Let’s get right to the point: what a fantastic mouse this Mionix Naos 5000 is. Aside for some minor gripes that you’ll see in our review, the mouse has gone far above and beyond the call of duty and, after a series of models we’ve tested so far here in Hardware Secrets, it became our number one choice of gaming peripheral. Let us see its physical characteristics before going to the testing. By the way, the name Naos comes from the brightest star in the Milky Way, Naos Zeta Puppis, which is about one thousand light-years away from us – and the competing mice as well.

The Naos 5000 is a right-handed mouse with excellent ergonomic design. It has niches for the thumb, the ring finger and the pinkie so the hand completely rests over the mouse’s body in a comfortable and precise way. Above the thumb rest are the well-known back/forward buttons and three LEDs to indicate the current dpi setting. Below the backlit scroll wheel there are up/down sensitivity buttons. The backlit Mionix symbol stands by the palm rest.

Naos5000Figure 1: Upside view.

There are four Teflon feet on the bottom of the mouse plus the weight adjustment system. The weight compartments are located on either side of the mouse, which makes up for a better balancing system. Eight small weights (5 g each, i.e., 0.18 oz.) come inside a nice metal case. In the middle of the underside part is the 5040 dpi laser cannon surrounded by the Mionix logo.

Naos5000Figure 2: The underside.

Naos5000Figure 3: The weight adjustment system.

As a final touch, the cable is cloth-wrapped and the USB plug is gold-coated.


A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil’s biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.