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SteelSeries Aerox 5 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 13, 2022 at 11:15 am
SteelSeries Aerox 5 Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
8.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a mid-range, lightweight gaming mouse designed for use across multiple game genres. It's the wired version of the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless, and the two mice have exactly the same shape and perform very similarly. Like other mice in the Aerox lineup, the Aerox 5 has diamond-shaped cutouts in its outer shell and along the L/R click buttons to reduce the overall weight.  

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a decent mouse for office use. It feels well-built, and its right-handed shape feels comfortable to use. It has a cluster of buttons on the left side, all of which you can reprogram to perform productivity commands using the companion software. Unfortunately, there are no wireless connection options. Also, the scroll wheel doesn't have any L/R tilt controls, and it doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • All buttons are programmable using the companion software.
Cons
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilts and free scrolling.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a great mouse for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, and its right-handed shape is comfortable to use with a palm or claw grip type for most hand sizes. It's very lightweight, and its high-quality feet glide smoothly on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise, you can set the CPI in steps of 100 within a broad range, and the click latency is great. Unfortunately, its cable isn't as high-quality as the cables found on other gaming mice in this price range, and it tends to retain kinks from the packaging. Also, the CPI settings can't be adjusted as precisely as other gaming mice.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • All buttons are programmable using the companion software.
Cons
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • Cable isn't as flexible as other comparable mice.
8.2 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a very good MMO mouse. Although it doesn't have as many side buttons as some MMO mice, all of its buttons can be reprogrammed using the companion software. It feels well-built and comfortable in hand, and it glides very smoothly on mousepads and desks thanks to its high-quality feet. Performance-wise, it has a broad CPI range, within which you can set your CPI in steps of 100, and its click latency is great though it isn't as low as some other gaming options. Unfortunately, its braided cable isn't as flexible as other options, and it retains kinks from the packaging.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • All buttons are programmable using the companion software.
Cons
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • Cable isn't as flexible as other comparable mice.
8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. At 70g, it's not the most lightweight option available, but it still feels light and comfortable in hand. Overall, it feels well-built, and its click latency is great. While the high quality feet glide smoothly on mousepads and desks, the braided cable retains kinks from the packaging, which can cause additional drag.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Great click latency.
  • Very lightweight.
  • All buttons are programmable using the companion software.
Cons
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • Cable isn't as flexible as other comparable mice.
5.2 Travel

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a poor mouse to travel with. It's a bit too bulky to fit in most laptop bags. Plus, since it lacks wireless connectivity options, you'll have to carry it around with its cable, which is cumbersome. On the bright side, it's fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • Too bulky to fit into most laptop bags.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.6 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated May 13, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated May 06, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 has a gamer aesthetic with a matte black plastic body. The top and bottom shell have diamond-shaped cutouts to reduce the overall weight. It has three RGB zones in total: one inside the mouse, and two in a strip along the bottom at the back of the mouse. The DPI button and side buttons are glossy black plastic, except for the one furthest forward, which is silver. Overall, it looks similar to the other mice in the SteelSeries Aerox lineup, and it's visually identical to the wireless version.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (129 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.7" (68 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
22.64 in³ (371 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
98 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
70 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
70 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 feels well-built. The body feels solid in hand and doesn't flex under pressure. There's also no rattling or loose parts. However, there's slight creaking when applying pressure to the body, but it's not noticeable during use. Also, it has an IP54 rating, so it's moderately protected from dust and spills.

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

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 has a comfortable right-handed slant with a slightly humped back. It's a comfortable shape for claw and palm grips, but it's on the bigger side, so small hands will have difficulty reaching the silver side button, which is placed far forward.

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

If you have small hands, the silver side button is too far forward to reach comfortably with a palm grip. You may also experience this issue if you have smaller medium-sized hands.

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

If you have small or medium hands, the silver side button is too far forward to reach comfortably with a claw grip.

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

If you have small or medium hands, the silver side button is too far forward to reach comfortably with a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

Although this mouse is wired-only, it comes with a detachable USB-A to USB-C cable, so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged or lost.

