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Razer Basilisk V3 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 05, 2021 at 10:20 am
Razer Basilisk V3 Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
8.3
Video Games (MMO)
7.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a continuation of the Razer Basilisk lineup. It's a sleek, full-featured gaming mouse with a solid, matte plastic body, three side buttons on the left, and a right-handed shape with a thumb rest. It's suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes, but small hands may not reach the sniper button comfortably using a claw or fingertip grip. While some older versions of the Basilisk have a scroll wheel with both tactile and free-scrolling modes, this version includes a new software option that can automatically switch between the two modes depending on how quickly you scroll. Performance-wise, it has a very low click-latency, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by precise increments of 50, within a broad range.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Razer Basilisk V3 is good for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can program all of its buttons using the customization software, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode that engages automatically. Unfortunately, you can't connect it wirelessly.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
  • Scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Razer Basilisk V3 is an amazing mouse for FPS gaming. It feels well-built and has a right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. However, small hands may not reach the sniper button using a claw or fingertip grip. It also has a flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide smoothly on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise it has a very low click latency and minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very wide range. Unfortunately, it's heavy, and some FPS gamers may prefer a more lightweight option.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Extremely low click latency.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
Cons
  • Heavy.
8.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Razer Basilisk V3 is great for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all the buttons it does have using the customization software. It feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. Performance-wise it has a very low lift-off distance, extremely low click latency, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Extremely low click latency.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
  • Scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.
Cons
  • Not as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Razer Basilisk V3 gets a good score for ultra-light gaming, but it's significantly heavier than dedicated ultra-light gaming mice. However, despite its weight, it feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has a decently flexible paracord-like cable and mouse feet that glide smoothly on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise it has a very low click latency, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very wide range.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Extremely low click latency.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes.
Cons
  • Heavy.
4.9 Travel

The Razer Basilisk V3 is bad for travel as it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse, making it cumbersome to use in small spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest. It also has onboard memory, allowing you access to your custom settings on computers without the software installed.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Quite bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 30, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The Razer Basilisk V3 has a mostly matte black plastic body with some glossy black accents. It looks nearly identical to the Razer Basilisk V2 but the design of the sniper button is slightly different compared to older versions of the Basilisk and is no longer removable. Also, it has an underglow RGB area with nine independent lighting zones that wraps around both sides and back. There are two additional independent lighting zones in the scroll wheel and on the logo in the palm rest.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 3.0" (75 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
25.02 in³ (410 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
129 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Weight Distribution
Front-heavy
Extra Weights
No

The Razer Basilisk V3 is on the heavier side compared to most gaming mice, and there's no way to optimize its weight.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Basilisk V3 feels well-built overall. The matte plastic feels good quality and has a pleasant texture. There's a minor wobble in the scroll wheel because of the L/R tilt inputs, but it shouldn't present any problems when using the mouse. There's slight flexing in the body around some of the underglow RGB zones, but again, we don't expect this to be a problem during everyday use.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The Razer Basilisk V3 has a comfortable, slightly textured right-handed shape with a thumb rest. It feels very similar to the Razer Basilisk V2. The buttons are comfortably laid out, but small hands may not reach the sniper button comfortably using some grip types.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes should be able to use a palm grip comfortably.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands may not be able to reach the sniper button using a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands may not be able to comfortably reach the sniper button using a fingertip grip.

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Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a wired-only mouse that you can't use wirelessly. If you're interested in a similar wireless mouse, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is an earlier, wireless version in the Basilisk lineup.

8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Razer Basilisk V3 has an excellent paracord-like cable. It feels decently flexible, but it retains kinks from its packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The Razer Basilisk V3 has outstanding mouse feet. They glide smoothly on desks and mousepads and are a slight improvement over the feet on the Razer Basilisk V2.

