SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless gaming mouse review: Versatile, lightweight and wireless

Ergonomics

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

The mouse is the hole, but IP54 certified.

The mouse is the hole, 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 is still a long way from the market’s featherweights, which today fall just below the 60g mark. This lightness allows in any case to easily perform large hand movements on a rug. Its dimensions (12.9 x 6.8 x 4.2 cm) make it a mouse suitable for large hands that can use it in palm grip (palm grip) and of course also by klogreb (in claw) or fingertips (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 80 million clicks. Otherwise, we find a fairly basic rubber wheel with notches – here no smooth or horizontal scrolling – and just above a sensitivity adjustment button to control the levels on the go. As on the Rival, there are many secondary buttons: two classic buttons and two extras. 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 to lower the sensitivity of the sensor during the duration of a shot, which is generally the advantage of this positioning. It’s also far from the thumb – even for our big hands – unless we use the mouse klogreb.

Many shortcuts can be configured on the various buttons.

Many shortcuts can be configured on the various buttons.

The second secondary button is a button not found at other manufacturers. Located above the two usual secondary buttons, it can be activated with a push up or down, thus offering two more shortcuts. Unfortunately, one has to exert some pressure to click well in one direction or the other, and we would like it to be more sensitive and more reactive. These four secondary buttons provide good versatility for the mouse, so it can be used in different types of games (FPS, MOBA, etc.) and has many shortcuts. In practice, one has to get used to it, and if some players want to appreciate it, others simply will not have the use of so many buttons.

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

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

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 to suffer from no latency. Autonomy is affected, however, from 180 hours in Bluetooth to 80 hours with dongle, which is still said very correctly. 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 detect a Bluetooth / off / 2.4 GHz button, which allows you to select the desired connection type, as well as PTFE pads, which ensure excellent gliding on a rug.

Charging cable and receiver.

Charging cable and receiver.

The RGB LEDs are also located below, but their light can be felt through the honeycomb shell. You can, as on most external devices gamemanage the color and brightness of the backlight, in this case in the SteelSeries GG software, which we will detail below.

The backlight in the dark.

The backlight in the dark.

Strengths

  • Versatility thanks to the many buttons.

  • Really good optical sensor.

  • Lightweight for a wireless model.

  • IP54 certified.

Weak points

  • Silver barely too far from the thumb.

  • Upper secondary button a little hard.

  • Very basic wheels.

  • More susceptible to soiling than mice without depressions.

Conclusion

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Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

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SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is an interesting mouse in more ways than one. With its 74g, 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 who want to configure shortcuts in the game. That said, not all users necessarily need that many buttons, so this may be a bug for some.

Subnotes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

  • Accuracy

    Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

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