Recently I had a chance to check out a new mouse known as the Mionix Castor. Mionix is a new brand in the local market, with the products having been designed in Sweden with a simple goal: Create the most ergonomic and best performing products available.
The first thing I noticed upon opening the box it had been shipped in was the package. Several of the mice I typically see in stores have packages that tend to blend in together, which can make it a bit difficult when trying to determine a specific mouse to get. If you feel the same way I do, then the Castor’s package is sure to stand out.
Inside the package you’ll find the mouse, which features a simple and elegant design, as well as some stickers and the standard paperwork. The Castor features a matte black finish and sleek curves, with only the scroll wheel and logo having some flash thanks to LED lighting that can be configured with different colors, styles, and even turned off.
Here are the official technical specifications, as well as the input sensor specifications:
- Right handed truly ergonomic design
- 32bit ARM Processor running at 32Mhz
- Supports palm, claw and fingertip grip
- Grip friendly soft touch rubber coating (4 layers)
- 6 fully programmable buttons
- 3 steps in-game DPI adjustment
- 2 integrated LEDs in 2 colour zones
- Up to 16.8 Million LED colour options
- Color shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing effects
- On-Board memory 128 kb built-in memory
- Large black PTFE mouse feet
- Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection with Plug and Play
- Cable 2m long PVC cable with cable reinforce
- PMW – 3310 gaming grade IR-LED optical sensor
- Up to 10000DPI
- MAX tracking speed of at least 5.45m/sec (215 IPS)
- No positive or negative hardware acceleration
- Adjustable Lift Off Distance
The mouse can also be customized in the software. The software configuration should be just complex enough to satisfy most, if not quite all, PC gamers. There’s nothing really unique about the software that really makes it stand out from others, but it is enough to get the job done.
The Macro screen, for instance, will allow you to create as many macros as you may want, then assign them to the six buttons on the mouse. I honestly didn’t use this feature much, partially because I’m used to gaming with a standard three button mouse, but I can definitely appreciate how useful this can be in quite a few games that people primarily play with keyboard and mouse, rather than gamepads.
Feel and functionality
Once I had the mouse configured, I dived into a few games with it. Some of the games I tested out include League of Legends, Hearthstone, Gauntlet, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. I can report that the mouse performed extremely well on all of the titles, though I did have to do a bit more last-minute adjusting for the first game to make sure it didn’t move too fast on me.
In terms of actual feel, as you can see in the above image, the Castor features a textured material on the side. This material is quite comfortable, and, though my hand is probably about average for a gamer, it felt like an almost perfect fit on the mouse. I asked some friends who have smaller hands, and they felt the same, as did those I asked with larger hands.
Mionix’s slogan is “All about the craftsmanship,” and this mouse certainly seems to live up to that slogan. I’ve had the mouse for about a week now, and have tested it out repeatedly. Several mice I’ve had in the past have quickly deteriorated within that time frame, but the Castor has shown no signs of change.
Gamers who don’t need more than six buttons likely won’t go wrong with the Castor, based on how well it has performed in my tests, but those who make extensive use of macros, and thus need more than six buttons, may want to check out another mouse. When all’s said and done, however, the Castor is a solid mouse for gaming or even regular daily use.
Final Score: 4/5