Razer is never one to shy away from reinventing and refreshing its products. Every year or two, we find ourselves receiving a new press release on a familiar item that’s been updated or made new again with a fresh feature or new design. Today’s review is exactly one such item with the Razer Basilisk Essential. The design of the original Basilisk proved to be quite popular amongst gamers. Today’s update takes that same shape and intriguing multi-function paddle and trims it down to the titular essentials, landing at just under the fifty-dollar price point.
Is it worth adding to your Amazon wishlist? Join us as we find out!
- Current Pricing: $49.99
- Sensor: 6400 DPI Optical Sensor
- Gaming Grade Tactile Scroll Wheel
- Multi-function paddle (single length)
- Razer Mechanical Switches
- 20 Million Click Lifespan
- 7 programmable buttons
- Customizable backlit logo
- Weight: 95g
Starting, as always, with packaging, Razer is keeping to the mold here. We have the usual high-end product shot on the front and the specific feature highlights on the back. Inside, we see the first hints of the budget-oriented nature of the mouse in that it ships in a brown cardboard tray and styrofoam sleeve. This kind of packaging is perfectly fine, and transports the mouse safely, but it doesn’t offer the same kind of presentation found on some of Razer’s more expensive products.
Macros and RGB for $39
We’ve previously looked at the top of the HyperX mouse line with our Pulsefire Surge RGB review, and the Core model we're checking out today sits at the entry level in the HyperX lineup, though it still offers full customization for buttons and RGB lighting. Is this $39.99 wired gaming mouse a good value? We will try to answer that here.
First we'll check out the specifications for the full HyperX mouse lineup:
|Pulsefire Core||Pulsefire FPS||Pulsefire FPS Pro||Pulsefire Surge|
|Lighting||RGB||Red||RGB||RGB - 360|
|Switch Reliability||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||50M Clicks|
|Optical Sensor||Pixart 3327||Pixart 3310||Pixart 3389||Pixart 3389|
|Max Resolution||6200 DPI||3200 DPI||16000 DPI||16000 DPI|
|Max Speed||220 IPS||130 IPS||450 IPS||450 IPS|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)|
|Weight (without cable)||87g||95g||95g||100g|
|NGenuity Software Enabled||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
Pricing and Availability: $39.99, Amazon.com
As you can see the Pulsefire Core offers a mix of features between the FPS and FPS Pro models, and still provides NGenuity software control. The first technical difference to point out is the optical sensor (Pixart 3327), which at a max of 6200 DPI sits between the FPS and Surge, and also provides a faster 220 IPS speed than the FPS models. Mouse switches are rated for the same 20 million clicks as the FPS as well, though you will need to move up to the Pulsefire Surge to get the Omron brand switches and their 50 million clicks.
Slay your rivals
More than RGB
The Pulsefire Surge from HyperX is a wired gaming mouse with solid specs and 360-degree ring of RGB lighting. The heart of the mouse is its optical sensor, which in this case is the Pixart PMW3389; a sensor with a native 16,000 DPI (or CPI) resolution. A pair of Omron switches handle clicking duties for the left/right mouse buttons, and on paper this seems like a pretty good option - with the added flair of RGB effects. So how did it perform? Let's find out!
