RAZER BASILISK V3 PRO Review | Pure gaming luxury with Mouse Dock Pro

 Phew, Razer is currently hitting one big chunk after the other and you need a bulging piggy bank for that, that's for sure. But you get a lot in return. Not only did we get the new Basilisk V3 Pro gaming mouse for our test, but we also got the brand new Mouse Dock Pro with inductive charging and the expensive but stylish Strider Chroma mousepad. All this together costs a mere 400 euros, but it is pure gaming high-tech through and through.


Before we dive into testing the individual products, let's say a few words about their prices. We all know that Razer is not exactly a cheap manufacturer. But at least Razer has come up with some bundles that save money and at least at the time of publication of our test also include a few discounts.

RAZER BASILISK V3 PRO Review

Let's start with the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro gaming mouse. The wireless rodent is available for 179.99 euros alone and is therefore already high-end. The brand new Mouse Dock Pro costs a whopping 99.99 euros and also includes the loading puck (we'll explain what that is) for the Basilisk. The latter is also available separately for 24.99 euros. The Basilisk is also available in three different bundles: Mouse + Puck cost 193.99 euros, and Mouse + Mouse Dock Pro are currently available in the store for 242.99 euros. That leaves the Strider Chroma mousepad, which is really expensive at 159.99 euros. A complete setup costs just 400 euros - certainly not something for everyone.

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Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

Let's start with the gaming mouse. The Razer Basilisk V3 Pro is another update of the very good mouse series and mainly relies on a new interior and the necessary modifications for use with the new mouse dock. The Basilisk has established itself as a strong all-rounder for all types of grip and use and is now getting even better.


The ergonomics are largely unchanged and are aimed at right-handers who want a non-slip mouse with a thumb rest. The roughened surface feels extremely good in the hand, side rubber coating provides additional grip. The two mouse buttons have become even more responsive with optical switches of the now third generation and shine with high responsiveness and great precision along with posh click feedback. There are again two thumb buttons, whose pressure points we would describe as just right, and there is another thumb button that can be operated with the tip of the thumb. The arrangement: is fantastic.

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

The mouse wheel scores with clever functions and can not only be turned and clicked but also moved to the sides. A switch behind the mouse wheel lets you choose between tactile detents or complete freewheeling. You can also activate a smart reel function in the software, i.e. the mouse wheel switches between tactile and freewheel mode depending on the rotation speed. A virtual acceleration for freewheeling can also be activated so that you can scroll even faster.


There is also a DPI switch behind the mouse wheel. On the underside, you will find a profile selector switch, as well as a mode switch for off, 2.4 GHz wireless operation, and BlueTooth. Also included is a soft SpeedFlex charging cable with USB-C to USB-A connection, an adapter for the dongle, and the wireless dongle, which you can either tap into the adapter or directly into the computer. Another special feature is a storage compartment with a twist lock on the underside, in which you can optionally insert the puck from the mouse dock. More on that in a moment.


A total of 13 lighting zones, which include the underbody, the mouse wheel, and the logo on the back, ensure visual embellishment. The mouse is configured as usual in the Synapse software and is quick and clear. Needless to say, Razer Chroma RGB is supported. Under the hood lurks the new Razer Focus Pro 30K sensor, which works extremely precisely, quickly, and error-free. It should also be noted that the mouse with a standard dongle has a polling rate of 1,000 Hz, which is why the mouse dock is definitely an upgrade. More on that in a moment.


In practical operation, the Basilisk V3 Pro convinces in absolutely every respect. It lies extremely well in the hand, feedback and the arrangement of the switches is a dream, as is the wonderfully successful mouse wheel. The large PTFE sliding surfaces just scurry over the mouse mat. All in all, the grip of the Basilisk is beyond any doubt. I've had a fable for Razer mice for a long time, especially the Basilisk, but the new variant shoots the bird in every respect and hits the spot with my taste. Possibly the best gaming mouse on the market right now and worth every penny.


