I’m not picky when it comes to my type of mouse by any means, but getting the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless into my hands felt good instantly. Coming from quite a chunky, heavy mouse, the weight of the Aerox 3 felt like a relief and the shape of the mouse molded perfectly to the hands.
There’s two versions of this mouse. The wireless version is 66g with the wired version coming in at 57g. When it comes to pricing, the standard Aerox 3 Wired will set you back $119 AUD whilst the Aerox 3 Wireless is a little bit more at $189 (currently $143 on Amazon)
When I’m at a PC, I’m generally doing quite a few things at once. If I’m covering an event, that generally means having multiple screens open at once in order to write an article, churn something out of Photoshop and post it onto socials. That’s where the Aerox 3 Wireless really shined for me. Being able to zip across multiple tabs on both of my monitors was helped by the fact that this mouse is shockingly light.
One area where the Aerox 3 Wireless really shines is its battery life, which is impressive to say the least. SteelSeries says that you can get roughly 200 hours of battery life in Bluetooth mode or 80+ hours with the included dongle. I have to say, I’ve rarely had to charge this mouse at all in the few months that I’ve been using it, which is exactly what I want from a wireless mouse.
The design of the Aerox 3 is stunning. Not only do the holes in the mouse aid with the weight factor, but they really elevate the design, with the RGB blasting through the holes. There’s also a RGB strip alongside the base of the mouse, which is split into three customisable segments.
In regards to buttons on the mouse, you’ve got your left/right click, the two buttons on the left hand side that you can customise, a scroll wheel and a button below the scroll wheel to quickly change sensitive levels (between 400 CPI and 3200 CPI).
I have to say, there was something that really annoyed me. Normally, you can just move a mouse to wake it up, but with the Aerox 3 Wireless, you have to actually click a button in order to get it to wake from sleep. This is a big adjustment for me and I’m sure it has to do with preserving the battery, but just feels like an extra unnecessary step that I’ve not experienced with other mice.
As I’ve touched on in other SteelSeries reviews, SteelSeries Engine really improves the experience by easily allowing you to change things such as mouse sensitivity levels, customise the buttons on the mouse, polling rates, how long it takes for the mouse to go to sleep and how long you want the lights to stay active before they dim.
Included with the mouse is a dongle to connect via 2.4ghz, a USB-C charging cable (I’m so glad we’re seeing more devices utilise USB-C. You also get an extension adaptor for instances where you might need that extra little bit of distance to get the dongle closer to your mouse. I loved the versaility between having Bluetooth and utilising the dongle as I meant that I could easily take the mouse between my home office and work without needing to carry the dongle.
Sensor: SteelSeries TrueMove Air
Sensor Type: Optical
CPI: 100–18,000 in 100 CPI Increments
IPS: 400, on SteelSeries QcK surfaces
Polling Rate: 1000Hz / 1 ms
All-in-all, there’s a lot to love about the Aerox 3 Wireless. It’s another great quality product from SteelSeries that looks great and does everything really well from a functionality point of view.
If you're after an ultra-light mouse that looks great, then it's hard to go past the SteelSeries 3 Aerox. The battery life is fantastic, it feels great in the hands and you won't be disappointed by that RGB.