7.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse comes with a mesh cable that's similar to a braided cable. It's decently flexible, but it does retain kinks from the packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

This mouse has superb feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Aerox 5
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • User documentation

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
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 uses its proprietary TrueMove Air sensor, which is based on the PixArt PAW 3335. Polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can set up to five CPI settings per user profile and cycle between them using the dedicated CPI button behind the scroll wheel. The RGB lighting will also change to show what CPI setting you're using.

8.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
9
Number Of Side Buttons
5
Number Of Programmable Inputs
11
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all the buttons to act as media controls, keyboard buttons, or macros. The top side button moves up and down, giving you an additional input. The left- and right-click buttons use Golden Micro switches, which are rated for 80 million clicks. Unlike some gaming mice from Razer and Logitech, this mouse doesn't have a "shift" feature, so you can't program an additional layer of controls.

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 is made of grippy rubber. It feels smooth and quiet to operate, and the steps feel well-defined.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.3
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
12 ms

This mouse has great click latency, so it's responsive enough for all gaming genres. However, it's not as low as some dedicated FPS options, so if you're a competitive gamer and want lower latency, you should look at other options, such as the GLORIOUS Model I.

Operating System And Software
10
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name SteelSeries GG
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 Aerox 5 uses SteelSeries GG for customization. This software has a modern and clean-looking interface that's very easy and precise to use. However, though the mouse has onboard memory, you aren't able to save macros and custom lighting effects to it, so you'll need to be on a system running the software to access these features.

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

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 comes in a choice of white or black colorways. We bought and tested the black version, and you can see the label of our unit here. There's also a wireless version of this mouse, the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless, which we purchased and tested separately.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a wired, lightweight gaming mouse designed for versatility across genres. Its design is similar to popular multi-genre mice, like the Logitech G502 HERO. However, it's lighter than these popular models, making it a good choice for gamers looking for a lightweight option to use with a variety of games. That said, its click latency isn't as low as some dedicated FPS options, so you may opt for a different mouse if tend to play competitive or fast-paced games.

If you're interested in looking at other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wired mice, and the lightest mice.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the SteelSeries Aerox 5 are both lightweight gaming mice. However, the Aerox 5 is a more versatile option, intended for gaming in several genres, as it has a cluster of buttons on the left side. The Model D is better suited for FPS gaming, and it has a higher-quality cable. The two mice have similar latency, but the Aerox has a lower minimum lift-off distance and a wider CPI range.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is the wireless version of the SteelSeries Aerox 5. They're the exact same shape and perform very similarly, but they have minor differences in weight and weight distribution as the wireless version has an internal, rechargeable battery. 

SteelSeries Rival 5

The SteelSeries Rival 5 and the SteelSeries Aerox 5 are very similar, wired, gaming mice, but the Aerox 5 performs slightly better. The outer shell of the Aerox 5 has diamond-shaped cutouts to reduce the weight, and its latency is better. Also, it has higher quality feet. On the other hand, the Rival 5 feels better built, and its cable is better quality and more flexible.

Razer Basilisk V3

The Razer Basilisk V3 and the SteelSeries Aerox 5 are wired, multi-genre gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall. The Razer feels more comfortable thanks to its thumb rest, and it's better suited for more hand sizes and grip types. Also, its latency is significantly better and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode. On the other hand, the SteelSeries is significantly lighter, and its companion software works with macOS.

SteelSeries Aerox 3

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 and the SteelSeries Aerox 5 are similar lightweight gaming mice that have identical click latency, but they're intended for different gaming genres. The Aerox 5 is a multi-genre mouse that feels better built, and its feet and cable are of higher quality. Also, it has a better sensor with a much lower lift-off distance, and it has more side buttons. On the other hand, the Aerox 3 is a lightweight, symmetrical mouse designed specifically for FPS games. Also, it's better suited for smaller hands. 

SteelSeries Rival 600

The SteelSeries Rival 600 and the SteelSeries Aerox 5 are both wired, multi-genre gaming mice, but the Aerox 5 performs better for this use. The Aerox 5 has a higher-quality cable, and its feet offer a better gliding experience. Also, it's designed to be as lightweight as possible, so it's a better choice for a lightweight gaming option. On the other hand, the Rival 600 feels better built and allows you to optimize the mouse's weight by including additional weight inserts.

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