Mouse Review: Wired SteelSeries Aerox 3

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 mouse is the wired version of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and is almost identical in design. It has a light honeycomb body with matte black finish. There are three separate RGB lighting zones that you can customize using SteelSeries engine 3 software.
The quality of construction is good overall. However, there is a bit of bending and creaking when pressure is applied to the body, and the sliding wheel has a slight rattle. Bending over at the bottom can cause the CPI button to activate, but it shouldn’t be a problem in normal use. It is announced that it has an IP54 dust and water resistance score, but this is not something we have tested.
There are a fair number of buttons and they are all programmable, including scrolling up and down the scroll wheel. You can reassign the left click without first assigning it to another button, but you need another mouse to reset it as the default, because you won’t have access to a left click. There is a pop-up message that alerts you before proceeding with the reassignment.SteelSeries Aerox 3 MouseSteelSeries Aerox 3 mouse is ideal for FPS games. It is lightweight and has an ambidextrous shape that is reasonably comfortable to use. The quality of construction is overall good, but the body flexes when tightened and the cable is on the rigid side. It has low click latency and a high polling rate and works consistently with the correct sensitivity settings. The take-off distance is high, which could be a problem if you change the mouse position a lot.
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is fine for use in the office. It has a good quality of construction and is reasonably convenient to use for long periods. It has a large number of programmable inputs and is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, it’s a wired-only mouse, and the scroll wheel lacks infinite scrolling and L/R tilt inputs.SteelSeries Aerox 3 MouseThe SteelSeries Aerox 3 is good for MMO games. It is well built in general and comfortable enough to use for long periods. It has low click latency and a high polling rate; However, its take-off distance is a bit high, which can cause unwanted cursor movements to be recorded when the position changes. There are quite a few buttons, but it may not be enough for some MMO players.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 mouse is outstanding for ultralight games. It is lightweight and its PTFE feet offer a very smooth glide. It has a high polling rate and low click latency to offer a responsive gaming experience, but it has a high takeoff distance that could be a problem for those who reposition a lot. The cable is a bit stiff; However, it is detachable, so you can change it to another one that you like. While the construction quality is good overall, there are still some push-ups and creaks when squeezing the mouse.SteelSeries Aerox 3 MouseSteelSeries Aerox 3 is an excellent ultralight wired gaming mouse. It has a light honeycomb body that is almost identical to the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless, with the same ambidextrous shape that best fits a claw or fingertip. PTFE feet are excellent and provide smooth slippage, but the cable is a bit stiff, but replaceable. It has a standard button design with two thumb buttons on the left side and all are programmable via software, where you can also adjust performance settings and customize all three RGB lighting zones. It uses a sensor other than its wireless brother, as it has a narrower IPC range and a higher take-off distance. Also, even if you have built-in memory, it doesn’t allow you to save macros. photo:SteelSeries

Mouse SteelSeries Aerox 3 specs:


SteelSeries TrueMove Core

Sensor Type



200–8,500 in 100 CPI Increments


300, on SteelSeries QcK surfaces



Polling Rate

1000Hz / 1 ms

Hardware Acceleration

None (Zero Hardware Acceleration)

   Back Cover Material

    Black Matte Finish

   Core Construction

    ABS Plastic


    Ergonomic, Right-Handed

   Grip Style

    Claw or Fingertip

   Number of Buttons


   Switch Type

    SteelSeries mechanical switches, rated for 80 million clicks


    3 RGB Zones, Independently Controlled


    57g without cable


    120.55mm / 4.75 inches


    57.91mm / 2.28 inches (front), 67.03mm / 2.64 inches (back)


    21.53mm / 0.85 inches (front), 37.98mm / 1.50 inches (back)

   Super Mesh Cable Length

   1.8m / 6 feet

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