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SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3
Updated Sep 08, 2022 at 12:12 pm
SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
8.2
Video Games (FPS)
8.9
Video Games (MMO)
7.4
Travel
Type
Standard
Connectivity Wireless

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is a lightweight MMO/MOBA gaming mouse. Its body has diamond-shaped cutouts to reduce its overall weight, a dedicated CPI button behind the scroll wheel, and a 12-button side panel on the left. It has the same sensor and identical, right-handed shape as the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless, a multi-genre model with fewer side buttons but very similar performance. This mouse connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or Bluetooth and recharges with an included cable.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is a great mouse for office and multimedia work. You can reprogram any of the buttons to perform macros or a variety of productivity commands. It feels very sturdily built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes. It also connects wirelessly via a USB receiver or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, while its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons, it lacks a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • You can program all buttons using the customization software.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Shape isn't suitable for small hands.
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode.
8.2 Video Games (FPS)

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is a very good mouse for FPS and Battle Royale games. It's lightweight compared to similar models with 12-button side panels, and the build quality feels excellent. Performance-wise, you can set your CPI precisely within a broad range, and the minimum lift-off distance is very low. Unfortunately, while the click latency is very good, it isn't as low as some similarly-priced options.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Lightweight.
  • Very good click latency.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Shape isn't suitable for small hands.
8.9 Video Games (MMO)

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is an excellent MMO gaming mouse. It has a full 12-button side panel, and you can reprogram all buttons using the customization software, which is compatible with Windows and macOS. The build quality feels excellent, and it has a comfortable, right-handed shape. Unfortunately, it isn't well-suited for small hands using any grip type.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very good click latency.
  • You can program all buttons using the customization software.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Shape isn't suitable for small hands.
7.4 Travel

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is a good mouse for travel use, but it's bulky and isn't designed for storing in laptop bags or cases. It feels very well-built and connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or Bluetooth. Unfortunately, it lacks a compartment for storing the USB receiver, making it much easier to lose track of when you're on-the-move.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Bulky; isn't designed to be slipped into laptop bags or cases.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.4 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3. This update adds a new Sensor Latency test and makes minor changes to several of our existing tests, resulting in test result changes in several sections. For more information, you can check out our full changelog here.
  2. Updated Aug 17, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update simplifies our Weight test and expands on our CPI test from Test Bench 1.1, resulting in changes to test results in both sections. For more details, you can see our complete changelog here.
  3. Updated Aug 16, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update revamps our Click Latency test and results in changes to test results. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated May 17, 2022: Review published.
  5. Updated May 04, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless we tested is black. There are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless is a lightweight, wireless gaming mouse designed for MOBA, MMO, and other complex games that need lots of button inputs. Unlike the Razer Naga Pro, the Corsair SCIMITAR RGB ELITE, and other MMO-focused gaming mice that have been popular in recent years, the overall design of this mouse emphasizes being as lightweight as possible.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best MMO mice, the best gaming mice, and the best lightweight mice.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless and the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless are visually similar mice from the same lineup. The Aerox 9 is designed primarily for playing MMO games and has a full 12-button side panel. It also feels slightly sturdier, and its mouse wheel has L/R tilt inputs. On the other hand, the Aerox 5 is designed to handle multiple gaming genres and has a more versatile set of side buttons.

Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro and the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless are both wireless MMO gaming mice. The Razer has two additional buttons, and you can adjust the CPI more precisely within a slightly wider range. It also has significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the SteelSeries is significantly lighter, and its software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer software is only compatible with Windows.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022)

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless (2022) and the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless are wireless gaming mice part of the same lineup, but they're intended for different game genres. The Aerox 3 Wireless (2022) is lighter and designed for playing FPS games. On the other hand, the Aerox 9 Wireless has many more programmable buttons and is intended for MMO gaming. It also feels somewhat sturdier.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO and the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless are gaming mice designed for multi-genre or more complex games, with the SteelSeries specifically being more focused on MMO gaming. The Logitech is a wired-only model and is significantly heavier. It allows you to adjust the set CPI more precisely in a wider range.  Its scroll wheel also has L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode. On the other hand, the SteelSeries connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or Bluetooth. It's significantly lighter and has six additional buttons.

