|Mionix Naos 3200 USB Optical Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Adam Pizzo - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 17 January 2011|
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Testing and Results
Sadly the Naos 3200 doesn't come packed with the software like its bigger brother (the Naos 5000) to analyze surface quality. Instead, I ran the Naos 3200 through a set of vigorous and thorough tests to determine how its performance is on different surfaces. I have a generic piece of printer paper, a glossy magazine, a plain wooden desk, and a generic mouse pad.
After those tests I used it in several applications ranging from Photoshop CS5, Microsoft Office 2007, a MMO game, a First-Person Shooter game, and generic use (Social Networking, E-mail, etc). Finally, I performed and extended use test to determine how the mouse felt after using it for several hours in a row.
At the lowest DPI setting (800 DPI) the cursor crawled across the screen on each surface. When using it for applications it performed okay in the gaming applications, perhaps just a tad bit slow, but performed well in Photoshop and in Office.
At the middle DPI setting (1600 DPI) the cursor speed worked well enough on each surface. The desk gave me the lowest performance and the mouse pad gave me the highest performance. The paper and magazine were about the same but didn't offer anything special. When playing games this setting was excellent for both FPS gaming and MMO Gaming. It also performed well in Office, Photoshop, and generic use.
At the final DPI setting (3200 DPI) the cursor speed becomes optimal. On every surface the mouse seemed to run smooth. Without having a software analyzer I had no way to determine the actual surface quality, but the feel on each surface felt smooth and I didn't need to lift the mouse up. This setting is a bit much for doing delicate things in Photoshop and when playing my FPS game. I felt that the crosshair would move way too much with the slightest twitch of my hand. If you're an avid FPS gamer who uses a fast scroll then this mouse would fit perfectly. The mouse also performed well in both the MMO game and in generic use.
Finally, the extended use test gave me great results. I used the mouse for several periods of 4-5 hour blocks. My hand never once felt uncomfortable. The shape of it really supports your hand.