Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse overview

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Our Verdict

The brand new Basilisk V3 performs it secure by not messing with a very good factor, and as an alternative provides a couple of neat new methods at a lower cost.

For

  • Ergonomic design
  • Nonetheless the perfect sensor
  • 4-way HyperScroll wheel
  • New RGB lighting

In opposition to

  • Good-Reel is overly aggressive
  • Razer Software program is getting bloated

The brand new Razer Basilisk V3 is, because the title suggests, the third iteration of the enduring wired rodent. Initially launched approach again within the fantastic 12 months 2018 B.C. (Earlier than Covid) the Basilisk shortly earned its title as one of many greatest gaming mice. We liked the follow-up Basilisk V2 and the numerous enhancements it introduced. On to this model three mouse, and the enhancements aren’t as instantly apparent. 

The Basilisk V3 seems to be and feels virtually similar to the V2, which admittedly is not a nasty factor in any respect. Designed for right-handers, the $70 Basilisk V3 retains the identical flared and textured thumb relaxation, iconic thumb paddle, and cut up mouse button design of the V2. 

It is extraordinarily comfy to carry on to for hours on finish and jogs my memory why the Basilisk Final was my very own favourite mouse. Nonetheless, coming from utilizing the Steelseries Prime Wi-fi mouse, I can not assist however discover the V3’s additional heft. 

Thoughts you, it is nonetheless solely 101g all advised, however the 20g distinction would possibly as nicely be a kilo to some, although that by no means affected my enjoyment of utilizing the V3 for over 10 hours every day. The 100% PTFE toes make the Basilisk glide effortlessly, and even the braided twine disappeared from my consciousness because it by no means got here near hindering my actions. 

You will not miss the obvious design change — a blinding, 9-zone Razer Chroma lighting strip on the bottom. This new strip makes the V3 seem like an otherworldly customer ship in your desk. Along with the scroll wheel and hump brand, lighting is customisable to your coronary heart’s content material, by way of the Razer Chroma studio. Do you have to actually need to interact with Razer’s software program.

Additionally modified is the enduring thumb paddle, which is now shorter and non-removable in contrast to the v2. It feels reassuringly strong and in a position to take extra punishment than the final era. Oh, and you do not have to fret about dropping it both (mine is gone ceaselessly – Ed). 

By default, the paddle shifts down your DPI for higher sniping although you’ll be able to simply set it to do no matter you need in Razer Synapse. The identical applies to the ten different buttons and it can save you totally different profiles to the interior reminiscence. You have to to flip the V3 to hit the change that cycles the profiles, nonetheless. 

Razer Basilisk V3 from the side on a black mouse mat

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Basilisk V3 specs

Sensor: Razer Focus+ Optical

Sensitivity: 26,000 dpi

Polling fee: 1,000Hz

Programmable buttons: 11

Lighting: 11 customisable RGB zones

Cable size: 6 toes

Weight: 101g

Worth: $70

Razer is touting the brand new HyperScroll Tilt Wheel on the V3 as certainly one of its most stand out options, and for good purpose. It brings two modes of use; Tactile for clicky, measured scrolls, and Free Spin which removes any resistance to scrolling. Good Reel is an automated mode that switches between the 2 modes. Spin the wheel quicker and the mouse releases the wheel into Free Spin that’s fantastic for lengthy net pages and paperwork. 

You get an audible click on when the mouse switches modes like a gear shift. Sadly, Good Reel is much too enthusiastic and would kick in approach too usually—a lot to my irritation. Fortunately, you’ll be able to manually change modes by urgent the button simply behind the scroll wheel. I work alot in design packages and, whereas the free spin makes transferring round massive canvases quicker, it shortly turns into an issue when zooming out and in for particulars. 

That is additionally exacerbated by the V3’s scroll acceleration which will increase the scroll pace the quicker you spin the wheel. Your mileage will range however it’s a type of issues that is prone to be an acquired style. As cool as this new scroll wheel is, I failed to search out any sensible use for it in video games, although a few of you intelligent people will undoubtedly create some sensible hacks. 

Personally, I really feel the HyperScroll is extra of a productiveness enhancement that goals the Basilisk V3 straight at mice just like the Logitech MX Grasp 3.

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Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse close up on scroll wheel

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Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse on a multi-coloured background

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Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse from the front on a black mouse mat

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Fortunately the few actual enhancements aren’t centered across the scroll wheel. Razer has additionally up to date the Focus+ optical sensor, elevating it from an already absurd 20,000 DPI to 26,000 DPI. But it surely has maintained the 650 IPS. 

I do not know anybody who really video games at such excessive DPI, however the Basilisk V3 is definitely clean, exact, and responsive and the additional granularity the excessive DPI permits helps its clean monitoring. Razer has additionally included some AI sensible monitoring to assist the mouse robotically calibrate itself to no matter floor you’re utilizing it on. 

The principle mouse buttons get second-gen Razer Optical mechanical switches they usually have crispy clicks, are quick, and simply as responsive because the sensor itself. I really like the light button grooves and the refined texture, in order that your fingers do not slip. I additionally seen the buttons are much less wobbly than earlier Basilisks, however we’ll should see how they maintain up after a number of thousand clicks. 

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a strong iteration on an already nice mouse, enhancing on parts with out detracting from others. These enhancements are welcome, too, and I actually cannot recover from how good the added Chroma lighting seems to be. The HyperScroll Tilt Wheel is enjoyable, although finally not as helpful in gaming as it’s in productiveness work, however total I really like this new Basilisk, and it definitely leaves me excited for a wi-fi Basilisk V3 Final. Now that is going to be some mouse.

Razer Basilisk V3

The brand new Basilisk V3 performs it secure by not messing with a very good factor, and as an alternative provides a couple of neat new methods at a lower cost.

Kizito Katawonga

Kizzy is the consummate geek, with black turtleneck design sensibilities, all the time on the hunt for the most recent, biggest and sexiest tech. He is performed Doom on the OG Pentium and nonetheless remembers tips on how to hack a dial-a-phone. After 4 many years loopy about tech, he is actually simply getting began. It is the age of the, geek, child!