First here's a look at the specifications from HyperX:
- Ergonomic: Symmetrical
- Sensor: Pixart PMW3389
- Resolution: Up to 16,000 DPI
- DPI Presets: 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI
- Speed: 450ips
- Acceleration: 50G
- Buttons: 6
- Left / Right buttons switches: Omron
- Left / Right buttons durability: 50 million clicks
- Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
- Light effects: Per-LED RGB lighting and 4 brightness levels
- Onboard memory: 3 profiles
- Connection type: USB 2.0
- Polling rate: 1000Hz
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- Dynamic coefficient of friction: 0.13µ
- Static coefficient of friction: 0.20µ
- Cable type: Braided
- Weight (without cable): 100g
- Weight (with cable): 130g
- Dimensions:Length: 120.24mm
- Height: 40.70mm
- Width: 62.85mm
- Cable length: 1.8m
Pricing and Availability:
- HyperX Pulsefire Surge - $69.99, Amazon.com
Out of the box the Pulsefire Surge looks quite conventional - more like a standard productivity mouse than a gaming product. This is a compact symmetrical design (aside from the two side buttons along the left edge). Without RGB lighting enabled this could pass for any number of inexpensive or OEM mice on a desk - but we will discover that actual use paints a very different picture.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2018 - 08:42 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: wired, RGB, Pulsefire FPS Pro, PMW3389, pixart, Omron, mouse, mice, hyperx, gaming
HyperX today announced a third member of their gaming mouse family with the Pusefire FPS Pro, a wired model featuring the Pixart PMW3389 sensor, Omron switches, and single-zone RGB lighting effects.
"The Pulsefire FPS Pro features the Pixart 3389 sensor for accurate tracking and utilizes premium Omron switches with 20M click durability, six programable buttons, and onboard memory to save up to three custom profiles through HyperX NGenuity software.
When it comes to gaming mice, Logitech has never been afraid to take risks and innovate. With PixArt, they created one of the most popular optical sensors in the industry with the PMW3366, which is renowned for its excellent tracking. In fact, the sensor is still be adopted by Logitech’s competitors today, often rebranded with custom firmware and fancy in-house names.
Logitech wasn’t content to rest on their laurels and has continued to push boundaries, introducing their new LIGHTSPEED wireless technology and the HERO sensor which is poised to lead the way into the next generation of gaming mice.
Today, we’re looking at the newest and cheapest way to try this new tech for yourself with the Logitech G305 Wireless Gaming Mouse. It promises performance to rival the best wired mice on the market and battery life between 250 hours and nine months, all for $59.99. Is there a catch? Let’s find out in our full review.
Specifications and Design
- MSRP: $59.99 (Amazon.com)
- Sensor: HERO
- Resolution: 100-12,000 DPI
- Max Acceleration: > 40G
- Max. Speed: > 400 IPS
- USB Data Format: 16 bits/axis
- USB Report Rate: 1000Hz (1ms)
- Wireless Technology: LIGHTSPEED (Logitech G Custom 2.4GHz)
- Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
- Battery Life:
- Performance mode: 250 hours (non-stop gaming, single AA battery)
- Endurance mode: 9 months (standard usage, single AA battery)
- Main Buttons: 10-million clicks with precision mechanical button tensioning
- Feet: > 250-km range
- Weight: 3.42oz, 99g (with 1AA battery inserted)
- Warranty: 2-year limited hardware warranty
As always, we begin with packaging. It’s a simple affair this time around with a small blue box showcasing the body of the mouse as well as the usual feature callouts on the back.
Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Gaming Peripherals Announced: Gladius II Wireless Mouse, Balteus Qi Pad, Delta Headset
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ROG, Qi, peripherals, mousepad, mouse, headset, asus
ASUS ROG has also announced a few new peripherals at this year’s Computex: a headset, a mouse, and a mousepad that includes a Qi wireless charger. All of them have RGB lighting. All of them. Even the mousepad.
Let’s start with the mouse. The ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless is a wireless mouse that is built around the Pixart 16000 dpi sensor. It apparently uses two separate wireless connections, one RF and one Bluetooth, to optimize between connection speed and connection latency. ASUS claims to have tweaked the sensor to allow 24 hours on a single charge (if the RGB lighting is disabled). Interestingly, they don’t say whether this can be charged with Qi, which would have tied in to their announcement of…
The ASUS ROG Balteus Qi is a 370mm x 320mm mousepad that includes Qi wireless charging and 15 Aura Sync RGB lighting zones, where each RGB zone can be individually set. Interestingly, they don’t say whether any of their mice can be charged with Qi technology, so either it’s a glaring omission on the press release’s part, or ASUS intends users to place their phone on their mousepad when they go to bed? It seems like charging a wireless mouse with a mousepad would be an interesting use case, and is something I’ve been considering with Logitech’s solution, although it’s hard to get in Canada. Hopefully the mice actually are Qi-compatible and this is the actual use case.
