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SteelSeries Aerox 3 is a lightweight mouse with a build quality that feels both solid and comfortable. It is easy to get started with and comes with well-made software with broad support. Because it has few programmable buttons and minor problems with fast movements, it is best suited for everyday use or casual gaming. The rating is slightly reduced due to a half-life of battery life and the short delay that occurs when you wake the mouse from sleep mode.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 – price and availability
SteelSeries Aerox 3 is available for purchase at a number of Swedish retailers and the prices differ slightly between them, so be sure to check out different options before you place your order to make sure you get the best possible price.
Prices range from 550 kronor to 1150 kronor, so you can save a few hundred bucks by clicking it from the right place. You can find the computer mouse at retailers such as Amazon, Elgiganten, NetOnNet and of course SteelSeries.
Design and performance
SteelSeries Aerox 3 is a super lightweight computer mouse with a honeycomb design. Despite its low weight of only 66 grams and its hole-covered design, SteelSeries has managed to pack a water resistance for the computer mouse. It cracks a bit if you apply pressure to the sides of the computer mouse, but overall its build quality feels solid and it should have a lifespan of about 80 million clicks.
You get a fairly simple, old-fashioned form factor on the computer mouse that is ideal for those with palm or finger grips. If you prefer computer mice that are shaped more by hand, it may be better for you to check out options such as the Razer Basilisk X or Logitech G502.
On the left side of the computer mouse you will find its programmable buttons, which are easy to reach with the thumb and perfect for changing the CPI. In addition, you get an accurate sensor, reliable connection and of course great RGB lighting. As usual, you can change RGB settings via the supplied software.
The scroll wheel is decent and relatively comfortable to use. Some may think that the scroll wheel is a little too low, but this was not something we had any problems with and is almost something we prefer over a higher scroll wheel. However, you do not get support for tilt scrolling, nor can you unlock the scroll wheel for free scrolling. Especially the latter is a big minus in our opinion and feels like something that should be easy to add.
Included in the package is a USB-C to USC-A cable for charging, a wireless USB-C dongle and an extension adapter. For wireless connectivity, you can choose between 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth. The connections are generally reliable, but if you choose to use the computer mouse via Bluetooth, the performance will be slightly slower and will be especially evident in fast, intense games. So if you are a competitive gamer who needs a fast computer mouse that is reliable at all times, then you should check out other options.
No matter what type of connection you choose, you will also have to live with a rather annoying delay every time you wake the computer mouse from its hibernation state. Directly out of the package, it only takes a few minutes for the computer mouse to go into sleep mode if you do not use it and every time you wake up there is a small delay which in the worst case can take 2-3 seconds. This is one of our biggest complaints about the computer mouse after using it for a month and is a small, but constantly present, annoyance you will have to put up with. One way to avoid this is to set a longer timer for how long it takes before the computer mouse goes into sleep mode, but the longer you keep it awake, the more it will require battery life. Speaking of battery life, it was our second major complaint about the computer mouse,
With SteelSeries Aerox 3, according to the company, you should get up to 200 hours of battery life via Bluetooth and up to 80 hours of battery life via Wi-Fi. The computer mouse also supports fast charging, where only 15 minutes of charging should give you a battery life of over 40 hours.
It sounds really good, but when you actually use the computer mouse, the numbers you get are somewhat disappointing. This is probably because the numbers SteelSeries itself mentions apply if you use the computer mouse with the RGB lighting off and other battery-saving features active. But if you are like us and prefer to keep the wonderful, colorful light, the battery life will be much shorter.
During our test, it happened several times that the computer mouse died suddenly when it ran out of battery, which can be really annoying if you run something competitive. The computer mouse should have a battery time indicator which causes it to start flashing yellow when it starts to run out of battery time and which flashes at different intervals depending on how much battery is left. However, this indicator is so subtle that we did not even notice it and actually had to do a Google search to find out if it existed.
The problem is also that the hand covers most of the RGB lighting when you use the computer mouse and you rarely look over the computer mouse, especially during intense competition-oriented matches. The problem gets even worse during the day, as the RGB lighting is not as clear in a well-lit room.
A big plus, however, is the support for fast charging and the included cable. During our test, we left it plugged in and had it lying on the desk, so we could quickly plug in the computer mouse if it ran out of battery.
Software and features
SteelSeries Aerox 3 is a computer mouse that focuses on keeping things simple. You get all the basic features you would expect from a good computer mouse today such as adjustable RGB lighting, polling rate, CPI and the like, but not much more than that. All of these settings are easy to adjust via the included SteelSeries GG Engine software, which basically looks like any other software for computer mice and other PC accessories. It has broad support that includes Windows, Mac, Xbox and Linux.
As previously mentioned, this is not the best computer mouse for fast competitive games and it is also not very suitable for MMO games, as it has a limited number of programmable buttons. You get a total of six buttons that are enough for everyday use and casual gaming, but if you are an avid MMO gamer and need a large number of buttons, there are better options that are made for just MMO games . However, the buttons you get access to are very easy to access and have a pleasant click and pressure distance.