Get insider access
Preferred mouse store

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 15, 2020 at 10:28 am
SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Picture
7.8
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
8.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It has a honeycomb design that extends to the bottom of the mouse, making it amazingly lightweight. Its ambidextrous shape is comfortable to use for long periods and is better suited for a claw or fingertip grip. You can use it wirelessly through its USB dongle or via Bluetooth, and it lets you pair to two devices at the same time for multitasking. It has a low click latency and a high polling rate, resulting in a smooth and responsive gaming experience. The SteelSeries Engine 3 software has plenty of customization options; however, it isn't the most user-friendly and can be intimidating for first-time users. Also, you can only adjust the sensitivity setting in increments of 100 CPI, which might disappoint those who want greater control. On the upside, all the inputs are programmable, and it's fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

Our Verdict

7.8 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is a good mouse for office use. You can connect it to your computer wirelessly via the USB dongle or through Bluetooth to keep your setup clean, and you can pair two devices at once for better multitasking. Its Engine 3 software lets you reprogram any of the inputs, and it's fully compatible with Windows and macOS. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel doesn't have L/R tilt inputs and can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling. The build quality is also only decent, as the body creaks and flexes a bit when applying pressure.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Wireless connectivity.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Programmable inputs.
Cons
  • No infinite scrolling or L/R tilt inputs.
  • Plastic creaks and flexes slightly.
8.2 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is great for FPS games. It's light and wireless so that you can move freely, and gaming feels smooth and responsive thanks to its low click latency and high polling rate. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the sensitivity in increments of 100 CPI, which might disappoint serious gamers who want to fine-tune the performance settings. The build quality is decent, but there's some creaking and flexing when pressing hard on the plastic body.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Low click latency.
  • High polling rate.
Cons
  • Plastic creaks and flexes slightly.
  • Sensitivity adjustment in increments of 100 CPI.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is good for MMO games. It's reasonably comfortable to use for long periods, great for those hours-long raids. It has low click latency and a high polling rate to provide a responsive gaming experience. However, although all the inputs are programmable, it might not have enough buttons for some MMO players. Also, the plastic body flexes and creaks a bit when pressing on it.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Low click latency.
  • High polling rate.
  • Programmable inputs.
Cons
  • Might not have enough buttons for some MMO players.
  • Plastic creaks and flexes slightly.
  • Sensitivity adjustment in increments of 100 CPI.
8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is excellent for ultra-light gaming. It's light, wireless, and has high-quality feet, allowing you to move the mouse quickly and easily. It has low click latency and a high polling rate, but you can only adjust the sensitivity in increments of 100 CPI. The build quality is only decent as there's some flexing and creaking when pressure is applied.

Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Low click latency.
  • High polling rate.
Cons
  • Plastic creaks and flexes slightly.
  • Sensitivity adjustment in increments of 100 CPI.
7.5 Travel

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is a good mouse for portable use. It's wireless, and it has onboard memory to save your custom profiles. However, it might be a little too bulky to fit into some laptop cases, and there's no compartment to store the wireless USB dongle. That said, you can connect via Bluetooth if you don't want to carry the dongle.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Wireless connectivity.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Bluetooth support.
Cons
  • Might not fit in some laptop cases.
  • Plastic creaks and flexes slightly.
  • 7.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.5 Travel
  1. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 11, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless has almost the same shape as the SteelSeries Rival 3 but with a honeycomb body to reduce weight. It has RGB lighting along the bottom and inside the mouse, which you can customize through the Engine 3 software. The shape is ambidextrous, but it only has thumb buttons on the left side. For a similarly lightweight gaming mouse with heart and diamond-shaped cutouts instead of the exclusively rhombus-shaped cutouts on the SteelSeries, check out the Vancer BT.L Gretxa.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (121 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
18.73 inยณ (307 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Although this mouse is wireless, it isn't the most portable as it has a fairly tall back that makes it harder to fit in some laptop cases. Also, there's no compartment to store the wireless USB dongle.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
95 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
68 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
68 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is very light and among the lightest wireless mice we've tested. However, there's no way to customize the weight to your preference. If you don't like the honeycomb design or want an even lighter mouse, check out the Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent, with no wobbling or rattling; however, there's a little bit of squeaking and creaking when applying pressure. There's some flex on the bottom that shouldn't be noticeable in regular use, but the top flexes if you press hard enough, causing the CPI switching button to activate. The CPI switch button sometimes gets stuck on our unit, although your experience may vary. SteelSeries advertises an IP54 dust and water resistance, but this isn't something that we test. If you're interested in an ultra-light mouse that's only slightly heavier but has a better-feeling build quality, check out the Endgame Gear XM1r.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

