By – John Williamson

NAOS 8200 black

Choosing a suitable gaming mouse can be an overwhelming task as comfort depends on your palm size and natural grip. Additionally, there are various designs ranging from custom MMO mice to high DPI models optimized for precise movement. Mionix have specifically catered to palm grip users with the Naos 8200 which offers an ergonomic and balanced construction whilst operating at a maximum speed of 8200 DPI.

The Naos 8200 arrives in a minimalistic, compact black box which slides out to reveal the mouse protected by a plastic cover. This makes the unboxing process a lot easier than typical packaging which involves opening up a stiff cardboard tab at the top. The styling evokes a professional feel as the front displays a detailed product snapshot alongside a subtle, yet classy Mionix logo. On the rear, is a comprehensive list of the technical specifications and a general synopsis.  I was fairly impressed with the grade of cardboard used and overall layout. For example, there is a rectangular flap to store the cable and keep it in a solid position. One interesting omission is the lack of an installation disk. However, this appears to be a sensible cost-saving initiative as the bundled software will undoubtedly be outdated and Windows automatically configures the appropriate drivers on boot.

Technical Specifications:

  • 32bit ARM processor 72mhz

  • 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

  • Multiple lighting effects

  • 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

Sensor Specification:

  • 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 12000fps

  • 10.8 megapixel per second Image processing power

Mionix Naos 8200

In terms of build quality, the Naos 8200 is impeccable and easily the most comfortable mouse I’ve used to date. Mionix have forged a beautifully soft finish with 4 layers of rubber coating which provides a supreme level of cushioning for your palm. This acts as a grippier surface and makes it easier to maintain your natural posture even when performing sudden movements. The matte rubber is surprisingly resilient and doesn’t accumulate a distasteful amount fingerprints or grease. The mouse also utilizes a unique curved design with protruding edges for you to rest your thumb and pinky. As a result, this curvature heightens the stability of a palm grip and prevents your hand from sliding around.

While the mouse is sublime for right-handed palm users, it does become quite awkward if you have larger hands, a claw grip or left handed style. This is mainly due to the elevation as the low angle brushes across the centre of your palm. I tried alternating between both grip types and found the claw method to be fairly uncomfortable at times. Another consideration is the 151g weight (with cable) which can be a little heavy for those who prefer a lighter touch. There are no removable weights but I found it quite easy to acclimatize with the heavier feel. Despite these criticisms, this is only a demonstration of Mionix’s policy of making a wonderful mouse for a specific demographic instead of a generic product which underwhelmed an entire user base.

The Naos 8200 implements Omron switches for the left and right buttons which feel magnificent with an audible, tactile click. Unfortunately, the secondary buttons are slightly lower quality but this reduces production costs and seems a viable compromise since the DPI switch will only be pressed in moderation. Speaking of buttons, there are two DPI selector switches to choose between 3 customizable profiles, a scroll button and two perfectly positioned function switches. Even though these aren’t Omron switches, they do feel excellent and I didn’t detect a huge difference. The main advantage to Omron components are longevity as they have a lifespan of over 20 million clicks.

Mionix Naos 8200

Other admirable features include a textured scroll wheel, braided 2m cable and 4 large PTFE mouse feet. The rubber scroll feels extremely similar to the Steelseries Sensei and responds brilliantly due to the heavy duty materials and grooved rubber. I was a little disappointed with the braided cable due to its thin construction which started to fray after a few days. On the bottom of the mouse are 4 PTFE feet that help to glide the unit in a smoother and more consistent manner. These are robust and surprisingly long which makes the tracking a seamless operation due to the reduction in friction.

The core workings of the Naos 820 rely on a class-leading Avago ADNS A9800 laser sensor. This marvellous mechanism operates at a maximum 1000hz polling rate and up to 8200 DPI. Unlike the majority of products on the market, you can manually set the exact DPI rate for 3 switchable settings. This becomes quite useful in first-person-shooter games when you want to set a DPI figure for sniping and switch back to a less sensitive form of aiming on-the-fly. The sensor is unbelievably accurate and doesn’t contain any noticeable lift-off distance. Furthermore, I didn’t detect any hardware acceleration and the action was extremely progressive. The mouse performed beautifully in a number of games including Europa Universalis IV and Red Orchestra 2.

Mionix’s software package allows you to customizable almost every aspect of the Naos 8200 from Lift Distance to Pointer Speed. Settings are grouped into organized tabs for your convenience and it doesn’t take long to master the software. As mentioned previously, you can alter the function of every mechanical button on the mouse to suit your preferences over 5 profiles. Additionally, it’s possible to manually set the double click rate, scroll speed and pointer acceleration which is disabled by default. Macros are also available and the process is fairly simple to setup. However, you have to design your own since there are no pre-defined ones directly in the software.

Mionix Naos 8200

Another exclusive Mionix feature is the Surface Quality Analyzer Tool. This assesses your mouse pad’s tracking ability and rates it on a scale from 1-10. In reality, this is a little bit gimmicky as the majority of gaming pads including budget ones are perfectly fine for mainstream use. For example, I tried a £3 basic mouse mat which attained a score of 6, whilst my Mionix Sargas 900 achieved 9. While this may be the case, I highly recommend the software for hardware tweakers.

There is a wealth of visual customization on offer due to the RGB 16.8 million colour illumination. The mouse has LEDs to light up the DPI switches, scroll wheel, Mionix logo and 3 indicators to show which DPI profile is being used. From the factory, the Naos 8200 adopts a vivid green colour but this can be easily changed to a base setting or you can create your own from a wide palette. While the LEDs are quite vivid, I was dismayed with certain colours. For instance, the red shade has too much white light and looks quite pink. Thankfully, this is easily resolved by creating a custom RGB colour. Even though the aesthetic design is quite minimalistic, you can add an ostentatious touch through various lighting effects. The choices including blinking, pulsating, breathing and a solid colour if you find these a bit distracting.

The software, despite its comprehensive list of settings does feel a little bit unstable. On two separate occasions, I couldn’t restart the application because it remained dormant as a broken Windows process. Subsequently, I had to enter Task Manager and manually close the process before starting it up again. Another factor to take into consideration is USB 3.0 only motherboards. If you have one of these, I would strongly recommend upgrading the Naos 8200 to the latest beta firmware. Failure to do so may result in the mouse becoming inoperate on boot unless you replug the mouse back into the USB 3 port. This isn’t necessarily a issue with the unit as lots of peripherals suffer from a similar USB bug.

Mionix Naos 8200

Conclusion – Is it Worth Your Money?

The Mionix Naos 8200 is an exquisite gaming mouse constructed from the highest grade components. I was mesmerized by the luxury rubber coating which feels extraordinary in your palm and practically eliminates hand fatigue. It’s not for everyone as the mouse’s curvature is counterproductive if you rely on a claw grip. Nevertheless, the Naos 8200 is virtually perfect for palm users and beautifully balanced to match your hand position.

Mionix Naos 8200 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse Technical Summary:

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  • Time Used – 12 Days

  • System Specs – Intel i7 4770K, 16GB RAM, Sapphire 290X Vapor-X 8GB Crossfire

  • Games Tested – Metro 2033, Europa Universalis IV, Red Orchestra 2

  • Acquisition Method – Review Unit

  • Availability – Official Site

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