While all manufacturers began to offer ultralight mice, SteelSeries had not yet taken the plunge. It is now done with the new SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and its 66 grams.
As we know, ultralight mice have been on the rise in recent months and all manufacturers are getting started. SteelSeries is no exception to the rule and has just released the Aerox range, consisting for the moment only of the Aerox 3 Wireless mouse that we are offering you for testing today.
Offered for just over a hundred euros at the time of its release, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless gaming mouse takes the form of the Rival 3 with a shell pierced with holes allowing it to gain a few precious grams on the scale. With only 66 grams on the scale, it intends to make a place for itself in the now very rich market for light mice.
A Rival 3 with holes, that’s all
Why reinvent the wheel with each iteration? This is essentially what comes to mind when we take the Aerox 3 Wireless out of its box. SteelSeries took over the hull of its Rival 3, which itself was based on that of the Rival 110 and which was then used for the Rival 3 Wireless. You follow ?
We thus benefit from a mouse symmetrical and compact chassis. Quite narrow, it is always positioned just as well in the palm of the hand and can be used by fans of all types of grip. It is here again unfortunately confined to a right hand use since the additional action buttons are only present on its left edge.
The main difference with the previous models is therefore the arrival of a pierced shell on the upper part (as well as below, but we will come back to that). This design, already seen with all other competitors, allows a more or less substantial gain in weight which does not exceed the 66 grams on this model.
The Aerox 3 Wireless is, like its big sisters, completely made of plastic hard of good quality. If we do not take advantage of the soft coating on the sides, we will at least have the advantage of enjoying a mouse that will last more serenely over time. Its always pleasant handling is not marred by the presence of all these holes which are quickly forgotten.
The two main buttons are again separated from the rest of the chassis to ensure their responsiveness. The clicks are particularly firm and responsive and should therefore offer a very good in-game experience. This comment also applies to the wheel whose click is just as firm although we would have liked its notches to be better marked. However, there is nothing to say about the coating of the latter which offers a good grip.
The central button, positioned behind the mouse, allows as often to switch between the sensitivity profiles. This behavior is obviously modifiable within the SteelSeries Engine driver. The two side buttons mentioned above offer a click similar to the main clicks with a fairly hard and well asserted touch. We regret here again their small size which makes them less accessible than on some competing models.
Although SteelSeries plays the card of lightness, the brand still decided to equip its mouse with a rgb lighting, even if it means increasing the weight of the Aerox 3 Wireless by a few grams. We will have here a luminous zone spread over the interior surface of the mouse. The whole is diffused at the base of the frame thanks to a translucent strapping and is obviously visible on the top of the drilled frame.
The perforated underside of the mouse accommodates here 4 fairly thin pads as well as a 3-position switch similar to what the brand offers on the Rival 3 Wireless. We can thus use the mouse wired, Bluetooth and wireless 2.4 GHz for the game. The wired connection is ensured here by a cable Braided USB type C lightweight and similar to what is usually found on lightweight mice.
As often, SteelSeries provides a small adapter with its dongle USB type-C. This allows on the one hand to connect it to a conventional USB-A port using the cable, but also to bring the whole mouse closer to avoid possible signal disturbances.
Finally, a little originality far from trivial: the Aerox 3 Wireless mouse is IP54 certified, which allows it to resist sweat as well as dust and other elements that can slip inside its chassis.
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse is therefore convincing overall in terms of design and ergonomics. The Danish brand does not really take any risks since it simply took the same base as its previous models by gaining a few grams thanks to this perforated shell.
Classic and already seen features
The SteelSeries Engine driver has therefore been updated to support these new mice. Here again, the brand is based on its achievements and has not offered anything new since our last contact with this software solution during the Rival 3 test.
First of all, there are all the options related to the allocation of mouse keys. Mouse functions, keyboard keys, macros, everything is finely customizable according to individual needs. This same interface also allows you to customize the RGB lighting with different light effects on 3 distinct zones.
On the right, all the options related to the performance of the field mouse are directly accessible. Sensitivity can be set to 5 different levels with 100 DPI increments. We can go up to 18,000 DPI, if there is a real utility for such a high sensitivity …
In addition to the other less important performance options, and wireless mouse requires, the application leaves us the possibility of customizing the options related to the power supply. Thus, we can define a delay before the mouse goes to sleep. Another setting allows you to define the delay before switching off the lighting when the mouse is not in use with the additional possibility of activating the “Intelligent illumination mode” which turns off the lighting when the mouse is in motion. .
We also appreciate the presence of a “High efficiency” mode which extends the autonomy of the mouse by reducing its performance. An option that can be interesting in office use and which is also automatically activated when the mouse is connected via Bluetooth.
We regret on the other hand the choice made by SteelSeries with regard to the “waking up” of the mouse once in standby. With other manufacturers, it suffices to move the mouse for it to wake up. On this model, you must press one of the buttons for the mouse to wake up. A behavior which turns out to be quite frustrating in use.
Finally, and as always, all of the previously mentioned settings can be saved in profiles that we will associate with our games and applications. The idea is thus to take advantage of specific settings for each use without having to worry about the switch between these different profiles which will in fact be automatic.
Without surprises, a powerful mouse
To be completely transparent with you, we have received 2 copies of the Aerox 3 Wireless. Indeed, the first one we received suffered from 2 major flaws: on the one hand, it was impossible to make it work in 2.4 GHz wireless, on the other hand, the PTFE pads also seemed defective and the underside of the chassis tended to rub on our carpet.
After some investigation on Reddit, it appears that connection problems seem to be quite common. SteelSeries has already offered an update to the dongle, but that did not correct the problem on our copy. Business to follow, we will not fail to update the article if new information reaches us. The second mouse received shows none of the above-mentioned defects.
The reception of the mouse coincided perfectly with the release of the new Call Of Duty. It was therefore the perfect opportunity to put it to the test. You might as well say it right away, the performances are there and this is a constant that is now true with the overwhelming majority of mice gaming of the market.
The TrueMove Air sensor offers a tracking quality and handles sudden accelerations without flinching, while ensuring foolproof precision. Used at low sensitivity of 800 DPI it shows no signs of weakness and we did not find no dropout. An experience that makes the mouse both at ease in play and in more “relaxed” use.
Likewise, the wireless connection works perfectly with the dongle provided. Difficult to tell the difference with a wired connection in terms of response time. The dongle was positioned fairly close to the mouse and no cut was to be made after about a week of testing.
On the autonomy side, SteelSeries announces no less than 200 hours in optimal conditions (in Bluetooth) and about 80 hours in 2.4 GHz. We were obviously not able to verify these values precisely. Still, after 2 days of intensive use at 2.4 GHz, the battery is still indicated as being fully charged. Small bonus: the mouse has a “fast” charge allowing to regain about 20% of battery in just 15 minutes.
Finally, and despite the problems with the first copy we received, the mouse is particularly agile on our mat. Its weight of only 66 grams associated with the PTFE pads allows a really pleasant glide and makes the mouse particularly effective on the most demanding tracks.
Price and availability of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse is available at the recommended price of 109.99 euros.