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Mionix Castor Review (Mouse)

Mionix Castor Review (Mouse)

When we last looked at a couple of products from Mionix we found them to be impressive peripherals. The Naos for example was a good quality gaming mouse. Recently they refreshed their product range with a new mouse and today we test it in our Mionix Castor Review.

Mionix Castor Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Castor creates a pretty impressive first impression with a well designed box that really stands out from other mice. Its made to a high quality and it has an interesting split design. That said, the cardboard inside is prone to a little shedding and our mouse arrived with a bit of a coating that needed to be removed. Bundled with the Castor is a set of stickers, a quick guide and as is shown in the above shot the mouse uses a gold plated USB connector with braided cable (2m).

Mionix Castor Review – The Mouse

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The Castor is shown above and as is the case with most gaming mice this model uses a black, soft touch finish. That is applied across the entire top surface and down the right side. This is a right handed (palm, claw or fingertip) mouse and in terms of lighting we have the palm logo and sides of the scroll wheel which illuminate. Behind that scroll wheel is a DPI selector button which can also be re-mapped.

As far as dimensions go, this mouse is 122.46×70.42×40.16mm and the body weighs 93.8gr.

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Looking down the right side of the mouse we can see that it is shaped to allow a comfortable fit for our first two fingers. The left side is a little different, featuring a rubber thumb grip and two configurable buttons.

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Turning the mouse over we find two large low friction feet and between them our 10,000 dpi sensor. This is a PMW 3310 IR-LED optical sensor with maximum tracking speed of 5.45m/sec (215IPS) and features zero acceleration tech along with variable lift off distance. Running the mouse is a 32bit ARM processor (32MHz) and 128kb of memory.

Mionix Castor Review – Software

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Mionix provide software with no installer for the Castor. Just download, unzip and run. When it opens the first panel which is available to us is Mouse Settings and beneath it a note that we can have five profiles. Mouse settings lets us configure the  six buttons, polling rate, double click speed, scroll speed and pointer acceleration (including the ability to disable it). Next up is sensor performance which includes our DPI levels, X/Y axis settings Angle snapping/tuning and the ability to configure speed as well as test how well the mouse is reading our pad/mat.

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Next up is Colour settings which allows us to choose between 16.8million options, set to on/off (including specific areas) and set an effect such as breathing. Next up is the ability to configure Macros/Events and finally we have the support page with useful links and details on our driver/firmware version.

Mionix Castor Review – Conclusion

As we mentioned earlier in the review the first impressions of the Castor are good thanks to some cool packaging. once we crack it open the mouse is nicely presented and the bundled items off in a separate compartment. There is nothing out of the ordinary as far as those go…it would have been nice for Mionix to bundle some replacement feet maybe but otherwise no issues.

The design and build quality of the mouse itself is also good. The Mionix note that the rubber/soft touch coating is four layers thick which should make it durable and the finish on our sample was flawless. We very much like the contoured right side which was very comfortable for palm grip and the angle of the left side was near perfect for our hand with that textured rubber giving a decent grip. The mouse weight is also good, a nice light mouse overall and the braided cable with gold USB is always a nice thing to see.

As far as daily use goes, the software provided by Mionix looks decent and is intuitive to use. Everything is set out fine and while it was easy to read on a 1920×1080 screen, the interface text could have been a bit larger so as to remain easy to use on 4k. The mouse itself was great in day to day tasks. Light as we mentioned above and offering nice low friction movement. Speed was more than adequate for all our needs and we noticed no issues with various surfaces. All rated 90% or above on the bundled surface test, backed up by accurate tracking and lift off in our testing. We were also pleased with the feel of the mouse buttons with just the right of pressure required for action on both the main buttons and the thumb buttons.

Summary: A well rounded mouse which offers good comfort, a high level of build quality and top notch sensor performance.

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