Design
In The Box

  • Razer Basilisk V3
  • Stickers
  • USB cover
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Focus+
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
26,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
5%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options on the Razer Basilisk V3 are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

8.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Optical And Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
11
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
24
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on the Razer Basilisk V3, including the up/down inputs of the scroll wheel and the profile switch button on the underside of the mouse. However, the software requires that the left-click button is assigned to a button at all times. You can assign a HyperShift button which acts like a keyboard's shift button, enabling a secondary layer of programmable inputs. The furthest forward side button acts as a sniper button by default and shifts to a lower CPI while you hold it so you can aim more precisely. On previous versions of the Basilisk, this button was removable, but it's static on this version.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel + Free Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
Yes
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel has a grippy rubber surface, a middle-click that doesn't wobble, and stable L/R tilt buttons. It has a tactile and free-scrolling mode that you can switch between by assigning a manual toggle button. There's a software option called Smart-Reel, which, when enabled, automatically switches to the free-scrolling mode when you scroll quickly enough and is similar to the Smartshift function on the Logitech MX Master 3.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
9.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
5 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Razer Synapse 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The software is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, it comes with elements that some users may feel are bloatware, and it needs frequent updates, which can be irritating.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

All default button functions work in Windows and macOS. However, the profile switching button on the underside does nothing in macOS since there isn't a compatible software option to create multiple profiles.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Basilisk V3 we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Razer Basilisk V3 is an excellent wired gaming mouse and continues Razer's successful Basilisk lineup. It's part of an informal category of mice sometimes referred to as "full-featured" gaming mice and has an ergonomic, right-handed shape designed to be comfortable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has more programmable buttons than most FPS gaming mice, though not as many as dedicated MMO mice. These qualities make it a great choice for a variety of gaming genres. Also, it has some features typically seen on higher-end office mice, including a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons and the ability to automatically switch between a tactile, notched scrolling mode and a free-scrolling mode. Unfortunately, it's on the heavier side, so it won't be a great choice if you're looking for a lightweight option.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 and the Razer Basilisk V3 are wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The Basilisk has a somewhat more flexible cable, a slightly higher maximum CPI, and three additional buttons, including one additional side button. Also, its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and free-scrolling, two features the DeathAdder V2 lacks. On the other hand, the DeathAdder V2 is considerably lighter. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. However, both mice are unsuitable for small hands using a claw or fingertip grip.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate

The Razer Basilisk Ultimate and the Razer Basilisk V3 are similar mice in Razer's Basilisk lineup. The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is an older version that connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or wired with its charging cable. On the other hand, the Basilisk V3 is a newer, wired-only version. It has better quality mouse feet and a higher maximum CPI. It also has an additional RGB area with nine independent RGB zones that wrap around both sides and the back, casting light under the mouse. Both mice have scroll wheels with free-scrolling modes, but the Basilisk V3 has an option to enable the feature automatically, depending on how quickly you scroll.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Razer Basilisk V3 and the Logitech G502 HERO are full-featured gaming mice with comparable performance. The Razer is lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has better quality mouse feet and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Logitech feels sturdier and has one additional button overall. Its software is also compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer software is only compatible with Windows. Both mice have scroll wheels with L/R tilt buttons and free-scrolling modes, but the Razer's wheel can automatically switch between modes depending on how quickly you scroll.

