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The Naos 5000/3200 is the most comfortable, ergonomically-shaped mouse that I have ever used. I have fairly large hands, so I am able to palm or claw it, depending on what I am doing, browsing or gaming. My previous favorite mouse was the Ikari Laser, from a comfort aspect. The Naos shape fixes the one flaw (for me) of the Ikari's shape, the left side where you place your thumb. The Ikari has less of a thumb groove and more of a ledge that places your thumb higher; in my case, my admittedly wide thumb was overlapping the side buttons, which made it harder to lift the mouse, without accidentally pressing the side buttons. This was only important to me in fast-paced games, like FPS's, and was a non-issue, when doing more relaxed things like browsing the web or office tasks, etc. The left side of the Naos is an improvement vs. the Ikari shape, the thumb groove lets my thumb sit lower and allows for better control, since my thumb isn't resting on the side buttons. For me, the Naos shape is perfect. As far as which one to get, the 3200 or 5000, it's a question of your budget and your preferred mousing surface. The 5000 is the better mouse, as long as you are gaming on a hard pad or your desk, due to the laser ADNS-9500 sensor. If you are gaming on a cloth pad, the 3200 will generally track better, its optical ADNS-3080 sensor is less sensitive to the tiny bits of dust or loose fiber that accompany cloth mousepads. I have successfully used the 5000 on both a Puretrak Talent and Steelseries QCK+ cloth pads, and it works fairly well, but you have to take extra care that you keep things very clean. If the sensor gets dusty or dirty, it will wig out and randomly point wherever it wants. The disadvantage of the ADNS-3080 (used in the Naos 3200), which is otherwise more fault-tolerant, is the prediction/angle-snapping that it has; it's not awful, but it is noticeable, if you're used to playing prediction-free. It is something you can easily get used to, especially if you are a low-sense player, you will quickly "unstick" the mouse's tracking from a perfectly horizontal or vertical line. Basically, I love both of the Naos mice, but if you really want to split hairs, neither one is absolutely perfect in the tracking department, just very, very good.

For myself, in my own quest for the perfect mouse, I decided to frankenmouse the guts of a Razer Deathadder 3G (1800 dpi) into a Naos 5000 shell. The idea being, marry the best sensor available to the best mouse shape (for me) available. I've got it just about done (100% working, with LED's, but no +/-DPI buttons, since the DA3G is a five-button mouse. I'm just waiting on new mouse feet from Corepad to arrive, they are the only folks offering replacement Naos feet at present, AFAIK). I took a bunch of photos of my frankenmousing efforts and could do a write-up, if there is any community interest. I can assure you, it was a royal PITA, and involved sacrificing two excellent mice (call me crazy), just to make one perfect mouse, but... it was worth it to me. What I would really love to see however, is for Mionix to build a "Naos 3500", based around the ADNS-3090 optical sensor, now THAT would be THE perfect mouse, IMO!
Edited by ElectricDelta - 4/29/11 at 11:19am
    
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LG Bluray Combo Zalman Performa 10X Windows 7 64-bit Asus VG278HE 
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