The Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse.
Recently made available by Mionix, a Swedish manufacturer of higher-end gaming peripherals and accessories, the Naos 7000 gaming mouse is geared towards those who take their computer games seriously. So, what do you get for spending $80 on this mouse? A well-made and dependable piece of hardware that also feels somewhat cheap to the touch.
Featuring a hand-friendly ergonomic design, the Naos 7000 is initially quite comfortable to hold. This right-handed computer mouse features a nice grove for the user's thumb and a comfortable shape for a traditional palm grip. It's seven programmable buttons are located in the more-or-less usual places - including the thumb buttons that operate as forward/back shortcuts for web browsing - and are quite easy to access. The mouse wheel feels solid and has the right amount of resistance to it when spun or clicked.
Inversely, those who use a claw grip rather than a palm grip on their computer mice will find this to be one of the most uncomfortable mice on the market due to its ergonomic and asymmetrical shape.
For better or for worse, the mouse's body is encased with a stiff, semi-smooth texture. Compared to other gaming mice such as the Razer DeathAdder, the texture is a bit of a turn off as it doesn't feel like it would give much grip and players might suffer from sweaty palm syndrome. To a point, that's exactly how it seems after an hour or so of consistent use. A physical feature noticeably missing from the Naos 7000 that is commonly found on other gaming mice at the $80 price point is a rubberized thumb grip. Had Mionix included one on this mouse, it would have performed better over time while playing higher-intensity games such as the first-person shooter Darkest of Days. Playing games such as Second Life and Magic 2014 with the Naos 7000 was less of an issue.
As is hinted at by the number within the mouse's name, the Mionix Naos 7000 runs at a default sensitivity of 7000 dpi. It's simply the default rating because it can be tuned via Mionix's free downloadable software with which users can also program the mouse's buttons and change the color of its internal LEDs. Those who are more into simple plug-and-play use won't find much interest into this and will settle for the defaults the mouse has out of the box and will be happy enough with it's on-board sensitivity controls, but for those who want such control should appreciate having the option to do so.
The Mionix Naos provides solid and precise performance and PC gamers should be happy enough with it. It's ergonomic design is pleasant even if the tactile feel of the mouse is lacking. The biggest concern, however, is whether or not the mouse is worth the $80 price tag. Compared to the everyday mouse used on the test computer, the aforementioned Razer DeathAdder, there wasn't a big enough difference to justify the Naos 7000 costing some $20 more than the DeathAdder.
Those who do decide to spend a few extra dollars for the well-constructed Mionix Naos 7000 shan't be disappointed, but for the price it could be slightly better to the touch if nothing else.