Mionix Naos 3200 Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: October 26, 2010
Have you been looking for a new mouse for your gaming setup? Maybe the mouse you have now is giving you an uncomfortable ache while you're sitting in front of your computer - gaming for hours and hours on end. Well if that's the case, you are going to want to find an ergonomic mouse that is going to fit perfectly in your hand and give you support while you are sitting there killing your friends, zombies, aliens or whatever enemies are in the game you are playing. To help with that, Mionix has released the Naos 3200 gaming mouse. This mouse comes with an ergonomic design that is going to be able to comfortably support your hand while you are gaming. Just as important to a gamer as comfort and feel are customization and the overall look of the mouse you are going to be using for hours a day. Well, Mionix understands this and has given you a great looking mouse that you are able to customize to your liking by being able to reprogram all of the buttons found on this mouse. I am excited to see how the Naos 3200 is going to be able to compare to its big brother, the Mionix Naos 5000 as well as others out on the market.
Looking at the front of the package for the Mionix Naos 3200, you are going to see a large image of the Naos 3200 with the Mionix logo printed in the bottom left hand corner of the package with the slogan "LIGHT-YEARS AHEAD OF THE GAME -MIONIX.NET" printed below. Along the left edge of the package is where you are going to find the Naos 3200 Logo printed and on the opposite edge is where you are going to find a short description of the mouse: "High Performance Gaming Mouse". When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to see the Mionix Naos 3200 logos printed along the top, with an image of the mouse with all of the key features highlighted such as the seven programmable buttons, 3200 dpi optical-LED sensor, customizable LED light system and much more. You are also going to get a quick model overview, technical specifications and sensor performance. When you open up the package, you are going to see the Minoix Naos 3200 presented in a very elegant way. The entire inside of the package is made up of a black cardboard while the mouse is displayed through a molded plastic casing to keep it protected. On the top of the lid, you will see a short paragraph explaining how Mionix came up with the Naos name, which is named after the star Naos that happens to be a blue super giant and is one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.
When you pull the Mionix Naos 3200 out of the packaging, you are going to see that it looks identical to the Mionix Naos 5000 that I reviewed earlier this year. The overall design for the Naos 3200 is for a longer, more flat mouse than most mice on the market. You are going to get many ergonomic features such as molded support all over the mouse for all of your fingers, including your ring and pinky fingers.
Taking a look the Mionix Naos 3200 from above, you are going to see that there is a scroll wheel placed in the typical spot and you will find two extra buttons located directly behind the scroll wheel that can be programmed (via the Naos software) to carry out any function. The bottom of the mouse is where you are going to find the 3200 DPI optical-LED sensor that can capture up to 6469 frames per second and that also has a 1ms response time. The USB cable that connects your Naos 3200 to your computer is two meters long and is braided to increase the durability of the cable. It does use full speed USB 2.0 Plug n Play as well as having a Gold-plated connection.
As I mentioned before, you are going to see two buttons positioned directly above the scroll wheel on the Mionix Naos 3200. These buttons can be programmed to carry out any function that you may want them to. However by default they are going to control the DPI setting profiles that you have setup in the software. There are also two buttons on the ledge that your thumb rests on. These two are also fully programmable.
Now that we know exactly how the Mionix Naos 3200 was packaged and what it looks like, it is time to get the software installed and see exactly what settings we can change.
Once you get the Mionix Naos 3200 software downloaded from Mionix's website here and installed, we can begin to go through the software to get everything setup. The first screen that you are going to come up to is the Mouse Settings page. This is where you are going to be able to change basic features of the mouse. You are going to be able to change the Double Click speed from Slow to Fast; the Scroll Speed from one to six either by page number or by line number and you are also going to be able to change the Pointer Acceleration from Low to High. You are also going to see an image of the mouse with numbers next to every one of the buttons on the mouse. This is where you are going to be able to change the functions of each button. You are going to have your default commands such as Left Click, Right Click, Scroll Click, Forward, Back, DPI up, DPI down, and DPI poll. You are also given Scroll up, Scroll down, Single key assign, Assign recorded macro and Disable Button. If you click the Single Key Assignment button, you are going to get a pop up that lets you just press the key on your keyboard which you want to be assigned to a mouse button. You then click the OK button on the pop-up. You are also going to be able to assign a recorded macro you have created using the Mionix Macro Editor which I will show you later.
The next screen that we come to is the Custom Settings page. This is where you are going to be able to change the DPI settings up to 3200, the Pointer Speed from one to 11, the USB Polling Rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz and the LED Effects to either on or off. The DPI settings have three DPI Steps, 1 to 3 and have their own LED color to let you know what setting you are on just by looking at the mouse. Red LED would mean DPI Step 1, Green for Step 2 and Blue for Step 3. You are only given three choices for the DPI settings; 800 DPI, 1600 DPI, and 3200 DPI.
After the Custom Settings page, comes the Macro Settings screen. This is where you are going to be able to create a macro within the Mionix Naos 3200's driver software to be assigned to a button on your mouse. To do so, all you need to do is click New Macro at the bottom of the screen, type the name for the Macro then click the Start Record button off to the right hand side of the screen. As soon as you click Start Record, any key press on the keyboard is saved to the Macro to be performed from a single click of your mouse button. You are allowed up to ten Events. Keep in mind that a key press consists of both the press and release of the key that needs to be recorded. So in reality, you can only record five keys.
