Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse evaluate: not revolutionary, however nonetheless good
Razer Basilisk V3
RRP $ 70.00
“The Basilisk V3 from Razer is an all-rounder gaming mouse.”
Tons of RGB
10 + 1 programmable buttons
Great 26K sensor
Heavy for a wired mouse
More attractive competition
Razer makes a lot of gaming mice, and the Basilisk is one of its most admired offerings. Today the company is releasing a new, updated variant: the Basilisk V3. Razer has slightly updated its design, adding a new sensor and a freely rotating scroll wheel, and even added a little more RGB to be on the safe side.
This isn’t the Basilisk Ultra wireless – the Basilisk V3 comes with a traditional cable – but that means it’s only $ 70. The third iteration of the Razer Basilisk isn’t revolutionary, but the upgrades mean this standby mouse is still one of the best wired mice you can buy.
Starting with the design of the mouse, Razer has kept the shape of the mouse largely unchanged – a slightly ergonomic right-handed gaming mouse that is great for palm and claw grips. With a medium size, unless you have particularly small hands, the chances are good that you will be prone to a claw grip with this pointer, especially in play.
Weighing in at 101 grams, the mouse is a bit heavy by today’s standards, especially for a wired mouse. The advantage here is that Razer didn’t shave the shell to make it ultra-light, so the mouse instills confidence in the build quality. The middle is made of textured plastic with some shiny elements, while the left thumb rest and right handle are made of a nice, grippy rubber material.
Previously, the Razer logo and scroll wheel were lit like they are here, but the V3 adds an RGB strip along most of the mouse’s bottom perimeter, creating a sort of under-lighting effect that looks pretty dashing.
And then there is the cable that can be the elephant in the room for many gaming mice today. That’s not the case here as Razer did a good job with it. Companies have relentlessly developed their wireless technology over the past few years to get rid of the cable, but that doesn’t mean cable evolution has stopped: while the Basilisk V3 has a thick, pretty braided cable, it is extremely light and oh so flexible that you hardly notice your presence. Yeah, you see it, but it doesn’t look that bad.
The main competitor of the Razer is the G502 Hero from Logitech, a mouse with an almost identical design and range of functions. In terms of shape, at least, the G502 is a bit fuller and has more angular edges, despite almost identical dimensions – it’s not as round as the Basilisk V3, and I prefer it. But there is very little in it, and if you don’t have the two next to each other, you can’t tell which one you like better.
Buttons and sensors
The Basilisk V3 is powered by Razer’s 26K DPI Focus + sensor, and while I can’t recommend games at this type of DPI in any situation, it’s a good sensor. It’s responsive and tracks accurately with no acceleration. Tracking is said to be accurate at up to 650 IPS, and while I haven’t tested that number, I personally play with a low DPI and the V3 was more than able to keep up with my fast flicks over long distances.
The Basilisk V3 is a mouse fast enough to keep up with you, the gamer.
Meanwhile, under the main left and right buttons, Razer has implemented its second generation optical mouse switches, which is another factor that adds to the Basilisk V3’s gaming pedigree. Although conventional buttons are very fast, the advantage of an optical switch is that the mouse controller does not have to consider debouncing, which leads to faster actuations – as soon as the button is pressed and the optical signal is interrupted, the actuation signal is sent to the PC.
Combine that with the mouse’s 1000Hz polling rate and you can be sure that whatever leads to your in-game death, it’s not the mouse.
But the fun with the Basilisk V3 doesn’t end there. One of the most important upgrades that I personally really appreciate is the scroll wheel. It now spins freely at the touch of a button, making navigating large text and websites a breeze. The catch is that the V2 mouse’s adjustable resistance is gone, but I’d say this is a justified compromise.
The second highlight of the Basilisk V3 is the hypershift button – a button directly in front of the thumb that briefly lowers the DPI when pressed. Think of this as some sort of sniper mode, and when you press it, you can aim more accurately to aim your shot. The button has been redesigned from the V2 mouse to a more subtle implementation.
All of the buttons on the mouse are now fully customizable, and there’s a button at the bottom for switching between different profiles. This last feature is ideal when you play multiple types of games and need completely different mouse assignments. For example, you may need a low DPI profile for FPS shooters who have specific buttons assigned to throw grenades or switch to your melee weapon, but then want to switch to high DPI and other button assignments for strategy games. It’s easy to configure in the Razer software, and the button below makes switching a breeze.
To test the gaming performance of the Razer Basilisk V3, I jumped straight to Insurgency Sandstorm as this is a realistic first person shooter game that is ideal for testing a gaming mouse. With my friends we play this game as a team of people against the highest possible number of bots – a real challenge – and the Basilisk V3 has more than kept up with my gameplay.
My usual mouse is the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, and while the Basilisk V3 couldn’t quite keep up with it, it wasn’t far from it either. Every new mouse takes getting used to and the Superlight is significantly lighter and wireless – but also twice as expensive and as functional as a piece of cardboard. This is a strong argument in favor of the Basilisk V3.
Razer’s Basilisk V3 might not be a big update, but its newly shaped hypershift button, free-spinning scroll wheel, updated sensor, and added RGB component make it interesting and certainly worth considering.
It’s not a mouse to get excited about, but it’s a good all-rounder and, thanks to its scroll wheel and semi-ergonomic shape, a good option for both gaming and general desktop use.
Are there alternatives?
The main competitor is the G502 Hero from Logitech, which has a very similar shape. While it doesn’t have as many RGB or optical switches in it, it has two more programmable buttons, adjustable weights, and a more modern, angular design. It’s also often discounted to just $ 50, making it a more compelling option overall and making it one of the best gaming mice out there.
In the meantime, Corsair’s Nightsword RGB may be better suited if you have a Corsair-themed setup. It also has a ton of RGB and a similar set of features.
How long it will take?
Under normal circumstances, the Basilisk V3 should last at least about five years. The Razer Warranty covers it for two.
Should I buy it?
Yes sir. If you’re looking for a new gaming mouse, are looking for a good jack of all trades, and are looking for something that will fit a Razer setup, then the Basilisk V3 is an excellent purchase, although it might be worth waiting for should be reduced to 50 US dollars.