Mionix NAOS QG Review

November 28, 2016

Why a heart monitor on a gaming mouse is a great idea.

We’ve known Mionix for delivering some of the best gaming peripherals we’ve seen. This range from their line of gaming headsets, mice and keyboards – but a recent product of theirs had us thinking about its features. The Mionix NAOS QG (Quantified Gaming) may look like a simple gaming mouse, but it actually includes a heart-rate monitor and a GSR sensor that can measure your stress levels. Why does this matter? If you’re a casual user it wouldn’t, but if you’re a gamer you can actually use it to collect data to measure your gaming ability.

It’s one of a kind that’s for sure and its sole purpose to give you an overview on how you react when playing games. There is an option that would let you see biometric data displayed as an overlay when you play a game, giving you a real-time overview of all the stats.

Design-wise the Mionix NAOS QG looks like every other gaming mice – the design allows for an ergonomic grip that fits perfectly on the hand, and a plethora of extra buttons allow more functions which are of course customizable.

There’s a scroll wheel on top which is illuminated when turned on, along with on-the-fly DPI adjustment buttons located below it. The usual left and right mouse buttons are also present of course, with a back and forward button located on the left side.

The front part of the mouse houses the optical heart rate sensor along with the galvanic skin response senor right beside it. The Mionix logo is located at the middle that illuminates when plugged in. The Mionix NAOS QG connects using a braided USB cable.

The Mionix Hub is the central software where you can get full customization options for the Mionix NAOS QG. It lets you assign buttons, change the color of the LED light or load up profiles that suit any task you need to do.

Mionix Hub is still in beta, but it already offers a plethora of options for you to customize the NAOS QG and even see relevant data.

The Quantified Gaming tab allows you to see various achievements that you unlock the more you use the Mionix NAOS QG. Below that is the graphical interface that shows you your current heart rate and refreshes every 30 seconds.

The Statistics tab gives you an overview of the apps and games used in a session and allows you to compare data from previous days.

The heart rate automatically detects if your palm is using the mouse, where it continuously reads your heart rate evident by a bright green light coming from the sensor.

You would also need to install the Overwolf software with the NAOS QG plugin to be able to place an overlay when you’re playing a game. The overlay works similar to the graphical interface present on the Quantified Gaming tab.

I’ve used the Mionix NAOS QG on my own PC playing games like Call of Duty, Left4Dead, Assassin’s Creed and even Outlast. Precision is excellent, and while you may not notice, the accuracy of the mouse gave me a better gameplay on top of the smooth surface compatibility no matter what surface I tested it on.

But the best part relies on the biometrics that highlights the Mionix NAOS QG. It works well especially if you start playing horror games where you get to see the spike in your heart rate every time you encounter a jump scare. It also gives you an overview on how you would usually perform when playing a game and under stress. It won’t make sense to the normal gamer, but we think it could be beneficial to someone doing a livestream for example.

Imagine playing a game, streaming it on Twitch and then seeing the player’s biometric stats change in real-time as he is playing. It’s a way to engage users more into watching your stream and in a way, bring you closer to your audience.

The Mionix NAOS QG is a really well-built mouse that does a decent job of providing precise accuracy when used in game and at the same time, give you a unique function that’s actually beneficial compared to being a gimmick. Definitely one of our favorites.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.