|Brand Name||Zowie Gear|
|Item model number||AM Black|
|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||9.1 x 6.7 x 2.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||9.05 x 6.7 x 2.56 inches|
ZOWIE GEAR Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Moue (AM Black)
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- Ambidextrous mouse developed by legendary CS-player Abdisamad ‘Spawn’ Mohamed
- Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- or right-handed users
- Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality, no drivers needed
- Optical encoder mouse wheel system for increased durability
- 450 / 1150 / 2300 DPI adjustment / Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
- ZOWIE custom-designed lens for a very low lift-off distance = 1.5 to 1.8mm
- DPI (Dots Per Inch): 450/1150/2300 / Connector: USB / Buttons: 5 / Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
- Length: 125 mm / 4.92-Inch / Width: 60 mm / 2.36-Inch / Height: 39mm / 1.53-Inch / Weight: 88g (without cable)
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The ZOWIE AM is an ambidextrous mouse that is unmatched by other ambidextrous mice in flexibility, stability and performance. It features two buttons on both sides which allows the user to switch between left- and right-handed usage. Only one side may be active at a time, thus eliminating annoying situations where you accidently hit the side buttons using the bottom of your palm or your pinky finger.
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—The most important thing about a mouse for me is how it feels in my hand, and this one feels GREAT! I use my old Razer Abyssus at work, and I am really tempted to buy a second Gear AM to use at work as well!
—The scroll wheel is nicely textured with big grooves & the spin has a nice tactile stiffness.
—I was never a fan of extra buttons on the sides of mouses because I usually found them interfering with the grip or somehow made the mouse just feel uncomfortable; that wasn't the case with this. I almost never hit the unused side buttons on the right side, and the ones on the left sit comfortably above my thumb.
—A set of replacement feet are included.
The Slightly Bad:
—The implementation of DPI & polling rate is PASSABLE. Having to hold down certain buttons before plugging just to change the polling rate isn't as fast as having a switch on the bottom. The color-coding of DPI (Red-Blue-Violet) is alright, but having a three-phase switch for these DPI modes would be much better. This is the only thing that I favor about my Razer Abyssus over the Zowie Gear AM. For me, though, I never change my DPI or polling once I plug in the mouse, so I guess it isn't that big of a deal.
This mouse has 3 odd cpi steps, 450, 1150, and 2300. The sensor natively does 1800 and 3500 cpi. Zowie uses a custom lens to lower the lift off distance, which also changes the sensitivity, hence the funny cpi steps. The cpi is adjusted by clicking a button on the bottom of the mouse. An LED near that button will glow red for 450, purple for 1150, and blue for 2300.
It has two side buttons (back and forward) on both sides, with only one set being active at one time. By holding down various buttons while you plug in the mouse causes it to change its settings.
If you hold down the middle mouse button and left click while you plug it in, it turns into left hander mode, switching left and right click, enabling the forward/back buttons on the right side, and disabling them on the left side.
Holding down middle and right click while you plug it in turns it into right hander mode.
Holding down the back button while you plug it in sets the polling rate at 1000 hz
Holding down forward sets the polling rate at 500 hz
Holding down both forward and back sets the polling rate at 125 hz.
After you change the settings, the mouse will remember them, regardless of what computer you plug the mouse in to, until you change the settings again.
There are some subtle differences between the polling rates and how the mouse tracks, though they are minimal. I couldn't tell a difference between the polling rates, especially considering my monitor has a refresh rate of only 60 hz. Placebo or not, if the higher polling rates makes it feel better for you, then use them.
Lift off distance is minimal. It has less than any other mice I've ever used, and I am not able to use tape to get any other mouse's LOD as low as this without messing up it's tracking speed.
Tracking speed is quite fast, I can not get the mouse to skip even during 180 degree swipes. I am a medium sensitivity player at 20cm/360.
Drawing straight lines in paint is exceedingly difficult, there is no apparent prediction.
The scroll wheel has a funny feel to it. Although it is an optical scroll wheel (lasts longer), it doesn't have the wheel on a vertical carrier. The left side of the wheel axle is anchored in place, while the other end of that axle rests on top of the middle click switch. Thus, the wheel doesn't go straight down when middle clicking, it is easier to middle click by applying a rightward force than a leftward force. The scroll wheel does scroll very positively, so it is highly unlikely that you'll leave the wheel in a position between clicks. This makes it great for using the wheel for scrolling a specific number of times.
Left and right clicks are rather stiff. Not as stiff as the Mico, but slightly stiffer than Logitech's G series mice, and significantly more so than Microsoft's Wheel Mouse Optical.