Like the SteelSeries Rival 3, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless has an ambidextrous shape, but it only has thumb buttons on the left side, making it more ideal for right-handed people. The side buttons are relatively large and well-placed. It's reasonably comfortable to use for an extended period and best suited for a claw or fingertip grip. There are no side grips or finger rests. If you'd prefer a wireless gaming mouse with an ergonomic right-handed shape, check out the ROCCAT Kone Pro Air.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

People with small or medium-size hands shouldn't have any issues using a palm grip, but those with large hands might find the mouse too short.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is suitable for a claw grip regardless of hand size. Most people shouldn't have any issues reaching all the buttons comfortably.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Most people should be able to use this mouse with a fingertip grip, but those with small hands may have a hard time reaching the scroll wheel due to its low profile.

10
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator No

You can connect the mouse to two devices simultaneously, one via the wireless USB-C dongle and the other over Bluetooth. It's usable while it's charging, and data is sent over the wired connection. There's an extension adapter included in the box to place the receiver closer in case your desktop is far enough to affect performance. If you don't have a USB-C port on your computer, you'll need to use the cable and the extension adapter since the cable has a USB-A plug on one end. SteelSeries advertises a 200-hour battery life; however, it isn't something that we test.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable is decent. It's a USB-A to USB-C cable that SteelSeries calls 'Super Mesh', and it feels like it's between a braided cable and a paracord-like cable. The flexibility is mediocre, and it retains kinks.

8.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No

The PTFE feet are excellent. They provide a smooth glide on a cloth mouse pad or directly on the desk. At this time, we can't find any third-party replacement feet.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Wireless USB-C receiver
  • Extension adapter
  • User guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove Air
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
18,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-6%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless uses an optical sensor with a wide CPI range, but you can only adjust the sensitivity in increments of 100 CPI, which might disappoint those who want more precision. You can set the polling rate to 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz. The sensor isn't exactly at the center; it's slightly below.

7.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
8
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless has a decent number of buttons. Every button, including the scroll wheel's up and down scroll, are programmable. You can remap the left-click without first assigning it to another button, but because you no longer have access to a left-click, you need another mouse to set it back to the default. The SteelSeries Engine 3 software has a pop-up message that warns you before proceeding. For a similar mouse with hot-swappable left and right click switches, check out the ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Wireless.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel has a low profile and doesn't cause much noise. Unfortunately, it doesn't have L/R tilt inputs, and you can't unlock it for infinite scrolling.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless doesn't produce a lot of clicking noise and shouldn't bother those around you.

8.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
15 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
18 ms
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless has great click latency. It's a little higher than other wireless mice like the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name SteelSeries Engine 3
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The SteelSeries Engine 3 software has an exceptional number of features; however, it isn't the easiest to use and can be a bit daunting for less tech-savvy people. It lets you adjust the performance settings, customize the RGB lighting, remap buttons, and create macros. You can save custom lighting profiles and button assignments on the onboard memory, but not macros.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless. It only comes in black, and there's a wired version as well, the SteelSeries Aerox 3. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It's one of the the lightest wireless mice that we've tested, but it doesn't feel as well-built as other similar mice. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wireless mouse.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Both the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Logitech G Pro Wireless have an ambidextrous shape, except that the Logitech is longer and taller, making it a better fit for large hands using a palm grip. The SteelSeries is a bit better because it's lighter, and its PTFE feet are of higher quality. However, the Logitech has lower click latency, and it allows you to adjust the sensitivity in smaller increments. Also, you can customize the Logitech to have the thumb buttons on the side that you prefer.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Glorious Model O Wireless are very much alike as they both have a lightweight honeycomb body, an ambidextrous shape, and a six-button layout. The Glorious is marginally better due to its superior build quality and higher-quality PTFE feet. However, the SteelSeries has Bluetooth capability, multi-device pairing, and its Engine 3 software is compatible with macOS, which isn't the case with the Glorious Core software.

