With most gamers opting to choose an optical mouse rather than a laser one, this could probably be one of the reasons why Mionix has built the Naos 7000 Optical Gaming Mouse and you know what? We love it!
With the very high DPI of a laser mouse that ends up losing control over the mouse, a lot of gamers prefer to use an optical mouse. Pros who compete at very high levels also recommend an optical mouse since it offers way better accuracy than that of a laser mouse. Despite this, Mionix had built their laser Mionix Naos 8200 which still had a lot of good praise. Now to implement the Mionix Mionix Naos 8200’s ergonomic design and make it into an optical mouse is one hell of a good idea.
Given that yes, a laser mouse does give higher DPI and therefore more sensitivity, it is not needed unless your work (or game for that matter) requires a higher DPI mouse. Also while some of you might prefer a laser mouse which is fine because everyone has different tastes, for a lot of people an optical mouse is better for accuracy and everyday use.
With that in mind, if you still prefer a laser mouse with very high DPI, you can still achieve this with Mionix Naos 7000. Back then optical mice used to only reach 300 dpi but with advances of technology it has been pumped to higher dpi enough to rival laser mice.
What’s great with Mionix Naos 7000 is Mionix has taken notes with their 8200 version and reworked it to make it better while still retaining the great design of that made the 8200 version great. The top end ergonomic design that gives the user comfort even after hours of extended use and customizable LED colors is still provided by the Mionix Naos 7000.
Now let’s get into specifics as to why that is shall we?
Mionix Naos 7000 Review – What’s in the Box?
The Mionix Naos 7000 comes packaged in a great looking and compact box. The front of the box includes the Mionix Logo along with a great product shot of the Naos 7000 along with the product name. This is all printed on a blue background which really makes the mouse look striking.
On the side of the box you have a side view of the gaming mouse along with the Mionix branding once again whilst on the other side of the box there is the Mionix logo printed in large font along with the company tag line.
At the rear of the box there are the specifications of the Naos 7000 printed in various languages.
Opening the box you will see that the mouse if nicely packaged giving you a great view of the product as soon as you open the box. In the center of the box there is message printed by Mionix.
Inside the box you will find:
- Product Manual
- Mionix Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse
Mionix Naos 7000 Review – Another Quality Product from Mionix with a Great Design
The Mionix Naos 7000 is a bigger mouse than its counterparts. While this may turn you off, it’s not big that you can’t grip it well. It’s a medium-sized mouse that a palm grip will enjoy its wide design but still being able to provide a sustainable comfort for a claw grip.
Like its box, the mouse itself is also simple unlike a lot of the gaming mice out there. This is the kind of mouse that you won’t be embarrassed to use at work or at school as it doesn’t have fancy gimmick designs except from the LED lights which doesn’t really intrude much. Even with its simple design it still boasts a sleeker concept than a typical mouse while also providing better quality all around.
The whole surface is covered with a soft rubber and while it is a great design, it also doesn’t show a muck of dirt anywhere.
The mechanical micro-switch design of the buttons is good for millions of clicks just like any other mechanical keyboard. The left and right mouse buttons sandwich the scroll wheel and under that are two smaller buttons that quickly adjusts your mouse’s dpi. Most of the space is modest with only the Mionix logo and the scroll wheel lighting up.
The scroll wheel can be customized to show a different color. Even though the ridges aren’t as defined, pressing the scroll button feels very responsive and the scroll wheel doesn’t wobble when pressed.
The dpi buttons below the scroll wheel changes your dpi at will. You can program and change the dpi using the software that comes with the mouse as well. While people might opt to use the buttons as it is faster, it doesn’t indicate you what dpi settings you’re using like what the software provides. You will just have to rely on the feel and change of the mouse once you do change the settings so be careful on pressing or accidentally pressing these buttons mid-game.
Like most gaming mice, the Mionix Naos 7000 adds the two extra buttons on the left side of the mouse that you can map according to your liking especially when playing games. Usually gamers use these two buttons to assign one of their most used keys on the mouse. It is also mapped by default to go forward or back in Windows. These two thumb buttons have a very tactile response. It has a smooth roll-off so it doesn’t disturb your grip.
The right hand side of the mouse has nothing on them but has a curved space for your fingers to rest.
The bottom of the mouse displays the name of the mouse and of course, the 7000 dpi optical sensor inside the Mionix green logo. They managed to cleverly merge and pull off a design that incorporates the sensor inside their logo. It also has four long skates at the bottom. I do appreciate choosing the longer skates as the small ones tend to easily bump the mouse a bit if it comes in contact with a rougher surface when you move it. The larger skates make the mouse steadier and stable. This is especially helpful for graphic designers who need to be precise and accurate when using the mouse to draw on the computer.
And lastly, the mouse connects to the PC via a braided cable with a light gold USB 2.0 metal plug. It is two meters in total length. I like that they didn’t choose to go with the typical wire and chose the thicker braided wire since it’s more resistant to external forces and protect the actual wire inside even more.
