When the Mionix Naos QG mouse hit my desk, I have to admit I was excited. With an RRP of around £120, and packing a beautiful design with features such as heart-rate monitoring and stylish RGB lighting, I expected great things from the Naos QG. Here’s the review of my experience while using it.
The Mionix Naos QG Mouse – In Review
Put simply, the Naos QG is a very stylish and beautiful mouse. With a minimalist design and tasteful RGB lighting, it’s a mouse that would suit gamer dens and office suites alike. The body is covered in a matte rubber grey finish, with each of the 7 programmable buttons finished in the same grey colour and a smooth rubber finish to contrast the body.
Unlike recent mouse reviews, the Naos QG packs all its most interesting features into its insides, leaving 7 buttons, its two RGB lighting areas, and the heart-rate monitor sensors to the rear of the palm rest to decorate the outside. The bottom of the Naos QG tells a similar story, with just the optical sensor on display.
The Naos QG features two RGB lighting zones; one on the scroll wheel and the other contained within the Mionix logo on the palm rest, situated next to the sensors.
What Comes In The Box?
The packaging was the first thing that impressed me about the Naos QG; it comes delivered in a high-finish box that opens in a clamshell style to reveal the mouse and a few words from Mionix. Everything about the packaging to the mouse is muted, leaving the impression that Mionix wanted users to have their full attention on what the mouse can do, and not dazzle or distract them with unnecessary features, an impression that certainly continues on into their software, Mionix Hub.
Sensor: Optical Sensor
Materials: Matte Plastic (Grey), Smooth Plastic (Grey)
DPI: Up to 12000 DPI
Polling Rate: 1ms (up to 1000Hz)
Number of Buttons: 7
Weight: 147g (with cable)
Cable Length: 2m (braided)
Lighting: LED (16.8 million colours)
Price: £120 RRP
Mionix Hub – The Software
As you can see in the screenshots, Mionix has put time and effort into ensuring their software, Mionix Hub, reflects the simplicity and efficiency of use that’s first encountered with their mouse and its packaging.
The design is stylish and sleek, with minimal visual intrusions to distract users from finding the options. Unlike previous mice software accompaniments, the Naos QG comes with some of the most refined and pleasurable-to-use software to date.Housing options for polling rates, DPI settings, angle tuning and more, you’ll also find charts, statistics and metrics for heart-rate, programs used, clicks per second and speed. Naturally, there are also options to change lighting on the mouse, as well as edit the programmable button functions.
Overall, Mionix Hub is a stellar and functional piece of software to complement the same ethos of its hardware counterpart.
What Is The Mionix Naos QG Mouse Like To Use?
As a long-time user of MMO mice, where I’m used to having as many buttons as possible packed into my palm, the Mionix Naos QG is a refreshing and surprising change. With a beautifully contoured grip that allowed my hand to rest comfortably for hours on end of use without fatigue, and a material finish that minimized dirty palms, I can actually see myself being drawn away from my button-laden MMO mouse obsession. Setting it up for my own preferences was a simple process, and there were no software hiccups preventing me from getting stuck in to using the Naos QG.
The heart rate monitor, depending on your usage, is either a gimmick or a useful tool. While just a gimmick for office workers to use as they ramble through difficult conference calls and enjoy watching their heart-rate increase as the boss delivers difficult news, I think gamers will find some more efficient usage for the sensors.
This applies particularly to eSports and competitive players. While a very narrow slice of information, it’s a fantastic way to see heart-rate spikes and to measure those responses to in-game events, something potentially useful for training eSports teams as a manager.
While the mouse lacks a fancy array of buttons on every surface that I’m used to, I found the simplicity surprisingly refreshing. There were no times when I was struggling for buttons or wishing there were more, and I found the RGB lighting to be a beautiful enhancement to an already stunning mouse.
The Conclusion On The Mionix Naos QG Mouse
For your £120, you get much less than other mice often offer, and that’s a good thing. Mionix have designed this mouse with three things in mind: comfort, simplicity, and effectiveness. In my opinion, it delivered on all three aspects spectacularly, giving a simple, comfortable and efficient mouse experience in both gaming and general use.
I can’t guarantee the heart-rate monitor is a sound investment, but if you don’t yet have the mouse and have ideas for it, it might be the mouse for you. It’s a definite thumbs up from me, providing you can stomach the hefty price-tag.