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Razer Basilisk V3 Review

This top-shelf mouse set the bar amongst fierce competition while providing easy-to-use customization software
Razer Basilisk V3
Credit: Razer
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Price:   $70 List | $49.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Optical switches, thumb rest, adjustable scroll wheel
Cons:  A bit heavy, frequent software updates
Manufacturer:   Razer
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 21, 2022
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  • Performance - 35.0% 9.3
  • Customization - 35.0% 7.9
  • Ease of Use - 15.0% 9.0
  • Buttons - 15.0% 9.7

Our Verdict

The Razer Basilisk V3 builds on a storied mouse design with this most recent version, executing tweaks to the button design and scroll wheel customization options. At the same time, the V3 maintains its legendary performance, high-quality hardware, onboard memory, easy-to-navigate software, and a highest degree of customization. The only knocks against this mouse are that it is a bit heavy and that Razer pushes out a lot of software updates. Despite these petty critiques, this mouse is as deadly as its legendary namesake. Moreover, it has an extremely competitive price point. All in all, you can't go wrong with this device.

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Pros Optical switches, thumb rest, adjustable scroll wheelOptical switches, supple cableBraided cable, infinite scroll optionIncredibly lightweight, super supple cord, fine-tuned customization optionsGreat sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design
Cons A bit heavy, frequent software updatesRelatively limited customizationFixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS gamesRelatively loud button, big DPI adjustment stepsRelatively low tracking speed, limited onboard memory
Bottom Line This top-shelf mouse set the bar amongst fierce competition while providing easy-to-use customization softwareA solid mouse at a manageable priceThis mouse is a standout on account of its adjustable weight. However, the unit has high-end hardware and ample customization, tooAn incredibly lightweight mouse with top-notch hardware and intuitive software supporting its customization settingsThis economic device boasts elite hardware to get the job done, but you'll have to make up for the lack of supporting features with talent
Rating Categories Razer Basilisk V3 Razer DeathAdder V2 Logitech G502 HERO HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35.0%)
9.3
9.3
8.7
9.2
8.7
Customization (35.0%)
7.9
7.3
8.1
6.2
5.7
Ease of Use (15.0%)
9.0
9.0
8.5
9.5
8.0
Buttons (15.0%)
9.7
9.0
8.7
9.7
8.3
Specs Razer Basilisk V3 Razer DeathAdder V2 Logitech G502 HERO HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes PAW 3335/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 10 (+1 on bottom) 7 11 6 6
Measured Wire/Charging Cable 6 ft 7 ft 6 ft, 6 in 6 ft 6 ft, 6 in
Measured Weight 101 g 80 g 119 - 137 g 59 g 87 g
Polling Rate (Hz) 125, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000
Software Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 100 - 26000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 25600 (50) 200 - 16000 (100) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 650 650 400+ 450 200+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (1) Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Optical (Razer) Optical (Razer) Mechanical (Logitech) Mechanical (TTC Golden) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Right Right
Size Large X-Large Large Large Small
Length 5.11" 5" 5.11" 4.88" 4.57"
Shell length 6" 5.8" 6" 5.5" 5.25"
Height (max) 1.68" 1.68" 1.63" 1.48" 1.5"
Hump inset, back to hump 2.1" 2.5" 2.43" 2.25" 1.85"
Finger Width 2.36" 2.73" 2.2" 2.2" 2.23"
Waist 2.4" 2.22" 2.25" 2.4" 2.45"
Palm Width 2.26" 2.55" 2.21" 2.5" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Basilisk V3 is full of impressive features that make it a standout performer in this competitive category. The unit has a flawless optical sensor and switches that literally operate at the speed of light. It has a switch-actuated onboard memory that allows the user to shift button profiles and the proprietary Hypershift technology that allows the user to switch between these profiles with the push of a button. In a rare combination, this mouse is reliably lethal and reasonably affordable.

Performance Comparison


Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - the basilisk v3 is the wired gaming mouse for serious multi-genre...
The Basilisk V3 is THE wired gaming mouse for serious multi-genre gamers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Performance


In the mouse performance metric, we take stock of the unit's sensor, switches, weight (without cable), and glide. We will go into the details of all of these points as there is much to unpack. However, for those that don't care for detailed explanations, suffice it to say that the Razer Basilisk V3 hits all the marks constituting the highest quality and proficiency in a gaming mouse.


The Basilisk V3 enjoys a Focus+ optical sensor that has adjustable dots/counts per inch (DPI/CPI) ranging from 100 to 26,000 in steps of 50. The polling rate is adjustable, too, with the option of 125, 500, and 1,000. The unit boasts a ridiculous tracking speed of 650 inches per second (IPS). If you can get this mouse to spin out, you probably have the striking speed of a cobra and the reflexes of a cat. Additionally, the V3's switches employ Razer's battle-proven optical sensor which eliminates latency and the bounce issues that plague their mechanical switch counterparts with false signals.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - razer's focus+ optical sensor is among the best with a wide range of...
Razer's Focus+ optical sensor is among the best with a wide range of adjustable DPI and polling rate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

