This isn’t my first rodeo with a Mionix Naos Mouse. I owned one in 2014 when I first started university, and fell in love with it. Sure it was expensive, but it felt incredible to hold, as if it was moulded for my hand. Sadly, that mouse lasted me about 3 months. For the money, it sure felt, and operated incredibly, but the build quality left little to be desired. Well, having recently built a new PC, I was after a mouse that was a little more suited to long hours of gaming. You can tell where this is going can’t you?
So here I am, sat with Mionix’s Naos 7000 on my desk as I write this. The whole brand has had a bit of an overhaul recently, and is looking fantastic for it. The mouse comes in a rather attractive black and blue box, with the muted black emulating that of the mouse’s rubberised coating, and the bright blue adding that touch of fun that the brand has been incorporating over recent years. It is all rather lovely. the box opens up to reveal a lovely plastic casting around the mouse, holding it nice and secure, presenting it lovingly for you to reach for. The centre of the box delivers a message from Carl Silbersky, Mionix’s CEO, congratulating you on your purchase of a fine piece of craftsmanship. This statement left me a little apprehensive, after my previous experience being ultimately ruined by the build quality of the product. Thankfully, my experience this time around, has more than redeemed the sour taste left a few years ago.
At a glance, it seems as though nothing has really changed on the outside. The Naos 7000 still retains it’s beautifully ergonomic shape, the subtle yet attractive lighting, and fantastic rubberised coating. It even holds the same braided cable and gold connections. Ultimately what let my original mouse down, was the sensor, and the rather flimsy feel of the plastic shell. Thankfully, I have had no such issues this time around. The mouse is still incredibly lightweight, but feels incredibly sturdy and precise. The nice, light weight coupled with the gorgeously ergonomic shape leaves the mouse feeling like an extension of your arm, allowing for fantastically fast, precise movements. Fast and precise are words gamers love to hear, but even more than that, this mouse is great for those who work in any form of design, with the Naos 7000 becoming my new best friend for vector illustration. The large glide-surfaces under the mouse helps to smooth out unforgiving surfaces, and give the mouse a near frictionless glide.
The specification list isn’t too shabby either. The Mionix Naos 7000 sports a PMW-3310 Optical sensor, good for 7000 DPI (hence the name) which is adjustable by up to 50 steps. The 2 buttons located behind the scroll wheel allowing you to change between 3 pre-sets. I personally used 400, 1000, and 2000 DPI settings, which I found gave me the best control in both my day to day work as a designer, and my recreational time gaming. The buttons are easy enough to reach that you can make changes quickly, but out of the way just enough to avoid any unwanted changes. The only way I see to hit these by accident, is if you’re spinning the scroll wheel like you’re striking a lighter.
The mouse makes use of mechanical switches, which give a great tactile response upon use. The mouse isn’t stacked with buttons, featuring only 7. With just 2 buttons on the side, those of you who like to be able to do everything with your mouse while scrolling Reddit with the other hand, might want to steer clear. Personally, I love the simplicity. The braided, 2 metre cable for the mouse features a gold coated USB, as to be expected at this price point, and helps add both durability and class to the overall product. the whole mouse is covered in a rubberised coating, meaning that no matter where your hand rests, you’ve got a superb grip. Lastly, the mouse features 2 LED’s, one in the scroll wheel, and one in the palm, in the shape of the logo. These are sufficient enough to satisfy our need for our desks to glow brighter than the 4th of July, but are subtle enough to maintain the mouse’s classy aesthetic.
Lastly, is the mouse’s software. The Mionix software is nothing overly special, and will feel familiar to anyone used to the normal array of fancy mice software available on the market today. There is nothing it lacks. There is nothing overly complicated. It just works. Lets face it, that’s all we really want. One feature the software does include however is the Surface Quality Analyser Tool. This mouthful takes a snapshot of your mouse surface and gives you a percentage of how the sensor reacts to it. It’s a bit of a gimmick I’ll be honest, but it might break the hearts of some people who’ve spent ridiculous amounts on their mouse pads, so it get’s the ok from me.
The Mionix Naos 7000 is without a doubt, the best mouse I’ve ever used. It has no useless tat, no flashy looks to make up for a lack of actually doing what it’s intended to do, it just works. Really, really well. Some people might find it a little too plain, maybe even a little too light, and I must admit those with small or abnormally large hands might not find it as ergonomic as myself. But for the money, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything on the market that performs this well, with this quality.