Opening the mouse up requires you to remove two screws. These screws are placed under the bottom mouse foot, and removing the mouse feet destroys them. This mouse includes an extra set of mouse feet, in case the first set get damaged or are worn out. I like the inclusion of extra mouse feet. The mouse feet are also very large, and have rounded edges. This helps reduce the bumpy feeling from mouse pads, but also adds to the friction. My only preference to mouse feet is that they don't have sharp edges.
Almost all of the mouse is covered in rubber. The side buttons are plain shiny plastic. The shape of the mouse is where I had issues with using it. The shape didn't fit my particular hands very well. The sides of the mouse are sloped outwards. This means that you must rely entirely on friction to lift the mouse up. Although it's only 88 grams, it feels about as heavy to me as the G400, which weighs in at around 105 grams. Since the G400 has grooves that you can use to help lift the mouse up, you don't have to squeeze it as hard. In the end, my skin simply didn't have as much grip on the mouse as I wanted, and it ended up hurting due to how much force I needed to use to lift the mouse up. The stiff clicks didn't help either. I can enjoy using this mouse for short sessions of fast pace shooters, but I can't tolerate using it for more than an hour.
Although I did not like using this mouse, I didn't dock any stars. While I wasn't able to get a good grip on it, it isn't the fault of the mouse. We simply have too much variance in our hands, the size, shape, and oils produced are all different from person to person. There is no way of making a perfect shape that fits everyone. Quite in fact, there are some people who love that glossy plastic used on the sides of Razer's mice. Some people can't get a grip on glossy plastic, others feel that get the best grip on glossy plastic. It's why there's also a version of this mouse, the AM GS that has Glossy Sides. I also have the misfortune of possessing tiny little t-rex hands, so lots of mice are difficult for me to hold onto.
Zowie is a responsive company. When it was made known the issue that the mouse buttons would grind on each other if you pushed them both down at the same time, Zowie reacted quite quickly to increase the gap between the buttons. I purchased the AM shortly after it got in stock on Amazon, and it does not have the button grinding issue.
The mouse is well built, and uses one of the best sensors available. This sensor, despite its quality, holds back its ability to sell. Many consumers will skip over this mouse simply for having lower cpi than similarly priced mice, as most consumers do not care about prediction, acceleration, tracking speed, lift off distance, or jitter. Zowie purposely made a lower profit mouse to cater to a crowd of gamers that has long since been neglected while other mouse manufacturers chose to make more profitable high cpi mice.
If you don't move your mouse very fast, lift it up very often, or use lowish cpi settings, this is not the mouse for you. There are better mice for you, many at lower prices.
This mouse is for those who physically move their mouse far and fast, the people who make good use of really large mouse pads.
It is a compelling choice due to how great the sensor is. If you do get it, make sure you use it for an extended period of time before the product return window expires. If you can game for hours on this, then you've found one of the best mice for you.
One reviewer noted that he had problems dialing in UT and Quake Live with this mouse. As stated, the DPI ranges on this mouse are not the most common, but I've used this mouse with UT, UT2K4, UT3, and Quake as well, and have experienced no problems adjusting the sensitivity via in game settings vs. dpi setting to a comfortable level. I mainly play BF3 with this mouse, and it's fantastic. I've been using this mouse with a low DPI of 450, and accuracy is dead on; even when moving up to the next DPI range, this mouse is dead accurate. The feel and construction of the mouse is comfortable, and I find no fatigue using it even during long game sessions.
The mouse as stated, is short on features of some of the more expensive mice out there, but does the job extremely well. Only gripes I have is the location of the DPI switch, which is on the bottom of the mouse, but I personally don't use that feature often, so not having DPI on the fly is a minor gripe. I also have a Logitech GX9 laser that originally was the replacement for the MX518; while a good mouse, it was no where as comfortable, and would at times lose center. I highly recommend this mouse to anyone who is looking for a no frills, accurate and comfortable mouse, whether for competitive or just plain gaming fun.
It also has 3 assignable DPI settings which are assigned by a button on the bottom of the mouse, they are each color coded for quick and easy access. I have had absolutely NO issues with the set up or assignment of the buttons on the mouse. Flawless performance and excellent quality at a price that is a complete bargain for this mouse in my opinion. The exterior of the mouse has a feel akin to extremely smooth rubber or leather providing excellent interfacing with your hand with just enough subtle friction for moving the mouse. This mouse is a keeper for sure.
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