Also, the mousepad contains a USB 2.0 pass-through port, so you can easily plug-in devices on your desk, like a keyboard, without resorting to a USB hub.
Another version, the ROG Balteus, without the “Qi” suffix, will also be available… without the wireless charging system.
Lastly, the ROG Delta is a USB headset that connects via Type-C. At first that sounds like, “Well, why would they intentionally use the less-common plug when every PC has a Type-A?” The reason is simple: it also works with Android devices. ASUS doesn’t state much about the headset’s specifications, although it has a “quad-DAC array” (digital -> analog converter) with a 127-dB(A) signal to noise ratio.
All of these devices are coming in the second half of the year. None of their pricing details are known.
Center Your Qi
Wireless charging mouse pads. It’s one of the ideas PC enthusiasts have been asking for since wireless chargers started taking over the smartphone scene. Yet, for years, this seemingly simple idea stymied accessory makers. It turns out, wirelessly charging a moving object is harder than it seems. Finally, the industry seems ready to surmount this challenge, each with their own unique twist.
We’ve seen what Logitech has to offer with PowerPlay and Razer with the FireFly HyperFlux. Today, we look at Corsair’s solution with the Dark Core RGB SE Wired/Wireless Qi Charging Mouse and the MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad. Is it enough to win the market? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Dark Core RGB SE Wired/Wireless Qi Charging Mouse
- MSRP: $89.99 (Amazon.com)
- Programmable Buttons: 9
- DPI: 16,000 DPI
- Sensor: PMW3367
- Sensor Type: Optical
- Mouse Backlighting: 4 Zone RGB
- On Board Memory: Yes
- On-board Memory Profiles: 3
- Mouse button Type: Omron
- Connectivity: Wireless, Wired
- Mouse Button Durability: 50M L/R Click
- Grip Type: Palm
- Battery Life: Up to 16hrs with standard lighting or 24hrs with backlighting off
- Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer
- Cable: 1.8m Braided Fiber
- CUE Software: Supported in CUE 2.0
- Report Rate: 1000Hz
- Battery Life: Up to 16hrs with standard lighting or 24hrs with backlighting off
- Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer
- Weight: 128g
- Mouse Warranty: Two years
MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad
- MSRP: $79.99 (Amazon.com)
- Surface: Micro-textured Hard Surface
- Charging Capability: Qi, single-zone
- LED Indicator Light: Two pattern charging status indicator
- USB Passthrough: Yes, USB 3.0
- Dimensions: 260mm x 350mm
- Also includes:
- Micro-B wireless charging Qi adapter
- Micro-B To lightning adapter
- Micro-B to Type-C adapter
Starting with the MM1000...
Starting off with the MM1000, we find the standard Corsair black and yellow packaging with a nice product shot on the front. It also features the Dark Core RGB SE mouse, which at the moment is the only mouse in Corsair’s catalog compatible with the MM1000’s unique Qi charging capability without using the included adapters.
Unlike the other charging options on the market, the MM1000 features a single Qi charging zone, which means it’s capable of charging any number of devices, not just your mouse. Simply placing the device over the circular outline allows it to pick up on the charge. Using the Dark Core RGB, getting it into position is easy and not overly picky like some chargers.
Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System
Logitech was the first company to introduce a commercially available wireless mouse, way back in 1991. Since then, the company and its competitors have evolved the concept to the point where most of the technology's downsides have been addressed, even for some of the most demanding users. But despite significant improvements over the past few years, the one advantage that traditional wired mice have continued to hold over their wireless counterparts is power.
