When it involves gaming mice the present development appears to be the lighter the higher. This permits for simpler motion, much less fatigue, and a pleasant low quantity for bragging rights to placed on the field. Mouse makers around the globe are discovering methods to shed just some additional grams, which is very true of wi-fi mice, given the additional weight added by the battery. Still, firms like SteelSeries are doing their greatest to get that weight down, even when it means stamping diamonds out of a mouse’s plastic exterior. 

That’s a giant a part of the driving aesthetic for the newest spherical of SteelSeries Aerox mice, together with the Aerox 5 Wireless. It retains the theme with a diamond cutout again which extends out barely in direction of the first buttons, assumedly to assist it shave valuable weight. This permits the cool impact of the RGB lights shining by means of the plastic grating, which is essentially invisible as soon as a hand is positioned excessive.

Despite the heavy advertising lean in direction of the epic RGB lighting it appears like we must always get extra of a view of it throughout use. It’s absolutely customisable within the SteelSeries GG software program, however the RGB gentle is most distinguished when held the wrong way up, or not in use, so it virtually appears like an afterthought. Much like many mice with these reduce out stylings. Of course, RGB lighting is not actually all that necessary on the subject of a superb gaming mouse, however in case you checked out these photos and have been anticipating the aurora borealis to be right in your fingers, think about these desires simply a few effectively steamed hams.

When it involves really feel, the Aerox 5 Wireless is a slightly lengthy mouse with a excessive curve that arches into the again of your palm. It permits for a relaxed and comfy match when the hand is sitting additional again. From this place, the 2 important mouse buttons, scroll wheel, DPI adjuster and a lot of the aspect buttons are simply in attain. Two common aspect buttons and one vertical swap button are positioned where the thumb sits on the left-hand aspect. These are very easy to make use of, and may be programmed to get a bunch of performance out of them.

Aerox 5 specs

HyperX Aerox 5 gaming mouse with RGB lighting enabled.

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Connection: Wireless (2.4GHz/Bluetooth)
Weight: 74g
Sensor: SteelSeries TrueMove Air
Type: Optical
DPI: 18,000
IPS: 400
Acceleration: 40G
Extras: RGB lighting, SteelSeries GG software program
Price: $140/£135

The vertical button is very good for basic use and shopping, although can really feel a bit stiff for fast touches in-game.

There’s one ahead button for the thumb that I can not get to with out adopting a extra claw styled grip on the mouse, nevertheless. It’s proof that the mouse can be utilized pretty comfortably with each widespread types of grip, however these wanting to sit down their fingers additional again might must do with out that additional aspect button more often than not.

For gaming, I did discover myself moving the mouse extra as a result of its lighter type issue. This meant that I may extra simply reply and make flick shots for twitchy shooters. While I would not say this mouse made me any higher at them, it made it simpler to react and go for greater actions. It additionally glides actually properly with easy monitoring, and the buttons I can simply attain all really feel satisfying to click on when their turns come. I’m not going to be happening candy excessive talent kill sprees anytime quickly, however I’ve an opportunity of really making an attempt for them.

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HyperX Aerox 5 gaming mouse with RGB lighting enabled.

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HyperX Aerox 5 gaming mouse with RGB lighting enabled.

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HyperX Aerox 5 gaming mouse with RGB lighting enabled on a dog.

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The SteelSeries Aerox 5 wi-fi mouse comes packaged with a braided USB Type-A to Type-C cable for charging in addition to a USB Type-C dongle. Both of those can work with the included weighted desk adapter with rubber footings which plugs into the tip of a USB cable on aspect and the receiver on the opposite—supplying you with a bit extra freedom on where you find the receiver.  It additionally means you needn’t have USB Type-C ports in your PC to make use of this mouse. This mixture provides you loads of choices for positioning the receiver for the mouse, that means you’ll be able to fight any potential latency by optimising the receiver’s location to the mouse.

I’m not going to be happening candy excessive talent kill sprees anytime quickly, however I’ve an opportunity of really making an attempt for them.

Thankfully, in my expertise latency hasn’t been a problem, and actually should not be as at present’s wi-fi mice have come a great distance. I’ve performed with moving the dongle round a bit simply to check and have not but skilled any noticeable latency whereas gaming. The Bluetooth connection additionally appeared very strong, although was principally used for decrease latency duties.

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SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless

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There’s additionally the SteelSeries GG software program. This allows you to monitor the battery and alter varied settings, together with RGB lighting choices and mouse sensitivities. There are a tonne of choices right here for configuring varied points, which is nice for actually dialling in your settings. It’s not the prettiest and feels a bit clunky, however there are a superb quantity of choices for individuals who need them.

But I do really feel just like the battery suffers somewhat, probably in conserving to this mouse’s lighter weight. This is the form of mouse you are more likely to must cost on daily basis if it will get any actual use. It does an incredible job of conserving battery whereas idle, however video games and fixed use will take a toll. The SteelSeries GG software program usually appears like it will possibly misrepresent the cost, which might result in operating out of battery before you count on. I’m but to have it run out on me mid-game, however it’s one thing I’m cautious of.