For gamers that rely on precision, fast reaction times, swipes and quick movements, an ultra lightweight gaming mouse is a must-buy. The Glorious Model O and the SteelSeries Aerox 3 are some of the top contenders in the ultra lightweight space. Both of them weigh under 70 grams and they come with sensors that can keep up with fast swipes. If you are in the market for one, which of these two gaming mice is the better buy? We compare the two to help you decide.
Glorious Model O vs SteelSeries Aerox 3 Comparison Chart
People with smaller hands will find the slightly shorter SteelSeries Aerox 3 to be more comfortable to use than the Glorious Model O.
The biggest appeal of the Glorious Model O and SteelSeries Aerox 3 is their ultra lightweight build. They both weigh under 70 grams, with the Glorious Model O weighing 69 grams and the SteelSeries Aerox 3 weighing 68 grams. Their physical dimensions are roughly the same, but the SteelSeries Aerox 3 is slightly shorter by a quarter of an inch.
Looks-wise, both have perforated bodies. The holes reduce their weight, and even though they might look susceptible to dirt, dust, fluids or even dead skin cells, their interiors come with enough safety features. Both of them have ambidextrous shapes, but the thumb buttons are only on the left side, so these mice are better suited for right-handed users.
You can claw, palm and fingertip grip these gaming mice with ease since they aren’t that bulky. That said, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 is better suited for those with smaller hands since it is a bit shorter, especially for those that use fingertip or claw grips.
When it comes to build quality, both are excellent, with the Glorious Model O having a bit of an advantage. You’d think that their honeycomb bodies will be less durable than other mice with solid bodies, but these two are quite sturdy. They don’t have any flex and there aren’t any wobbly parts. These two gaming mice feel solid and sturdy.
The Glorious Model O and SteelSeries Aerox 3 offer similar features, but the latter has the advantage of having Bluetooth connectivity.
You’ll need to download the Glorious Model O’s and SteelSeries Aerox 3’s software in order to have access to everything that they offer. The Glorious Core software for the Model O offers customizations and settings for the mouse. You can remap buttons, adjust dpi and polling rate, and customize or disable RGB. The mouse has onboard memory so you can save all your preferences.
Likewise, the SteelSeries Engine 3 for the Aerox 3 also offers many customizations. From button remapping to adjusting polling rate and dpi, and playing with the mouse’s 3-zone RGB settings. The SteelSeries Aerox 3 also has onboard memory, but it only saves the button assignments.
When it comes to connectivity, both mice can be used either wired or wirelessly. They come with USB wireless dongles and you can use them wired while charging. One advantage of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 here is the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity. When connected via Bluetooth, its battery can last longer. Also, you can connect it to multiple devices at once.
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 edges the Glorious Model O in gaming performance and battery life.
Gaming performance is close between these two mice. The BAMF sensor of the Glorious Model O and the TrueMove Air sensor of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 are both accurate and they can keep up with fast swipes. The BAMF sensor has a dpi range of 100 – 19,000 and the TrueMove Air sensor has a 100 – 18,000 dpi range. You can adjust the dpi of the BAMF sensor in increments of 50, while the TrueMove Air sensor can be adjusted in increments of 100. Looking at the numbers, the Glorious Model O should be the winner, but that’s not the case here as we found the SteelSeries Aerox 3 to be just a tiny bit more consistent.
These mice offer excellent gliding with their PTFE feet, but the Glorious Model O comes with virgin grade PTFE feet that you can replace with third-party options. The mouse feels good on cloth mouse pads and even on the desk. However, they are kind of sharp so you might scratch your desk if you don’t have a mouse pad. The PTFE feet of the SteelSeries Aerox 3 also provide a smooth gliding experience, but it’s not as smooth as the virgin-grade PTFE feet of the Glorious Model O.
Battery life for the Glorious Model O is up to 71 hours, which is very good. However, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 trumps that by having a battery that can last up to 80 hours when used wirelessly via its 2.4GHz connection and up to 200 hours when connected via Bluetooth.
The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is a slightly better overall gaming mouse than the Glorious Model O.
Glorious Model O
Better build quality, wider dpi range and higher quality PTFE feet
SteelSeries Aerox 3
Better gaming performance, longer battery and offers Bluetooth connectivity
The Glorious Model O and the SteelSeries Aerox 3 are both excellent gaming mice, but the latter is just a bit better. The SteelSeries Aerox 3 is cheaper, it offers Bluetooth connectivity, it’s a bit more consistent when it comes to gaming and its battery life is longer. If you are looking to buy an ultra lightweight gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Aerox 3 is definitely the wiser choice between these two.
Yes, it’s an excellent gaming mouse that’s ultra lightweight, accurate and easy to use.
It’s worth buying since it’s one of the best built ultra lightweight gaming mice in the market.
The Glorious Model O has two variants—wired and wireless.
It has a battery life of up to 80 hours or 200 hours when connected via 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth, respectively.