Razer Mouse Dock Pro

The Mouse Dock Pro, which costs 99.99 euros, turns out to be a sensible upgrade to the Basilisk when it comes to wireless operation and required the mouse to be modified to accommodate the "puck". The Mouse Dock Pro is basically a transmitting and charging station that fits on any desk with its narrow dimensions. Thanks to a rubber coating on the underside, the mouse dock is extremely non-slip.

Razer Mouse Dock Pro

The mouse dock replaces the USB dongle of the Basilisk, but also the charging cable. It is simply connected to the computer via USB cable and frees the mouse from any cable misery. After pairing the mouse with the Mouse Dock using Synapse software, you can throw the old dongle in the drawer. The entire transmission runs via the dock and even with the advantage that instead of the usual polling rate of 1,000 Hz, up to 4,000 Hz are now supported in wireless operation.


The charging of the mouse, whose battery lasts a good 90 hours, is cleverly done completely wirelessly and without contacts via the Qi standard. This is ensured by the puck that comes with the dock and that has to be inserted into the mouse beforehand. Thanks to the magnetic holder, you don't have to search long for the perfect position - you simply place the mouse on the dock and you're done. Practical: the LED ring on the underside shows you the charging status of the mouse when it is on the dock. Not exactly cheap, but with all the functions it is an excellent complement to the Basilisk V3 Pro, which is currently the only Razer mouse that is compatible with the dock. Other models are to follow.


As an old charging cable forgetter, I immediately fell in love with the new mouse dock. Just throw the mouse on the dock at some point and everything else will take care of itself without me having to bother with plugging in charging cables.


Razer Strider Chroma Mouse Pad

Finally, there is the RGB mousepad, which at just under 160 euros is of course outrageously expensive and therefore only something for Razer purists. The mousepad is available in the size 900 x 370, i.e. in wide format, where not only the mouse but also the keyboard easily fits on it. The mouse mat has a firm, rough, yet flexible polyester surface that is not only easy to grip but still allows the mouse to slide without resistance. The durable surface is not only easy to grip but also water-resistant and easy to clean.

Razer Strider Chroma Mouse Pad

The 4 mm thick mouse mat has no seams, so nothing gets in your way while gaming. In addition, the mouse pad has Chroma RGB lighting with a whopping 19 zones that can be configured with the Synapse software. However, this requires the USB cable, which unfortunately is permanently attached to the mat. We would have wished for a detachable cable for this, but let's be honest: anyone who spends so much money on an RGB mouse pad will of course also connect it, so that's forgivable.


CONCLUSION

The only negative is the price

Wow, what a setup. In principle, I'm happy with the Razer Basilisk V3 Pro alone. The Basilisk has long been one of my favorite mice for working and gaming due to its ergonomics and the new model is basically "just" a technical upgrade in terms of switches, sensors, and charging function. But then there's the Mouse Dock Pro... old Swede. Not only does the little block support 4,000 Hz Hyper-Polling in wireless operation, but it also works wonderfully. No fumbling to get the mouse on the contacts properly, just throw it and the magnet will do the rest.


Even the Strider mouse pad turns out to be an upgrade to the old rag that previously served as a mouse pad, and not only visually, but above all thanks to the excellent surface. There's really only one catch to Razer's setup, and that's price. The 180 euros for the bare mouse is already a house number, with a mouse dock and mat it's a whopping 400 euros. However, if you are willing to spend that, you will also get top quality and state-of-the-art technology. Each part is great on its own, but all three together are reference class in all respects.


Pros

  • excellent workmanship
  • great ergonomics
  • fast, precise switches
  • brutally fast sensor
  • great mouse wheel with clever functions
  • good battery life
  • Bluetooth optional
  • Qi mouse dock
  • 4000Hz Hyper-Polling with Mouse Dock
  • magnetic mount without contacts
  • Mouse pad with excellent, durable surface

Cons

  • very expensive
  • USB cable not detachable from mousepad

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