Mionix Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse
Mionix is looking to build upon its initial success of the Saiph now with the Naos 5000. While the Saiph was a good first venture for a new company looking to crash the party of the industry heavyweights, it was not without some faults. The Naos seeks to correct those shortcomings, and I can unequivocally say that Mionix has succeeded in every aspect. Mionix has not been around for long and mastering the subtle nuances of mouse ergonomics and functionality can be a very tricky thing, yet Mionix has absolutely nailed it with the Naos 5000.
In terms of features, the Naos 5000 offers a sensitive 5040-DPI laser engine, 128Kb of onboard memory to store your profiles to take on the road if you need, complete plug-and-play functionality without driver installation, and several impressive customizations in an interface that is straightforward and understandable. Too often we see bloated control software and options or a user experience that borders on horrendous. Mionix has developed support software that simply works, and works simply.
The ergonomics on the Naos are unique but entirely successful, and with a beautiful satin finish, the mouse is not only gorgeous but it’s also the most comfortable I’ve ever used, bar none. Each button is easy to click and highly responsive, achieving a great balance between relaxed comfort and aggressive performance. The Naos is not a small mouse so it is a departure from some successful slim mice on the market, but it is very comfortable for those with smaller hands from the feedback I’ve received in letting other people try it out.
Finding the Naos 5000 for sale in North America is rather difficult, as it’s not widely available (yet) at major online retailers. Hopefully that changes. We did find it after a bit of searching for $98 USD, putting it at the upper range of the gaming mouse segment. The price tag here will be a stumbling point for many people, but considering the lifetime of a mouse and how essential it is to computer use, the extra premium here over a "regular" mouse is really only a couple of pizzas or less than the price of one video game. If you don’t care about comfort, then you probably can’t justify the expense, but if you’re a discerning user then it’s a worthwhile investment for an extremely capable and exceptionally comfortable mouse.
Mionix Naos 5000 Mouse
Our thanks go to Mionix for providing the Naos 5000 for this review.