Razer Basilisk V3 Gaming Mouse Review

Did Razer finally beat Logitech at their own game?

Alex Rowe

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Photo taken by the author.

Razer’s Basilisk series has always more or less been a clone of the popular Logitech G502. With the previous V2 update, it got even closer, but it still used an adjustable scroll wheel instead of Logitech’s famous “infinite scrolling” free-spinning design.

Now, Razer has taken that too.

The Basilisk V3, currently only available in a wired model, ditches the adjustable wheel from the previous version in favor of Razer’s new HyperScroll wheel. It also adds additional underglow lighting zones. Is this enough to finally take the G502 crown from Logitech? And should you upgrade if you already own one of the current Basilisks?

Note: I bought this mouse myself at a local retailer. I don’t receive a kickback or any other incentives from Razer if you decide to buy one. None of my stories contain affiliate links as I don’t believe in the practice. You can read my full reviews policy right here.

Razer’s new Basilisk V3 sells for $69.99 (official site here), a ten dollar price decrease compared to the older V2 model. That puts it near the bottom of the three-mouse Basilisk family price wise, and it’s a heck of a value. If you want to go even cheaper, you could opt for the $59-but-often-discounted Basilisk X HyperSpeed (review coming soon) which loses the fancy scroll wheel, RGB lighting, and extra thumb paddle button but adds Razer’s excellent wireless tech. Or, if you have too much money to spend, you could buy the ridiculous Basilisk Ultimate (review here) for $159, which doesn’t yet have the HyperScroll wheel but does have a ton of RGB zones under the sides of the buttons.

Even if they do update the Ultimate with this new wheel, I don’t think it’ll be worth its exorbitant price compared to the cheaper options. The lower tier models do too much right and embarrass their expensive cousin.

In the Basilisk V3 box, you’ll get the mouse itself, some documentation, and some Razer stickers. The cable is permanently attached unfortunately, but it’s made out of Razer’s soft flexible “SpeedFlex” material. Razer has a cute name for everything.

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