Absent technical issues, a wired mouse will always be ready to work when you sit down at your PC. It will never give up and quit on you in the middle of a gaming session or business presentation. Wireless mice, conversely, rely on batteries with limited running time. The batteries in modern wireless mice can last weeks, even months in some cases, but at some point they'll need to be recharged or replaced. Depending on the situation, it might not be a big deal to simply plug in the USB charging cable or swap batteries when your mouse dies, but it's a safe bet that most wireless mouse users have been caught without adequate battery life at a highly inconvenient time at least once.
The obvious solution to this issue is wireless charging. The technology is already commercially available for devices like smartphones and smart watches, and for years we've been promised more ambitious solutions, such as desks that charge all of your devices at once. But there's a difference between the type of wireless charging products that have been on the market for the past few years and the type of product that would be ideal for your mouse. In other words, it's easier to design and implement a small wireless charging system that accommodates a stationary object (your smartphone) than it is to create an adequately sized mousing surface that can charge an often rapidly moving device.
But that's exactly the challenge that Logitech decided to address, and the result of their efforts is the Powerplay, the world's first consumer-targeted wireless charging system for mice. When paired with compatible Logitech devices, the Powerplay system offers a low latency "Lightspeed" experience for both gaming and everyday productivity, and it's the first step into a world where users may never need to worry about charging their mouse.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2016 - 06:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: logitech, mouse, keyboard, g900, g810
I braved the Black Friday lines... at about three in the afternoon, because this guy isn’t going to get trampled for discounts on computer hardware. Luckily, Best Buy still had a single G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse in stock at 50% off, and a few G810 Orion Spectrum keyboards at about 35% off. I was actually looking to pick them up on Boxing Week if they dropped in price, because I surprisingly needed another mechanical keyboard, but this is even better than I expected.
So, I picked up one of each.
One of the things that attracted me to the G900 was its ambidextrous design with a tilt scroll wheel. It’s surprisingly hard to get a mouse for left-handed users that also has four directions of scrolling. The 2014 left-handed edition of the Razer Naga has a tilt wheel, although its left and right mouse buttons are swapped, so those who are used to right-handed mice will need to wait until Razer Synapse loads and connects to reverse them to left-on-left and right-on-right. What I’m trying to say is that, for the last two years, my old mouse would have left button right-click and right button left-click until my profile abruptly kicked in about 30 seconds after login. I don’t need to deal with that anymore, while still keeping the mouse tilt wheel.
I did notice that Logitech’s G Software refuses to allow binding scroll wheel input to mouse buttons (which I attach to my thumb buttons for comfortable scrolling). Both EVGA and Razer allow this, albeit you need to perform a full click for each notch, short of writing an AutoHotkey macro. It’s not too bad, because you can bind the keyboard’s up and down arrows instead, but scrolling and arrows might not behave the same in all applications, such as with Tweetdeck.
As for the G810, this keyboard feels really nice. The coating of the keycaps are nice and non-stick, the RomerG switches feel pretty good to me, keeping in mind my favorite Cherry MX switch is the MX Brown, and the keyboard’s feet are possible the best I’ve used. There are actually two sets of feet: one set that inclines the keyboard to about 4 degrees, and another that raises it to about 8 degrees. (These values are written on them.) Even better, it’s stable and takes quite a bit of force to slide.
I would prefer it to have a couple of macro keys, even a single row of them, but there’s only so much I can ask for. The media keys are RGB backlit and surprisingly clicky. I’m not sure what type of switch they use, but it feels mechanical... but a very short one like you would see on a mouse, not a keyboard. The G810 also has a volume roller, which I was a huge fan of when I was introduced to it with the first generation of Corsair K60 and K90 mechanical keyboards. (If another brand did it before them, in 2012, then I’m sorry! Corsair was the first that I’ve seen do it!) I should note that the Logitech roller is a bit smoother than the Corsair one, but, again, the K60 and K90 are about four years old at this point.
So yeah, that’s about it.