Mionix has just released a new gaming mouse that is looking to make a splash in the gaming mouse market. The mouse we are referring to is the Mionix Avior 8200. The Avior 8200 is one of the few ambidextrous gaming mice out there, so while many of you lefties are just used to using a right-handed mouse, this mouse could change the way you game. On paper, the mouse looks great but does this mouse have what it takes to elevate your game to the next level? Read on to find out.
The Mionix does have a total of four customizable buttons which you can map macros to. There are also two buttons by the scroll wheel which allow you to change the DPI settings of the laser on the fly. This allows you to move between having the mouse pick up every subtle movement and having a less sensitive mouse for moving around maps and executing slower movements. This is great for those that like to switch between different classes in first person shooters. With only four programmable buttons, you may not want to this specific mouse for MMO applications. Either way, this mouse should suit most people’s needs without posing much of a problem. It doesn’t feature a lot of customization options, but there is enough to get by.
At this time of this review, the Mionix Avior 8200 has an MSRP of $89.99. This is a little on the high side of the market for gaming mice since prices tend to hang around the $75 dollar price point. However, since this mouse was designed for left-handed gamers, paying a little extra to get something that was designed just for you may be worth it. Either way, this is an excellent mouse and it isn’t too far outside of the average price to consider this not a good deal, especially if you are looking for a left-handed mouse.
We found that the Avior is a very comfortable mouse. It contains four layers of rubber coating all over the mouse. This ensures that the mouse is soft to the touch and it also makes sure that you always have a firm grip on the mouse itself. It also helps that this mouse is designed for both left-handed and right-handed people. No matter which hand you use, the mouse fits in your hand quite nicely.
The mouse also features a fully customizable lighting system that can be controlled using the software provided. No matter what color scheme you choose, your Mionix Avior 8200 will blend right in. With just about 16.8 million colors to choose from, you’ll find something that will match your rig. In addition to the color, you can program the mouse’s lighting system to pulse, color shift, blink or fade with a number of built-in lighting modes. Simply choose which pattern you want to display and it is done in a matter of seconds.
From a more technical aspect, this mouse contains an 8200 DPI laser sensor in the mouse itself. In addition to the laser, the mouse contains a 32-bit 72 mHz ARM processor. These specs should suit just about any player out there, even if you require a high precision for your style of play. The sensor and the processor have plenty of power and the response times are excellent. We found that the mouse responded well in just about every situation we threw at it whether we were sniping and jacked up the precision or we took a run-and-gun approach with more lateral movement. We are confident that this mouse will do whatever you need it to do without any problems whatsoever and that is a good thing.
This mouse does contain some internal memory to the order of 128 kilobytes. This is enough to store some profiles on the mouse and keep those profiles with the mouse. All this can be done with using the software that came with the mouse. Profiles can be stored, edited and loaded all in the same place. We found the software works well in most situations and as long as you are okay with bringing it up once in a while, you shouldn’t find it cumbersome.
Finally, this mouse does come with a 2 meter long, braided, cloth-covered cable. Having this style of cable works great with gaming since it slides over surfaces well and tends not to get kinked or tangled. We didn’t have any problems with the cable and we are sure you won’t have any issues either.
We found that the Mionix Avior 8200 worked quite well. It glides over a mouse pad very easily and the braided cord doesn’t tangle or get caught on the furniture. From a technical standpoint, it handled everything we put in front of it without and issues to speak of. The response time was quick, the mouse had enough customization options to suit our needs and it functioned quite well. No matter what style of play you use, and even better which hand you use, the Mionix Avior 8200 will suit your needs and provide a quick, responsive gameplay experience.
Overall, the Mionix Avior 8200 is a no-nonsense mouse that just works well. It isn’t going to attract any attention or become a conversation starter, but it will certainly get the job done. If you are looking for a mouse, especially one that is suited for lefties, this is a great option to look at. It is a little on the expensive end, but it is going to do what you need it to do. Really, what else can you ask for? Therefore, we highly recommend it for anyone looking for a solid gaming mouse.