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Mionix Naos 7000 and Avior 7000

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Posted January 21, 2014 by Jake in Peripherals

Overview

Hardware:
 
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Price at time of Review: $80
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek design; Outstanding ergonomics; Clean software interface; On-the-fly DPI adjustment; Customized lighting effects; Ambidextrous use (Avior); Flagship design for less money
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Braided cable a bit stiff and unwieldy
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Outstanding mice for consumers who want the best combination of simple styling, customizable features, and sublime comfort.
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Performance Impressions

Performance of a mouse is a rather subjective thing, as there is no definitive, quantitative way to “measure” its success. Specifications toss out a bunch of numbers, but those don’t mean much in how a mouse handles and feels. Rather, it’s qualitative thing, how well it can perform in a variety of settings and applications in everyday use. That being said, the best way to evaluate a mouse is to just use it in a variety of applications and see how if feels after awhile.

I do quite a bit of Photoshop and MS Office work, as well as some AutoCAD, not to mention fair share of gaming as well. The precision in working with technical drawings and models was very good, zooming in for detailed adjustments in Photoshop and AutoCAD, and moving around is smooth and efficient. The DPI adjustment was very useful to change quickly when moving around at very fine tolerances when zoomed in. There was also no difficulties with the sensor when working on various surfaces. I also tried both a flat black surface and flat white surface and the optical mice tracked very well on both.

Gaming with the both of these mice was similarly an enjoyable experience. Jumping into Battlefield 3, I played as a sniper which requires very fine adjustments when pixel-hunting for enemies at long range. Quickly tapping the DPI button to its lowest setting allowed me to tweak my aim on the long shots. Battlefield is great for testing because jumping into a tank shows how slow the turret rotates compared to movements as infantry. Rather than continually moving the Avior across the entire mouse pad to swing the turret, simply tapping the DPI adjustment to the highest setting allowed the turret to move far quicker, and I was able to acquire and destroy targets much more quickly.

I also use triple widescreen LCD monitors on a daily basis, and I even found movement across the displays and into applications was easy and natural. I always use “no acceleration” in my settings, and I found the sensitivity changing on-the-fly settings could accomodate the movement needed to move across the huge space in widescreen real estate. After a few days, it became second nature. Precision in Windows and Photoshop was excellent across three large monitors.

And while I am not an left-handed mouse user, because of the symmetrical design, we know the Avior 7000 will behave identically regardless. So we should assume a left-handed user will have similar experiences as those who are right-handed.

That said, if you’re a right-handed user, you will find the Naos more comfortable, which isn’t to say the Avior is uncomfortable; rather, the Naos’ design is just so good in terms of comfort and ergonomics, it’ll outshine the Avior.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    Sean

    I just want my next mouse to not get discolouration at the bottom as has happened with my G300 from Logitech. As for the mouse in the review I still don’t see enough topside buttons with mice and so until I see more of that no way am I going to pay over $50 for a mouse just yet. Also this brand I am not really familiar with but the funny thing is I had more reliable cheap no name brand mice than all the brand name mice I have tried in the past few years. Razer Lachesis died on me quick and I was glad to get store credit back on that as it died just before all warranty stuff with FS was up. I have the G300 which again has had discolouration problems and then I had another brand name mouse I can’t seem to think of right now but the braided cord was a pain in the butt and when you click the top mouse buttons it makes too much noise and even has had times where it doesn’t register clicks. Now I remember …. It is a Steelseries mouse actually but forget which model it is.




  2.  
    Kirill

    “The other similarity, however, is the Avior 7000 uses the same Avago ADNS A9800 sensor as the Naos, the highest possible on the market today.”

    7k series doesn’t have adns-9800, it uses optical Pixart PMW3310DH sensor. In other hand, it makes it even better. I’m not a big fan of large palmgrip mice, so I can say nothing about Naos, but Avior 7000 is a great mouse. Much better than, for example, Sensei Raw and Taipan both in hardware and software.




    •  

      Thanks for the eagle eye there on the typo Kirill. It was supposed to say it DOESN’T use the same sensor, rather an optical. The review has been updated to reflect the correct info as you mentioned. Thanks for the feedback!





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