Software and Summary
Razer's hardware strikes a lot of the right notes and Basilisk is also one of the company's first mice to take advantage of the Synapse 3 software utility currently in beta. Although optional - the mouse can be used as a plug-and-play solutions - the software opens the door to a wide range of customisation options.
Gone is the old, dark and gloomy interface, with Synapse 3 adopting a lighter, airy feel. It's a good-looking interface, but there is one potential drawback in that only a small selection of Razer peripherals are currently supported by the software. We're told that support for older keyboard and mice is being added where feasible, but if you're rocking multiple Razer devices there's a good chance you'll have to juggle Synapse 2 and Synapse 3 on the same system. Hardly ideal, particularly if you want to synchronise lighting effects between all your gear.
Any connected and compatible peripherals are given their own tab, with Mouse leading straight to Basilisk's button configuration screen. All 10 controls (including scroll up and down) can be remapped with ease to just about any function you're likely to need. One new addition is Hypershift, which enables a single button to act as a Shift key, giving every other button a secondary user-defined function.
Another positive change is the way in which Razer stores profiles and settings. In keeping with Synapse 2, all data is uploaded to the cloud and tied to a user's account, but Synapse 3 also takes advantage of Basilisk's built-in memory. Four profiles can be saved to the device, making it easy to maintain your remapped buttons and macros when using the mouse on another PC. A switch on the underside of the device allows you to toggle between profiles when Synapse isn't present.
The DPI customisation options you would expect are all present and accounted for, as is a comprehensive macro recording engine, and lighting can be controlled either using simple options for the one device, or the wide-ranging Chroma module for synchronised effects between multiple peripherals. It is easy to view the illumination as merely a gimmick, but with Razer now offering integration with Philips Hue, Chroma is quickly becoming an immersive option for PC gamers.