Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse Review

Read our in-depth review about the Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

After the swedish gaming-company Mionix could surprise the gaming-scene with their ambidextrous “Avior 7000”-mouse, they listened to the fans and released their brand new ergonomic gaming-mouse “Castor”, whose name is derived from greek mythology.

Mionix proved us with the Avior that they are a company that focuses on good build-quality and functioning, which is rather rare on today’s market. Are they able to deliver a solid piece of hardware again? Let’s take a look!

Technically, the Castor has the same specs as the Avior. Coming with a great implementation of the PMW3310 sensor aswell as a stable pollingrate, the Castor runs flawlessly without any bugs or interferences. No smoothing, no acceleration, no Angle snapping, no weird sensor issues. It’s working as intended and creates the foundation for a consistent gaming experience.

Software

The new Mionix software runs without installing.

 

Mionix did their job fine again with a smooth running software that allows for high customization. The software hasn’t changed much since the Avior, except that it doesn’t need to be installed anymore. We found this feature very helpful for attending LANs or playing on other PC’s.


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Weight & Size

 

The weight of approximately 93g seems a little high for a mouse of this size but it feels much lighter than it actually is. You are able to lift this mouse around without experiencing any signs of inertia.

Unlike many gaming mice, which are too thin, the Castor comes with a nice width of 70mm, which allows for stable aim-control. Compared to the Avior, the Castor fills the palm better with an increased height of 40mm (Avior had 34mm).

Specs:

  • Length: 122mm
  • Heigth: 40mm
  • Width: 70mm

 

 

Grip & Surface

Palm, Claw or Fingertip? The Castor shape allows for all 3.

We genuinely think Mionix has created one of the best ergonomical shapes of all time with the Castor. It has been designed to function with all 3 gripstyles (Claw, Palm, Fingertip) and comes with a pinky rest on the right and a nice rubber grip on the left side. We found a Palm-Claw hybrid to be the most comfortable here, but most other grip-styles worked aswell without any issues. The Castor´also should fit most hand sizes. However there is an exception: Do you have large hands and fully palm your mouse? Then better avoid the Castor as the chance is high that it feels too small for you.

Buttons And Wheel

This is the part we found to dislike on the Castor. While the Avior had light but tactile clicks, the Castor-clicks feel a bit too light. People who prefer more crisp clicks like the Huano-switches on
Zowie-mice can get some issues with this super-light clicks. The clicks are still good but we expected the same quality as on the Avior, which is not the case here. The mousewheel also feels cheaper compared to the Avior and it produces some rattling sounds, which can get annoying for some people.

Final Thoughts

The Mionix Castor is a great allround-gaming mouse. Mionix live up to their new slogan “It’s all about the craftmanship” and gave us a technically flawless gaming mouse once again, this time with a GREAT shape. However a few issues like the very light clicks can’t be ignored and we hope Mionix will adress these for their next mice. Overall, the Castor could convince us and is an improvement over the Avior in terms of size, shape and weight but somehow we are missing this little extra magic that the Avior had, which makes you absolutely dominate your opponent.

08/10

>> Buy MIONIX CASTOR Optical Gaming Mouse

Mionix Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse Review

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Read about our in-depth review on the Mionix Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse

Ever wondered if there are any decent high end gaming mice aside from the known brands like Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries & Co. ? In today’s review we will take a closer look at the Avior 7000 from swedish gaming-company Mionix.

With the Avior 7000, Mionix shows us once again why their name is associated with quality . We were stunned after unboxing, as this ambidextrous mouse is a rock-solid piece of hardware and easily beats many of its competitors in terms of build-quality.

On the technical site, a flawless implementation of the PMW3310DH sensor ensures a responsive 1:1 tracking in CS:GO and other games. We didn’t notice any smoothing, prediction or other issues. An amazing Max-Speed of 4,90m/s fits low-sensitivity players.

 

Software

The Mionix software is highly customizable.

The Mionix software is highly customizable.

The PMW3310 is generally considered as the best sensor on the current market. One of the reasons for this is the advanced technology it uses, which allows a highly customizable software. Mionix took advantage of that and provides a very decent software for the Avior. It features nearly everything a gamer would need.

