Mionix Naos 5000 Review

gotdamojo06 - 2010-03-23 17:28:50 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: April 14, 2010
Price: $91.76


Are you in the market for a new mouse for your gaming setup? When you are looking for a new mouse for gaming, not just any mouse will do; us gamers have a certain set of features that we are looking for so that we can sit in front of the computer for hours and be comfortable while fragging. Not only do the looks of the mouse count but the way that the mouse is constructed and fits inside of our palms could be the difference between winning a match or being gunned down. Just as important as the looks and feel of the mouse is the level of customization you have over your mouse, we all want to make something unique and our very own. Mionix just may have the perfect gaming mouse to satisfy you and your gaming needs with its Naos 5000 gaming mouse. I am very excited to see how well the Mionix Naos 5000 gaming mouse is going to compare to the others on the market in all aspects of a mouse.


Closer Look:

The packaging for the Mionix Naos 5000 is quite unique looking compared to any other mouse that I have ever seen. The whole color scheme of the packaging is completely black with white and green print, giving it a very sophisticated feel to it. The front of the package has a large image of the Naos 5000 displayed in the center with the name off to the left hand side and the description "High Performance Gaming Mouse" off to the right. The bottom left hand corner of the package is where you are going to find the Mionix logo with the slogan "LIGHT-YEARS AHEAD OF THE GAME" printed below it. When you flip to the back of the package, you will find a whole bunch of specifications and features of the mouse and the sensor. There is also another picture of the mouse on the back that gives you a description of all the buttons on the mouse. When you open up the package, you are going to see that the mouse is displayed in a nice clean way that shows you the mouse as well as a nice little storage box that looks a lot like a mint tin. On the under side of the top flap, you will get the reasoning for the name, Naos, which is the name of the brightest star in our galaxy.  











Once you get the mouse pulled out of the packaging, you will get to take the first glimpse at the overall design of the Mionix Naos 5000, which is designed to keep your hand comfortable while you are using it. The Naos 5000 has a short, flat, and longer design to it, this is going to allow you to just lay your hand down on top of the mouse and have a more relaxed hand positioning during your gaming sessions or during casual usage.  




The top of the Naos 5000 has five buttons that can be used during usage; the two normal right and left clickers, you have the scroll wheel clicker as well as a pair of up and down arrow buttons sitting behind the scroll wheel. By default, the arrow buttons are going to change the pre-set DPI setting profiles, there are three of them. The side of the mouse is where you are going to find two more buttons sitting right next to the thumb groove, these buttons by default are going to allow you to go forward and backward in your browser. Sitting right in front of these two buttons are three LED lights that are going to indicate which DPI setting profile you have selected.  



When we take a look at the bottom of the Mionix Naos 5000, you will notice that the Mionix logo is printed around the laser sensor to give it more of an aesthetic appeal; Mionix Naos 5000 is printed at the top of the mouse with the tag line "High Performance Gaming Mouse" printed below it. On either side of the laser sensor, you will notice two covers that can be removed; when we look under the cover, you will notice that there are slots that allow you to adjust the weight of the mouse by adding up to four weights to each side of the mouse, allowing you to customize the feel of the mouse.  



The container that is packaged with the Naos 5000 that looked like a mint tin is where you are going to find the eight weights to customize the weight of the mouse. They are packaged nice and neatly inside  the container with a rubber holder to keep them in place and display them in a clean way. The top of each weight has the Mionix logo etched into it and the bottom of each of them does display the weight of each of them, which is 5 grams.  



Now that we know exactly what the Mionix Naos 5000 looks like, it's time to take a look at software that comes with the mouse and see exactly what we are able to customize.  


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. 




High-Speed USB 2.0


Up to 5040 dpi

Max Acceleration

30 g


106 grams (+40 grams with weights)

Image Processing

10.6 Megapixels/second

Tracking Speed

5.1 m/sec (200ips)

USB Report Rate

1000 reports/second








All information courtesy of Mionix @ http://www.mionix.net/page.php?al=naos5000


To properly test the Mionix Naos 5000, I will be testing it on 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 handle. 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.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Mice:


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 extreme discomfort.



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 easily 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 Intelimouse received a 0 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 5000 received a 9 in the speed test for while it was very fast and can be set to have up to 5040 DPI (which is very fast and would only be used in everyday usage on a very large monitor or set of monitors), the Logitech G500 was just a little bit faster at 5700 DPI. When it came down to the comfort testing, the Naos 5000 got a 10 due to the fact that it is probably the most comfortable mouse that I have ever used. Not only does it have nice curvatures to support your fingers and thumb while you are gaming and provide enough room to keep your entire hand on the mouse, but it has a more gentle slope for your palm, giving it a more relaxed feel. Not to mention that the outside of the mouse where your hand sits has a non-slip rubber coating on it to help keep your hand and fingers in place just like the Razer Diamondback 3G has, which is a feature that I absolutely love. The precision test resulted in a score of 8, because I was able to keep my hand nice and relaxed during the game and not have to worry about moving the mouse very far when it was set to 2970 DPI (nice quick-but-not-choppy setting). The customization for the Mionix Naos 5000 is where the mouse went well above and beyond the competition; not only were you able to customize all seven of the buttons on the mouse and make sure that you were able to change the DPI settings, you are also able to create five profiles that you can switch through that can all have separate settings. Where Minoix went above was with the customization of the mouse by allowing you to change all four of the LED lights on the mouse to all the same color!


Let's go back to the original question that I asked, are you looking for a new mouse for your gaming setup? If you are a gamer that takes his (or her) gaming time seriously and has a few extra bucks to spend on a mouse and needs a new one, you may just want to check out the Minoix Naos 5000. This mouse has it all, from customization to comfort, all the way down to high DPI settings. First things first, the only downside of the Mionix Naos 5000 that I noticed was the price of the mouse, which comes in at $92, quite steep for a peripheral. However the price can be justified; just about every aspect of the mouse can be customized to make it your very own; you can change all seven of the buttons on the mouse to do just about any function that you may want them to, including having a macro writer in the software. Not only can you change all of the buttons' functions, you can also change the color of the four LEDs on the mouse, which is a pretty cool aspect of the mouse. All of the settings are grouped into a profile, the mouse is able to hold five profiles and you can customize a button to move through the profiles to allow for in game switching or on-the-fly switching between profiles. The mouse is able to perform up to 5040 DPI, which is quite fast and I have never needed to set my mouse to go that high, I usually keep mine around 2970 DPI so it is still quick but not jumping from corner to corner. If you are a fan of a heavier mouse, you are in luck with the Naos 5000, Minoix has given you eight 5 gram weights and there are four slots on either side of the mouse that can hold these weights to give you a heavier mouse. The software for the Naos 5000 has a built in Surface Quality Analyzer Tool that is going to check to see the quality of the surface you are working on. The comfort of the mouse has everything that I look for in a mouse, it provides support for all of your fingers while still having a lower profile and elongated shape with a small slope to give you a relaxed feel to it. Mionix has also put a rubber coating on the outside of the mouse to keep your fingers from sliding around on the plastic, which is very important to me. If you are looking for a new mouse that is going to give you total customization over it while still being comfortable during a long gaming session, you may want to check out the Naos 5000. Even though it does have quite a heavy price tag on it, I think it is worth the extra few dollars.