Most of the people in the world are right handed; therefore most companies make their products for right handed people. I know this because I, myself am left handed. I eat with my spoon on the left and obviously write using my left hand. However, there are things where I use my right hand because sometimes you just have to really get used to it and become ambidextrous with the lack of support for us left handers. This is true for gaming mice as well. I’m left handed but I use mouse on my right but there are a few people who do use mouse on their left hand as well. I never really see these people but I do have a good friend who was also a high school classmate who uses the mouse with his left hand. It works but sometimes the mouse itself is built and shaped for right handers so it feels awkward with the left hand. Luckily there are mice that are built for whichever hand you choose to use it with. In the gaming world, a lot of mice are built for right handers but Mionix has built us left handers a decent ambidextrous mice.
There are also times where simplicity is your best option. In the gaming industry, specifically in gaming peripherals, companies love adding so many features, buttons, wheels, pivots and what have you that makes their product looking over the top and almost resembles a robot. The more features they add in, the more buzz it gets but not everyone wants that. Sometimes you just want a simple keyboard, mice or headphone that looks simple but does its job very well.
Thankfully Mionix brought us the Mionix Avior 7000. It is an optical mouse with an ambidextrous design that has customizable functions and also glowing LEDs which still gives it a gaming peripheral look despite its simple and sleek design.
While it may looks simple, this gaming mouse actually has a lot of customizations so let’s take a closer look shall we?
Mionix Avior 7000 Review – Whats in the Box?
When you open the box, you’re greeted by the Mionix Avior 700 itself covered in hard molded plastic to keep it from moving and protect it from dust.
Apart from the mouse itself are the necessary paperwork like the user’s manual. Mionix also added a sticker of their logo. It’s too big so I don’t think they meant for it to be put on the Avior 7000.
Mionix Avior 7000 Review – Mionix just keeps on delivering kick ass products.
The Mionix Avior 7000 has a well-built design not just for both left and right handers but also well suited for both claw and palm-grip styles. The soft-touch coating helps keep your hands dry too.
As I’ve said before, it has a very simple design. Not much is going on the left side of the Avior 7000. It only has two programmable buttons for use on its left. It is placed at a good distance from the ground. It’s not too low that your thumb will accidentally press it but it isn’t too high either that it feels awkward trying to click it.
If you look at its backside, you can already tell that the shape is symmetrical. Both sides of the Avior 7000 are identical to each other. Even the programmable buttons on the left are also on the right side.
So when you look on the right side, it looks exactly the same as the left side complete with two programmable buttons. Mionix really made sure to cater to left handed gamers. This goes to show that the Mionix Avior 7000 is truly an ambidextrous symmetrical mouse with this design.
The front looks like a generic mouse if it wasn’t for the glowing mouse wheel and the braided cable at the center. The left and right mouse buttons are also slightly concaved so both your fingers can settle on both buttons comfortably while also giving you better control.
When you look at it from the top, you see a rubberized wheel with lighting and also a pair of DPI selection buttons below the wheel. Towards the bottom, you see the backlit Mionix logo.
Like most gaming mice, the cable is braided and is two meters long. It also has a Ferrite choke close to the gold-plated USB jack.
There are two stickers under the mouse. The one at the top has the name and serial number of the product and the one under it is the Mionix logo that is surrounding the optical sensor of the mouse. The Avior 7000 has two large feet gliders as opposed to the typical four. It also uses PTFE feet.
Dimensions: 125mm x 65mm x 37mm
Connection Type: USB 2.0, 2m Braided
Form Factor: Ambidextrous
Grip Type: Palm, Claw
Sensor: ADNS-3310, Optical
DPI on the fly: Yes
Max DPI: 7000
IPS speed: 215
Polling Rate: 1000Hz
Illumination: RGB – Wheel, logo
Programming Profiles: 5
On-board Memory: Yes
Using the Product
Like most mice, it is fairly easy to use and plug in. It uses standard USB 2.0 that you can plug on your USB ports. From there, you can start using your Mionix Avior 7000. You won’t need to install anything else to get the bare minimum experience but of course; I don’t think it’s worth it to use it with minimum features so you most likely want to install the Mionix software that lets you customize your mouse even further. We’ve covered the software extensively on the software part of this review where we explain its functions and uses. We also discussed how you can customize and utilize your Mionix Avior 7000.
The Avior 7000 has great software support for added features. You can have up to five profiles that you can customize with your own mappings. The software enables you to reset nine buttons on the mouse and customize it. You can adjust the double click speed, polling rate, pointer acceleration and scroll speed on the mouse settings.
The sensor performance tab enables you to customize the different X and Y axis DPI settings and customize it even further using the sliders. You can set the angle snapping and angle tuning controls as well. There’s a pointer speed and lift distance slider that you can set to your own liking. A unique feature that Mionix has on its mice is it can test how well the surface you use for your mice.
The next tab is pretty self-explanatory and you’ll probably find yourself on this tab more often compared to the others. The color settings tab lets you customize the pair of LEDs installed in the mouse. Once you change the colors, the software instantly displays the on-screen replica of the Avior 7000. There’s up to four lighting effects that you can choose. There are preset colors on the boxes but you can input the RGB numbers to be more specific.
You can set your own macros on the macro settings tab. Set your own macro name and click “start record” to make your own macros. The actions you did will be shown on the middle. It’s very easy and simple. However, the software does not allow you to import or export macros so you’d have to do it all over again.
The last tab is the support tab. This tab lets you do various things. You can visit their FAQ, register your product, contact customer support or download the latest software and firmware updates for your Mionix products.
The Mionix Avior 7000 doesn’t really stand out as much but it doesn’t need to be. Mionix knowingly positioned it as a simple looking gaming mouse that focused more on its features and on its ergonomic design. It is light, small and feels good to both left and right hands. The sensor when tested doesn’t show any signs of stutter or lag. I love the two wide feet gliders than the four small ones that most mice use. Wider feet gliders has easier and smoother gliding in my opinion in general and the wide base means it has more area to stick on the mouse itself when compared to the small feet gliders. The braided cable is common for most gaming mice today but it is appreciated. It’s very competitive in pc gaming peripheral market so these little things help the product stay competitive. The LEDs are also a nice touch and partnered with the ability to change its colors gives the user the feeling of making the mouse cater to its preferences aesthetically despite its simple design.
The software is simple just like the hardware but that’s okay. It delivers the essentials and it is very easy to use and direct to the point. Although there are some terminologies that some people might not understand at the beginning but the longer use of the product will give the user further understanding on how to customize the software.
Where to Buy
If you a wanting to purchase a new gaming mouse then the Mionix Avior 7000 is a great choice and can be picked up for around $90.
The simple, ambidextrous and ergonomic design of the Mionix Avior 7000 with its added features makes it a decent addition to your gaming weaponry.