Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Nearly two years ago, we had our first look at the Mionix Castor. Back then, the mouse was top of the line, well equipped, and with a highly recommended award from us, the bottom line was that the Castor was a mouse you should not miss the opportunity to use. However, as that time, the price was quite high but was offset by a superb feel in hand, it used top tier components such as Omron switches and a 32-bit MCU, but most importantly to why we are here today, it was offered in only one color; black.
As time goes on for manufacturers, they have two ways to evolve. The first road to take is to keep on developing new products, which tend to keep some of what made the initially released products successful, but at the same time, changes are made so that the device will stand up to everything else being offered on the market today. The second avenue which a company can take is to reissue a product that has been wildly successful, to try to reap more profits from a product that was ahead of its time and is still worthy of taking on the competition. This latter path is what Mionix has taken, and is why we are here today, as the Castor takes on new hues, and gives gamers and everyday PC users a way to brighten up their lives.
What we have here today is the Mionix Castor Ice Cream Mouse, which is one of five colors, or flavors if you will, that this mouse can now be had in. The design has stayed the same externally, and the LED lighting has been removed. Internally the mouse is nearly identical as well, still boasting components that have stayed current, and will deliver years of comfortable and attractive usage to anyone who buys these new Castor mice. That being said, it is time to dive right in and see just what Mionix has done to bring life back into a mouse that many have already seen, and for us was a nearly perfect solution to any right-hand mouse user.
The chart Mionix provides with the re-release of the Castor mouse is much simpler than what we saw in the past. Across the top, we see five colored boxes, which denotes the flavor of each of the options. There is a pink version named Frosting, the light blue model we have named Ice Cream, a yellow one called French Fries, a gray one called Shark Fin, and a typical black version, simply named Black. The chart then continues to include the maximum DPI rating of 5000 provided by the PixArt PMW-3320 optical sensor, and the DPI can be set in 50 DPI increments through the scale. The Castor comes with 128kB of onboard memory, it has six fully programmable buttons, the design is ergonomic, and there is a soft touch coating applied to the top and sides of it.
We had to go back to older charts to see that there is a 32-bit MCU used in these mice, and to see that all grip styles are supported for usage. The Castor glides upon two large PTFE feet, and the cable is two meters long, covered with a braided cloth to match the color of the mouse. The older charts are where we found the measurements as well. Where we see the Castor is 122.46mm long, it is 70.42mm wide, and it stands 40.16mm tall. As for the weight, with the cable, the original Castor weighed in at 141.5 grams, but with no LEDs in the latest incarnation, we would assume the weight to be slightly less than the original.
Right now, we are unable to locate any flavor of the newly released Mionix Castor Mouse. However, on the product page, we see that you can buy any of the five color choices direct from the manufacturer. It was there that we saw the €69.99 pricing. Converted to US dollars, Mionix is asking $83.23 for the Castor, which is more affordable than the original, which is still listed at $99.99 in some outlets. With all of this in mind, we do have to address the fact that we know of nobody else who is willing to step outside of using white, black, or some shade of gray to deliver a mouse, most certainly not anyone who favored the idea of pastel colors with food-related names. The real question comes down to one thing. Even with the new colors, does this Mionix Castor Ice Cream have what it takes, not only to please you aesthetically but to be able to be used in all facets of the PC user's day.
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