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On Our Desk - Mionix Propus 380

Posted on 17th May 2011 at 08:20 by Paul Goodhead with 13 comments

Paul Goodhead
As you can imagine, we get lots of natty little bits and pieces sent into the bit-tech offices. Annoyingly, though, much of it is just a little too small or a little too silly to write about in a full page review. As a result, I’m trying to resurrect the On Our Desk series of articles that we used to cover all these little bits of gadgetry.

So without further ado I’ll tell you about the Mionix Propus 380 mouse mat, on which my CM Storm Inferno has been happily sitting for the last few days.

The first feature that grabbed me about the Propus 380 is that it looks good. It was actually its unusual shape and sleek, unfussy design that prompted me to pick it out from the pile of gaming mouse mats we’ve got sitting in the labs in the first place; it certainly looks like it means business.

On Our Desk - Mionix Propus 380

Once out of the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality on show. The edges of the Propus 380 are very precisely cut, with no rough edges in sight. The upper tracking surface is also very firmly bonded to the rubber base of the mat; it certainly doesn't feel like the Propus 380 would suffer from the kind of delaminating or edge-peeling you may have seen on older mouse mats.

The surface of the mat is made from extremely fine-grained plastic, results in some very quick mouse movements. In fact, I was actually able to move my mouse almost too quickly compared to the cloth covered mat that the Propus 380 replaced, with very little drag or friction between the mouse and mat. Once I was used to it, though, the lack of friction meant that my mouse movement felt very precise, and that fatigue was less of a problem during long gaming sessions.

Measuring 380 x 260mm, the mat is wider than it is tall, but this means there’s plenty of room for large sweeping movements if you run your mouse with low sensitivity. If you don’t need all that width, though, then you can rotate the mat through 90 degrees. What's more, in this orientation, the indents in the upper and lower edge of the mat help it to butt up nearly with your keyboard.

On Our Desk - Mionix Propus 380

If you’re into your LAN gaming, then the fact that the Propus 380 doesn’t roll up could be an issue. It does have a degree of bend in it, but it'll crease if you push it too far. For most people, though, this is unlikely to be a problem, and it also means the edges of the mat won’t curl with time.

Of course, a gaming orientated mouse mat is a luxury; most decent mice these days will track quite happily without any mouse mat at all. The Propus 380 is a great piece of kit, though. It feels well made, and has a surface that provides very smooth and quick tracking for a laser mouse. At £17 it couldn’t be called cheap, but at least you feel like you’re getting £17 worth of kit; it’ll definitely be staying on my desk for the foreseeable future.

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JCBeastie 17th May 2011, 09:51 Quote
Mionix are looking to be pretty good overall, can't wait to get my hands on the Naos 5000 (mouse) and the Zibal 60 (great looking keyboard).
scott_chegg 17th May 2011, 12:01 Quote
Got one at launch to go with my Naos 5000. It's an amazing surface! Agreed it takes a little bit of getting used to it. I don't think I could go back to a cloth matt now.
rickysio 17th May 2011, 13:43 Quote
You need to try an IceMat.
Xir 17th May 2011, 13:44 Quote
Welcome Back "On our Desk"!
I always enjoyed these little tidbits ;)
frojoe 17th May 2011, 20:01 Quote
I always liked "on our desk" as well. I would enjoy it if you brought it back.

On a less pleasant note, am I the only one seeing those terrible ads that pop-up when you mouse over certain words? I thought bit-tech was done with those.
TheLink 17th May 2011, 20:16 Quote
Only available on pre-order yet at scan's ?
jimmyjj 17th May 2011, 20:32 Quote
Using a Mionix Alioth 320 right now.

It is the first "proper" mouse mat I have ever used. Before that is was just £1.99 PC world specials.

Trust me I am never going back...
rjkoneill 18th May 2011, 00:17 Quote
been using one for about a month now, excellent product. really happy with its performance.
he-coldfinger 18th May 2011, 01:39 Quote
Just an FYI,

The Cyborg R.A.T. series WILL NOT track with this mouse mat. I ordered one at Newegg when it was first released and to my disappointment the mouse would not track on it.

I posted a review on Newegg warning buyers of this but the post was deleted by by Newegg admins.
Xir 18th May 2011, 11:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by frojoe
On a less pleasant note, am I the only one seeing those terrible ads that pop-up when you mouse over certain words? I thought bit-tech was done with those.
Nope...also they're video now...how handy when you're on a tight wireless network
mionix 18th May 2011, 14:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by he-coldfinger
Just an FYI,

The Cyborg R.A.T. series WILL NOT track with this mouse mat. I ordered one at Newegg when it was first released and to my disappointment the mouse would not track on it.

I posted a review on Newegg warning buyers of this but the post was deleted by by Newegg admins.

Hi it's Mionix here what R.A.T were you using 3,5 or 7?
DystopianDream 19th May 2011, 01:00 Quote
I have one of these mated with my trusty steelseries Ikari laser, and the work beautifully both for SC2 and bfbc2. Move from a cloth matt to this and like other have said it took adjustment, I used to be a low sens gamer with an even bigger (steelseries 5L) matt. Got this because it was getting old and caused mistracking, but the more slippy surface made big arm movement feel out of control. It does however track beautifully and I have since switched to much higher sens style, pivoting from the heel of the hand for most things and sliding for the occasional 180 headshot :D. Overall it feels great, I can highly recommend
Kasius 27th May 2011, 00:09 Quote
Want! It'll compliment my 5000 pwerfectly :D
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