Razer Basilisk V2

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a newer version of the Razer Basilisk V2. The V3 has a higher maximum CPI and a marginally lower click latency. It also has mouse feet with rounded edges, which users may find helps it glide more smoothly. Its scroll wheel has an optional feature that automatically switches between tactile and free-scrolling modes depending on how quickly you scroll. Also, it has an extra RGB area with nine independent RGB zones in a strip around both sides and the back of the mouse that casts light downwards, under the mouse. On the other hand, the sniper button on the left side of the V2 is removable, while the sniper button on the V3 isn't.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Razer Basilisk V3 are both excellent gaming mice, but the Viper Ultimate is wireless and aimed more towards FPS gaming, while the Basilisk V3 is wired and more versatile for a range of game genres. The Viper Ultimate is much lighter and has two side buttons on each side of the mouse. On the other hand, the Basilisk V3 has a thumb rest, and three additional buttons, though it doesn't have any buttons on the right side. The Basilisk V3 also has lower click latency and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons, and a free-scrolling mode.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the Razer Basilisk V3 is an excellent full-featured gaming mouse. The Glorious is significantly lighter and has a more flexible paracord-like cable. On the other hand, the Razer has a thumb rest and five additional buttons overall. It also has a lower lift-off distance, lower click latency, a much wider CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust more precisely. Also, the Razer's scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode that you can choose to engage automatically depending on how quickly you're scroll.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed

The Razer Basilisk V3 is a newer, wired iteration in the Basilisk lineup, while the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is an older, wireless iteration. The Basilisk V3 is a wired-only model that's lighter and has better quality mouse feet. It also has five additional buttons, including an extra side button, and it has RGB lighting, which the Basilisk X Hyperspeed lacks. Performance-wise, it has a higher maximum CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and lower click latency. It also has a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode. On the other hand, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth.

Razer Viper 8KHz

The Razer Viper 8KHz and the Razer Basilisk V3 are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Viper 8Hkz is significantly lighter and has a higher maximum polling rate. It also has two side buttons on the left and right side, while the [nolink:Basilisk V3} only has side buttons on the left. On the other hand, the [nolink:Basilisk V3] has a thumb rest and three additional buttons overall. Its mouse wheel also has L/R functions and a free-scrolling mode that you can set to enable automatically.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Razer Basilisk V3 are both versatile, full-featured gaming mice. The Basilisk is a wired-only model that's lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. While both mice have scroll wheels with L/R tilt buttons and free-scrolling modes, only the Razer has a software option to enable automatic switching between free-scrolling and notched scrolling modes. On the other hand, the Logitech connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or wired with its charging cable. It also feels sturdier and has a more consistent sensor. Also, the customization software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer software is only compatible with Windows.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is an excellent wireless gaming mouse, while the Basilisk V3 is an excellent wired gaming mouse. The Basilisk V3 is a wired-only model with a thumb rest and three additional buttons. It also has a higher maximum CPI and a lower minimum lift-off distance. Also, it has a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode. On the other hand, the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro is lighter and connects either wirelessly with its USB receiver or Bluetooth or wired with its charging cable.

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS

The Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS is a good wireless gaming mouse, and the Razer Basilisk V3 is an excellent wired gaming mouse. You can use the Corsair wireless via its USB receiver or Bluetooth, and you can adjust its CPI more precisely in increments of one. Also, it comes with three weights in case you prefer heavier mice. On the other hand, the Razer is a wired-only mouse that's slightly lighter. It has a better quality cable and better quality mouse feet, more programmable buttons thanks to the Hypershift feature and much lower click latency.

Glorious Model D Wireless

The Glorious Model D Wireless is an excellent wireless gaming mouse, while the Razer Basilisk V3 is an excellent wired gaming mouse. The Glorious is substantially lighter, and despite being a wireless mouse, it has a more flexible cable that it uses for charging. On the other hand, the Razer has a thumb rest, a higher maximum CPI, and lower click latency. It also has five additional buttons, and you can assign a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. Additionally, its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.

Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed

The Razer Basilisk V3 and the Razer DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed are both great FPS gaming mice, but with very different designs. While the Basilisk V3 is wired with a more ergonomic shape, the DeathAdder is wireless-only and lacks a thumb rest. The Basilisk V3 has a dedicated sniper button, and its scroll wheel unlocks for free scrolling, making it more versatile. Comparatively, you can use the DeathAdder V2 X HyperSpeed wirelessly via its receiver or Bluetooth, and its two CPI buttons are on the edge of the left click. Also, it has no RGB lighting and no side grips.

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