Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse Review

Posted: Apr 2 2016, 2:40pm CDT | by , in Deals


Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse Review
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We've had limited hands-on experience playing with Mionix's line of peripherals, but what we have been able to sample has left a positive impression on us. Mionix, as you may or may not be aware, makes gaming peripherals. It's not as well known in the U.S. as companies like Razer and Logitech, nor is its product catalog quite as thick, though it's certainly growing.

One of the company's newest peripherals is the Naos 7000 mouse. This is a rodent that's ergonomically designed for right-handed gamers. As far as gaming mice go, it's well equipped with a 32-bit ARM processor, ADNS-3310 gaming grade optical sensor (up to 7,000 dpi), and a new lift off distance (LOD) calibration feature that, when combined with Mionix's Surface Quality Analyzer Tool (S.Q.A.T.), allows you to minimize the data loss between the sensor and your gaming surface. As far as we're aware, Mionix is the only one that offers this capability.

We've only scratched the surface here. A more thorough rundown is available right after a glance at the spec sheet:

  • 7 programmable buttons
  • 32-bit ARM processor running at 32MHz
  • Soft touch rubber coating
  • 3 step in-game DPI adjustment
  • 2 integrated RGB LEDs in 2 color zones
  • 128KB built-in memory
  • Polling rate adjustable up to 1,000Hz
  • Up to 7,000 dpi
  • Max tracking speed of at least 5.45m/sec (215 IPS)
  • Adjustable lift off distance
  • Braided cable
  • 1-year warranty
  • $80 street

What We Liked:

    • Smooth and Soft: The entire surface of the Naos 7000 is coated in a soft touch rubber material (four layers). Not only does this deflect fingerprints rather than attract them like a glossy finish, it also feels incredibly smooth.

    • Lightweight Design: If you prefer a heavier rodent, this isn't the mouse for you. However, if you're a fan of lightweight mice, the Naos 7000 fits the bill. The body of the mouse weighs a mere 103 grams (147 grams if including the cable), making it easy to shove around your mouse pad or surface of choice with minimal hand fatigue. It's also ergonomically molded for right-handed gamers with a shape that accommodates a full palm grip.

    • Lift Off Distance Calibration: This is a tool that comes in handy for gamers who might be having tracking issues on different types of surfaces. You can adjust this setting in Mionix's software and then test how much data is being lost using the Surface Quality Analyzer Tool (S.Q.A.T.), which is also available in the accompanying software under the Sensor Performance tab. Ideally you won't ever need to tinker with the LOD, though it's nice to have the ability when the surface you're gaming on isn't exactly ideal.

  • High DPI: At up to 7,000 dpi, the Naos 7000 is plenty sensitive enough for all types of gaming and in-game situations, such as whipping your character around for a kill shot or sniping enemies from a distance. Two buttons beneath the scroll wheel allow you to cycle between three dpi presets of your choosing.

What We Didn't Like:

    • Button Envy: RTS gamers will find themselves feeling jealous of some of the other mice on the market aimed directly at their genre. These are the ones with a million and one buttons (slight exaggeration). Seven buttons is sufficient to qualify as a gaming mouse, though tacking on a few more wouldn't be such a terrible idea.

  • Can't Adjust the Weight: We happen to like a lightweight rodent, especially for long gaming sessions (or even long hours in front of Photoshop), but not all gamers feel this way. Plenty of people prefer a heavier mouse, and the way to cater to both types (and everyone in between) is by implementing an adjustable weight system.

Our Verdict:

The Naos 7000 is another solid offering from Mionix. We really like how the four layers of rubber coating feel to the touch, and the ergonomic design fits like a glove, provided you're a right-handed gamer. What's also interesting here is that Mionix allows you to adjust the rodent's lift off distance in case it has trouble tracking on the surface you're trying to game on. In a perfect world, all gaming mice would excel on all types of surfaces, but that isn't how it works in the real world so it's nice that Mionix lets you calibrate the mouse.

Take note that this is a lightweight peripheral. It's easy to push around and therefore won't tire out your hand after an hour or so of gaming, but if you prefer a heavier peripherals, this isn't the rodent for you À there's no way to adjust the weight. RTS gamers may also want to look at what else is available.

At around $80 (street), Mionix is charging a premium for the Naos 7000. While we'd like to see it come down in price, we feel it's a fair (not exceptional) value considering how comfortable and capable it is. There aren't many mice that fit in your hand as nice as this one does, and it's not lacking in features.

Our Score: 4 out of 5


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