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Razer Basilisk V3 review: the best of its kind

The Razer Basilisk V3 is now the third generation of the popular Basilisk series. TechnikNews tested the gaming mouse. 

Many thanks to Razer Germany for loaning the test device. We were able to test the mouse under NDA for three weeks, but this in no way affects the test report. 

The Basilisk V3 should convince through ergonomics, resistance and grip in the hand. In terms of technical innovations, some functions of the Basilisk Ultimate have been taken over from the Basilisk V2 to V3. The "Razer Focus + Sensor" has now been installed, which can achieve up to 26.000 DPI. The third model now has underglow lighting, which consists of 11 LEDs. The logo and the scroll wheel are still illuminated. Razer's scroll wheel is now tiltable and can be physically set in two modes.

Razer Basilisk V3 design

The design of the Basilisk V3 is relatively unchanged compared to older generations (picture: TechnikNews)

Unboxing:

Mouse in a practical test:

The mouse is comfortable to hold. But with around 100g it could be a little too heavy for some e-athletes. The mouse is clearly designed for palm grip or claw grip, for me the palm grip was the most ergonomic one. While the palm rest and the mouse buttons are made of high-quality plastic, the thumb rest is made of rubber and has small knobs. The mouse wheel can now be moved left or right, this can be very useful in games.

Razer Basilisk V3 handle

The Basilisk V3 is more for "Palm" grippers

Physical control of the mouse wheel is also new. You can now switch between two modes. The first mode, called "tactile resistance", has a small "click" with every scroll, which is useful for cycling between items in games such as Counter Strike or Valorant. The "Free Spin" mode is the "normal infinite" mode, which is particularly helpful for PDF documents or large websites. Razer has also built in a "Smart Reel Mode", which is supposed to switch between these two modes "intelligently". That only works so well in everyday life. The delay is minimal but noticeable. So I switched it off after 1-2 days and only activated it for gaming.

Razer Basilisk V3 mouse wheel

The mouse wheel can be pressed left or right, scrolling has two modes. (Image: TechnikNews)

Basilisk V3 sensor:

What is typically Razer outstanding is the sensor. With a maximum of 26000 DPI (which no one will probably use), the sensor is extremely precise and does not allow any errors. Up to five DPI levels can be set in the software, which can be called up using the button on the bottom. Apropos software, Razer Synapse offers many setting options and has its own "studio" for the RGB lighting. This can be set synchronously via the Razer hardware and is set via the cloud on all computers. The mouse is connected via a 1,8 meter long USB cable, which is typically "wrapped" in a textile jacket for Razer. This is more resilient and feels good in the hand.

Razer Basilisk V3 back

The back of the Basilisk V3 has pads for stability. (Image: TechnikNews)

At the end...

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a very good mouse for a good price of 80 euros. At first I was afraid that this would not serve as an “office mouse” because the focus is heavily on gaming, but that's not the case. The ergonomics are very good. The other buttons quickly establish themselves in everyday life (especially the two side buttons for forward and back in the web browser) and the RGB looks chic (but it's definitely a matter of opinion, I'm aware of that). I'm a little unsure of the new scroll function. Yes, it is certainly interesting for some games, but I haven't really used it in everyday life. But this is only a small detail, for many it should become indispensable in everyday life.

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils is very interested in mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables and headphones. He has been writing since 2019 TechnikNews - especially news and reviews. In his spare time he plays drums and piano or pursues his hobby, athletics.

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