Mionix Naos 5000 Reviewgotdamojo06 - April 14, 2010
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The software for the Mionix Naos 5000 is not included inside the packaging, though it is available for download via Mionix's website, and the download is quite small at only 2.6MB. Once you get the zip file downloaded, you will need to start up the installation file, which will bring up the InstallSheld Wizard; just follow the on screen directions to get the program installed on your computer. Once it is finished installing, you will get a black screen that pops up and searches to see if there is new firmware that should be downloaded and installed on the mouse; the one shipped out to me already had the newest firmware installed.
When you first open up the Mionix Naos 5000 Software version 1.16, you will get the "Mouse Settings" screen. The "Mouse Settings" screen is where you are going to be able to program all of the buttons on the mouse; there are seven total buttons and every single one of them can be changed to whatever you may need them to do. By default, you have Left Click, Right Click, Scroll Click, Forward, Backward, DPI Up and DPI Down programed to the buttons, however you can change any of them to be Profile Switch Up or Down, Scroll Up or Down, Single Key (any key on your keyboard), a Recorded Macro, or even disabled. You are also able to change the Double Click Speed, the Scroll Speed, the Pointer Acceleration, and the USB Polling Rate of the mouse. Even though there is a limit to only three DPI settings, this is only per profile and you are given space for five profiles on your mouse, so you can have up to fifteen different DPI settings to change between on your mouse.
The next screen is the "Sensor Performance" screen, this is where you are going to change your DPI speed of your mouse to the default three on-the-fly profiles that can be changed on the mouse itself in the middle of a game if needed. The DPI settings can be changed for the X and Y axis independently or changed together. You are also able to change the Pointer Speed and the Lift Distance. Mionix has also added a piece of software in the application called Surface Quality Analyzer Tool (S.Q.A.T.), which will check to see the quality of your mousepad's surface or whatever you decide to use under your mouse. I am using the OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad, which received an Acceptable rating by S.Q.A.T.
The next screen that we came up to is the "Color Settings" page, this is where you are able to change the color of the four LEDs on the mouse to one of the 24 colors that are displayed on the screen. You have the option to change all four of them to the same color, you are able to disable all of the lights or even select which lights you want to be turned on with the selective setting. The next screen is the "Macro Settings" screen, this is where you can program macros that can be programed to one of the buttons on your mouse; this could be helpful if you have a certain key function that is pressed multiple times on a daily basis. The last screen is the "Support" page, here is where you will find a link for online support, software updates, and to check for firmware updates for your Naos 5000.
Now that we have everything configured correctly, its time to take a look at the specifications and then move on to the testing of the Mionix Naos 5000.