Razer Basilisk: a superbly customisable mouse for FPS fans which won’t break the bank
If you’re thinking of gaming mice, probably the first name that springs to mind is Razer. And for those seeking a mouse which is ideal for first-person shooters, bristling with a raft of customisation possibilities so you can fully tailor it exactly how you like, Razer makes a highly affordable option in the form of the Basilisk.
This well-respected stalwart of a gaming mouse is built around the same 5G optical sensor (with true 16,000 DPI sensitivity) as seen in Razer’s famous DeathAdder Elite. The Basilisk offers a tracking speed of up to 450-inches per second (IPS) and up to 50G acceleration.
It also comes with eight programmable buttons, and a fully ergonomic right-handed design, along with rubber side grips to help you stay more in control of the mouse when deep in fast-and-furious action in your favourite shooter. Razer’s Basilisk has mechanical mouse buttons which are rated for up to 50 million clicks, so there’s durability in spades here, too.
The really nifty touches
There are a couple of really nifty touches that truly set this mouse above its peers, though, the first being a tactile scroll wheel, the feel of which can be tailored exactly to your own preference. There’s a dial on the bottom of the mouse which can be adjusted to change the resistance of the scroll wheel, so it can be as heavy or light as you want.
And the jewel in the Basilisk’s crown is a removable DPI clutch. “A what now?”, you might well ask? Well, this is an innovative addition that’s essentially a side button which changes the mouse sensitivity when held down.
So that means when you’re sniping in a shooter, for example, you can hold down the clutch and benefit from a much lower sensitivity for fine-aiming. Then when you’re back to normal fighting action – after you’ve finished zooming in and dispatching that distant enemy – let go of the clutch, and your sensitivity returns to its normal level.
As the clutch is removable, you can switch between two different-sized buttons (one long, one short) according to your own personal preference. And it’s also possible to…