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SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review – For Palm and Claw Grip Gamers

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review – The Aerox 3 wireless was launched almost a few years ago and now it’s time for a comeback. SteelSeries is releasing newer models in the series: Aerox 5, Aerox 5 Wireless and Aerox 9 Wireless.

We’ve got the Aerox 5 Wireless here for a review – a new lightweight wireless gaming mouse with a longer battery life and the Honeycomb shell design you love about the Aerox 3. The Aerox 5 Wireless also has an additional, programmable DPI – clutch resembles a paddle and an up/down switch that you can use.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review – Unpacking and Packing Content

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review – Design and Features

The new SteelSeries Aerox 5 weighs 74 grams and is therefore light enough to slide over the mouse pad. The honeycomb design is certainly one of the reasons the mouse can be so light, but it also means less sweaty hands in the summer. The shell covers almost your entire palm, so the airflow is more than good.

And if you’re concerned about water or your sugary drinks reaching the internal components through the holes, don’t worry. The mouse has an IP54 rating thanks to the AquaBarrier technology that protects your mouse not only against water, but also against dust, dirt, oil and grime. So if you usually have your can of Coke nearby while gaming, you’ll be safe from accidents.

The mouse is designed for right-handed gamers, so it’s contoured around the sides to rest your right thumb, and there are no buttons on the right side to prevent accidental clicking with your little finger. Also note that the Aerox 5 Wireless is designed more for Palm and Claw Grip users.

I’m a Fingertip/Finger gamer myself and while I can comfortably hold the Aerox 5 Wireless and enjoy using it for over 2 weeks during the review period, I certainly understand why the Aerox 3 design is a better fit for me. The body of the Aerox 5 Wireless feels longer and heavier to lift repeatedly compared to the Aerox 3 Wireless. For Claw and Palm grip users, this is actually great as the mouse feels firmer to glide over the mat.

And no matter what I try, I can barely reach that paddle on the front of the mouse unless I change my grip mid-game and it’s not practical during a fast, frenetic battle. But if you are a Palm and Claw grip gamer you will have no problem at all. You can also use the up/down switch above the side buttons. I didn’t find it necessary and the placement feels quite clunky for me to use.

As for the sensor, the performance is great and accurate. SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is powered by the SteelSeries TrueMove Air Optical sensor with 400 IPS, 40G and up to 18,000 CPI/DPI. The sensor has never let me down, even if I swiped and swiped a lot while playing overwatch and Overwatch 2 beta – fast-paced, competitive, online FPS games from Blizzard.

Here are some gameplay clips with Overwatch while using the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless:

The Aerox 5 also has up to 80 hours of battery life (on 2.4GHz wireless) and can be charged for 15 minutes to get around 40 hours.

When you’re not gaming, you can also switch to a more efficient Bluetooth 5.0 connection that gives you up to 180 hours of battery life. And yes, with Bluetooth support, you can pair the mouse with a non-PC Bluetooth supported device.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review Conclusion

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is a good all-round wireless gaming mouse for Claw and Palmgrip gamers with 5 additional side action buttons that you can program for use in different games. The TrueMove Air optical sensor delivers great performance, the mouse is IP54 rated, and I’ve never had any issues with wireless latency while playing mainly Overwatch over a 2-3 week period of reviewing the mouse.

It also offers 2.4GHz and Bluetooth so you can use the same mouse for any normal desktop work that doesn’t require lightning-fast performance as you can save more battery this way. However, with up to 80 hours of battery life on the 2.4GHz wireless connection, you should have plenty of time before needing to charge the mouse with the included USB-C cable.

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless retails for A$269 and is available from retailers across Australia such as JB Hi-Fi and also from Amazon.com

Disclosure: SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wirelss review sample has been submitted for review

SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Review

Overview

A lightweight wireless gaming mouse with additional programmable buttons for Claw and Palmgrip gamers

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • IP54 rating
  • Honeycomb shell design means great airflow for your palm
  • Fast and accurate sensor performance
  • Has Bluetooth 5.0 support
  • No noticeable input lag or wireless latency
  • Has a handy DPI toggle button below the scroll wheel, plus a few more programmable buttons
  • 3 RGB zones

cons

  • Not suitable for fingertip gamers or those with small hands due to the long body design
  • Feels a bit slippery if you have to lift your mouse often
  • Right-handed only

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