Razer Viper Ultimate

Although the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Razer Viper Ultimate both have an ambidextrous design, only the Razer has thumb buttons on both sides. The Razer is better overall due to its superior build, higher-quality feet, and lower click latency. It also has more buttons and more programmable inputs due to its HyperShift feature. However, the SteelSeries' honeycomb body is lighter, it has multi-device pairing, and its Engine 4 software is compatible with macOS.

SteelSeries Aerox 3

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is the wired version of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless; however, it has a different sensor than its wireless counterpart. The Wireless has a much wider CPI range, and its lower lift-off distance leads to fewer unintended movements when repositioning the mouse. Also, it's only slightly heavier than the wired version despite having an internal battery. Its wireless connectivity and multi-device pairing feature make it more ideal for office and portable use. The Wired has lower click latency and better build quality.

SteelSeries Rival 650

If you like honeycomb design, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the SteelSeries Rival 650. The Aerox is designed for ultra-light gaming and is smaller and significantly lighter. It's well-suited for a claw grip or even a fingertip grip if you have medium to large hands. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range with less variation. That said, the Rival 650 feels quite a bit more solid, and its right-handed design is more comfortable, though it's not a good option for smaller hands. It also has one more side button.

Glorious Model O

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Glorious Model O are very similar mice, as they're both ultra-light mice with a honeycomb body and an ambidextrous shape. However, the SteelSeries is better overall, mainly due to its wireless connectivity. This means you don't have to deal with cable drag, and you can connect it with two devices simultaneously. It's just as light as the Glorious, and it has more programmable inputs because it lets you reprogram the wheel's up and down scroll. That said, the Glorious feels better built, and it has higher quality feet that provide a smoother glide. The Glorious also has a longer body, making it more suitable for large hands using a palm grip.

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is better than the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town for most uses. The SteelSeries is wireless and allows you to connect to two devices simultaneously for multitasking. Also, the SteelSeries is more customizable because it has software support for Windows and macOS, which the Finalmouse lacks. However, the Finalmouse has a better build quality, it's lighter, and its smaller size makes it better suited for small to medium-size hands regardless of grip type.

G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the G-Wolves Hati Medium are very similar. They're both ultra-lightweight mice with an ambidextrous shape and honeycomb body, except the SteelSeries is wireless. The SteelSeries' wireless connectivity, multi-device pairing feature, and macOS compatibility make it better for productivity. The G-Wolves has a better build quality, and its longer body makes it more suitable for those with large hands using a palm grip.

Cooler Master MM720

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and the Cooler Master MM720 are both well-performing ultra-light gaming mice, but with some differences. The SteelSeries has a more standard ambidextrous shape and supports a wireless connection and multi-device pairing. Its wireless connectivity also means you don't have to deal with cable drag while gaming. On the other hand, the Cooler Master is a wired mouse designed for right-handed use and has a much wider body thanks to its ring finger rest. That said, it has higher quality feet and lower click latency, but its CPI variation is a bit high.

Corsair SABRE PRO

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is better for several uses, but the Corsair SABRE PRO is a better gaming mouse, albeit with a wired-only connection. You can use the SteelSeries wired or wirelessly with the USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can wirelessly pair up to two devices. It also has RGB lighting and is suitable for all grip types. However, smaller hands will drape over the front using a palm grip and may not reach the scroll wheel using a fingertip grip. The Corsair has better click latency, a CPI that you can adjust by increments of one, and an 8000Hz maximum polling rate. It also feels sturdier and has a more flexible cable. It's suitable for all grip types, but those with smaller hands may have trouble reaching all buttons using a claw or fingertip grip.

+ Show more

Discussions