The ADNS-3310 gaming grade optical sensor delivers amazing accuracy, smooth tracking and a maximum speed of more than 5.45m/sec all the way up to 7000 dpi. The mouse also comes with the ARM processor that runs at 32Mhz. The mechanical micro-switches engineered with Omron are very responsive. The 7 buttons that are integrated into the mouse are all fully programmable.
Mionix boasts up to 16.8 million color options to choose from with its customizable LED lighting system that can display a single color or shift in a solid, blinking, pulsating or breathing lighting effect.
The internal memory of this mouse is a life saver when you’re the type to do LAN parties at a friend’s house or if you’re the type to just prefer bringing your own peripherals with you which is what most pros do as well.
The internal memory retains all your custom settings and macros so you don’t have to set it up again. Setting these things up of course don’t require a lot of time. The same is the case when having to download the settings from the cloud but quite frankly; I’d rather get into playing the game right away than having to remember my settings or downloading it from the cloud.
Using the Product
Like most mice, the Mionix Naos 7000 is also a plug-and-play device. You don’t need to set anything up but I do suggest that you fix the dpi settings first on the software as this will directly affect whatever it is you’re doing with the mouse. Also, if you want your peripherals to look cool and match your mood or the colors of your room or your other peripherals, go on ahead on the color settings tab. Everything in there is self-explanatory and pretty straightforward. After getting used to the mouse after quite some time, I would suggest exploring the mouse and macro settings as well as the profile settings to further customize your mouse use.
It’s a given that profiles were meant to be used if there are more people using the mouse but you can also make great use of this even if you’re the only one using it. If you use your mouse on other things besides gaming or surfing the web, it would be convenient to have different profile settings for different uses. For example, gaming would have certain settings but photo editing would require a different one. However, if you only meant to use this mouse for gaming, you can still take advantage of the profiles for various games. Different games require different kinds of mouse sensitivity. Shooter games are arguably the most demanding when it comes to mouse sensitivity while other games don’t require too much of it. Don’t be afraid to explore the software and tune it according to your video game’s specific needs. It could possibly be the difference of getting a pentakill or getting aced.
- 7000 DPI Optical Sensor (ADNS-3310)
- 32 Bit 32 MHz ARM Processor
- 128kb built-in memory
- 50 Step adjustable DPI
- 7 programmable buttons
- Soft touch rubber coating
- 2 color zone LEDs
- 16.8 million color options
The mouse comes with a simple software that allows the user to customize the mouse’s macros, lighting, performance, etc. It even has profiles which can accommodate your family members or your roommates who will use it or it can also be used for different games that require varying mouse settings.
This is arguably the most important feature of the software as this will directly affect your mouse use. The sensor performance tab is where you can adjust your dpi settings. The three areas that you can adjust are angle snapping which is mainly for drawing, customizable X and Y settings and the pointer speed as well as the lift distance. Spend some time here right after you get your mouse because the default settings would most likely be too high than what you’re used to especially on certain FPS games like Overwatch or CS:GO.
The buttons are also possible to be reassigned in the software. You can choose to set it up as a keyboard button or to trigger macros and other special functions.
The color settings allow the user to customize the mouse’s LEDs to a static choice of color or to fade between different colors at a slow pace. It’s become a trend in the gaming community to customize the peripherals and their gaming rooms with varying LED colors and with these settings, your mouse can match the general color theme of your rig.
There’s also a support tab that gives users useful information or helpful links to help troubleshoot your product as well as updating your drivers. If you’re unable to find the answer to your query through the F.A.Q. they also added a button that enables you to directly contact their customer support. This is quite handy so you don’t need to find or Google the support page for Mionix or waste a few minutes on their homepage looking for the “Support” link. It is simple things like these that make a product great and make the user experience better.
And finally, the S.Q.AT. is an interesting but useful addition to the software. Basically it just analyzes the surface where your mouse is placed. Take for example a table or a mouse pad. Then it rates the surface of how well it accompanies your mouse. If you have those fancy Razer mouse pads you can see how they fair on the S.Q.A.T.
Overall this is a solid mouse, whether it’s for gaming, graphic design or just surfing the web. The mouse is a bit wide but still manages to cater to a claw grip and still provides comfort even after hours of use. The software that comes with it is great. The UI is direct to the point. It provides the essentials and more extensive settings which you can further customize to your liking. It allows you to customize the aesthetic, which are the LEDS, as well as the general functionality of the mouse. The added profiles and the extensive information provided on the support tab is also an added bonus.
This is the type of mouse you can use at work or at school and yet still packs the punch to wreck opponents in game while providing quality experience without sacrificing comfort. Its design is simple and yet you can feel the quality when you actually use it.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Mionix Naos 7000 gaming mouse you can pick one up for only 69 Euro over at the official Mionix website.