A couple of weeks ago, the folks over at Mionix offered me the opportunity to get my hands on the Naos 8200 gaming mouse, the newest in their line of high end gaming mice. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to see if anything out there could give my Razer Mamba a run for its money, without costing hundreds of dollars. A couple of days later the FedEx guy dropped the mouse off and I dove in to the box like a kid at Christmas.
What I found in the box was the mouse itself and a small instructional foldout telling me where to go to download the control software for the mouse (which the mouse WILL work without). I plugged the mouse in to one of my USB ports and away we went!
The first thing I noticed was the feel of the thing. This mouse is CRAZY comfortable. I used it for hours and hours straight, playing games like Planetside 2 and didn’t suffer from even the slightest amount of fatigue or discomfort. Part of the reason for this has to do with the size of the thing. This is a big mouse, with molded cradles for the ring and pinky fingers, where those fingers can rest in a very comfortable position. The sheer size of the thing worried me though, because I have pretty big hands and I figured if it fit me perfectly, it wouldn’t work for folks with smaller grippers.
I decided to have one of my buddies try the mouse to see what he thought. This guy’s hands are like little girl hands. They’re tiny. I gave him the mouse to use for a few hours and he reported back to me with the same thing I had experienced; The mouse felt very natural in his hand and he suffered from no fatigue or discomfort, even after hours of constant use.
So how did the thing perform? Very well, I’d say. The mouse features adjustable sensitivity and uses a dark laser so it will track on just about any surface. I found it to be very sensitive, very responsive and very accurate (at least, once I got used to the difference between it and my Mamba). The control software allows you to adjust the DPI settings for each of the 3 sensitivity levels which can be switched through via buttons on the mouse. It also allows you to use the mouse as a surface analyzer tool which will scan the surface you’re using and determine what the quality of the surface is. The higher the quality of the surface, the more accurate the mouse will be, of course, and this will give you a great idea of what you’re working with.
Another thing I like about this mouse is the ability to change the color of the lights all over it. You can set a solid color as well as shifting colors, pulsing, fading…it’s pretty hot. I chose a nice deep purple, because I like purple. That’s right, I like purple…PURPLE…The same color the contusions covering your face, head, chest, neck and spine will be if you say anything about the fact that I like purple.
So how does this mouse stack up, overall? Brilliantly. It is every bit as accurate and sensitive as my Razer Mamba and has, in fact, replaced it on my gaming rig due to the ergonomic design and incredible comfort through extended gaming sessions. I can’t find a single, solitary thing wrong with this mouse, and that’s not something I can say about anything very often…In fact, I’ve never said it…ever. It is sleek, stylish, super light and incredibly customizable and I think Mionix is going to give all the other makers of high-end gaming mice a run for their money.
Look out, guys, there’s a new player in the game and Mionix means business.
- Right handed truly ergonomic design, full palm grip
- Grip friendly rubber coating
- 7 fully programmable buttons
- 3 steps in-game DPI adjustment
- 6 integrated LEDs in 4 colour zones
- Up to 16.8 Million LED colour options
- Lighting effects Colour shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing
- 128 kb built-in memory
- Large PTFE mouse feet
- Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection with Plug and Play
- Cable 2m long braided cable
- 32bit ARM processor 72mhz
- 8200 DPI gaming laser sensor
- Max tracking speed 3.8 m/sec (150 ips)
- Max acceleration 30g
- Data Format 16-bit both sensor and USB
- Adjustable to 1ms response time
- Up to 12000 fps
- 10.8 megapixel per second Image processing power
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
- 18.5 x 13.5 x 5.7 cm
- Net weight: 320 g
- Windows® / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
- 40 mb free space on hard drive
- Available USB port