SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review
When it comes to gaming mice, the current trend seems to be the lighter the better. This allows for easier movement, less fatigue, and a good number low for bragging rights to put on the box. Mouse makers around the world are finding ways to shed a few extra grams, which is especially true for wireless mice, given the extra weight added by the battery. Still, companies like SteelSeries are doing their best to keep that weight down, even if that means stamping diamonds on a mouse’s plastic exterior.
It’s a big part of the driving aesthetics of the latest SteelSeries Aerox series of mice, including the Aerox 5 Wireless. It maintains the theme with a diamond cutout that extends slightly towards the main buttons, supposedly to help reduce its precious weight. This allows for the cool effect of RGB lights shining through the plastic grille, which is largely invisible once a hand is placed on top.
Despite the strong marketing lean towards epic RGB lighting, it looks like we should get a better view of it during use. It’s fully customizable in the SteelSeries GG software, but the RGB light is more prominent when held upside down or not in use, so it almost feels like an afterthought. Just like many mice with these cutout styles. Of course, RGB lighting isn’t really important when it comes to a good gaming mouse, but if you were looking at these pictures and expecting the Northern Lights to be in your hands, consider those dreams like some well-steamed hams.
As for feel, the Aerox 5 Wireless is a rather long mouse with a high curve that arches at the back of your palm. It allows for a relaxed and comfortable fit when the hand sits further back. From this position, the two main mouse buttons, scroll wheel, DPI adjustment and most side buttons are easily accessible. Two regular side buttons and a vertical switch button are positioned where the thumb is on the left side. These are really easy to use and can be programmed to get a bunch of functionality out of them.
Aerox 5 Specifications
Link: Wireless (2.4GHz/Bluetooth)
Sensor: SteelSeries TrueMove Air
Supplements: RGB lighting, SteelSeries GG software
Price: $140/£135 (opens in a new tab)
The vertical button is particularly nice for general use and navigation, but can feel a bit stiff for quick in-game keys.
There is, however, a front thumb button that I can’t access without adopting a more claw-like grip on the mouse. It’s proof that the mouse can be used comfortably enough with both popular grip styles, but those who want to sit their hands further back may have to do without that extra side button most of the time.
For gaming, I found myself moving the mouse around more due to its lighter form factor. This meant I could more easily react and make quick shots for nervous shooters. While I wouldn’t say this mouse made me better, it made me more responsive and able to take more important actions. It also glides very well with smooth tracking, and the buttons I can easily reach are all satisfying to click when their turn comes. I won’t be getting into high skill kills anytime soon, but I have a chance to try them.
The SteelSeries Aerox 5 wireless mouse comes with a braided USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging as well as a USB Type-C dongle. Both can work with the included weighted desktop adapter with rubber soles that plugs into the end of a USB cable on one side and the receiver on the other, giving you a bit more freedom over the desktop. location of the receiver. It also means you don’t need USB Type-C ports on your PC to use this mouse. This combination gives you plenty of options for positioning the mouse receiver, meaning you can combat any potential latency by optimizing the placement of the receiver relative to the mouse.
Luckily, in my experience, latency hasn’t been an issue, and really shouldn’t be, because today’s wireless mice have come a long way. I’ve played around moving the dongle around a bit just to test and haven’t yet experienced any noticeable latency while gaming. The Bluetooth connection also seemed very solid, although it was mostly used for low latency tasks.
There is also the SteelSeries GG software. This lets you monitor battery and change various settings, including RGB lighting options and mouse sensitivities. There are a ton of options here to configure various aspects, which is great for really dialing in your settings. It’s not the prettiest and feels a bit clunky, but there are a fair amount of options for those who want them.
But I feel like the battery suffers a bit, potentially due to the lighter weight of this mouse. It’s the type of mouse you’ll probably need to charge every day if you really need it. It does a great job of conserving battery when idle, but gaming and constant use will take its toll. SteelSeries GG software often gives the impression that it can distort the load, which can cause the battery to fail sooner than expected. I haven’t exhausted it mid-game yet, but that’s something I’m wary of.