We like the feel of the Castor and its four layers of rubberized matte coating. While we don't report back about it much, we do find that a lot of mice we liked previously, tend to have their coatings rub off within a few months. At least Mionix makes an overkill effort to be sure this will not happen with the Castor. The size fits our hand well, and even with a relaxed grip, it just feels right under our hand. The left side rubber pad and the contours on the right side make this mouse a breeze to life and adjust in the heat of battle, and even if you don't grab your mouse completely straight, with a bit of tinkering in the software, you can offset that angle and be even more precise.
Although we are not completely sure anyone can handle and control the 10,000 DPI, we did try it for a bit and found ourselves overshooting a lot in photo editing and selecting in smaller menus. I even found it tough to be accurate in games. However, surprisingly enough, we found this Castors highest DPI setting to be much truer and less jittery than when playing with 8200 DPI on laser mice.
After we got used to the Mionix and found our 6000 to 7000DPI sweet spot for normal usage, we dug into the rest of the software to see what it was all about. To be honest, the software gives the gamer plenty of options, offers it with zero built-in acceleration and angle snapping turned off, so the movement of your hand is exactly what you are going to register on screen. All of the adjustments takes the Mionix to a higher level of customizability on the basic level, where most others incorporate a lot of this stuff, Mionix went much deeper into the rabbit hole than most.
The colors are easy to change, set in various mode, and the effects can be quite nice to sit and watch. If we did have to pick on them a bit, we do feel they could have offered a little better Macro menus. But the offers will get the job done, and with five profiles and six buttons to play with, we are sure around thirty or so Macros or optional commands should take care of most gamers needs.
While the Mionix Castor does not blow your socks off with stylish add-ons and gaudy displays of light, really there are no "Gimmicks" to this design at all. What you get is a straightforward mouse that is molded to fit the hand in comfort, and on top of everything else, do the main job that a mouse is good at, tracking movement and eventually almost feeling like it isn't there at all. The Castor does become an extension of your hand after a bit, and with all the tinkering possible, it puts a ton of control under your right hand. As if performance was not good enough, and the feel wasn't fantastic enough, the fact that they are using well-known makers for their parts like TTC and Omron for their switches, and Pixart for the first mouse we have ever used to boast this level of DPI range.
Mionix was correct in what they put on the box. This is a piece of fine craftsmanship, and while it may not look like a stunner at first glance, this Castor optical gaming mouse is one to stand up, rip your ears off and put them in your pocket so you can hear it kick your ass. The Castor is just that good. The near $70 pricing may seem high, but give the Castor ten minutes on your desktop, and that cost will be a long distant memory overshadowed with comfort and a slight grin on your face as you game after its purchase.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: The cost may make you think twice, but this top tier equipped Castor offers all the right parts, feels great in your hand, and after just a few minutes of use, this DPI monster will win you over! It honestly is a mouse you don't want to miss.
PRICING: You can find the Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse retails for $70 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse retails for £54 at Amazon UK.
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