Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Mionix are one of my all time favourite gaming brands, as they’ve created some of my own personal favourite peripherals over the years. Of course, I’m not the only one who thinks this, as Mionix products have won many awards around the world and that fills me with confidence that their latest gaming mouse, the Mionix Castor, is going to be something special.

Equipped with a fast processor, ergonomic design, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and more, the Castor is certainly well equipped, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. First up, however, here’s a quick product video from Mionix, it’s a little strange, but I’d love to know what on Earth they’re pretending to play here; any guesses?

Technical Specifications

  • 32bit ARM Processor running at 32Mhz
  • Right handed truly ergonomic design
  • 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 reinforcer

Sensor Specification

  • 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

Software Features

  • Up to 5 Profiles saved to the in-built memory
  • Adjustable X / Y Axis
  • Polling rate adjustable in four steps up to 1000Hz
  • Live record macro manager
  • Up to 16.8 million color LED options
  • Customize RGB manger
  • Pulsating, Blinking and Breathing LED effects
  • Color Shift lighting mode
  • Angle Snapping adjustable in 15 steps
  • Angle Tuning adjustable from -30 to 30 degrees
  • LOD Calibration tool
  • S.Q.A.T – Surface Quality Analyzer Tool
  • Lift-off distance (LOD) Calibration feature

Dimensions & Weight

  • 122.46×70.42×40.16 mm / 4.82×2.77×1.58 in
  • Netto (w/o cable): 93.8 gr
  • Netto (cable incl.): 141.5 gr

The Castor comes packaged in a very compact presentation box, with a nice image of the mouse on the front and not much else, apart from a few technical details around the sides/back.

Opening up the box, we see that the mouse has been well protected by a custom shaped cardboard interior, which will help greatly in keeping it safe while it’s being shipped to you.

The Castor comes hard-wired with a durable black braided cable with a USB header.

Mionix Reveal Their CASTOR Gaming Mouse

Were you looking to upgrade your gaming mouse? Great! Mionix just revealed one of their latest gaming mouse additions and it might just be for you. We saw a lot of manufacturers naming their gear after ancient gods, mythical creatures and so on, so it won’t come as a surprise the Mionix named the mouse CASTOR after the brightest star in the sky.

CASTOR comes with the PMW-3310 optical sensor, giving it amazing accuracy, smooth tracking, and a maximum speed of 215 IPS. If you wanted more DPI, CASTOR’s sensor seems to take care of that with its 10,000 DPI range along with 3 adjustable DPI profiles and that’s not all! The new lift-off distance calibration feature is said to work with the Surface Quality Analyzer Tool and take into account the lift-off height to find the best left-off distance with optimized tracking.

But are the new features too much for the CASTOR to handle? I admit, there is a lot this mouse can do, but with its 32-bit ARM processor, it will do all of what it’s expected of it and not even compromise the sensor tracking one bit. It even lets gamers set up 5 different macro profiles and comes with 4 layers of rubber coating, along with optimized textured side rubbers help achieve maximum grip. So this really makes it one of the top gaming gear mouse available and a must-have for any pro-gamer out there.

One thing to point out though. The CASTOR seems to be dedicated towards right-handed gamers, having its ergonomics set for right-handed ring- and pinky-finger groove, which is unfortunate since there are a lot of left-handed gamers out there. Even so, Mionix said it will make the CASTOR available worldwide in September for a price tag of €69.99. More information on the gaming mouse can be found over at Mionix’s website here.