The final page of the Mionix Naos 3200 driver software is the Support page. This screen is where you are going to get Internet links to the Minoix Online Support page as well as a link to check for updates to the software that you currently have installed on your computer. Under the button for Check for Updates, you will see it says "Current software version: 1.07" which at the time of the review is the most up-to-date version of the software.
Now that the Minoix Naos 3200 is setup and configured to the way I like it, it is time to take a look at the specifications and features of the mouse, then continue on to the testing.
High-Speed USB 2.0
Up to 3200 DPI
- Grip friendly rubber coating
- Configurable dpi up to 3200 dpi
- Large teflon feet
- Gold-plated USB connection
- Full speed USB 2.0 with Plug n Play
- Cable length: 2 m (braided for durability)
- Compatible with all kinds of surfaces
- Truly ergonomic design
- Truly ergonomic design with support for all five fingers
- Plug n Play Completely
- Plug n Play, software needed only for configuration
- Maximum grip
- The rubber coating ensures a maximum grip
- 3200 dpi LED-optical sensor
- Reliable and accurate LED-optical sensor technology
- Built-in memory
- Bring your settings and recorded macros with you
- Customizable LED light system
- Personalize your mouse with your favourite color
- 3 steps customizable dpi in-game adjustment
- Choose from 3 dpi steps and switch between them in-game
- 7 programmable buttons
- The buttons can be assigned to any key command or macro
- Adjustable polling rate
- Tune it all the way up to 1000Hz through the software
All information courtesy of Mionix @ http://www.mionix.net/page.php?al=naos3200
To properly test the Mionix Naos 3200, I will be testing it from four different aspects: speed; comfort; precision and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to use. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the number of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs. The Orochi mouse will be tested as a wired mouse.
- Processor: Intel i7 920
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
- Memory: 996805 Redline PC312800 6-8-6-24 1600MHz
- Video Card : XFX HD 5870 1GB
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Case: NZXT Beta Evo
- Mousepad: OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 3200
- Mouse: Cooler Master Inferno
- Mouse: WarMouse Meta
- Mouse: Choiix Cruiser
- Mouse: Razer Orochi
- Mouse: Razer Naga
- Mouse: Razer Imperator
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000
- Mouse: Logitech G500
- Mouse: OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Razer Diamondback 3G Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Microsoft Intelimouse
First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.
The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to the feeling of being caught in a badger's jaws.
In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no headshots and a 10 would mean all headshots.
Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easy it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft intellimouse received a 1 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).
The Mionix Naos 3200 received a nine in the speed test due to the fact that while it was able to move across the screen very quickly at 3200 DPI, it was unable to beat out some of the other mice which are coming in close to 6000 DPI (even though those speeds are way too fast for myself). During the comfort testing, the Naos 3200 received a perfect ten. This is due to the fact that the mouse does give me the ability to rest my hand on the mouse in a way that almost seems like I am just setting my hand on the desk. The Naos 3200 has room for all five of my fingers on the mouse itself, my pinky is no longer dragging along next to the mouse while I am gaming. The Naos 3200 is also covered in a rubber coating to keep my hand from slipping off the mouse when it begins to sweat during a long intense gaming match. In the precision test, I was able to get an average of 90% head-shots because of how comfortable and natural it felt to have my hand resting on the mouse. The DPI settings also came into effect in not being too fast or slow when I moved the mouse across the screen. The customization testing is where the Naos 3200 began to slack. I was only able to honestly give it an eight. I was disappointed in the fact that the software limited me to only 3 DPI settings, you could not change the LED colors like its big brother the Naos 5000, and you were also limited to ten Events in the Macro programmer.
Looking back at the specifications and the intent of the mouse, you are going to be quite happy with what Mionix has come up with. As this mouse is a step down from the Naos 5000, you are not going to be able to get the same DPI settings. They are limited to 3200 while the Naos 5000 are maxed out at 5000. The Mionix Naos 3200 has a rubber coating around the outside of the mouse. This is going to help you grip the mouse easier while you are gaming, especially once your hand starts to sweat and let's be honest, we all have had some sweating palms in the middle of an intense round. The ergonomic design of the Naos 3200 is just about perfect for myself. It felt almost natural putting the mouse in my hand. The way the Naos 3200 fit in my hand, reminded me of just setting my hand down on the mouse pad and moving it around. When it comes down to the customization of the Naos 3200, I was a little disappointed. I was only able to set the DPI to three different settings: 800; 1600 and 3200. On the same note, the LED colors do change with the different profiles but you are not able to change the profile colors and you are not able to set the LED colors to anything other than the green, red and blue defaults. The fact that you can change all of the buttons on the mouse does give it a little bit of a boost in that you have a nice list of different functions you can reprogram the mouse to. And with the macro programmer and the button press feature, you are going to be able to expand on what your mouse can do. All of your settings are stored on the memory that is built into the Naos 3200, meaning you do not need to have the Mionix software installed on the computer with which you wish to use the mouse. Just plug it in and all of your settings are there for you to use. The weight of the mouse is just about perfect for me as well. I also like having a light weight mouse so my wrist does not become uncomfortable and sore after gaming for a few hours. Especially, when I am gaming at 2560 x 1600. If you are in the market for a new mouse, I would suggest that you consider the Mionix Naos 3200 as long as you are not worried about being limited on the DPI settings since the ergonomic design does more than make up for it in my eyes. I will be using this mouse as my primary gaming mouse
- Rubber Coating
- Ergonomic Design
- 7 Fully Programmable buttons
- Built-in Memory
- Light Weight (99g)
- Only 3200 DPI
- Only 800, 1600 and 3200 DPI settings in driver software