Serious gamers require serious hardware. Unfortunately, that can entail some serious price tags as well, with the growing line-up of gaming-focused peripherals making a sure-fire success harder to come by. While Mionix may not have the existing cache as SteelSeries, Razer or others, that isn’t stopping them from being ambitious.
So when we got the opportunity to try out Mionix’s newest NAOS 8200 Gaming Mouse, we jumped at the chance. And we’re glad we did.
While the 8200 may at first glance seem right at home among the other elite gaming mice on the market, it’s hard to get an accurate idea of its distinct advantages without trying it out firsthand. First and foremost: it’s big. Very big. With its ergonomic ridges offering support for every finger (beautifully, we might add), the body of the mouse easily stretches from palm to fingertips. For extended gaming periods, the ability to simply lay a hand on the mouse, not arch it over paid dividends.
The NAOS 8200 may not offer the programmable button options as, say, a Razer Hydra, so MMO enthusiasts may scoff. But there is no comparison in terms of comfort, and the NAOS 8200 has the technical specs to boot, thanks to the accompanying software download (although it’s not needed to operate the mouse out of the box).
Thanks to the 8200dpi laser sensor, the precision and control isn’t going to be an issue for a vast majority of gamers, with additional tweaking able to take the mouse up to 1000Hz and 1 millisecond response time. The darker laser color allows for better functionality on just about any surface (in our testing at least) and the accompanying configuration software even allows the mouse to be used to analyze the surface it’s placed on.
The possible configurations made possible are too numerous to discuss at length, but the ability to adjust the individual RGB levels for the NAOS 8200′s LEDs is indicative. With a combination of over 16.8 million colors possible, matching the mouse with your existing set-ups and keyboards is not an issue. The option to mix and match colors for each of the buttons – and have them flicker, pulse, and ‘breathe’ – is just icing on the cake.
The sensitivity is completely adjustable, meaning the NAOS 8200 is capable of appealing to more than just hardcore gamers or fans of twitch-shooters. The larger size may make the mouse a bit too cumbersome or not quite as nimble as others on the market, but just as many are likely to prefer the greater comfort for game sessions that are long, but not overly intense.
With customization that will leave few feeling they didn’t get their money’s worth, truly satisfying but effortless ergonomic feel and a price tag lower than others we could name, there is a lot to like about the NAOS 8200 Gaming Mouse. The lack of more customizable buttons and the size of the mouse (which may result in some sweaty palms due to the constant contact) are the only potential drawbacks. That being said, the NAOS 8200 was an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise.
If the elite gaming mice on the market strike you as a bit too gawdy or complicated, or simply too compact for your other PC needs, the Mionix 8200 is a no-brainer. For more information, have a look at the specs:
- 18.5 x 13.5 x 5.7 cm
- Net weight: 320 g
- Right handed truly ergonomic design, full palm grip
- Grip friendly rubber coating
- 7 fully programmable buttons
- 3 steps in-game DPI adjustment
- 6 integrated LEDs in 4 colour zones
- Up to 16.8 Million LED colour options
- Lighting effects Colour shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing
- 128 kb built-in memory
- Large PTFE mouse feet
- Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection with Plug and Play
- Cable 2m long braided cable
- 32bit ARM processor 72mhz
- 8200 DPI gaming laser sensor
- Max tracking speed 3.8 m/sec (150 ips)
- Max acceleration 30g
- Data Format 16-bit both sensor and USB
- Adjustable to 1ms response time
- Up to 12000 fps
- 10.8 megapixel per second Image processing power
The Mionix NAOS 8200 Gaming Mouseis available at most online retailers for a starting price of $89.99.
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