SteelSeries adds customizable buttons to its lightest mouse

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SteelSeries has just expanded its range of gaming mice with three new Aerox models, complete with a full suite of customizable buttons.

The Aerox series was already a successful line of ultra-light gaming mice, but many users wanted more options to adapt the mouse to their playing style. The company appears to be addressing this by adding the Aerox 5, Aerox 5 Wireless and the Aerox 9 Wireless to its lineup.

SteelSeries Aerox gaming mice.

We’ve already had a chance to test the SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless and found it to be a great value for the price. It gives you access to fully mapped keyboard keys, all within easy reach of your thumb, speeding up the game and helping you land that final spell that seals the deal. The other two new Aerox mice sound just as good on paper.

The Aerox 5 is described by SteelSeries as the “lightest multi-genre mouse in the world”. Whether that claim is true or not, it’s absolutely true that Aerox mice are lightweight and easy to operate. This model weighs only 66 grams, which confirms that point. It comes with nine programmable buttons that you can bind to various in-game gestures, macros, and just about anything else you could possibly need. The mouse comes with Golden Micro IP54 switches, is water resistant and comes with 3 RGB zones that you can customize to your own taste. All three mice provide 18,000 counts per inch (CPI).

While the Aerox 5 is basic level wired, the Aerox 5 Wireless is (obviously) not. Weighing in at 74g, it’s still virtually feather-light, and SteelSeries promises up to 180 hours of battery life. Once the battery is empty, just 15 minutes should be enough to top up the battery for up to 40 hours. The mouse relies on Quantum 2.0 Wireless and Bluetooth technology to reliably connect to your PC. Like the Aerox 5, this model also comes with nine programmable buttons.

The Aerox 9 Wireless sits on a table.

The best mice of all three, the Aerox 9 Wireless, are marketed to MMO and MOBA gamers for its fast performance and high accuracy. It weighs 89g, but also brings the number of customizable buttons to 12, almost turning your mouse into a full-fledged keyboard replacement for some titles. SteelSeries claims the mouse will be durable, with IP54 switches for up to 80 million clicks, water resistance and a long battery life – equal to that of the Aerox 5 Wireless.

It’s a good move for SteelSeries to keep things lightweight while adding so many thumb buttons. If the Aerox 9 Wireless has anything to offer, these mice should land on almost every list of the best gaming mice in the future.

All three models are already available worldwide, including on Amazon, with the Aerox 5 priced at $80, the Aerox 5 wireless — for $140, and the Aerox 9 wireless – for $150. With such a small price difference between the two top variants, there’s a good chance that many players will choose the 9 over the 5 for those three extra buttons.

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