Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Following the chart above, Mionix addresses the 32-bit ARM processor that runs at 72MHz, but there is no mention of the Avago branding of the 8200 DPI laser sensor the Avior tracks with. We covered the ambidextrous design that works with multiple grip styles, but we did not mention that this mouse is coated four times on its exterior with rubberized coatings. Around the Avior, there are nine total buttons, all of which can be programmed over five profiles. The DPI can be selected, on-the-fly, in three steps that can be adjusted via software. The center of the scroll wheel, along with a Mionix logo on the heel of the mouse, is illuminated when in use and you have the full gamut of color choices to use for them. The last few specification in the top chart cover the 128kb of onboard memory, shows this uses large PTFE feet, has a gold plated USB 2.0 connection, and that it is at the end of two meters of cloth braided cabling.
Mionix then breaks down the Avago ADNS9800 into its individual features. This laser sensor is capable of 8200 DPI. This sensor can track movements as fast as 3.8 meter per second or at 150 inches per second. Jerky movements will also be of no issue with the Avior as this sensor can handle 30g from one direction to the opposite. This laser sensor talks to the ARM processor via a 16-bit channel. It offers a 1ms polling rate, sees 12,000 frames per second with imaging power of 10.8 megapixels to help the laser to read various surface types. They did seem to also leave out the fact that there are also Omron switches used in the Avior that have a lifespan of ten million clicks.
Shopping for the Avior 8200 took us to five locations currently showing some form of stock of the Mionix Avior 8200. Both Amazon and Newegg are at the lower-end of the list, and are currently offering the Avior 8200 at a base price of $89.99. Newegg requires $6 to ship, while Amazon is offering free shipping, and is something to consider when talking about a near $100 price point then.
While the Mionix solution is one of the most expensive ambidextrous mice we have tested, hopefully at the end it will be clear as to whether Mionix has a great offering in their lineup, or if it is just an overpriced mouse banking on previously released submissions.
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