Choosing the perfect gaming mouse can be quite a daunting experience given how many options are available to gamers. Finding the perfect mouse for the right situation has become a bit of a challenge; whether users are looking for lightweight champions, macro-button touting legends, or plug-and-play masters, the options really do seem endless. With the above in mind, and taking into account a market saturated with icons, a more humble approach may be exactly what the doctor orders. Enter the Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed, an easy-to-use, no-fuss wireless mouse with a somewhat affordable price tag.
The original Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed was a surprise hit three years ago. It proved exactly how budget-friendly mice could still utilise new technologies and offer premium build quality at a fraction of the price seen in flagship devices. Similarly, the new Razer Basilisk V3 Pro proves to be near-identical to its siblings, with clever and clear cost-cutting measures on display.
Razer’s right-handed ergonomic Basilisk lineup has always been worthy of consumers hard earned dosh (money). They offer a good marriage of great quality meets advanced peripheral technologies, making them easy for anyone to pick it up and go without so much as an ‘ooh’ or an ‘aah’. The Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed enters the market as the Basilisk lineup’s most budget-friendly option, yet gives users two connectivity options, a brand-new optical sensor, mechanical switches, and customiseable LED lighting!
As is par for the course, any and all new Razer products come standard in earth friendly packaging. With that said, however, the real reason anyone would handle the packaging in the first place is to get to the device within: a mouse featuring comfortable yet grippy sides, a fancy thumb rest, and an etched scroll wheel with different levels of tactility.
The Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed features 100% PTFE skates that are distinctly more grippy than the X HyperSpeed. It makes the mouse feel nicely balanced in the hand, and its weight is reasonable, making it great for longer gaming sessions.
Underneath the Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed’s dark plastic shell lies the very capable current generation Razer 5G sensor with a maximum 18 000 DPI output, as well as second generation Razer mechanical switches with gold-plated contact points – ensuring longer lifespans of up to 60-million clicks. While it is not possible to test the true lifespan of these buttons during a review period, it is worth mentioning how they feel like a dream to click. Moving to mechanical switches is the best thing Razer has ever done for the modern gaming mouse. Similarly, the etched scroll wheel feels just as great. However, there is but one issue on clear display: the super over the top lighting.
The lighting effects featured in the new scroll wheel are… a bit much. While helpful when switching profiles or changing DPI, having the light shine brightly for more than a few seconds at a time is quite a distraction! Thankfully, it can mostly be customised using Razer Synapse 3, where users can even change the lighting to represent the volume level – which is handy, if niche.
Another quality feature Razer seems to excel with in their financially-conscious options is the wonderful addition of connective freedom. The Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed comes with two connectivity options: Razer Wireless or Bluetooth. Thanks to Razer’s proprietary 2.4Ghz connection, input lag is at an all-time minimum while gaming, whereas the added Bluetooth option allows users to connect the mouse to pretty much everything else that supports a mouse, making it an excellent all-rounder.
With that said, it must be noted how the mouse is decidedly wireless only. This means there is literally no way to connect it to a PC via cable. Keeping it powered, then, remains exclusive to opening its shell and replacing the batteries inside, which is absolutely baffling for a “budget” device; never mind also being at odds with the earth friendly packaging. Granted, at only A$70 AUD (~R1000 ZAR) there is very little to complain about. However, forcing users to buy and replace batteries completely goes against the premise of cost cutting and saving.
There is no denying how the Razer Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed delivers a lot of value for the price. RGB is a nice – albeit possibly tacky – addition, while the same excellent build quality and quality assurance persists. Similarly, users who want to stay within the Razer Synapse 3 ecosystem will have a good time with the Basilisk V3 HyperSpeed. Whist Bluetooth ensures connecting the mouse to an iPad or Mac is a great way to further save some money on additional peripheral purchases. It is a good mouse, as long as users are happy to make do with changing batteries every so often.
|Razer HyperSense is truly great||It requires external batteries|
|No-fuss, yet technologically advanced||RGB can be a lot if not customised|
|Great build quality|
Device temporarily provided for review by Razer.
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