Mionix's Castor mouse shoots for the stars

Mionix has pulled back the curtain on its new Castor mouse, named after a star in the Gemini constellation (Castor is also Portuguese for "beaver," so pun away in the comments.) The company claims to have designed the new rodent for all three of the common grip types: palm, claw, and fingertip. Southpaw fraggers will have to look elsewhere, however, as the Castor is for righties only.

The Castor is coated in four layers of smooth rubber. For extra grip, the thumb rest is cross-hatched, and divots on the right side for the ring and pinky finger could provide even more traction. Mionix has gone all-out in the sensor department, selecting a Pixart PMW-3310 optical eye. This sensor has a whopping 10,000 DPI maximum resolution, and it provides 1:1 tracking for maximum precision. The PMW-3310 can also continue tracking under acceleration of up to 5.45 m/sec (or 215 IPS).

Each of the six main buttons can be programed with custom mappings or macros, and gamers can switch on-the-fly between three configurable DPI levels. The Mionix logo at the rear of the mouse and the scroll wheel are both illuminated with the obligatory customizable RGB LEDs. Settings and customizations are stored in five onboard profiles, so Mionix's software is only necessary when setting up or changing profiles. Other niceties include selectable lift-off distance and Mionix's Surface Quality Analyzer utility (or S.Q.A.T.—again, joke away.)

This mouse measures in at 123 mm x 70 mm x 40 mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.6"), and it weighs in at 93.8 grams without the cable. Mionix offers a one-year warranty in the US and Asia and two years in Europe. The Castor will appear in stores come September for $69.99 stateside, or 69.99€ in Europe.

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