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Pure Comfort (Naos 5000 vs Imperator)
on November 19, 2010
I was trying to find the perfect mouse for my machine. I went out and bought a Razer Deathadder, which is a very nice mouse, but I figured if I'm spending 50+ on a mouse I might as well shop around. I also went to Best Buy and bought a Razer Imperator. That mouse is pretty incredible too, with 5 way custom dpi switching and an easy profile button on the bottom of the mouse to swap between load outs on the fly. I was happy with both but stayed with the Imperator because of the on-the-fly dpi switching (incredibly useful). I was content until I found out about the Naos 5000. There are no Imperator vs Naos 5000 reviews on the web, so I had to pick one up to try it. I'm so glad I did.
The Imperator is a comfortable, more traditionally shaped mouse. The thumb grove takes a minute to get used to, but I found it very comfortable. The ability to change the placement of the side buttons up and down is also useful. The downside of the thumb grove is the shiny plastic it's made of, which makes your thumb very sweaty. 5700dpi, 1000hz polling, 5 way dpi settings and multiple profiles make this a great mouse. Also, the scroll wheel on the Imperator is superior to the Naos. And that pulsing blue glow is trance inducing.
The reason I decided on the Naos is because of one thing: comfort. This is the most ergonomically designed mouse I've ever had the chance to land my hand on. The entire mouse is covered in that matte rubberized plastic like Razer mice (no shiny sweat-inducing plastic). The feel is akin to the SteelSeries Ikari but better. This is a great mouse for those people that prefer a heavier mouse because of the custom weights included with the Naos 5000, I personally like my mice light so that was a non-factor in my decision. The dpi light indicator is great mid game for reminding you what setting you're on, although it's only 3 way switching. The sensor is a little less capable (5040dpi vs 5700dpi), but you will honestly NEVER notice the difference. Anything past 4000 dpi, even at low sensitivity is too fast. The ability to change the light color is really cool, it'll keep you busy for weeks.
The difference really comes down to the comfort level. The Naos 5000 is simply the most comfortable mouse money can buy. I wish someone would have written this review so I wouldn't have spent around a month and a half with a tight budget testing mice, but it was worth it. The Razer products are great, but I'm taking as many precautions as I can to stop Carpel Tunnel, and this mouse feels incredible.