Wanna change the Lift-Off-Distance to your preferences or even activate prediction? The software runs smoothly without any problems and allows you to customize a good bunch of things. Another feature the 3310 sensor is known for are native DPI steps from 50 to 7000 DPI. Worked flawlessly for us and it didn’t lead to DPI consistency issues as it was the case on some other 3310-mice. Mionix did a clean job here.

 

Weight & Size

 

With a weight of 100g the Avior is not the lightest gaming-mouse, as the trend goes towards 80-90g mice. However, we didn’t experience any issues from the weight, even after long gaming-sessions our hands didn’t cramp. 100g is still lighter than a Razer DeathAdder and we found it to provide the perfect mix of precision and easy mouse-lifting.

Other specs:

  • Length: 125mm
  • Heigth: 34mm
  • Width: 65mm


 

 

Grip & Surface

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As many modern mice, the Avior comes with a soft-rubber coating. While gamers with sweaty hands love it, this kind of surface is rather unadvantageous for dry hands until it gets worn a little bit. Mionix designed a clever grip on the Avior. It simulates an ergonomical feeling similar to a DeathAdder, while the mouse is ambidextrous. It has 2 side-buttons on both sides. Despite the buttons are not sticking out crazily like on some other ambi-mice, they can still be an issue for some gamers. We strongly recommend to get a hands-on test before buying, as the extra 2 side-buttons can be a no-go for some people.

 

 

Buttons And Wheel

 

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Equipped with Omron-switches, the clicks on the Avior are very light but still give a tactile feedback. We experienced the clicks as very satisfying. The mousewheel is also of high quality. During our testing time, it didn’t squeak or skip once while scrolling. The Clicks and mousewheel are some of the best we’ve ever seen.

 

Final Thoughts

The Mionix Avior 7000 is a true gem on todays gamers’ market. It is a beast in terms of build-quality and comes with a flawless sensor-implementation. We are truly impressed by the work of Mionix here.  If you get along with the semi-conservative design and grip, this could be your perfect mouse for CS:GO and all other games.

>> Buy MIONIX AVIOR 7000 Optical Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT KONE Pure Military Edition Core Performance Gaming Mouse – Review

Read about our in-depht review on the ROCCAT KONE Pure Military Edition Core Performance Gaming Mouse

The experience we made with the Roccat Kone Pure Military was very good, actually we did not expect this kind of quality by a relative unknown mouse – compared to DeathAdder for example. The coating felt really good and was not cheap at all. The mouse did not make any noise, which would be a sign of bad manufacture. It’s buttons did click nice and without too much or too little force. Like the rest, the mouse wheel is really steady and doesnt move to the sides – which I am really sensitive to. It glides well on any surface we tested and we tested alot.
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Technically it speaks the same language as the quality of its coating – just great. But we expected that already, has the Pro-Optic R4 5000 dpi Optical Sensor is used – which is one of the best for gaming. The Pro-Optic R4 has no acceleration, prediction, zero angle snapping or any other major known sensor flaws.
We tested it several days playing Counter-Strike: GO without any errors. The grip was comfortable and long sessions were not by hand pain. Overall we can say great mouse, this is also why I am using it to this day.

 

It comes in three colors, as shown in the image

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Specs:

  • Pro-Optic Sensor R4, up to  5000 dpi
  • 1000 Hz Polling Rate
  • 1 ms Response Time
  • 130 ips max. Speed
  • Up to 30 G Acceleration
  • 16-bit Data Channel
  • Adjustable lift-off distance
  • Adjustable angle snapping
  • 72 MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit Arm based MCU
  • 576 kB internal memory
  • 1.8 m USB-Cable

 

There is nothing to follow up after these great specs except: gets recommendation!

For more pictures and a good amount of customer reviews check

>> Buy ROCCAT KONE Pure Military Edition, Naval Storm

Gaming Mice Review

Because an unbiased and non sponsored review was long overdue!

We set our focus on putting out short but powerful reviews about gaming mice.

Our recommendation list is based on years of experience with many gaming mice and an absurd total of hours in professional gaming matches. We focused purely on how the mouse did in competitive gaming. Aspects that tend to value casual gamers, like a colourful scheme, did not play any factor in our result. The list is kept up to date by us!

Last modified: July 2015