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Steelseries AEROX 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Steelseries AEROX 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse. This gaming mouse is super light-weight, weighing in at only 68g, and offers dual connectivity via gaming-grade 2.4 GHz or multi-purpose Bluetooth 5.0. It comes with 6 programmable buttons, USB-C fast charging, and features Steelseries Pixel-perfect TrueMove Air optical gaming sensor, as well as AquaBarrier™ for dust and water resistance and protection (IP54).

Other features include their all-new Quantum 2.0 Wireless technology, which transmits wireless data at unreal speeds in a more stable, reliable, and power efficient way than ever before. What’s interesting about this mouse also, is that Steelseries claims that the AEROX 3 Wireless can deliver up to 200 hours of battery life (Bluetooth). Seriously?

 

 

For those who don’t know what Steelseries is all about … here’s a little blurb taken from their website.

WE ARE GAMING

SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere.

RELENTLESS INNOVATION

Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere.

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INSPIRING DESIGN

Our fans, customers and professional eSports teams demand the ultimate performance from SteelSeries. We combine the necessity of professional-grade quality and durability with our unyielding pursuit of simple, modern design. Every surface, button, dial, key and wheel is designed with the gamer’s every move in mind. It’s our goal to deliver gaming peripherals that feel like an extension of you. Our designers hand-pick every material to make sure you have a beautiful product and our engineers test every feature, ensuring tournament-ready quality.

WE ARE eSPORTS

Since the new millennium, SteelSeries has been a driving force of eSports and professional gaming. From sponsoring the first pro players, to creating products specifically for pro teams, to turning exceptional gamers into global superstars, SteelSeries has been focused on growing the industry and helping gamers everywhere. Our pro team relationships are more than sponsorships, they are partnerships. We work closely with the world’s best gamers to fine-tune our products and to ensure everything we create meets the needs of gamers at every level. Whether it’s Evil Geniuses winning $6.6 million at The International 5 using all SteelSeries gear, or giving you the tools to step up your own game, eSports is at the heart of everything we do.

 

Overview

Lightning Fast

Aerox 3 Wireless is optimized to get the fastest swipes, so you beat the competition to the trigger. When milliseconds count, speed matters.

68g Ultra Lightweight

When quick movements and large swipes matter, Aerox 3’s ultra-lightweight design allows for faster and more accurate reaction times in game.

Holey Shell

Perforated casing shaves off 18g while maintaining strength and durability for the most intense gaming sessions.

Small Battery. Big Performance

Leverage a 200 hour compact, high performance battery weighing 13g less.

Ultra-thin PCB

Re-engineered electronics that boast a 50% slimmer circuit board while maintaining durability.

Quantum 2.0 Wireless

All-new Quantum 2.0 Wireless technology transmits wireless data at unreal speeds in a more stable, reliable, and power efficient way than ever before.

2.4GHz Wireless

Cut the cord with zero compromises using ultra-low latency gaming-grade 2.4 GHz wireless, so your flick shots are flawless and you won’t believe you’re free of wires.

Bluetooth

Taking your mouse on the go is as easy as putting it in your pocket, no dongle required. Simply connect to laptops and other devices via Bluetooth.

200 Hour Battery Life

Engineered specifically for optimized power consumption, the Aerox 3 Wireless battery delivers up to 200 hours of continuous use without sacrificing performance and weight.

AquaBarrier™ Protection

The first ever gaming mouse to receive an IP54 rating, providing water resistance and protection from dust, dirt, oil, fur, and more. The mouse is engineered to safeguard the interior circuitry from virtually all types of environmental damage, so you never have to worry about accidents.

Next-gen Golden Micro IP54 Switches

Rated for 80M clicks (3X the durability found in other gaming mice), upgraded dust and water-resistant switches provide flawless clicks even under the most demanding conditions, prevent double clicks, and allow to you make rock solid next-level shots.

