Last month I had a chance to check out the Mionix NAOS 5000 and recently I’ve been trying out that mouse’s younger counterpart the NAOS 3200 from Mionix. Both mice are similar in design and the only difference in the features on the inside. I would say that the 5000 is for hardcore gamers and the 3200 is for the more casual who’s looking for a nice gaming mouse.
The NAOS 3200 for my hand is perfectly shaped with wide it’s wide body and flares on either side for your fingers, it feels good in your hand. The entire mouse is rubber coated to give you a slip free surface to hold onto while gaming. Both the 5000 and 3200 feel exactly the same in your hand and most gamers won’t notice many differences. But there are some differences that might appeal to the more hardcore, who will want to opt for the 5000. The biggest differences in the mice are under the hood and how they work. The 3200 is pretty much turned down in every way such as its lower DPI, or lower image processor 10.1 megapixel compared to 5.6 megapixel. These types of differences alter the speed of the mouse and while most will enjoy the BIG differences the 3200 offers over a standard computer mouse, those who need to extra power will want the 5000. Their are some other under the hood changes but those are two examples that really standout. The other major change is the 3200 lacks the weight system, while again many gamers don’t need this, after playing with the 5000 with a little weight in it for the past weeks, I did notice a difference in using the 3200 right away. The weights really give the mouse a nice hefty feel and the lack of them, while nice in that you get a light mouse, just felt off. Again this isn’t something more casual gamers will notice.
Similar to the 5000 there is a PC only software package which allows you to set-up the mouse to your liking and create profiles to switch to on the fly. The mouse will also run on MAC OSX but you will need to do all the programming on a windows machine.
Overall I’m very happy with the product MIONIX has put out. And this is a great gaming mouse for the casual gamer, someone who picks up an FPS like Call of Duty cause everyone is playing it. While hardcore gamers will want to opt for the 5000 for it’s extra features and slightly improved mechanics, for many the NAOS 3200 will be a great fit in their hands.