SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless
Gaming Mouse (Wireless)
The ‘Ultra Lightweight’ category of gaming mice has been something that has grown in popularity in recent years, especially for those that play competitive titles where fast and precise movement is important. And in going ‘Ultra’ it’s a series of mice that have all seemingly adopted a look best described as one made-up of ‘speed holes’. Where, just like high speed rockets or racing cards the shell of your everyday gaming mouse is stripped back in weight via the use of strategic holes in an almost beehive-like fashion. You know, speed holes.
The result sees the impressive SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless
, the first of two Ultra Lightweight offerings from SteelSeries (as in there’s a wired option available too), keep its weight down to a remarkable 66-grams – and all without an attached cable and in a package that includes a rechargeable long-lasting battery that offers up-to 200-hours of continued usage when in Bluetooth mode. Even getting over a week of use with RGB lighting over standard wireless is impressive.
At a glance (and first feel) the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless has a shape and grip that is pretty similar to the popular Rival 3 – ambidextrous, classic, and with a responsive click-feel. Of course, there are the holes located on both sides of the shell which means that in keeping the weight down to what we assume is the absolute limit, superfluous elements outside of the prerequisite RGB lighting are absent. That means no textured or rubberised grips, smooth coating, or finish, giving the Aerox 3 Wireless and an overall touch that is a little rough. That said, the scroll wheel is sturdy and great to use from the get-go.
The impressive SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless, the first of two Ultra Lightweight offerings from SteelSeries (as in there’s a wired option available too), keep its weight down to a remarkable 66-grams.
Regardless of that initial touch, using the Aerox 3 Wireless is akin to pushing a rolled-up piece of paper around a mouse pad in terms of weight – almost as if it’s a toy and you’re pretending to use a PC. It's that light. It only takes a minute before you “get it”, and the ultra-lightweight phenomenon. With the Aerox range it’s good to see SteelSeries step up to the mouse-pad with its first ultra-lightweight offering.
And being one of only a handful of wireless versions of this style of gaming mouse, the Aerox 3 Wireless is doubly impressive. It’s here where the more refined and premium side of the story comes into the picture – USB-C charging, a charge cable that is light and able to be paired with a little dongle for the USB-C, err, dongle - and the ability to run in Bluetooth mode. Not to mention the excellent software support.
- Sensor: TrueMove Air
- DPI: 200–18,000 in 100 Increments
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Movement: 40G acceleration
- Buttons: Six
- Weight: 66g
Now, when it comes to performance you might expect that you’d need to be playing something like Call of Duty: Warzone or Fortnite or PUBG to get that proper ultra-lightweight experience. The truth is, any game that can be played with a keyboard and mouse becomes almost instantaneously great when paired with the Aerox 3 Wireless. From issuing commands in something like Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition or clicking all manner of clicks in Path of Exile or Diablo III, the flow that comes from not only going wireless, but also ultra-light, is, yeah, awesome.
Having a long-lasting battery helps as does the ability to fine-tune and tweak via the SteelSeries Engine software, and in terms of performance the TrueMove Air sensor developed in partnership with PixArt is both reliable and good enough for long competitive sessions – which would no doubt have been a top priority for SteelSeries when developing the Aerox 3 Wireless.
So then, are there any real drawbacks? Sure, the feel may not be for some which covers both the ultra-lightweight 66-grams and the fact that it looks like the top of the Xbox Series X. On that note, you can see inside of the Aerox 3 and when lit by the glow of RGB lighting, there’s no denying that seeing the board and components is cool.