The Razer Basilisk V3 illustrates that the gaming mouse can still amaze you. Manufacturers appear to have refined the peripheral in recent years, from ergonomic designs to vivid RGB lights to comprehensive software packages. The Basilisk V3 has all of these features, but it also offers something never seen before in a gaming mouse: an automatically adjusting scroll wheel. While this is more of a productivity function, it is more important than ever in a population that works and plays video games at home every day.
The scroll wheel is the highlight of the $70 Basilisk V3, but there’s a lot to like about it, from the textured grips to the outstanding in-game performance. My one significant complaint is that the newly introduced sniper button is far less adaptable than the configurable paddle from prior models, which could be a hindrance for professional gamers. Continue reading for our complete Razer Basilisk V3 review.
Razer Basilisk V3 Review: Specs
|Sensor Model||Razer Focus+|
|Max Sensitivity||Up to 20,000 native or 26,000 via software|
|Polling Rates||125, 500 or 1,000 Hz|
|Programmable Buttons||13, including 5x scroll wheel|
|LED Zones and Colors||11|
|Cable||6 feet (1.8m) braided|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A cable|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||5.11 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches (129.79 x 59.94 x 41.91mm)|
|Weight (excluding cable)||3.3 ounces (93.55g)|
Razer Basilisk V3 Review: Design
The Razer Basilisk V3, like its predecessors, is a right-handed ergonomic mouse with an all-black chassis, textured grips, and three conspicuous thumb buttons. One of those buttons, in fact, is likely the Basilisk V3’s most serious flaw.
Previous Basilisk models had a tiny clutch, or “paddle,” that extended beneath the two primary thumb buttons. It was exceedingly simple to reach but equally simple to remove if you didn’t want a third thumb button.
The Basilisk V3 does away with the paddle in favor of a non-removable square “sniper” button that lowers DPI as you hold it down and slows mouse movement for sensitive in-game duties (lining up a sniper shot, for example). The sniper button functions properly, but the paddle was a more creative approach, as many other gaming mice have sniper buttons. Furthermore, the ability to remove the paddle made almost everyone happy.
The Basilisk V3’s design, on the other hand, hasn’t changed all that much since the previous iteration. It’s still a pleasure to hold, thanks to the textured thumb rest and textured grip for the two outermost fingers. Its dimensions of 5.1 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches let it fit both large and little hands, and its weight of 3.6 ounces is neither too light nor too hefty.
The predominance of RGB lighting, on the other hand, drew my attention. The Basilisk V3, like other Razer mice, has a light-up scroll wheel and a palm-rest logo. This time, though, you also receive an LED underglow strip, for a total of more than 20 configurable illumination zones. I was happy to just let it flow in a rainbow pattern, but you could get very creative if you wanted to.
Razer Basilisk V3 Review: Specifications
The Razer Basilisk V3 gaming mouse boasts one feature that no other gaming mouse has: an automatically adjustable scroll wheel. While other gaming mice have adjustable scroll wheels, the Basilisk V3 takes it a step further by allowing the scroll wheel to adjust on its own.
Here’s how it works in practice: Scroll wheels with adjustable settings often have two settings. One is a “tight” setting for making gradual adjustments, such as zooming in with a sniper rifle. One is a “loose” setting for scrolling through a large amount of data, such as rows in a spreadsheet. Mice, such as the Logitech G502, feature a little button beneath the scroll wheel that allows you to convert between the two modes. The Basilisk V3 has a similar button. However, you may use the Razer Synapse software to instruct the Basilisk V3 when to change the scroll wheel.
While the feature may take some getting accustomed to, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed. If you let Synapse drive (both metaphorically and practically), it defaults to a tight scroll mode. If you start scrolling quickly, the wheel will unlock, allowing you to scroll at full speed. This is admittedly a little slower than simply pressing a single button to switch settings, but it is perhaps handier. In my experience, the Synapse software never misfired. It always knew when I wanted to speed up and when I wanted to slow down. However, you may customize the changeover threshold, indicating that Razer is aware that not everyone’s preferences will be the same here.
Speaking about the Synapse program, it is useful for a variety of additional tasks, such as altering the RGB lighting or creating profiles for specific games and apps. Learning the ins and outs of the application can take some time because it is always adding new capabilities. But it performs what it is supposed to do, and it is also a lot more stable than it was previously.
However, there is one feature that I wish the Basilisk V3 had, and that is a wifi option. Razer typically waits a few months before releasing wireless versions of its products, and not every peripheral receives a wireless model. However, the Basilisk V3 appears to be an excellent choice, especially given the customizable scroll wheel’s potential as a productivity feature. Because the Basilisk Ultimate established that this design works effectively in a wireless mode, the lack of this option feels like a squandered opportunity.
Razer Basilisk V3 Review: Performance
The Razer Basilisk V3 works admirably in-game, as one would expect from a Razer accessory. I tested it with Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Doom Eternal, Baldur’s Gate III, and Final Fantasy XIV, and it performed admirably across the board – especially in Doom Eternal, where the sniper button proved useful. Otherwise, its generalist design and a broad variety of buttons complement almost any game, from button-heavy FFXIV to keyboard-centric Baldur’s Gate III.
- Inventive scroll wheel
- Excellent performance
- Gorgeous lighting
- Comfortable design
- Less versatile than previous models
- No wireless options are available
Razer Basilisk V3 review: Conclusion
The Razer Basilisk V3 is a nice thing with very few flaws. The mouse is both comfortable and useful, as well as inventive. While the Basilisk V3 has lost one of my favorite features from the V2, the automatically adjusting scroll wheel more than compensates for the missing paddle, and the sniper button isn’t a bad substitute. It’s a little pricy at $70, but it’s still less expensive than some of the top-end wired ones on the market.
FPS gamers would be well to consider the Basilisk V3 — though they should also consider the G502, which features a sniper button and an adjustable scroll wheel. I don’t have a strong preference between the two, but the lighting on the Basilisk V3 is considerably nicer.