BenQ Zowie FK2 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse for Esports (Medium)
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- 3310 optical sensor with 400/800/1600/3200 DPI to give you a unique tracking experience.
- Ambidextrous design with multiple shapes and sizes to maximize performance and provide a comfortable gaming experience for competitive esports players
- Consistent tactile feedback to avoid double switch presses, ensuring efficient functionality, and sleek design
- Adjustable report rate 125/500/1000Hz for different levels of responsiveness
- Plug and Play (No drivers required)
- Cable Length: 2m / 6. 6ft
- Manufacturer Limited : 1 Year
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ZOWIE FK SERIES
Ambidextrous Low Profile Design
No matter whether you are right-handed or left-handed, FK Series are designed for your comfort. The low profile design provides better control for both claw and palm-grip users. FK Series comes in three different sizes.
ZOWIE FK Series Measurements
Select the one that is right for you & wield your mouse firm in grip on the battlefield. FK1+: Extra Large, FK1: Large, FK2: Medium.
Full Control Over Your Movements
Designed for intense gameplay. The Zowie FK allows your fingertips to hold and cover your mouse so you can operate precisely and smoothly.
- Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
- Perfect lift-off distance; Plug and play (No driver needed)
- Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
- 400/ 800/ 1600/ 3200 DPI adjustment
- Adjustable USB report rate 125/ 500/ 1000 Hz
- Cable Length: 2m / 6.6 ft
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|USB||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play||USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play|
|Cable Length||2m / 6.6 ft||2m / 6.6 ft||2m / 6.6 ft||2m / 6.6 ft||2m / 6.6 ft||2m / 6.6 ft|
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- No mouse clutter
- As accurate as my G502
- Great feeling on a large hand
- Wonderful cord
- Wish it had an aim button like my G502 (button that allows temporary DPI reduction)
34 year old gamer. Played CS 1.6 competitively with CAL and haven't stopped since. For the longest time, I had it in my mind that if I could be semi-pro in CS on an old Microsoft Laser Mouse that it shouldn't matter all that much what I was playing with. I still bought whatever I found as the "best reviewed" mouse at the time and rolled with it.
My last two mice purchases were the Razer Taipan and the Logitech G502. I upgraded to the G502 becuase the Taipan, although one of my favorite mice, was far too small for my hand. I constantly felt as if I was tripping over my thumb and pinky.
So, on the advice of a buddy I picked up the Logitech G502. Found the mouse to be of the right size, but the button placement is a bit wonky. The DPI switch is on the top of the mouse, which caused me to accidentally choose the wrong sensitivity randomly while playing.
It was during one of these random slips that I lost my cool and grumbled about it to my friends, one of whom suggested the Zowie. Being impulsive and cursing Amazon Prime, I purchased the Zowie FK1+.
__My Experience So Far
Compared to my G502 in size, there's not much difference comparing them next to one another. They're just about the same length and width. However, the mouse buttons couldn't be more different. The Zowie has an open, simple layout that allows your fingers to just melt around the top without concern of accidentally clicking an unnecessary button. I saw no difference between the mice in terms of accuracy.
The mouse itself feels wonderful in the hand, and I feel like the simplicity in its design actually lifts it above the chique angular design of the Logitech G502.
It's lightweight, it's ergonomic, it tracks incredibly well, the sensitivity adjustment is clever and effective, it's driverless, BUT the scroll wheel is complete utter trash.
The scroll wheel on this mouse simply does not work at all. It's a pseudo-ratcheting scroll wheel, meaning it scrolls in "steps" like many other mice. But the problem is, when attempting to scroll up OR down, each scroll-step is immediately followed by a scroll-step in the opposite direction. This means any attempt to scroll leads to the page jerking up and down like its having a seizure.
If you want a solid gaming mouse and don't give a hoot about being able to use the scroll wheel, then you might like this mouse, but if you want even passable scrolling performance, I implore you to look elsewhere.
I used the EC2-A for almost a year before I bought the FK1. In theory since the EC series are ergonomically designed, they should allow for better aiming precision but that was not true in my experience. I found that the EC works best with a palm/claw hybrid grip for sniping on high sensitivity and non-snipers rifles on low sensitivity. Whereas the FK works best with a fingertip/claw hybrid grip for non-sniper rifles with any sensitivity. The grip on the FK also allows for a wider range of motion of the wrist, making horizontal tracking of strafing targets much easier.
TLDR: EC for high sens snipers / low sens non-snipers. FK for non-sniper rifles on any sens. But in general I feel like I have much more control over the FK than the EC at any given moment.
So, before I finally made the decision to buy this mouse, I poured through a large amount of reviews, YouTube videos, and size measurements of mice to find a mouse that would be comfortable for me. Just for reference, I have average sized hands and exclusively use a fingertip grip on my mice. Before I bought this, I was using a Steel Series Rival 300 which was far too big for my hands and grip style. After finally narrowing my options, I decided to take the plunge and order this mouse, and I'm glad that I did.
