, ], or \, and using those. Another way would be to bind that button to one of the numpad keys. That is how I used my Naga Epic Chroma and it worked perfectly(as long as I rebound the keys in-game).
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  8. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Wait... what? Hypershift button UNDER the mouse? It doesn't make any sense to me :) I understand, that Hypershift function have similar functionality like FN key in keyboard eg. mouse4 is forward button, but with hypershift you can other functionality. Lifting mouse, and rotate it up to enable hypershift will be awful.

    I think, that soon they'll release a darkmode version, like on Cortex.
  9. Hawkeye85

    Hawkeye85 Member

    @Fisz, I meant in the synapse 3.0 key assignment tab. Not actually under the mouse! :big_grin_:
    It functions exactly like an FN key for the keyboard! :smile_:

    Also, I hope they release darkmode for synapse 3.0, can't stand the brighter color scheme!
  10. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Ah, ok :D I missunderstood :)
  11. surfer1081

    surfer1081 Well-Known Member

    @Haweye Impressive reaview, especially for first time mate! Good job and keep it up!

    I thought about buying this mouse and opted to wait. I have the two mobile mouses now (artheris and orochi) as well as the deathadder elite. I like the deathadder but looking for something somewhat shorter and wider.

    back to the subject, you answered a few question I had in mind until a review came about, and here it is. Once again great job!
  12. SDMF74

    SDMF74 New Member

    My profile indicator does not blink when I press it? Nor does it change colors when pressed like the manual describes, it just stays white all the time, is my mouse defective?
    Also the main thing that frustrates me about this mouse is that there is no dpi indicator (no way of knowing which dpi setting is being used in game).
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017
  13. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    How? Synapse 3 doesn't display DPI bar in Windows? In Synapse 2.0 it works this way, but some it doesn't display in some games.
  14. SDMF74

    SDMF74 New Member

    It shows in windows but in windows I can just check synapse anyway. The games I have tested dont.
  15. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Maybe this games are blocking overlay apps... but strange, that for example FRAPS is working on all games without any issue.
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