Last week, we reviewed the Basilisk Ultimate from Razer and frankly it is the complete package for a wireless gaming mouse for $170. If you do not have the money to fork over for that mouse, Razer made sure to release a more competitive priced version of that mouse with the Basilisk X Hyperspeed. This mouse is also a wireless mouse and upon opening the box, shares quite a bit of the same external design with the Ultimate as the base look is exactly the same. What you won’t get is all the technology nor the RGB featured in the Ultimate, but the core functions including the Hyperspeed technology are here, which is 25% faster than the competition.
Going with the Basilisk X Hyperspeed is like buying the base model of a car without the bells and whistles. It includes the same thumb grove as its bigger brother what is outlined with rubber gripping. The mouse buttons on this are comprised of a rougher matte black plastic but consist of the same finger grooves as well. It also includes the two buttons above the thumb along with the wheel and a DPI button for switching speeds. The palm rest also features the same Razer logo, but you won’t really see it since there is no RGB and it blends in with the look.
There are a total of six programmable buttons compared to eleven for the big brother. The mouse wheel does not go from side-to-side and there isn’t a mouse resistance wheel below the mouse. If you are looking for a smooth wheel, this comes stock with interlocking. The Basilisk X Hyperspeed does include Razer Mechanical Switches that allow up to fifty million clicks for intense gaming.
Since the mouse doesn’t have RGB, there is one caveat to this mouse. Not only does it support Hyperspeed, it also supports Bluetooth. This all means battery life supersedes its bigger brother. The Basilisk Ultimate can only do 100 hours of battery life and being tested with RGB seemed like it was much less. Using Hyperspeed on this mouse will net you up to 285 hours of battery life while Bluetooth will get 450 hours. This means this mouse seems perfect for on-the-go gaming or office work. In terms of speed and accuracy, Razer included the 16K DPI sensor rather than the 20K sensor. Acceleration is measured up to 40 G. We mentioned in our review of the Basilisk Ultimate that the acceleration and control was beastly and may be overbearing for some. Even with the 16K DPI sensor at its maximum, it’s still a bit much but the feel of the mouse is much more manageable. It weighs in at 83 grams without the AA battery included.
We also tested the same games with the Hyperspeed as we did the Ultimate. This included MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, The Division 2, Gears 5 and Total War II: Warhammer. As we reiterated above, this feels much more controlled in terms of response and acceleration in comparison to the Ultimate. One thing the mouse lacks are those feet on the bottom that are comprised of the same substance as the non-stick cooking pans. The weight distribution feels a bit flatter in the Hyperspeed and attempting to make close adjustments while aiming was difficult. The higher DPI settings made it quicker to accelerate to hit enemies, but slower DPI settings affected the difference between a miss and a headshot.
While you won’t get everything here that you would for a $170 gaming mouse, what you do get is a solid gaming mouse with some customization options for only $60. The Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is better focused on its mobility options with the Hyperspeed or Bluetooth and the battery life. This works as a great mouse for laptop use and can be compared to the Logitech G604. If you are looking for something flashy, this mouse stays low profile but offers a good bit of power under the hood. It takes a few cues from its big brother and properly implements those things into a more affordable mouse.