-This is a small mouse, for sure. It's not very long, nor does it have a huge bump in the middle like some other mice geared towards users with larger hands and using a palm grip. Because of this, the FK2 is ideal for a fingertip grip, in my opinion. You could probably comfortably use a claw grip as well, if you wanted to. You *might* could do a palm grip but frankly, I don't find it very comfortable with this mouse (although that would probably also depend on your hand size).
-No annoying third-party software needed to change the DPI settings. There's a switch on the bottom of the mouse that changes between a few different DPI presets. Once you press the switch, it will change the color of the lighting on the bottom, which indicates a different DPI setting. I forget the actual values, but they're easy enough to find.
-It has a very attractive and minimalist design. There's no RGB lighting flashing in your eyes or some ugly gamer-oriented design, it's just a sleek looking black mouse with a small red Zowie logo, and that's it. In fact, just looking at it, you probably wouldn't even know that it was a "gaming" mouse.
-The back and forward buttons are extremely nice for web browsing. You can also program them in most games to get added functionality out of them, if you wish. I personally use them as utility hot keys in some games (flashlights, med kits, etc).
-No braided cable. I would've preferred to have a braided cable in a mouse of this price, but it's not a deal breaker. I've personally had no issues with it.
-Price. This definitely is not a cheap mouse, but then again, most gaming mice aren't.
All in all, this is a solid choice if you have hands on the smaller side and you're looking for a nice mouse to use with a fingertip grip. I can't recommend the FK2 enough, and hope to use it for many years to come.
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Of the photos appended to this review, two show the EC1-A, EC2-A, FK2, and ZA12 respectively from left to right from a top and rear view, one shows the FK2 and the Steelseries Rival 110 compared from the side, and the remaining show the box's contents, underside, and side view of the FK2.
- Excellent sensor (3310)
- Ambidextrous, low profile shape, suitable for claw and fingertip grip. Despite having relatively large hands (20cm length and 10cm width) and using a relaxed claw grip, I play much better with the FK2 than with larger mice such as the EC1-A and EC2-A. The FK2's shape allows me to use a more loose grip with relatively little pressure on my palm, allowing my fingers to make fine adjustments.
- Lightweight: FK2: 85g, FK1: 90g, FK1+: 95g.
- Choice of size between FK2, FK1, and FK1+.
- Good cable: Non braided, quite flexible, and slides well, but not the best on the market. (e.g. Finalmouse Ultralight Phantom)
- Glides extremely smoothly: The mouse's skates are large and last forever. Zowie even include a set of replacement skates in the box. Combined with the mice's low weight, they make it glide extremely well.
- Plug and play: No software is needed, which is ideal for LAN environments. Polling rate can be adjusted by holding in certain buttons whilst plugging the mouse in (though the vast majority of people should be fine leaving it its default of 1000Hz) and DPI can be switched in increments of 400, 800, 1600, 3200 by pushing a button on the underside. The button is out of the way making it impossible to accidentally press, but making on the fly DPI changes impossible (though CS:GO players should never use that). There is an LED on the underside indicating the DPI setting (red, purple, blue, green respectively). Only one set of side buttons (left or right) can be used at once, which is changed in a similar fashion to the polling rate. Instructions are provided in the manual.
- Side buttons: Unlike those of the Zowie EC1-A and EC2-A, those of the FK2 are very tactile and responsive, requiring very little travel before actuation. I find these to be extremely satisfying. They are also very well placed and have the right amount of tension, such that I never accidentally press them. The buttons on the right hand side, meant for left handed users, are located out of the way such that I am never disturbed by them, and only one set (left or right) can be used at a time, meaning that even if you accidentally pressed a button on the opposing side, nothing would happen.
- Scroll wheel: unlike that of the EC1-A and EC2-A, the FK2's scroll wheel has the perfect amount of resistance, making it comfortable to use when browsing the web, whilst still having well defined steps.
- Primary & Secondary Buttons: Zowie uses Huano switches rather than Omron for their primary and secondary buttons, which are 'tighter' and 'heavier', but this is not of concern in CS:GO, as this game doesn't involve rapid clicking for extended periods of time. My Razer Deathadder Chroma uses Omron switches, and the difference between them is quite noticeable. This is the main reason why I consider Zowie mice to be poorly suited for MOBA games such as LoL which require constant rapid clicking. Note that Zowie tried switching to Omron switches in 2016 but encountered problems with clicks registering, so issued a product recall and switched back to Huano switches.
