I am not ashamed to admit that I am a huge gamer chick. While I used to get by on a cheap “gaming” mouse a few years ago, nowadays, I would not even bother anymore with them. Since moving to a gaming mouse, my game has improved quite a bit. The current mouse I have is pretty large and not the nicest looking, and it had been a while since I upgraded, so I decided to take a look at the Mionix Castor gaming mouse and give it a try.
In the (nice) box you’ll find the mouse, some Mionix clings, and a quick start guide. Pretty basic for a mouse. The drivers you’ll need for it are on their website; there’s no disc included.
The mouse has a braided cord that seems sturdy. I also like the braided cord as it is easier to tell the difference between it and my keyboard when looking at the back of my computer.
There are six total buttons on the mouse. Each can be customized via the software downloaded from their website to whatever you wish. This also includes macro combinations. It has two less buttons than my previous mouse, so if you are a button person, it may be lacking.
Now for the specs on the mouse:
- 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
- And of course, up to 16.8 million color choices
I’m not quite sure I could EVER get used to 10000DPI, but the option is there!
It took a little bit for me to get used to the feel of the mouse in my hand. Going from a bulky mouse to this one, it took me a solid week to get my game back in order. Once I got used to it, I found it comfortable enough. It’s still small though. If you have large hands, this mouse may be too small for you to use comfortably for extended periods.
The software for this mouse is actually very simple and straightforward. I really like that. It allowed me to customize the color of the light within the mouse, DPI, customize buttons, tracking speed, and more. I ended up keeping my DPI set to one of the defaults, but changed my buttons up to maximize my gaming experience. It was easy and painless to do.
So, how do I like the Mionix Castor gaming mouse? Overall, my gaming quality has stayed the same as it was with my previous mouse. The user interface of the software is nicer than my old mouse, and the overall look of the mouse is much better. I have yet to decide if I will switch back to my previous mouse or stay with this one.
One thing that has this mouse going for it is the cost. I don’t go out and buy expensive items, so when I see headphones, mice, keyboards, and other peripherals for a mid-range price, it catches my eye. For the value of this mouse, I feel it is pretty solid. The biggest drawback I can see is the size being smaller. I have average sized hands and I wish it was just a little bit bigger. It is also very lightweight, and glides very easily across the mousepad. You would definitely need to find the right DPI to make up for how lightweight it is since it doesn’t take much to make it move.
Source: The sample used in this review was provided by Mionix. Please visit their website for more information