SteelSeries Aerox 5 Mouse Review: Lightweight and Customizable – Review Geek
- 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
- 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
- 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
- 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
- 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
- 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
- 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
- 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
- 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
- 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana
A great mouse is an underrated addition to your desk setup, regardless of whether you typically game or work at your desk. A regular old desk mouse isn’t customizable or attractive and often makes your wrist uncomfortable. The SteelSeries Aerox 5 mouse solves all the problems standard mice present, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it.
Here’s What We Like
- Extremely customizable
- Feels well-built and lightweight
- Incredibly lightweight
And What We Don’t
- Kinda pricey
- LED lights can make your hand sweaty
There are two different versions of the Aerox 5: wired and wireless. I had the opportunity to test out both, and they’re both great. Your decision between the two would likely come down to personal preference and budget; the wired Aerox 5 is $79.99, while the wireless Aerox 5 is $139.99. Besides how each mouse connects to your computer, all the other features are the same.
Even though the SteelSeries markets the Aerox 5 as a gaming mouse, it’s perfect for any use. There are customizable buttons, RGB LED lights inside that you can personalize, and a comfortable grip, features that all people can enjoy. Anywho, onto what I loved about this mouse and what I didn’t love so much!
Design & Comfort: Comfy and Stylish
First off, the Aerox 5 is a lightweight gaming mouse, and it certainly delivers on that promise. The wireless version weighs 74 grams (0.163 lbs), and the wired version weighs a mere 66 grams (0.145 lbs). When I’m holding either mouse in my hand, it feels like I’m holding nothing. This lightweight quality made it incredibly easy to move the mouse while gaming and working.
The design of the mouse is also pretty unique. Both versions of the Aerox 5 look the same: an all-black casing with a square grid design so you can see the LED lights and circuitry inside. When I first saw that I could see inside the mouse, I was worried about potential spillage ruining the mouse. The Aerox 5 is AquaBarrier IP54-rated for water, dirt, and dust, which means it’s resistant against splashes, but fully submerging it in water would render it useless.
I loved the LED lights poking through the open grid, but it made the mouse a little warm over long periods. It was never warm enough to be uncomfortable, but I did notice that if it was hotter outside or I was wearing lotion, my hand would get a little sweaty. Unfortunately, there’s not a good way to have LED lights and not the warmth that comes with them.
Though the Aerox 5 is not an ergonomic mouse, it is more comfortable in the hand than standard computer mice. It fits the curvature of my hand nicely and leaves my hand …….
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