There is a lot to like with the Naos 7000. It is super lightweight, and effortlessly moves around the desk top. The design is also so form fitting that the mouse becomes more of an extension of the hand, rather than a mouse; it fits every nook and cranny, and supports your hand from the finger tips, all the way through the wrist. With the newer optical sensor onboard, we also don't see any performance loss for those who like to have the DPI set to insane levels. At 7000 DPI, the Naos is just as uncontrollable as any laser mouse at 8200 DPI. As we were testing the Naos 7000, we spent most of our gaming time in the 3500 DPI range, which is a good combination of full screen movement, without much effort from the right hand. This range also still has some accuracy for things like photo editing. All in all, the Naos 7000 has been a real pleasure to test and use.
The Naos 7000 does also offer basic plug and play capabilities, so you can just plug in the connection and go on any system, and the LEDs will even illuminate. However, to gain full control of what Mionix has to offer, you have to get the software and install it. Once the software was in, we found some of the best controls on the market. Of course, there are all the basics like DPI, polling rate, pointer speeds and things like that, but not many companies offer angle snapping controls, nor do they even attempt to offer angle adjustments. What this does is allow user to actually offset the optical sensor in the way it reads.
So, if you tend to game with the mouse cocked slightly off angle from center, you can change it in the software to compensate for your comfort, rather than having to fight the mouse all the time. Even if it is a more basic version, the Macros sure come in handy for many games, and can even make desktop level work quicker and easier; they allow five profiles, and all seven buttons can be reprogrammed.
While many may consider the near $80 pricing to be a bit steep for a mouse, you really are getting a fully loaded device with the Mionix Naos 7000. They may have eliminated the side DPI lighting, but to be honest, I don't miss it. I can just move the mouse to know what level I have set; I don't need the light to tell me. The entire time we have spent with the Naos 7000 has been a great experience, with no issues with any part of it. It just works, feels great in the hand, and even if a bit pricey compared to many other offerings on the market, I still think the Naos 7000 is well worth the investment for something that gets used for hours upon hours, every day of your life.
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