If you checked out our SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL Keyboard review, you may have noticed its pairing with a wireless mouse that was not yet reviewed here. Well, that mouse is the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost and the time for that review is now. The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless features SteelSeries’s TrueMove Air sensor and a featherlike 68g total weight. Not to be outdone by the Apex 3 TKL’s level of protection, this mouse has protection of its own, sporting an IP54 rating of protection against water and dust.
However, what else does the Aerox 3 Wireless give you in its flashy LED-infused frame? Let’s dive into the $99 SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless mouse.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost Specs
|Sensor||SteelSeries TrueMove Air|
|CPI||100–18,000 in 100 CPI Increments|
|IPS||400, on SteelSeries QcK surfaces|
|Polling Rate||1000Hz / 1 ms|
|Hardware Acceleration||None (Zero Hardware Acceleration)|
|Length||120.55mm / 4.75 inches|
|Width||57.91mm / 2.28 inches (front), 67.03mm / 2.64 inches (back)|
|Height||21.53mm / 0.85 inches (front), 37.98mm / 1.50 inches (back)|
|Connection||2.4GHz / Bluetooth 5.0|
|Battery Life||Up to 80 hours 2.4GHz, Up to 200 hours Bluetooth|
A SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless purchase comes with the mouse itself, a USB Type-C wireless dongle, a USB C to USB A charging cable, and an extension adapter.
Build, Features, and Feel
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is a right-handed 6-button mouse. You have left and right clicks, a scroll wheel for Mouse 3, a CPI toggle button, and thumb side buttons Mouse 4 and Mouse 5. On the bottom you have a power switch that also toggles the mouse between Bluetooth and Quantum 2.0 Wireless connectivity with the included USB-C dongle.
SteelSeries latest mouse design immediately tackles two birds with one stone. The “holey shell” is not only a means of highlighting the mouse’s RBG lighting, but it also reduces the mouse’s total weight by about 18g. Despite that, the shell remains durable, protecting the 68g ultra lightweight product against drop damage. However, the damage protection does not stop there. The Aerox 3 Wireless’ AquaBarrier protection provides the exposed internals with an IP54 rating of protection against water, dust and debris. The mouse is even protected against electrostatic discharge by its dual-purpose RGB layer, careful component spacing, and a small lightning rod near the cable connection point.
The Aerox 3 Wireless is powered by SteelSeries’ Quantum 2.0 Wireless technology when using it with the wireless USB-C dongle. The driving point of this 2.4GHz wireless technology is its ultra-low latency backed by packet loss protection. This technology allows the Aerox 3 Wireless to transmit on two wireless channels simultaneously across 40 frequencies. When one channel is disrupted by wireless interference, the other seamlessly compensates, ensuring that not even a signal packet is dropped. Best of all, Quantum 2.0 Wireless is designed to minimize energy consumption more than ever before, contributing to the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost’s impressive 200-hour maximum battery lifespan.
Moving onto performance components, the Aerox 3 Wireless uses the TrueMove Air sensor. The TrueMove Air sensor tracks at a maximum 18,000 CPI at a maximum speed of 400 IPS, with a maximum acceleration of 40G. The mouse’s Golden Micro IP54 Switches are rated for an 80 million click lifespan while also employing the IP54 rating of water and dust resistance. On the bottom, you have 100% Virgin Grade PTFE glide skates, allowing for the smoothest and least resistant of mouse swipes and movements. Even when using the Aerox 3 Wireless in wired mode, the included wiring is a flexible and lightweight super mesh USB-C cable.
The Aerox 3 Wireless’s build is quite impressive. Here you have a sturdy and reinforced body that is both ultra-lightweight and easy on the eyes. The limited Ghost edition of the Aerox 3 Wireless uses a semi-transparent body that highlights the mouse’s lighting both through its holes and its body. Lighting shines brightly and beautify through the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost whenever the mouse is not in movement. Whenever movement is detected, the LED’s temporarily stop shining, both saving battery power and reducing any potential distraction that the LED’s may cause. This is courtesy of the mouse’s Illumination Smart Mode feature, which is on by default but can be toggled off via the SteelSeries Engine .