At this point, you're likely thinking, wow, this mouse has it all. But the Basilisk V3 has even more to offer. The Focus+ sensors are flawless, too. This is a must-have feature on a true gaming mouse, however, it's worth mentioning because it means that the "corrective" firmware built into many mice is absent here, meaning that the on-screen movements are true to the user's hand movements. Last but not least, the V3 is on the heavier side at 101 grams, yet the mouse's skates have rounded corners, rendering a smooth glide that testers thought offset the weight.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - skates with rounded corners like these on the razer basilisk v3...
Skates with rounded corners like these on the Razer Basilisk V3, make a difference in improving the glide performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Customization


Aside from the high-end components, the ability to customize the mouse — its buttons, scroll wheel, lights, and even its weight — is what makes it a competitive gaming device. The Basilisk V3 pulls out all the stops and allows users to personalize and iterate their gaming tactics. Critical to this end is the development of button profiles for different games and game genres with button binds being key components of each profile. Scroll wheel adjustments are also a valuable component of the customization process. While not mission-critical, the ability to personalize the lights on the unit is certainly cool. Thus, lighting adjustability is also included in the customization evaluation. Plainly put, the Basilisk V3 is highly adjustable both in ways common to most gaming mice but also in a few ways distinct to Razer products.


To begin with, we'll focus on the V3's button customization as well as its macros. As a practical matter, it's easier to list the limitations that the V3 places on users as those are far fewer. The mouse limits custom key binds to 20 with Hypershift (Razer's proprietary feature that allows the user to toggle between the different button profiles stored on the device). As for what the buttons can be changed to, it's essentially limitless. The buttons can be set to certain letters, and numbers, or to launch a website or program — you name, you can program it into this mouse.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - from lights to button and profiles, the basilisk v3 in one of the...
From lights to button and profiles, the Basilisk V3 in one of the most customizable units we have come across.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The scroll wheel on the V3 is also highly adjustable. While we were impressed with the sophistication of this aspect of design, we acknowledge that others may think it to be over the top, annoying, or otherwise unneeded. That said, the ability to set the wheel to infinite (free spinning) or to have resistance with the push of a button earned this model some extra points. Razer didn't stop there either. The V3 also has a "smart reel" which will activate the infinite scroll automatically when it detects fast movement. Also, the mouse has a scroll acceleration feature that ramps up the scroll speed the faster the wheel is spun. All of these features can be turned on or off.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - the basilisk's scroll wheel has some cool features like infinite...
The Basilisk's scroll wheel has some cool features like infinite scroll, and scroll ramp-up that some will find quite useful.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Finally, the V3 has ultra customizable lighting in its 11 light zones including the scroll wheel, logo, and underglow. There are numerous presets and, considering that Razer's Chroma RGB light array boasts a full spectrum of 16.8 million colors, there are almost infinite customization options. This mouse is so customizable that you could spend all your precious gaming time and more putting your personal touches on the device.

As a final note, the V3 has no weight adjustments and it is asymmetrical, fitting right-handers only.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - the one big limitation of the basilisk is its asymmetry that is fit...
The one big limitation of the Basilisk is its asymmetry that is fit for right handers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The ease of use metric looks at the aspects of the mouse that make its use more or less demanding. Specifically, we look at the cable, the accompanying software, and the difficulty in making on-the-fly adjustments to the mouse-like adding a bind or adjusting the DPI. While the V3 isn't the very best in the class, it is right up here near the top.


The V3's 6-foot braided "speed flex" cable is supple but offers some resistance as compared to other leading models. Conversely, Razer's software is a breeze to use, making it easy to customize lighting and buttons and adjust the DPI/CP. This may not seem like that exciting of a design feature, but it allows one to get to gaming much fast as opposed to futzing around trying to learn a new software package.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - we found razer's software to be intuitive, effective, and quite easy...
We found Razer's software to be intuitive, effective, and quite easy to use.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Buttons


You may be thinking to yourself: there's a button metric, too? Haven't we talked about buttons already? In this case, we are analyzing the button and scroll wheel action alone and not the customization or hardware we have elsewhere. Fortunately, the results of our tests were short and sweet. The V3 has among the best scroll wheel and button action in the class.


What we like about the V3's buttons is that they have nice comfort grips, they are easy to reach and, best of all, they have just the right amount of resistance to be easy to actuate but not accidentally press. Finally, the side button is very easy and comfortable to reach. Similarly, the scroll wheel is easy to roll, has a pleasant tactile feeling, and the infinity spin is incredibly smooth.

Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse - this mouse is great for all gripping types, but we found the palm...
This mouse is great for all gripping types, but we found the palm grip to be must comfortable given the large shell and ample thumb rest.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Value


The Razer Basilisk V3 isn't an inexpensive gaming mouse. However, it is a supremely well-designed piece of hardware, giving users every possible advantage. As such, this mouse has one of the best cost-to-performance ratios in the class, thus providing a fantastic value to consumers.

Conclusion


This hands-on review details every detail of the Razer Basilisk V3. Namely, we looked at the unity's performance, ease of use, and customization options. The V3 racked up stellar marks on all accounts and in particular in where hardware and programming are concerned. All told, this is one of the best-performing, lowest cost gaming mice on the market.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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