Basilisk V3: Razer’s G502 clone also gets a Logitech mouse wheel

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Basilisk V3: Razer's G502 clone also gets a Logitech mouse wheel

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With the Basilisk V2 (test) and the wireless Basilisk Ultimate as well as X HyperSpeed ​​(test), Razer made convincing copies of the popular Logitech G502 Hero (test) and the G502 Lightspeed (test), respectively, at the beginning of 2020. However, the freely rotating mouse wheel was to be missed. With version 3 of the all-round mouse, it will now be submitted later.

With a new mouse wheel, the copy is complete

Although the Basilisk V2 has an alternative freely rotating mouse wheel according to the specification, this cannot be switched directly from raster to freely rotating, but can be continuously adjusted between strong raster with high resistance to missing raster with low resistance. On the one hand, this offers the added value of a high degree of customization, but a direct and situation-specific change – for example to quickly scroll a long page vertically – as offered by the G502 Hero, is not possible or at least very impractical. In addition, the Basilisk V2 wheel – in contrast to the Logitech metal counterpart – cannot absorb any momentum: Even in the released mode, a permanently active turning is necessary, where a strong push is sufficient with the G502.

With the Basilisk V3, however, Razer has now oriented itself even more closely to Logitech’s original and has just adopted its functionality of the four-way mouse wheel. This goes hand in hand with the reservation of an additional key on the back of the mouse, which from now on only serves to switch between freely rotating and rastered mouse wheel mode. Also an automatic, according to Razer “smart“Switching with the mouse itself – as Logitech only knows from the magnetically mounted wheel of the MX Master 3 (test) and MX Anywhere 3 (test) – is possible, but requires the Synapse tool in the background. When asked, Razer was unable to give ComputerBase a plausible technical reason for this.

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    Further adjustments compared to the Basilisk V2 are primarily of a cosmetic nature. The new mouse is now brimming with 11 separately addressable RGB lighting zones, which are divided between the mouse wheel, the Razer logo on the back of the mouse and a line on the lower edge of the chassis. This undoubtedly increases the individualisability; The third additional button on the left flank, which can no longer be removed, means that it sinks.

    Due to the new mouse wheel and the brute RGB loading, the mass of the basilisk increases from 92 to 101 grams. Logitech’s G502 Hero weighs a good bit more at 121 grams, so that Razer still has an advantage at this point. The optomechanical primary buttons in the second generation, the flexibly wrapped cable and the mouse feet made of pure PTFE are taken over unchanged from the Basilisk V2.

    The absurd sensor disintegration race continues

    Another change meanwhile just rolls your eyes: The original 20,000 counts per inch of the PMW-3399 sensor from PixArt is now 26,000 cpi. The background is that Logitech has raised the original 16,000 cpi of the G502 Hero over the course of time with a software update to 25,400 cpi – and of course Razer did not want to grant the competition this absolutely irrelevant, ridiculous competitive advantage. As a result, it remains to be seen which mouse manufacturer will first increase it to 30,000 cpi – experience shows that it will not take too long. In practice, four-digit values ​​are still completely sufficient, even with several UHD screens and high-sense affinity.

    Available now at a lower RRP

    According to Razer, the Basilisk V3 is now available on the manufacturer’s website and Amazon, with other dealers to follow in the course of the week. The recommended retail price drops in relation to the Basilisk V2 by 10 euros to around 80 euros. In the free trade, the second generation of Basilisk is available from around 55 euros, while the G502 Hero costs around 50 euros.

    ComputerBase received information about this news from Razer under NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication time.

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