Performance comes at a price
Mionix Castor was the first product we received from Mionix, who manufacture other gaming peripherals as well. And yes, even we admit that the design is reminiscent of the Razer DeathAdder.
Design and Build quality
The prominent feature about this mouse is its simple design and build quality. The right-handed mouse sports a plastic body covered by four layers of rubber coating with a matte finish. This is way better than a glossy finish or a complete rubber texture. Although the shape of the mouse is intended for both the palm and the claw grip to a level, it’s suited for a comfortable palm grip. Then again it isn’t perfect. The sloped area on the left side of the mouse to support the thumb is too steep and after some time, the thumb slides down rubbing on the surface below. Coming to the right side of the mouse, the contouring for the ring and little finger isn’t the most ideal design choice. This is why the claw grip doesn’t feel comfortable. A subtle sloped design to rest the fingers would have been more favourable. The PTFE feet at the bottom of the mouse offers a much lower resistance to movement, and it felt just right on their own Sargas M mouse pad.
The left and right-click give out a satisfying tactile feedback offering little key travel owing to the high-quality Omron switches underneath. They are the same switches seen on the Logitech G502 but due to design choices on the Mionix Castor, the key travel seems higher comparatively. The click switches on the Mionix Castor sits right in the sweet spot of not being too soft or too stiff. The scroll-wheel gives off an acceptable feedback while scrolling and the scroll steps are easily distinguishable.
If you are among the ones who shift the DPI in-game, the switch on the Mionix Castor seems too far for the finger to reach easily. The choice of including only one button for the DPI switch makes the process of cycling through the three DPI levels a little bit tedious. A separate up and down switch would have been preferable. The Mionix Castor supports RGB lighting which can be controlled from their own software. It’s great to experiment with.
Mionix Castor Verdict
If customisation doesn’t concern you and you aren’t going to tinker with its settings, the Mionix Castor is an option you can consider for a comfortable gaming experience at Rs.5,990. The Logitech G502 is another great mouse to consider.
|Comfortable body||Dust accumulation at edges|
|Lightweight construction||Less number of buttons|
|Good tactile feedback from click||Expensive compared to other gaming mice|
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Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey
This ape-descended life form believed that coming down from the trees was a bad idea until he was introduced to video games. Has spent endless hours playing Prince of Persia, Hitman, Assassin's Creed, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead. This makes it three sentences, Half-Life 3 confirmed.