As far as feel goes, the mouse is indeed ultra-lightweight. Optimized for both claw and finger grips, I found myself most comfortably employing a finger drip when handling this mouse. Swipes felt clean and smooth, with the mouse itself being easy to lift and reposition without any effort whatsoever. The Aerox 3 Wireless’s matte finish allowed me to easily maintain my grip on the mouse with my thumb and pinky. Not to mention, button placement is spot on, with the mouse wheel, CPI toggle, and thumb side buttons all being easy to manage and reach for.
All in all, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless sports an impressive build that is solid, beautiful, and is lightweight as the box advertises. The Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost edition simply goes the extra mile in the looks department, with a pleasant and unique approach to flaunting the mouse’s RBG lighting.
More Features and Performance
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless and Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost are customizable via the SteelSeries Engine found in the free SteelSeries GG app. Through the SteelSeries Engine, you can customize all of the mouse’s button behaviors, control RBG lighting effects, save behavior profiles, and set those profiles to automatically trigger when specified apps have focus. Specific to the Aerox 3 Wireless, the SteelSeries Engine allows you to fine tune the mouse’s angle snapping, sleep timer, illumination dim timer, acceleration, deceleration, polling rate as well as toggling High-efficiency mode and Illumination Smart Mode.
The CPI Toggle button can toggle between as many CPI levels as you prefer, which is also customizable via the SteelSeries Engine. You can also determine the specific CPI setting for each of those levels. You can even opt to repurpose the CPI button altogether to a function that you prefer.
Furthermore, you can also create macros by using the record feature to capture your keystrokes. You can then double back to fine tune keypress and release timings to match your preferences or needs. Then, it is as simple as assigning the macro to the mouse button of your choice.
Using the SteelSeries Engine to manage the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost was more than easy. The configuration controls are quite straightforward and easy to employ. During my trial period with the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost, I paired the mouse with the SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL that I was using at the same time. Here, I got to see that configuration auto-loading in action. I went from a blue to white color scheme as the default for the keyboard and mouse pair. Then, I went with a green to white scheme for when Halo Infinite had focus, and then a “gold” to yellow scheme to match my guardian in Destiny 2.
When it came to actual handling, the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost got the job done. Considering that I prefer a heavier mouse like the SteelSeries Rival 600, it was quite the treat to see how effective the Aerox 3 Wireless was in my hands from the very start. The right-handed mouse was already comfortable and easy to handle by default. Therefore, seeing that lossless input transition cleanly onscreen was the full-circle experience that I got to enjoy. Without even having to customize the default settings for angle snapping, I got to experience an accurate representation of my movements and a satisfying click actuation that was devoid of latency.
I mentioned in my Apex 3 TKL review, I normally do my Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris runs on my Xbox Series X with a controller. Therefore, it was quite a telling story of the effectiveness of peripherals I used to get that Flawless title on PC, two Tuesdays ago. I traditionally play Destiny 2 with an aggressive close quarter play style. This involved a lot of shoulder charges followed by 180 turns with a fusion rifle or shotgun. The Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost allowed for sharp and accurate shots, leading to several double-kills or sometimes even team wipes. Despite being a mouse that is much lighter than my personal tastes, the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost felt right at home in my hands
The battery life on the Aerox 3 Wireless is also very impressive. It should be said that the max battery life while using the Quantum 2.0 Wireless USB connectivity is closer to 80 hours, while it is closer to that 200-hour point when the mouse is in Bluetooth mode. It was pretty handy being able to swap between the mouse’s two wireless modes with a simple flip of a switch. I found myself using the mouse for both work and play, while being able to seamlessly transition between the two. Bluetooth was for work and Quantum 2.0 Wireless was for play. I would be able to use the Aerox 3 Wireless for a good four to five days before the mouse complained about low battery. This was not bad considering that I left the LED’s on the brightest setting.
I was pleasantly surprised by the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost from the moment I opened the box. I held in my hand one of the lightest, if not the lightest, gaming mouses I have used to date. It sports an impressive design that combines practicality, build integrity, and attractiveness. I then put the Aerox 3 Wireless in action and was treated to comfortable handling and accurate precision throughout seemingly endless hours of wireless usage.
At $99, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is at a solid price point for a gaming mouse with this level of performance and features, wired or wireless. Whether you go for the Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost or the 2022 Edition, you will not be disappointed.
Do check out the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost mouse for yourself by clicking here. Conversely, you can check out the SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless 2022 Edition mouse by clicking here.
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