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SteelSeries Aerox 5: One-Minute Review

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is one of the latest gaming mice from SteelSeries and as expected by the makers of some of the best gaming mice, it is of exceptional quality and performance.

This wireless gaming mouse’s approach to a more ergonomic and assessable design that works for a wide variety of gaming mouse sizes, shapes, and grips, combined with its incredibly high DPI and polling rates is a boon for many hardcore and professional gamers. Despite the higher prices, currently $140 (about £115 / AU$197), its value is undeniable and well worth the cost for those looking for the best possible experience. Both mice ship to the UK and Australia, although the price goes through the US, meaning you’ll only see the converted price after you’ve charged.

For the SteelSeries Aerox 5, it’s all about lowering the grams to enable even faster movement during high-octane sessions with a perforated shell, lightweight battery, and ultra-thin PCB. And its exterior is water-resistant, meaning the vulnerable interior is safe from any spills. They use IP54 mechanical switches in their buttons, which are good for 80 million clicks.

You can switch between 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth, and it comes with a USB Type-C charger. As for performance, it boasts a lightning speed of 18,000 DPI and a polling rate of 1000Hz/1ms wireless and 125Hz/8ms Bluetooth, the latter requiring no dongle to operate.

The Aerox 5 has around 80 hours of wireless and 180 hours of Bluetooth. It also charges extremely quickly and is usable in wired mode, meaning you can always use either of these connectivity options.

SteelSeries Aerox 5: Pricing and Availability

  • How much does it cost? $140 (about £115, AU$197)
  • Where is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is priced quite steeply for gaming mice, at $140 (about £115 / AU$197). SteelSeries in particular is one of the more premium brands for gaming mice, and with all the features and mechanics that go into its construction, you can see why such a hefty price tag.

Availability is quite varied as SteelSeries ships to many regions including the UK and Australia. The problem, however, is that the prices are listed only in US dollars. So, other than the UK VAT charge, you won’t know the exact amount until the transaction is complete.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 on a wooden table

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SteelSeries Aerox 5: Design

  • Custom made for any grip style
  • Light and fast reaction speed
  • Not for lefties

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 boasts an ergonomic design that is refined for the best gaming experience. The body features perforations while the battery and circuit board have also been streamlined, all with the aim of making them as light and easy to move as possible.

The bodies and forend are designed for claw, fingertip or palm grips, so whatever your playing style, it fits well. Unfortunately, these are right-handed mice, so for left-handers you’ll have to go elsewhere for a solid gaming mouse.

There are a few differences between the Aerox 5 and its cheaper counterpart, the Aerox 3. The latter sports a slightly rounder body and fewer buttons on the side. It’s also more angled, its right and left buttons protrude more for more surface area, and it has nine buttons in total, which makes sense since the 5 is designed for MOBA games while the 3 is a more generalized mouse.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future/Allisa James)

SteelSeries Aerox 5: Features

  • Comes with several accessories
  • RGB lighting
  • The software offers many options

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 comes with a wireless USB Type-C dongle for fast connections, as well as a wireless adapter that converts the wire into a USB Type-A charger. Once you’ve plugged in the dongle, you can also install the SteelSeries GG app which has a number of features including battery life tracking (which tracks every build you’ve plugged into the PC) and settings to change mouse performance.

There’s also RGB lighting which, while not a necessary feature, is a nice touch that brightens up what could be an otherwise tense gaming session.

The Aerox 5 uses Bluetooth 5.0, which allows for an even faster connection between mouse and PC on the go, without the dongle. And each mouse comes with a USB Type-C charging cable, not only ensuring super-fast charging times, but allowing you to continue using the mouse as normal while waiting for a full charge.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future/Allisa James)

SteelSeries Aerox 5: performance

  • Fast and precise
  • Robust customization settings
  • Application resets mouse settings

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 performs incredibly well while gaming, no matter what type of game you’re playing. The GG app allows fine-tuning of the mouse, including polling, DPI, angle snapping, acceleration/deceleration, and more.

It hits an incredibly high IPC of 18,000 with 1,000Hz/1ms polling, making it one of the most precise slider controls we’ve seen in some time. The best part is that these settings are fully adjustable, so you can swap numbers depending on the game and available desktop space.

It also comes with 400 IPS and a 40G optical sensor, which further increases speed and accuracy. And, you can feel it whether you’re in the middle of a firefight in Cyberpunk 2077 or need precise sniper fire in Call of Duty. Whatever your gaming needs, the SteelSeries Aerox 5 is a great choice for almost any game, especially when it comes to speed and accuracy, because it’s built for professional gamers.

Probably the only issue we had was preventing settings from being reset each time a PC or laptop restarted. It’s a minor inconvenience but still something to watch out for as you have to remember these settings in case of shutdown.

Should I buy the SteelSeries Aerox 5?

SteelSeries Aerox 5 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future/Allisa James)

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SteelSeries Aerox 5: Review

Assess As a premium gaming mouse, the Aerox 5 offers great performance, tons of customization options, and a lightweight design that fits any grip. And although available in many regions, it hides the converted price. 4.5 / 5
Design The perforated shell, slim battery, and thin circuit board make these mice extremely lightweight. And the shape adapts to almost all types of handles. 4.5 / 5
Features Software built into the mice until you plug them in lets you tweak the settings to your liking. There’s also RBG lighting and a Bluetooth option to connect to your PC. 5 / 5
Performance Software built into the mice until you plug them in lets you tweak the settings to your liking. There’s also RBG lighting and a Bluetooth option to connect to your PC. 4.5 / 5
Total The SteelSeries Aerox 5 is one of the best gaming mice on the market, thanks to the combination of excellent performance and style. 4.6 / 5
  • First review September 2022

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Margie D. Carlisle