Mionix Naos 3200 ReviewManufacturer: Mionix
UK Price (as reviewed): £43.22
US Price (as reviewed): $54.99
(ex TAX)Preferred Partner Price: 46.20 (inc VAT)
The last Mionix mouse we looked at, the Naos 5000
, picked up a recommended award thanks to its responsiveness and palm-hugging grip, which made it very comfortable to use. The Naos 3200 is £20 cheaper at £40, but still boasts similar specifications although, as you may have guessed, the sensitivity only goes up to 3,200dpi rather than the 5,000dpi offered by the Naos 5000. Even the most ninja-like fingers out there would struggle to tell the difference if we're honest though.
The Naos 3200 has a 2m braided cable and the smooth, arched back is incredibly comfortable. Gently sloping scoops on either side make sure that your thumb, ring and little fingers are supported above the desk and not dragging across it. Thankfully, as the mouse is fairly long, you can alter the position of your hand to suit the position of the thumb buttons. However, the Naos 3200 lacks the range of adjustment offered by the Naos 5000. On-the-fly dpi adjustment can only be switched between 800dpi, 1600dpi and 3200dpi using the reasonably accessible buttons behind the three-button scroll wheel.
We found 800dpi to be spot on for sensitive sniping and 3,200dpi just right for running around. The Naos 3200 works well out of the box though; sensitivity adjustment is good and Windows 7 automatically installs a driver when you plug in the mouse. However, using the software downloadable from Mionix's website, you're also able to adjust the pointer speed and acceleration, toggle the lights on and off (these glow according to the dpi setting), and adjust the USB polling rate between 125Hz and 1KHz. The USB polling rate has a major impact on the feel of the mouse, with 500Hz and 1KHz providing a more accurate and solid movement of the cursor.
There's also the option to create and save macros too. However, there's no adjustment for either the X or Y axis, and there are no weights either. As the Naos 3200 is fairly lightweight, this is worth remembering if you prefer a heavier feel to your mouse. Of course, the main reason you'd buy the Naos 3200 is for gaming, and thankfully it doesn't disappoint in this area. It's light enough to allow for fast responses - probably more so than the CM Storm Inferno
It didn't take us long to become accustomed to it, although we'd argue that the placement of the thumb and sensitivity buttons isn't as convenient as those on the CM Storm Inferno, which are positioned practically underneath your digits.
The Naos 3200 is well priced at £43 and much better than a generic mouse if you play a lot of games. It's also worth noting that while old favourites such as the Logitech MX518 are available for half this price, they lack many features, such as high USB polling rates. As a result, the Naos 3200 is a great buy.
Mionix Naos 3200
- Connection Wired (braided)
- Material Plastic
- Buttons 7, scroll wheel
- Sensitivity 800, 1,600, 3,200dpi
- Extras On-board memory