Choosing the right gaming mouse can be tricky. Prices above 1 million are sometimes not necessarily able to provide the sensation you are looking for. At least, that’s how I felt when I first tried the Razer Basilisk V3. However, after adapting for about a month, I have to admit that my views have started to change.
This is a brief review of the Razer Basilisk V3, a mouse that I think is suitable for FPS (First Person Shooter) gamers. Curious as to what the advantages are? Come on, just take a look!
More and more comfortable
As an opening, let me explain that I am a gamer who plays more of the shooter genre on a daily basis. Lately, the game I play the most is Valorant. Because the nature of the game tends to be competitive, of course I need a mouse that is steady in my hand so that my shots are always accurate.
The Razer Basilisk V3 is designed for the right hand. In terms of design and button placement, it is impossible for this mouse to be used by left-handed gamers. The dimensions are rather large, with a weight of 101 grams which for me is not light but also not heavy. Maybe for more competitive gamers, lighter is better.
It looks ergonomic with a slight indentation and a thumb rest to put your thumb. The position of my hand is slightly tilted to the right when holding it, because the right-click area is made lower than the left-click area. Maybe that’s what made me have to adapt in quite a long time. Honestly, it’s quite difficult to get used to a design like this (perhaps because I rarely review gaming mice too).
My hand size can be said to be medium and I tend to use a mouse with a palm style (grasping the entire mouse body), not claws. For me, the dimensions of the Basilisk V3 are still a little too big. This mouse has a button at the end of the thumb rest which by default functions as a Sensitivity Clutch. Well, this button is a bit difficult for me to reach and it will definitely be more complicated if you have small hands. In fact, its function is quite useful.
For those who don’t know, the Sensitivity Clutch functions to decrease or increase the DPI to a certain level instantly, and is temporary as long as this button is kept pressed. When the button is released, the DPI will return to the initial setting you used. If you don’t need it, you can also change the function of this button according to your taste.
Besides the need for adaptation and the position of the Sensitivity Clutch button which may be less practical for some users, I didn’t find any other meaningful control for operating matters. The longer I use it every day, the more I find this mouse incredibly comfortable.
The Razer Basilisk V3 offers a matte finish with a texture that is pleasant to the touch, non-slip and not easily soiled by oily fingers. This mouse still uses a cable, aka not wireless, and uses a 1.8 meter Speedflex cable which is very flexible, doesn’t tangle easily, and certainly has extra durability for long-term use.
Sensor optical Razer Focus+ 26K DPI
If you count all of them, there are a total of 10 buttons plus an additional 1 button for the profile-switch (can store up to 5 profiles) whose position is at the bottom of the mouse. You can optimize functions like push-to-talk, macros, and more on each button. The buttons themselves provide a tactile sensation which for me is just right.
The main selling point is that this mouse features a Razer Focus+ optical sensor with 26K DPI, as well as a 2nd generation Razer Optical Mouse switch with an actuation speed of 0.2ms to eliminate the risk of double clicks. No less interesting, Basilisk V3 uses the latest Razer HyperScroll Tilt Wheel, 3 available scroll modes, namely Tactile Scrolling, Smart-Reel, and Free-Spin Scrolling.
The bottom or mouse feet use 100 percent PTFE material which in my opinion is very smooth when scrolled either on the mousepad or directly on the table. Mouse movement also feels light, smooth, and accurate, so it’s fun to support games in games that require fast aiming and high precision like Valorant.
Razer Chroma and Razer Synapse
It feels incomplete if the gaming device is not decorated with RGB lights. No half-hearted, Basilisk V3 has 11 Razer Chroma light zones that you can customize with more than 16.8 million colors and a series of captivating effects. The cool thing is, according to Razer, there are already more than 150 games integrated with this feature.
You can adjust the color effect via the Razer Synapse software. Razer has provided several built-in Quick Effects that can be directly selected such as Audio Meter, Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, and others, as well as Advanced Effect options to create colors and effects according to the taste of each gamer.
Through the Razer Synapse application you can also adjust the sensitivity (DPI), with 5 predefined stages for quick settings. For example stage 1 400, stage 2 800, stage 3 1600, and so on. Unfortunately Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 must be selected sequentially. So for example you raise the DPI to Stage 2 and feel the sensitivity is too high, you can’t immediately lower it back to Stage 1, but instead have to advance to 3, 4, and 5 after that back to Stage 1. Fortunately there is an option to trim the Stage in half only, if you don’t need a lot of options.