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Interview with Mionix CEO Carl Silbersky

Interview with Mionix CEO Carl Silbersky

Hi Carl, thanks for chatting with us today. Can you tell our readers a little about your role in Mionix?

Thanks, great chatting with you, please keep up the great work you guys are doing!

So today I am the CEO of Mionix. My history with Mionix goes back to being the first investor into the company and excutive on the board. Mionix craft some of the best gaming hardware out there and my reason for joining as CEO is to take us global and allow Peter (past CEO and founder) to focus on the products and what we call the Mionix craftsmanship.

If there was one key aspect you would say sets your brand apart from the competition, what would it be?

Craftsmanship! The relentless quest for ergonomic perfection as well as our outstanding attention to even the smallest details – the so called Mionix craftsmanship sets us apart the most.

In terms of setting your brand apart, some may say it was an interesting move to use a black with green LED colour scheme on products such as the NAOS (and early mice designs like the SAIPH) when that sort of design is very much associated with a competitor. What was the thinking behind this design decision?

Mionix has always been black and simple. When we released early products like the SAIPH the competitive landscape was very different from today, so the thinking was of course different as well. However, in the end it doesn’t matter if Mionix mice are green, black or purple. Most important for us as well as for an ambitious gamer is, that the mouse feels like the extension of his or her hand, performing outstandingly and being reliable over hours, days and years of gaming. And I only want to say this much: Just wait. There are more great things coming from Mionix soon, so stay tuned….

Two of the key enthusiast gaming markets at the moment are FPS and MOBA. If you had to create a Mionix bundle for each group of gamers. What would be the mouse and surface you would recommend to pair with the Zibal keyboard and NASH headset? (and why?)

For FPS I say either the NAOS or AVIOR depending on the grip and preferences. The Mionx 7000-series of mice has the latest infrared optical sensor from PixArt (PWN3310) without any hardware acceleration and proper 1 to 1 tracking. The sensor we use in the 7000-series has been optimized to the SARGAS-series (black, microfiber pad) based on our SQAT technology (Surface Quality Analyzer Tool).

For MOBA if you are a serious player and you need the most accurate tracking available I would be using the keyboard keys instead of the mouse buttons and I again would go with either the NAOS or AVIOR 7000 of mice (depending on grip style) combined with a SARGAS pad

That’s what you would recommend for those gamers. What Mionix gear do you use (and why)?

For audio, my NASH headset, on the desktop SARGAS 900 mouse pad, the Avior mouse and of course the Zibal keyboard all crafted by Mionix. At the moment I am also testing some new prototypes we are in the process of creating.

With a good range of PC peripherals available the next logical step in our eyes is for Mionix to look at the console (or mobile) market. Any thoughts on what you could bring to controllers and headsets for those gamers?

We dont like to comment on future products until they are out of the labs and heading into production….but yes we are looking at new platforms and also developing new products. Some of the things we are working on seems very promising for the mentioned audience.

Moving back to the PC marketplace; SK Gaming are currently your partner. Do they get involved in the design process of products and if so, what do you feel has been the number one benefit that the partnership had brought to the Mionix peripherals?

Mionix is benefitting greatly from the massive experience of SK Gaming. SK is one of the most successful, famous and experienced clans out there. The input based on years long experience in different genres of competitive gaming is very valuable for our product development process. We have been working closely with the team at SK Gaming for some time now. We hope to bring the results of this work in to market soon.

We note the omission of wireless products in your range currently… but some movement in development of the Concept PX with its gaming surface that acts as a charger too (which sounds GREAT). What’s the latest on this project?

The Concept PX was something we had in the labs for while and wanted to test with the market so we showed to the world at CES 2014. We are still evaluating the Concept PX… and its still a bit away from being a Mionix craftsmanship product. Let’s see how things develop.

Tell us a little about your support process. We can see that your mice have upgradeable firmware to fix minor issues in the field. But what if something goes wrong and our mouse breaks down. How long is the warranty and do returns come back to you guys, or would we deal direct with the retailer?

We are proud to say that we have the best support in the industry. Being Swedish we can say this and it’s not just talk. We take pride in our support process and we view it as channel where we get to interact with the Mionix users. It also works as a feedback loop back to our product development guys. Any real hardware company takes the support process very seriously. Good to mention also is that we put a lot of effort in our quality control when manufacturing the product and we have a very low RMA rate. If the product breaks and it is bought directly from Mionix (mionix.net) the customer should  contact us. If bought from a reseller, the standard procedure in the EU is to go back to the retailer where the product was purchased from (in the US this time is within the first 30 days). If there are any issues in the process of returning the products via the reseller please issue a ticket directly to us at support.mionix.net.

Where next for the gaming industry? Do you see things like Oculus Rift taking off or is there another development which you think will take us down a different path?

Mass market VR gaming is definitely next for the gaming industry. Oculus Rift has come a long way since Palmer Luckey founded the company in his garage and much progress since the release of the original Oculus Rift Dev Kit last year. I think that Oculus Rift had the potential to be the next platform for gaming after the mobile phone, but Facebook is not a grass root tech gaming company and they will most likely view the technology as more than a peripheral for video gaming.

Finally, any closing message for our readers?

We are up for some great gaming stuff guys, so stay tuned and thanks for your great support so far! Also, please feel free to send us your feedback under info@mionix.net or issue a ticket support.mionix.net!

For a chance to get your hands on some Mionix goodies, head over to our current competition, where we’re giving away FIVE Mionix Naos 8200 gaming mice! Click here.

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Stuart Davidson

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