The Razer Basilisk V3 is a mouse designed to get the most out of both gaming and office automation. For gaming, it has the most cutting-edge technology (sensor, switches, etc.) while for office automation it has a scroll wheel with infinite rotation and horizontal scrolling.
|Awesome new scroll wheel||Heavy for a wired mouse|
|Enhanced Optical Switches||Pricey|
|Tons of RGB|
|Razer Basilisk V3|
|Released||Sep 8, 2021|
|Dimension||130 x 60 x 42.5 mm|
|Sensor Model||PixArt PMW3399|
|Connectivity||Wired – Razer Speedflex Cable|
|RGB||Razer Chroma RGB|
The Basilisk V3 has the typical shape of Razer’s Basilisk range and looks quite similar (in shape and size) to Logitech’s G502 mice.
It is a medium-large mouse. Its length is 130mm, its width is 60mm, and its height reaches 42mm. In addition, it weighs 101 grams, so it is not a light mouse.
It has an ergonomic right-handed shape. The mouse is tilted clearly to the left, making it very comfortable to hold with the right hand. In addition, on the left side, we have a projection that helps us support the big toe.
Although the mouse defends well with all grips, hands up to 17-18 cm will get the most out of it using a pure palm grip, while older hands will be able to use a mixed palm grip (mixed palm and fingers).
The Basilisk V3 is very comfortable because of its shape and its excellent weight distribution. Most mice tend to lean slightly forward or backward, indicating that the weight distribution doesn’t perfectly match my grip.
The sensor has also been moved forward a bit and thus is better positioned relative to the natural grip of the mouse. That means it will work great with a finger grip.
The case is made of textured plastic that is quite pleasant to the touch, and the build quality is quite good overall. Pressing from above, the mouse looks like a rock. Pressing from the sides, the case sags a bit, but nothing that is noticeable using the mouse in a normal way. By the way, both the right and left sides have large rubber areas to improve grip.
The Basilisk V3 comes with a 1.8-meter long SpeedFlex cable. It is a flexible and light cable with little resistance when we move it on the mat. Therefore, it is a perfect cable.
Another highlight of the new Basilisk V3 is the elaborate RGB lighting and is that it has many lighting zones that we can configure and which we can use to create impressive effects.
- The scroll wheel is an RGB zone
- The logo is another RGB zone
- And there is also a led band that surrounds practically the entire base and has 9 RGB zones.
The main buttons use Razer’s second-generation optical switches . As you may already know, optical switches have the advantage of being faster by not having to wait for a bounce time and they do not suffer from double click problems . In addition, having fewer moving parts, its useful life reaches 70 million keystrokes.
The actuation requires a medium force in terms of performance, and the click is somewhat less dry than other switches. The important thing is that the buttons have little pre and post-travel, so the click feels quite precise.
On the left side, we have the two typical front and back buttons. Its position and size are good but can improve the click.
Another of the most important features of the Basilisk V3 is its scroll wheel. At first glance, it might look like a normal scroll wheel and of excellent quality. The wheel is made of a very nice textured rubber, the turning is very comfortable for both games and office automation, and the click is good. However, the wheel has two aces up its sleeve:
- Free rotation: the wheel has an electronic mechanism that allows the scroll wheel to rotate freely. Thus, giving it a strong impulse, we can make the wheel turn for several seconds (about 10 seconds), being able to move thousands of cells in a spreadsheet or chat applications.
- Lateral scroll: we can push the scroll wheel laterally to achieve lateral scrolling.
- These two scroll features come in handy if we work with large spreadsheets.
Other mice have these two functions on the scroll wheel; the downside is that, normally, they tend to have slack and do not give as much quality as the Basilisk V3. In addition, the V3 has the feature of controlling the freewheel electronically, not mechanically like most. This has allowed Razer to develop a unique functionality that allows the wheel to automatically detect when we want to turn it with power to activate the free spin automatically.
Razer hasn’t skimped on anything, and the Basilisk V3 mounts Razer’s Focus + sensor, the best sensor of the brand. The Focus + is based on PixArt’s PMW 3399 and features 99.6% resolution accuracy for the best performance. In addition, it has a maximum sensitivity of 26,000 CPI, a maximum acceleration of 50 G, and a maximum speed of 650 IPS, the best on the market.
It also has several advanced features:
- Movement synchronization: when your PC extracts information from another sensor, it does so at a speed that does not perfectly align with the signal emitted by the mouse. By synchronizing the signals at the exact intervals, the PC extracts information so you can get the most recent records of the mouse position for constant monitoring.
- Asymmetric tracking: allows you to configure the take-off and landing distances to be different (between 1 and 3 mm).
- Smart Tracking – For optimal accuracy, old sensors must be manually calibrated each time a new mouse pad is switched. If they are not calibrated, the lift distance can be inconsistent, affecting your accuracy in the game. The Focus + automatically calibrates itself each time the mouse pad changes, ensuring sensing distance (and accuracy) remains intact when lifting.
As you can imagine, the precision of the mouse is excellent in any movement, and the mouse does not have jitter (vibration) or angle snapping that can harm us when playing.
Razer Synapse, you can configure many mouse parameters. Like buttons, macros, sensitivity levels, polling rate (125, 500, and 1,000 Hz), lighting, take-off distance, etc. And we can save this in the different profiles of the mouse’s internal memory to be able to use the fully customized mouse on any PC without having to install Synapse.
The lighting is impressive on the mouse. However, the LEDs surrounding the base illuminate the mousepad and create a striking aura.
As for the price, the Basilisk V3 has been released for $70, so it is not exactly cheap. Even it improves in many aspects the Basilisk V2 and the Logitech G502.
The Razer Viper 8KHz is lighter, but the Basilisk V3 makes is very comfortable, it looks spectacular, and the weight does not bother so much when it comes to playing.
The Razer Basilisk V3 is a mixed mouse that aims to satisfy both office and gaming functions. The infinite rotation of the wheel and the lateral movement do not affect the operation of the wheel in gaming at all. The thumb button is well placed, and the shape of the mouse is really comfortable to spend hours and hours using it without us noticing. In addition, it has beautiful RGB lighting.
If we add to that that it has one of the best sensors on the market, optical switches with 70 million keystrokes, rubber side grips, cable, and quality skates. In short, the Basilisk V3 does not have many weak points. Perhaps, its greatest weakness is the weight.
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