Razer Naga Trinity

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless and the Razer Naga Trinity are gaming mice designed for gaming genres that require lots of buttons, like MOBAs and MMOs. That said, there are several noteworthy differences between the two. The SteelSeries is significantly lighter and connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or Bluetooth. Its configuration software is also compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Razer software is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Razer includes three modular side panels with different button configurations and is a wired-only model. It also has better click latency.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Lighting Color RGB

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has a matte black plastic outer shell with diamond-shaped cutouts on the top, bottom, and on parts of the left- and right-click buttons. There's a SteelSeries logo on the left click button and three RGB zones. One RGB zone is located inside the mouse, visible through the cutouts. The other two RGB lighting zones are in a strip that wraps around the back of the mouse at the bottom. This mouse looks very similar to other mice in the SteelSeries Aerox lineup and is visually identical to the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless.

Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (129 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.7" (69 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
23.07 inยณ (378 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless feels very well-built. The perforated plastic body feels very sturdy and exhibits very little flex. There's a small amount of side to side wobble in the left- and right-click buttons, but this isn't noticeable during normal use. Like with the SteeelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless, there's a very faint rattling noise if you shake the mouse very aggressively, but this isn't noticeable when using the mouse normally. Unlike the Aerox 5 Wireless, this mouse doesn't creak when the shell is squeezed aggressively. This mouse is also IP54-rated, which provides moderate protection against dust and spills.

6.8
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
88.7 g
Default Weight
88.7 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has a right-handed shape identical to the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless and the SteelSeries Rival 5. If you have small or smaller medium-sized hands, you may not find the mouse comfortable as it's on the larger side. Overall, the button placement is good, and they're well-spaced to avoid accidental button presses.

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

If you have small hands, you can't reach the forward-most side buttons without adjusting your grip position using a palm grip.

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-sized hands, you may not comfortably reach the side button that's furthest forward without changing the position of your hand using a claw grip.

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

This mouse isn't well-suited for a fingertip grip. Only extra-large hands will likely use this mouse comfortably without adjusting their grip to hit certain buttons using a fingertip grip.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
2
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 Yes

SteelSeries advertises that the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has a battery life of up to 80 hours while connected with its USB receiver or up to 180 hours connected via Bluetooth. The RGB lighting will flash red when the battery life is 5% or less. Also, when you wake the mouse or turn it on, it will flash either red, yellow, or green to indicate the remaining battery life.

7.5
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has a mesh charging cable. This cable resembles a hybrid between a braided and paracord-like cable. The cable feels high-quality, but it's much closer in flexibility to a braided cable rather than a paracord-like.

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

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has superb, rounded feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. There's a faint scratching sound when moving on both surfaces, but there isn't any noticeable drag.

Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless
  • Wireless USB receiver
  • Wireless USB receiver extender
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • User documentation

Control
9.2
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
18
Number Of Side Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
20
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on this mouse, including the up/down and left/right scroll inputs. SteelSeries advertises that the left- and right-click buttons use Golden Micro switches with a rating of 80 million clicks.

7.8
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
8.4 ms
Wired
7.8 ms
Receiver
8.4 ms
Bluetooth
14.3 ms

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless has impressive click latency. It feels snappy and responsive for gaming, but it isn't as low as some high-end gaming mice.

8.9
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.12%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.17%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.38%
Precision Error Between CPI
2.77%
Worst Tracking Error
9.25%
Minimum CPI
100 CPI
Maximum CPI
18,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
8.3
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
17.8 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.6 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
6.2 ms
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
TrueMove Air
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless uses a proprietary TrueMove Air sensor, based on the PixArt PAW3335. The 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.

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

The scroll wheel has a grippy rubber surface, and its steps feel smooth but well-defined. It's also fairly quiet.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
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 GG software is modern-looking and easy to use. It lets you remap buttons, program macros, configure battery-saving modes, set custom RGB lighting schemes, and precisely adjust your CPI. This mouse also has onboard memory, but it doesn't let you save macros or custom RGB lighting settings.

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

This mouse is fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

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