Mionix Saiph 3200 Laser Gaming Mouse

Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 2 October 2009. Page 3 of 3. 4 Comments

So how well does the Mionix Saiph 3200 work with Linux? After using it with Ubuntu 9.04 we were pleasantly pleased to find it working more so than some of the other name-brand mice. All buttons when clicked could be mapped through the X Event Viewer. Even the two buttons that are used for adjusting the DPI of the mouse / the scroll wheel color were mapped out to buttons ten and eleven, according to the event viewer. The buttons on the left hand side were mapped to eight and nine. With all buttons being detectable, this is great, but like most other mice on Linux, there is no official or third-party software for Mionix mice to make acceleration adjustments, other DPI adjustments, easy button management, etc. The Mionix Saiph 3200 was actually detected as being manufactured by Elecom Co Ltd with an idVendor of 0x056e and idProduct of 0x001e.

Testing of this mouse was done within various GNOME applications, gaming with Nexuiz and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and web-browsing with Mozilla Firefox. Overall, the mouse was comfortable to use and the weight adjustment abilities were nice although not anything unique. It was a nice mouse to use, although I still prefer the Razer Lachesis to this mouse from Sweden. With all buttons working under Linux -- although there's no easy program to configure the buttons or any other features -- this is good to see but still not ideal for the Linux desktop, but at least if this mouse design or features are of interest to you, there is no real objection to this laser gaming mouse.

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