If you’re a gamer who values comfort, reliability, and versatility over specific gaming features, then the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro might be the perfect mouse for you. While it may not be the lightest or have the most buttons, it excels in offering a wide range of gaming capabilities as well as suitability for non-gaming tasks.
As the wireless successor to the popular Razer Basilisk V3, the Basilisk V3 Pro retains all the key features of its wired counterpart and adds some impressive upgrades. With 11 programmable buttons, a dual-mode tilt wheel for both tactile and free-spin scrolling, and a comfortable ergonomic design, the Basilisk V3 Pro proves to be a worthy successor. It incorporates an upgraded sensor, the Razer Focus Pro 30K, and features Razer’s third-gen optical switches. When used with the Razer Mouse Dock Pro or the Razer HyperPolling Wireless Dongle (both sold separately), it can achieve wireless polling rates of up to 4,000 Hz. In essence, it offers everything the Basilisk V3 does, but with the added advantage of wireless connectivity.
However, it’s worth noting that the Basilisk V3 Pro comes at a higher price point. Retailing for R3599,00 and that’s just for the mouse alone. The Mouse Dock Pro is available separately for an additional cost or bundled with the Basilisk V3 Pro for $199.99 (Bundles not available locally as yet). Additionally, a wireless charging puck can be purchased separately for $19.99.
In terms of design, the Basilisk V3 Pro is a contoured, right-handed gaming mouse with 11 programmable buttons and a four-way clickable “HyperScroll” tilt wheel. It features a textured, matte finish with glossy accents and rubberized side panels for enhanced grip. The mouse is available in black or white color options, both featuring glossy black accents and scroll wheels.
Compared to its competitors, the Basilisk V3 Pro is larger in size, measuring 5.11 inches (130mm) long, 2.96 inches (75.4mm) wide, and 1.67 inches (42.5mm) tall. Weighing 3.95 ounces (112g), it offers a similar contoured shape and size as the Logitech G502 X Plus and the Alienware 620M, although it is slightly heavier. The Basilisk V3 Pro incorporates built-in rubberized side panels and a thumb channel, making it easier to grip compared to the slippery 620M. However, it’s important to note that this mouse is not specifically designed for frequent lifting.
In terms of buttons, the Basilisk V3 Pro features 11 programmable buttons. These include left and right-click buttons, a three-click tilt wheel, and two buttons above the tilt wheel. The closest button to the tilt wheel allows for switching between tactile and free-spin scrolling modes. On the left side of the mouse, there are two thumb buttons and a raised sniper button, which Razer claims is optimally positioned for easy access without accidental misclicks during gaming. However, users with larger hands or a different grip style may find the sniper button less convenient.
The bottom of the Basilisk V3 Pro includes a power switch for toggling between 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a programmable profile switch button. It features moderately-sized pure PTFE skates and a round, removable puck that can be replaced with Razer’s Wireless Charging Puck. The Mouse Dock Pro serves as a magnetic charging dock with Razer’s HyperPolling 4K transceiver built-in. It also offers Chroma-compatible RGB underglow and an anti-slip micro-suction base. The Mouse Dock Pro is compatible with the Basilisk V3 Pro and the Naga V2 Pro, while a separate HyperPolling Wireless Dongle is available for the DeathAdder V3 Pro and the Viper V2 Pro.
The Basilisk V3 Pro incorporates Razer’s latest Focus Pro 30K Optical Sensor, offering a maximum sensitivity of 30,000 DPI, maximum speed of 750 IPS, and support for up to 70 G’s of acceleration. The mouse features Razer’s third-generation optical mouse switches, which are tactile, clicky, and rated for 90 million clicks. It also includes a tilt wheel that can switch between tactile and free-spin scrolling modes, although this feature is software-based rather than hardware-based like some competitor models. The mouse works well with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, allowing users to reprogram the 11 programmable buttons with various inputs and customize performance settings such as polling rates, DPI stages, and power-saving features.
The Basilisk V3 Pro offers 13 customizable lighting zones, including the scroll wheel, logo on the palm rest, and underglow surrounding the base of the mouse. These zones can be individually configured in Razer’s Chroma Studio app, allowing for a vibrant and personalized RGB lighting experience. The Mouse Dock Pro also features underglow lighting and can be customized alongside the mouse in Chroma Studio.
With three connectivity options, including low-latency 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, and wired (USB-C), the Basilisk V3 Pro provides flexibility for different usage scenarios. It comes with a 2.4GHz wireless dongle, USB extender, and a six-foot USB-C to USB-A “Speedflex” cable for charging and wired connectivity. Razer rates the mouse’s battery life at 90 hours over its HyperSpeed connection, making it suitable for prolonged gaming sessions. The inclusion of the Speedflex cable allows for convenient charging during gameplay without noticeable differences.
In conclusion, the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro offers a comfortable and versatile gaming mouse option. Its ergonomic design, programmable buttons, and premium features make it well-suited for a wide range of gaming genres and non-gaming tasks. However, it should be noted that the Basilisk V3 Pro comes at a higher price point, and additional accessories such as the Mouse Dock Pro and wireless charging puck require separate purchases. Competing options like the Logitech G502 X Plus and Alienware 620M offer similar form factors at different price points.
Ultimately, the Basilisk V3 Pro is a solid choice for gamers seeking a well-rounded mouse with customization options and attractive RGB lighting.