Razer is on a streak lately, with three new mouse releases including today's announcement of the new customizable Basilisk gaming mouse. The difference with this mouse is its audience, as it is aimed squarely at people who play FPS games.
Razer Basilisk is all about the FPS
Featuring a 5G optical sensor for those who disfavor laser ones, the Basilisk (named after the legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents) also adds a customizable scroll wheel and clutch (trigger) for gamers who want precision and comfort. That optical sensor is the same as the one found in the Razer DeathAdder Elite and Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition.
Razer describes the scroll wheel customizability as such:
The removable clutch is a configurable side trigger that when held down activates a temporary feature. There are two clutches included in the box – one short, one long – and an end cap if users do not want to use it at all.
Razer Basilisk tech specs
|Sensor||Razer 5G optical sensor with true 16,000 DPI|
|Sampling||Up to 450 inches per second|
1,000 Hz polling
|Buttons||Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches|
Eight independently programmable buttons
50 million clicks lifespan
|Clutch||Two removable clutch (short/long) buttons and a rubber thumb cap|
|Wheel||Gaming-grade tactile with customizable resistance|
|Material and design||Ergonomic right-handed design with enhanced rubber side grips|
Razer Chroma lighting with true 16.8 million customizable colors
Inter-device color synchronization
|Software||Razer Synapse 3 (Beta) enabled (Coming soon)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||124 mm x 75 mm x 43 mm (4.88 in x 2.94 in x 1.69 in)|
|Weight||107 g / 0.24 lbs|
By default, the Basilisk clutch will reduce dots per inch (DPI) from high to low for more precise shooting. You'll need it, too, as the Basilisk supports a massive 16,000 DPI, and like all of Razer's mice, it can be configured between 200 and 16,000 with exact precision through five presets. Other options for the Basilisk clutch include "push-to-talk, item pickup, or any other actions," all done through the Razer Synapse 3 software.
Razer Cofounder and CEO Min-Liang Tan commented about the motivation behind Basilisk:
Different than the wireless Lancehead the Basilisk is a bit longer and lacks the ambidextrous design, but it gains some cool features like the configurable scroll wheel and that optional clutch trigger for added functionality. Being wired-only, the Basilisk can also come in at a lower price point compared to wireless gaming mice, while also not having to worry about signal interference.
Razer Basilisk pricing and availability
Look for the Razer Basilisk to land on Razerzone.com sometime in September and worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Pricing is set at as reasonable U.S. $69.99 / EU € 69.99.
You can learn more about the Basilisk by visiting Razer's product page.
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Now if only they came out with an ambidextrous version....
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