SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless gaming mouse review: versatile, light and wireless

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless gaming mouse review: versatile, light and wireless

Ergonomics

The Aerox 5 Wireless uses exactly the same format as its cousin, the Rival 5. There are identical buttons, the same wheel and a right-handed configuration only. The design of the hull is of course different, the Aerox being honeycombed and devoid of an RGB LED strip to scratch as much weight as possible; a design that may accumulate dust somewhat, but its IP54 certification should prevent any malfunction.

The mouse is holey, but IP54 certified.

The mouse is holey, but IP54 certified.

This wireless model weighs only 74 g, which is lighter than many mice of its kind, or even than wired competitors. That said, it remains far from the featherweights of the market which today go down just below the 60 g mark. This lightness allows in any case to easily perform large hand movements on a carpet. Its dimensions (12.9 x 6.8 x 4.2 cm) make it a mouse suitable for large hands who can use it in palm grip (palm grip) and of course also at the claw grip (in claw) or fingertip (with fingertips).

The design is honeycombed to save a few grams.

The design is honeycombed to save a few grams.

The main buttons are very responsive and always guaranteed for 80 million clicks. Otherwise, you will find a fairly basic notched rubber wheel – here no smooth or horizontal scrolling – and just above a sensitivity adjustment button to manage the levels on the fly. As on the Rival, there are many secondary buttons: two classic buttons, and two additional ones. The one located at the thumb is silver and allows you to set a shortcut. However, it is not possible to use it as a “sniper” button in order to lower the sensitivity of the sensor for the duration of a shot, which is generally the advantage of this positioning. It is also far from the thumb – even for our large hands – unless we use the mouse in claw grip.

Many shortcuts can be configured on the different buttons.

Many shortcuts can be configured on the different buttons.

The other secondary button is a button not found with other manufacturers. Located above the two usual secondary buttons, it can be activated with a nudge up or down, and thus offers two more shortcuts. Unfortunately, you have to exert a certain pressure to click well in one direction or the other and we would have liked it to be more sensitive and more reactive. These four secondary buttons give good versatility to the mouse, so that it can be used in various types of games (FPS, MOBA, etc.) and have many shortcuts. In practice, you have to get used to it, and if some players will appreciate it, others will simply not have the use of so many buttons.

The mouse palms well, but the silver button is a little too far from the thumb.

The mouse palms well, but the silver button is a little too far from the thumb.

The Aerox 5 Wireless is a wireless model and connects either via Bluetooth, or thanks to the Quantum 2.0 receiver which offers a fast 2.4 GHz radio connection in order to suffer from no latency. Autonomy is however affected, going from 180 hours in Bluetooth to 80 hours with the dongle, which remains that said very correct. This connects to USB-C, but SteelSeries provides an adapter to connect it to the braided charging cable which is USB-A / USB-C.

Under the mouse, we simply discover a Bluetooth / off / 2.4 GHz button which allows you to select the type of connection desired, as well as PTFE pads which ensure excellent sliding on a carpet.

The charging cable and the receiver.

The charging cable and the receiver.

The RGB LEDs are also positioned below, but their light is perceptible through the honeycomb shell. You can, as on most peripherals gamingmanage the color and brightness of the backlight, in this case in the SteelSeries GG software that we will detail below.

The backlight in the dark.

The backlight in the dark.

Strong points

  • Versatility thanks to the many buttons.

  • Very good optical sensor.

  • Lightweight for a cordless model.

  • IP54 certified.

Weak points

  • Silver button too far from the thumb.

  • Upper secondary button a little hard.

  • Very basic wheel.

  • More sensitive to soiling than non-dimpled mice.

Conclusion

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Global mark

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

How does grading work?

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is an interesting mouse in more ways than one. With its 74 g, it is certainly not among the lightest wireless models on the market, but it offers many more buttons than most of its ultralight competitors and is therefore more versatile for players wishing to configure in-game shortcuts. That said, not all users will necessarily need so many buttons, so this might be a flaw for some.

Sub Notes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

  • Accuracy

    Editor's Rating: 5 out of 5