SteelSeries is a well-known figure in the PC gaming peripheral market. Over the years, he has developed a stellar reputation for producing high-quality mice, headsets, and more – just look at SteelSeries Sensei, one of the industry’s most popular and long-lasting mice. Today, the company hopes to continue the trend with the new Aerox 3: a “breakthrough” ultralight gaming mouse.
The term “success” may be an exaggeration here, but the Aerox 3 is undoubtedly a smooth piece of technology. The mouse weighs just 66 grams, which is less than 2/10 pounds for those of us who use the imperial system, and it comes in two variants: a wireless model and a standard version.
The wing-like glow of Erox would be a solid marketing point alone, but far more than that. For starters, this is the first gaming mouse from SteelSeries to feature USB-C connectivity. For a company founded nearly 20 years ago, this is a huge leap forward, and it eventually leads to fast charging.
Actually, for Aerox 3 Wireless, you can use more than 40 hours on a single 15 minute charge, which is going to be more than enough for many people. However, if you decide to charge it fully, you can expect 200 hours of battery life in Bluetooth mode or over 80 hours of usage in high-speed 2.4GHz mode.
Both variants of the Aerox 3 typically feature bottom and top plates: Instead of being solid metal or plastic, the plates have dozens of diamond-shaped cut-outs, possibly contributing to the equipment’s reduced weight.
Since both gadgets feature fully customizable RGB lighting, this design will be quite attractive in the right lighting conditions, as the LED’s glow comes out through the holes.
As far as performance goes, SteelSeries’ new “TrueWave Air” sensor promises “true 1-to-1 tracking” for wireless Aerox 3. The sensor has 18,000 CPI, tracking speed of 400IPS and acceleration of 40G, while retaining “incredible power efficiency.”
The wired EROX 3 uses a separate sensor, known as the Truevam core. It has a CPI of 8,500, 300 IPS and 35G acceleration, so it is not as strong here.
However, since the device was wired, SteelSeries reduced its weight even further, reducing it from 66 grams to just 57 grams. In addition to various sensors and incorporating a hardwired cable, this device is similar to its wireless counterpart.
The final feature of the note shared by both mice is the official IP54 dust and water resistance. This means that devices can withstand water splashes from “any angle”, which can be easy enough if you set your drink on your desk.
Both Aerox 3 and Aerox 3 Wireless are launching globally on November 10, available at SteelSeries.com and at Best Buy. The former mouse will run you about $ 60 (=4473 INR), while the other one comes in at $ 100 (= 7,455 INR).
Unfortunately, they do not currently ship to India for now.