It appears Mionix isn’t looking to mess with a winning formula, and that’s a very good thing. Having used both the Naos 8200 and Avior 8200, these new optical variations are essentially the same housing with different internals. Most people likely won’t be able to tell the difference; after all, 7000 vs 8200 DPI isn’t much of a change at such high sensitivity levels. All but the most hardcore users or gamers will be satisfied with these new models.
In terms of design, Mionix seems to have mastered the art of minimalist mouse design, relying on clean lines, smart ergonomics, and uncluttered features to appeal to consumers who want something a bit different than your average brash gaming mouse.
As for the comfort of the Naos 7000, it’s the best design I’ve ever had the pleasure of holding, slinking right into the cup of your hand without an afterthought. The Avior, while similar to the Naos in principle, lacks the uniqueness of the Naos and its “finger rest” on the right side because of its ambidextrous design. The Avior doesn’t “cup” your hand nearly as wonderfully as the Naos, but it can’t because it needs to be symmetrical on each side. That said, the Avior is very comfortable for an ambidextrous mouse, though it’s just slightly on the smallish size. It’s also a rather lightweight mouse, which is neither good nor bad, but simply a matter of personal preference.
Both mice also utilize onboard memory to store your profiles to take on the road if you need, complete plug-and-play functionality without driver installation, and an ARM processor. Factor in a straightforward software interface that’s refreshingly easy to use while robust enough to customize almost any setting, and Mionix has developed an interface that works extremely well.
The obvious move here to the optical sensors may slightly limit the surfaces upon which these new mice can operate, but that’s not really a problem for the vast majority of users who will simply use a typical mouse pad. The optical engines are, of course, more affordable, so consumers may opt for these new 7000 series models, getting the best of both worlds in fabulous designs at a cheaper price. In fact, it could be argued the Naos and Avior 7000 models are actually better than the 8200 siblings because you’re getting nearly the same product for less money. We’re certainly big fans of bang for your buck, and Mionix has made a smart move here by making their stellar mice more affordable to the masses.
With Mionix products now penetrating into the market more fully, it’s not difficult to get a hold of either the Naos 7000 or Avior 7000, which can be found for about $80 retail. That’s definitely not cheap, but they’re only $10 more than the other well respected and most popular gaming mice out there. It seems Mionix is not racing to the bottom; they’re targeting an audience who cares about strong design and premium quality. You certainly do get your money’s worth here. A mouse should last for years, and when you consider the small price premium, the added minor expense should be seen as a very wise investment.
With impressive features, a clean and robust software interface, a quality finish, sleek lighting effects, and excellent comfort, Mionix has done an outstanding job here with both the Naos 7000 and Avior 7000. They are two of the very best mice you’ll come across.
Mionix Naos 7000 and Avior 7000