The swedish manufacturer MIONIX send us their showpiece gaming mice, the NAOS 8200. They scheduled, that this mouse will beat all of their forerunners in quality, technology and design. Not only the name, but also the shape of this mice shows that the NAOS 8200 is the follower of the well known NAOS 3200. Mionix wants to play in the upper class segment with a mouse that supports 8200dpi, have also a renowned design and the ability for many setting options.
First, let’s take a look at the technical specifications according to the press release:
|Right handed truly ergonomic design
|Grip friendly rubber coating
|Number of Buttons
|7 fully programmable buttons
|3 steps in-game DPI adjustment
|No of LEDs
|6 integrated LEDs in 4 colour zones
|LED color options
|Up to 16.8 Million LED colour options
|Color shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing
|128 kb built-in memory
|32bit ARM processor running at 72mhz
|Large PTFE feet
|Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection
|2m long braided cable
|Weight w/o cable
|Weight Incl cable
What we like is, that Mionix just only put things in the box you need. That means, you will not find any Software-CD or other useless stuff in it. You can find the Software on the developer’s homepage. The only thing you find in addition to the mouse is a very small and short instruction, which just only explains that you can find the software online. According to the developers, they behavior very conservation-conscious. We like it that the box in which the mouse comes in is very simple, small and just designed for what it is needed.
What we also like is, that the NAOS 8200 is Plug & Play compatible. That means that you do not have to download and install the mice’s software. If you like and have to use this mouse for your laptop, too, just plug it in and it works.
If you get this mouse in your hands for the first time you will notice directly the soft coating. You should also notice the 2 meters long plaited cable. Once the mouse is connected to your computer, the four LEDs starts to shine in the company’s green. According to the developer you are able to choose with the help of the free Software between 16.8 million colors but we want to talk about the software later in this review. The mice offers seven buttons to use. Two of them are on the side and the DPI-buttons are marked with arrows. Here are some more technical details about the laser according to the press release:
|8200 DPI gaming laser sensor
|Max. Tracking speed
|3.8 m/sec (150 ips)
|16-bit both sensor and USB
|Adjustable to 1ms response time
|Frames per second
|Image processing power
|10.8 megapixel per second
What we like is that Mionix did not use the design of their NAOS 3200 mice. They used the basic concept again but they also have continued to develop it for the 8200. We think that this helped to get a much more comfortable mice. The space for the thumb is much deeper. This helps to use the side buttons much easier and we think that the hand lies much better on the mouse. We think that this is a very large mouse, but it did not look like this because of the simple design. We think that the mouse fits great to gamers with big hands but also gamers with small hands will like the mouse. This mouse weighs about 99 grams without the cable, which means that this is not the lightest mouse in the gaming sector. Unfortunately, it is not possible to add or remove additional weights.
You can find four pads on the bottom of the mouse which helps that the mouse hovering smoothly about the pads. Unfortunately it is not possible to change them but we want to talk about the wear of the mouse later in this review.
We noticed that Mionix wanted to create a long life mouse, for example, because of the braided cable which is two meters long. You can plug in the mouse by using the gold plated USB 2.0 connection. We also noticed the mice’s LEDs. You can find them in the mouse-wheel, on the mice’s side and in the profile-buttons. You can also switch them off by using the Software.
Now, let’s talk about the mice’s Software which allows you to configure the mouse. This Software allows you to save different configurations in five profile-slots. Users are also able to change elements like the Polling-Rate. However, we do not recommend that for beginners that starts to use Software like this.
Users of this tool are also able to scan their mouse pad. This shows you the quality of it. We tested this mouse on three different mouse pads and get three different results. We used an older mouse pad which only get a value of 30 persent and two new mouse pads (a cloth surface and a standard plastic mouse pad). Both of them has never been used before and get 90 percent in the software’s test.
We already talked about the different colors of the LEDs you can choose. Users can choose between 16.8 million colors according to the developer. Because of the Software you are also able to choose the colors with the help of RGB-Numbers. It is also possible to choose between different lighting effects (Color shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing).
Macros are nothing new, but we like that this mouse and the Software supports this, too. You just only have to choose ‘New Macro’ and to push the ‘Start Record’-button. This is very useful for Pro-Gamers of MMORPGs which are using a lot of key sequences in a short time. You can also find a FAQ in this Software and it also allows to contact a employee for support. Owners of this mouse are also able to register their mice in this menu.
Please remember, that every user of this mouse has an another view on it. Everyone who tested this mouse for us thinks different about the grip, the ergonomics, the weight and size but the opinions are all the same.
We think, that the price (about 90,-€) for the Mionix NAOS 8200 is a little bit too high. On the one hand we know that Mionix wants to have a place in the high-end segment. On the other hand, we wanted to know if the mice’s quality justifies this price. So we hit two birds with one stone. We tested Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain with this mouse. What we can say is, that we needed a long time to get used to the coating and also to the widening on the right side which are for the ring and the small finger. We think that we are not the only one. Everybody who get a new mouse after a few years using the same have to get used to the new one.
Like we said, we used the mouse on different underlays and pads. What we liked is that the mouse worked very well on the table and different mousepads. People that using glass tables should also know that this mouse didn’t work on it.
The NOAS 8200 slides very well and we had no problems with the laser. We like it that after we used this mouse for hours we felt no pain in the hand. We also tested this mouse with other games. Because of the DPI-Buttons we could switch the DPI very fast. This increased comfort, because we did not had to open the Software to switch the DPI.
We think that this is one of the best mices Mionix released. We also think that the NAOS 8200 does not lose against other high-end-models. We also like the simple but effective design and noticed the high quality processing. Both helps that this mouse is very comfortable. What we also like are the buttons. Not only because they are different programmable, but they are easy to push and very accurate and directly.
Unfortunately, there is also another side of the coin. This mouse is definitely only made for ‘righties.’ We are afraid that the rubberized superficiality, especially near the company logo could fall off after a long time of use. This could happen especially to users who have particularly sweaty hands. And NO, that is not a joke. We know this phenomenon, which we have already seen by using the Roccat Kone (+). The superficiality starts to fall off after a year but this does not mean that this could happen with NOAS 8200, too. Unfortunately, we have not one year time to test this mouse and tell you how this mice will look after this time. The other thing is the price but we found out that you get appropriate quality for your money.
All in all, we can say that this is one of the best mices we have tested so far. The Mionix NAOS 8200 is definitely a High-End-Gaming-Mouse but also for casual users that want to have a high quality mice. We decided that we can recommend this mouse to you. If we have convinced you, you can order the mouse on the official homepage here: NAOS 8200