SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Review

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Starting our SteelSeries Aerox 3 test, I quickly knew what I wanted and needed after using and turning off my Razer and Logitech mice over the years. First off, I hated carrying around big, sometimes chunky mice just because I wanted to use it more often than not.

Second, I wanted something that could be cordless, but even though I had to use a cord to charge it, the cord wasn’t proprietary. I found that and more in the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Mouse.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless
Manufacturer: Steel Series
MSRP: $109.99

With the SteelSeries Aerox 3, you can say goodbye to the days of having a sweaty mouse while you work or play. One of the most distinctive things to notice right off the bat is the caged breathable design built into the unit.

With this you can also see a bit more of the innards and see more lights rather than below or to the sides. The main reason cited for this design choice is weight gain. This is in addition to the “compact 200 hour high performance battery” which saves 13g with the 18g punching designs.

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is ultra-light and that means you can almost forget you’re using it, it makes other mice seem heavy in comparison. I also like to snack while I work or play, so sometimes it can get into your mouse even when you accidentally spill your drink and it makes your clicks sticky.

From there, the added AquaBarrier protection is introduced to make it the first ever gaming mouse to receive an IP54 rating – this means protection against dust, low pressure water jets, oil, fur, etc

I’m a dog owner so it certainly helps with cleaning due to the open design, not that it comes close to a piece of equipment like this, but it’s helpful. As for charging, it uses USB-C. That’s it.

One struggle I’ve had with other mice like Razer’s that I own is that you can only use this cable that’s made specifically for it. It is universally connectable and does not require battery replacement or fast charging for use.

One thing to note is that, comparing the SteelSeries Aerox 3 to another mouse I use for a separate PC, this battery dies much faster. I think the 200 hour estimate comes from remembering to turn off the mouse when you leave your desk, as I could never reach that number personally. Battery life is something that can be vital for someone taking so many places.

That being said, it won’t die when charged while you’re on a plane trip or anything like that, but something to be aware of. The battery life of up to 200 hours is when you connect via Bluetooth instead of the low latency 2.4GHz, which can also make a difference when gaming.

I had a few disconnections for random reasons while playing a game, but this was resolved by unplugging and reconnecting the dongle. Small things to be wary of, but otherwise a great mouse that works for everyone.

Ultimately, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 is one of my favorite mice that I can’t stop using and offers all the performance possible from the $109.99 price tag. I think it might be a bit cheaper with the market it competes in, but I think the SteelSeries Aerox 3 is worth every penny for the regular person as well as the casual gamer.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless was reviewed using a review unit provided by SteelSeries. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s Review/Ethics Policy here.

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