Friday, August 27th 2021

MIONIX Back to Life, Introduces PRO Editions of Gaming Mice and Mousepads

Swedish gaming peripherals maker MIONIX, thought to be derelict, sprung back to life. The company refreshed its website with an all-new design, and announced new products. These include three new gaming mouse models, and a new line of gaming mousepads. The mouse lineup sees what are essentially "we're back!" refreshes to popular existing models. These include the Naos Pro, Avior Pro, and Castor Pro. The mousepad lineup sees the introduction of the Alioth series, which spans from 4:3 "M" size, all the way to rug-sized "4XL" that spans an entire desk top.

The new Pro line of mice see updates to their sensors, buttons, and surfaces, while retaining the essential design, shape, and button-format that made the originals popular. A common thread between the three is the new PixArt PMW-3370 sensor with 19,000 dpi resolution, 400 IPS tracking speed, 50 G acceleration, 1 ms response time, and 12,000 FPS frame-rate. The sensor talks to the driver over a new 16-bit data-format. The mice also feature an updated Arm SoC and 128 KB local storage for your settings. The LED lighting comes with 16.7 million colors. A soft-to-touch UV coating lines the top surfaces, while a 100% PTFE low-friction glide-feet can be found underside.
The Alioth line of mousepads comes in sizes of M (370 mm x 320 mm), L (460 mm x 400 mm), XL (900 mm x 400 mm), 2XL (1,200 mm x 500 mm), 3XL (1,400 mm x 600 mm), and 4XL (1,600 mm x 800 mm); all of which are 3 mm-tall. The surface is made of woven cloth with stitched edges, while the underside is anti-slip natural rubber. These also feature spill-resistance.

Prices of the new ware are as follows:
  • Naos Pro: $79.99
  • Castor Pro: $79.99
  • Avior Pro: $79.99
  • Alioth:
    • M: $16.99
    • L: $22.99
    • XL: $45.99
    • 2XL: $59.99
    • 3XL: $69.99
    • 4XL: $79.99
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11 Comments on MIONIX Back to Life, Introduces PRO Editions of Gaming Mice and Mousepads

#1
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Hmmm, the Naos looks the same. The previous one is one of my favorite mice. It’s currently waiting patiently in its backup role for a chance to play regularly. I’ve got one of their mouse mats too. Very high quality

Good information to hear the company is solvent again, for now.
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#2
RJARRRPCGP
Well, haven't got a chance to even try much other mice. All I know is, that Logitech has good mice, when it comes to the G Pro (Hero sensor) and the same with the G502 Hero.

Even Thermaltake back in 2014, had a tough mouse, it was called the Ventus.

The G Pro, (Hero) has a very good feel when playing the Halo series. Over at BestBuy, there were also SteelSeries mice. Wondered if those can hold a candle to the most recent Logitech wired mice...
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#3
DeathtoGnomes
1,600 mm x 800 mm
Would be the size I'd look for, which convert to about 62 x 32 inches.
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#4
Jill Christine Valentine
S.T.A.R.S.
Didn't even know that they were "dead", I have an Avior 8200 for my 2nd PC and it's a pretty good mouse.
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#5
Faith[ROG].Anarchy
80 million clicks, could be Kailh GM 8.0 Transparent switches since there's no optical mentionings.
Damn this is going to be good, especially the Castor.
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#6
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
rtwjunkieHmmm, the Naos looks the same. The previous one is one of my favorite mice. It’s currently waiting patiently in its backup role for a chance to play regularly. I’ve got one of their mouse mats too. Very high quality

Good information to hear the company is solvent again, for now.
Razer anyone?
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#7
LocutusH
No wireless in 2021? I am gone skip these...

Had a Naos myself for a year back then, but it wasnt such a great mouse, as the shape would suggest by the looks. The G502 wich i bought after that was much better. Until the wireless logitechs came in.
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#8
Valantar
So Mionix, which used to make fun and playful colorful designs, no makes ho-hum black and "gamery" stuff instead. God, people are so boring. Sad that that's what's necessary to succeed.
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#9
Kenjiro
Mionix ... i have good mouse, but one of the worst software i've ever seen. I could not even install it normally, because of throwing errors. Waiting for response from Mionix takes weeks, luckily one of beta installers found on the net worked. Then i saw software with few barely working options (sometimes it worked, sometimes not). It is very hard to recommend nice designed and working mouse with awful software.
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robb213
ValantarSo Mionix, which used to make fun and playful colorful designs, no makes ho-hum black and "gamery" stuff instead. God, people are so boring. Sad that that's what's necessary to succeed.
They started with the "ho-hum black and gamery" stuff. Maybe around 2018 they randomly changed their business model or target audience by replacing their solid lineup with colorful variations of the Castor (or Avior), and throwing everything else out. I interperated the change as a focus on trendy college students or the like versus gamers. That will rarely turn out good for your existing customer base, especially when quality is affected too.

And black goes with everything. That's why it's popular. Same goes for any of the neutrals.
KenjiroMionix ... i have good mouse, but one of the worst software i've ever seen. I could not even install it normally, because of throwing errors. Waiting for response from Mionix takes weeks, luckily one of beta installers found on the net worked. Then i saw software with few barely working options (sometimes it worked, sometimes not). It is very hard to recommend nice designed and working mouse with awful software.
I once had an issue with their software during installation. After fixing it, it worked great thereon though.
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#11
Valantar
robb213They started with the "ho-hum black and gamery" stuff. Maybe around 2018 they randomly changed their business model or target audience by replacing their solid lineup with colorful variations of the Castor (or Avior), and throwing everything else out. I interperated the change as a focus on trendy college students or the like versus gamers. That will rarely turn out good for your existing customer base, especially when quality is affected too.

And black goes with everything. That's why it's popular. Same goes for any of the neutrals.
Sure, black goes with anything. But it also doesn't stand out whatsoever - which is desperately needed in the crowded gaming peripherals market these days. Going on quality alone? That's not going to be enough given the heaps of high-quality small brands. I understand that the previous change was jarring, and it sounds like they handled that poorly - sounds like a typical management/investor decision at that. IMO they could have made it work though, if they spread it out a bit - keep the flamboyant designs at the core of the brand identity, but create toned-down versions for broader appeal. That could likely have carried them quite a bit. I considered their mousepads and wrist rests for a while, but ... I didn't want a mousepad or wrist rest covered in hot dogs and donuts. I really liked the idea of bright colors and patterns though, and that could have been worked with to make something less niche.
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