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Razer Basilisk V3 Pro review: Heavyweight contender
If you’re a fan of mice with heft, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro would like to shake your hand. It’s an incredibly well-designed mouse that feels great in the hand and offers killer performance, particularly for fans of online shooters. Admittedly, the battery life suffers with RGB left on and there are some extra costs to fully deck out the Basilisk V3 Pro. But those cons aren’t enough to hold it back from being an otherwise wholly recommendable gaming mouse.
The Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro is a lightweight dream, but the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro forges a different path. If you’re a gamer like me who likes some heft in their mice, the Basilisk V3 Pro is absolutely worth considering. While pricey to get it fully decked out, the base version can be nabbed for a bargain that should keep you in the game for years to come.
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro value for money
With a $289 RRP, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is reasonably priced compared to its peers, even if it is drifting closer to the $300 mark rather than the $250 the others sit nearer. That base price nets you a well-weighted gaming mouse that’s great for everyday use and a joy for shooters.
The costs go up, though, if you want to pimp out this mouse properly. It’s $327 RRP for the Basilisk V3 Pro with a wireless charging puck, or $418 RRP for the mouse, charging puck and the Razer Mouse Dock Pro. Razer sent me the latter combo for review and not only does the Razer Mouse Dock Pro offer a magnetic charging station for the Basilisk V3 Pro, it also ups the polling rate from a very respectable 1,000Hz to an overkill 4,000Hz.
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Razer Basilisk V3 Pro design and setup
I knew I was going to love the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro as soon as I unboxed it. As a big fan of online shooters, my go-to mouse for years was the Logitech G502 Lightspeed before migrating to the SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless. Suffice it to say, after my initial testing, the Rival 650 Wireless has now officially been sent out to pasture.
One of my favourite parts of the G502 is the thumb rest that keeps one guiding digit off the mousepad and removes some of the gliding drag with my hybrid palm grip. That’s a very welcome part of the Basilisk V3 Pro, buttressed by an easy-to-reach sensitivity-modifying button and two effortless-to-activate mouse thumb buttons.
On top of the Basilisk V3 Pro are responsive primary mouse buttons and a scroll wheel. Tap the button below the scroll wheel for free scroll or tap the one below that button to adjust DPI settings. As a vocal opponent to the trend of Razer mice with DPI buttons tucked underneath, the small but accessible DPI button on the Basilisk V3 Pro is a very welcome feature.
All of these buttons are customisable in Razer Synapse software, which is great because the free-scroll button is a smidge too close to the DPI button for my tastes (but you can disable it). Like most modern mice, setup is a plug-and-play affair, plus there’s a braided USB-C to USB-A cable for recharging, a 2.4GHz USB-A dongle and a dock if you want to keep recharging and wireless play to a single computer port.
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Razer Basilisk V3 Pro gaming and everyday use
While the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is heavier than the mice I tend to use for everyday computing, the extra weight is more of a minor adjustment than an overall negative. Scrolling, in particular, feels great, click speed and accuracy are incredible, and you benefit from the precise tracking accuracy that makes it such a great gaming mouse.
The two typical thumb buttons make easy shortcuts for moving forward and back in compatible software. I appreciate being able to tailor the number of DPI settings I want to switch between slower accuracy or faster movement speed across multiple monitors. But those pros are true of most mice.
Why you’d really consider the Basilisk V3 Pro is for gaming, and it’s an excellent wireless gaming mouse. If you run out of juice, hook it up to the braided and flexible USB cable. Leaving RGB on drains the battery faster than expected (about three days of use). But turning off the lights takes that to 10+ days according to my testing estimations. Regardless of lights on or off, the Basilisk V3 Pro is a speedy performer that doesn’t skip a beat and is highly customisable within Razer Synapse.
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro vs Ultimate
If you’re shifting from the Razer Basilisk Ultimate to the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro, don’t expect an overhaul to the overall design. That same impressive shape and comfort returns. What the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro does have, though, is USB-C and Bluetooth connectivity.
The sensor in the V3 Pro is the latest on offer from Razer, as are the third-gen optical mouse switches (compared to the first-gen in the Ultimate). This combo means the V3 Pro has better overfall max sensitivity, speed and acceleration, as well as a click lifespan that’s rated for 20 million more clicks.
If you want a future-proofed gaming mouse, the V3 Pro also pairs beautifully with the Razer Mouse Dock Pro, while the Ultimate is incompatible with the dock, which means it has a max polling rate of 1,000Hz (the default max value for the V3 Pro, too). As you might expect, you can grab the Razer Basilisk Ultimate for around $100 cheaper than the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro.
Is the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro worth buying?
The main issue I had with the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro review unit was a finicky charging puck that needed to be reattached a few times for it to charge properly (and a firmware update potentially helped, too). Outside of that gripe, it was really only the fully decked-out price and RGB battery life that hold back the Basilisk V3 Pro from being the perfect fragging companion.
How we review gaming mice
This may sound obvious, but we test gaming mice by using them as our primary mouse for an extended period. After dozens of hours of everyday use and in-game testing, we’re in a much better position to comment on things like weight, comfort, accuracy and other basics like how easy it is to reach particular buttons.
Where relevant and possible, we compare the gaming mouse we’re reviewing with the other options we have on hand. Sometimes this might be an earlier generation of the same model, it could be a competitor, or it might be the go-to mice we use for everyday computing and/or gaming.
We favour wireless mice over wired mice, but wired gaming mice should have cables that have great reach and flexibility to avoid snags. These days, wireless gaming mice should be just as accurate as wired mice, and we pay close attention to how long the battery drains during our tests. Finally, we also look at companion software to see if it’s easy to configure and personalise a mouse to a user’s particular preferences.
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro FAQs
The Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is an incredible mouse for gaming and everyday use. It’s on the heavier side, which is down to personal preference, but it’s longevity and performance are equally impressive.
Yes, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is the wireless version of the Razer Basilisk V3. You can recharge the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro via an included USB-C cable or splash out on the Razer Mouse Dock Pro for magnetic charging (and 4,000Hz connectivity).
No, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is a right-handed gaming mouse. The benefit for righties is it has a thumb rest that improves comfort and minimises drag.