TrueMove Air Sensor

A custom true 1-to-1 tracking sensor co-developed with PixArt specially for wireless performance. This 18,000 CPI, 400 IPS, 40G optical sensor delivers the speed and accuracy needed to improve your gameplay.

100% Virgin Grade PTFE Glide Skates

Designed with 100% pure PTFE to provide the smoothest swipes and enhanced control for super light mouse movements. Optimized for speed on our best selling QcK mousepads.

 

Features

  • Ultra lightweight 68g design for effortlessly fast gameplay
  • Optimized 200 hour battery life plus USB-C fast charging
  • Dual connectivity via gaming-grade 2.4 GHz and multi-purpose Bluetooth 5.0
  • Pixel-perfect TrueMove Air optical gaming sensor
  • AquaBarrier™ for water resistance and protection from dust and more

 

Specifications

For more information, please visit Steelseries’s website.


 

The Box and Packaging

The box contains the mouse, a braided USB-C cable, a USB-C wireless dongle, an extension adapter and the usual product information guide.

 

The Steelseries Aerox 3 Wireless Mouse

The mouse is super light-weight and weighs in at only 68g, thanks to its perforated casing and ultra-thin PCB. The mouse is comfortable to hold in the hand, and the buttons are easily accessible.

I love the contoured shape of the mouse, and the 100% Virgin Grade PTFE Glide Skates, which gives the mouse the smoothest swipes and enhanced control for super light mouse movement.

There are 6 programmable buttons on the mouse, one of which allows you to control the speed of the mouse pointer, which I think is fantastic (the button above the scroll wheel). There are also 3 RGB Zones on the mouse, and this can be controlled by the SteelSeries Engine software which you can download here.


 

Verdict and Conclusion

The original MSRP of the Steelseries Aerox 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse was listed for USD $130, but you can actually get it on sale right now for only USD $55 from Amazon (https://amzn.to/3XU52jU), which I think is absolute bargain!

According to Steelseries they claim that the AEROX 3 Wireless can deliver up to 200 hours of battery life … that’s if you switch to Bluetooth mode. On regular 2.4GHz wireless, it’s more like 80 hours (up to) with default lighting.

The mouse comes with a 18,000 cpi optical sensor, 6 programmable buttons and 3 Zone RGB lighting which can adjusted using Steelseries Engine software. The mouse also features Steelseries all-new Quantum 2.0 Wireless technology that transmits wireless data at unreal speeds in a more stable, reliable, and power efficient way. This is available on both the 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth 5.0.

 

 

I have to say his mouse is exceptionally light-weight, weighing in at only 68g. What’s more it’s rechargeable, extremely comfortable to use, and offers IP54 dust and water resistance. What most impressed me was smooth movement of the mouse, thanks to its Pixel-perfect TrueMove Air optical gaming sensor and 100% Virgin Grade PTFE Glide Skates.

I also like the USB-C connector on the mouse, why? Well, it’s universal and this means I can plug-in any USB-C cable to charge the mouse, or have the cable plugged in and use it as a wired mouse (while it charges). The only thing is … the 2.4GHz wireless dongle is USB-C only, so make sure you have one on your laptop or PC. May be it’s me, but there is one small irritating issue … I find the Bluetooth responsiveness a bit laggy.

You can buy the Steelseries Aerox 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse for around USD $55 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3XU52jU, which I think is an absolute bargain.

 

Pros:

  • Light weight mouse only 68g
  • 18,000 cpi optical sensor
  • 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3 Zone RGB lighting
  • Rechargeable with up to 200 hours of battery life (Bluetooth)
  • 6 programmable buttons

Cons:

  • Bluetooth responsiveness a bit laggy

 

Final words

The Steelseries AEROX 3 is an extremely affordable rechargeable wireless gaming mouse, that’s super light-weight and offers a massive battery life of up to 200 hours (Bluetooth). It also comes with an impressive 18,000 cpi optical sensor, 3 Zone RGB lighting, 6 programmable buttons and some nice virgin grade PTFE glide skates. Nice!

 

 

 

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