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.
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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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