- Materials used: the plastic used feels neither particularly premium nor cheap, but isn't commensurate with the price of the mouse. It also picks up residue such as sweat rather easily and visibly, turning the matte black finish slightly glossy. This doesn't impact in game performance, but doesn't look very nice. The Rival 110's plastic doesn't feel particularly premium either, but its plastic doesn't pick up sweat at all.
In conclusion, this is a no thrills mouse that forgoes flashy lights and extensive features for a simple competitive FPS mouse. I used the Steelseries Rival 110 for a while, and saw a significant improvement when I switched to the FK2. I'd also suggest considering the EC1-A or EC2-A which are larger and more high profile ergonomic mice if the FK2's low profile doesn't suit you. They share many of the same characteristics as the FK2. I'd also consider purchasing a mouse used rather than new to save a good amount of money, seeing as mice work just as well used as new.
No drivers needed and comes without specialised software. I like this but some people prefer having mice with specialised software that allows setting up macros and fancy led lights, etc...
The cable is flexible enough so that the mouse feels wireless when used with a mouse bungee.
The simple/comfortable shape and the relatively low weight can make it a good choice for those who want to switch to a serious gaming mouse from a simple office mouse. 85g is still higher than the weight of a typical office mouse but accurate aiming in first person shooter games requires arm-aiming with low mouse sensitivity that is best done with a mouse that has a bit of weigh and resistance while moving it on the mouse pad.
I prefer having the wheel near to the front of the mouse because that way it is close to my fingertip to be used easily as mouse button #3 (with about 19x10cm hands and relaxed claw grip) and this mouse almost got that right (while most other mice have the scroll wheel too far from the front of the mouse to be clicked comfortably).
The mouse is sturdy and the materials are quality. The surface is polished/shiny compared to regular matte cheap office mice. To be honest I prefer the rough matte office mouse surface especially when my hands are sweaty but that has the disadvantage that the worn areas become shiny and very noticeable. However the polished zowie FK2 surface is rougher than typical super-shiny cheap plastic and performs quite well in sweaty hands partly because of the good shape of the sides that results in very stable grip with the thumb and pinkie even when you have to lift the mouse with sweaty hands.
Reason for minus one star:
The mouse wheel could be a bit better. It's only 16 large/loud steps that some people like but most people are used to more smaller/quieter steps that is more comfortable for regular internet browser window scrolling. I think having large steps is practical for games where you don't want to accidentally scroll while you press the scroll wheel for a button3 click. However you can balance out the wheel halfway without completing a full step which is odd.
The buttons are harder than on most other gaming mice but I more or less got used to them within a few days. However, it is still unnecessary tiring and having lighter buttons would still be better as I had a few cases where executing mouse button presses quickly enough wasn't consistently possible with this mouse (e.g.: pressing right button followed by middle press immediately tires my fingers very quickly and I can't repeat this combo accurately after a few minutes of regular execution).
The reason for the hard buttons is that this mouse uses huano switches (at lest for the left/right buttons) that require 150g actuation force while most gaming mice use chinese D2FC-F-7N (or sometimes the better quality japanese D2F-01F) omron switches with 75g actuation force or some other cheaper 75g variants (e.g.: Kailh) or a combination (like omron for left/right/wheel but cheaper Kailh for dpi/side buttons). The middle button (wheel) is even harder to press than left/right (just like on most mice) to prevent accidental press while you are scrolling the wheel. I perceive the side buttons to be relatively easy to press but they are hard enough to avoid accidental clicks while gripping the mouse. In the future I might ramp up my soldering skills and replace some of the huano switches of my FK2 with lighter japanese omron ones.
- Minimal design, no LEDs or huge logos
- No drivers needed, plug and play
- Good for claw or palm grip
- Smooth matte finish (hides dirt/fingerprints)
- Very accurate sensor (one of the best)
- 4 extra buttons on the left and right
- Comes with an extra set of feet
- Very sturdy and solid build
- DPI is limited to preset increments - 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Can only use 2 side buttons at once (the other 2 will be deactivated)
It really is just plug and play, and you can switch between the left and right sidebuttons being active by holding different combinations of them down as you plug the mouse in. This means no software configurator needed, and it's easy to move from laptop to pc whilst retaining the same settings. It's probably the single best mouse I've ever had, and yes this is despite it being an ambidextrous mouse.
I have small/medium size hands and I use palm grip with this mouse. It really does make sense to me why this mouse is used for e-sports if you're considering this mouse I would highly recommend it, and if you don't have the Hyperx mouse mat then I would also recommend that.
Money well spent.
The build is top notch with a high quality plastic finish. Clicks are very nice and subtle. Tracking is spot on. Cabling is also of great quality such that there is 0 tangling.
My hands come to 18cm and the mouse is a good fit. For clawing it is perfect, palming is possible but uncomfortable. FK1 might be a better suited size for some.
The only flaw I have is the scroll wheel which operates fine but not so fine audibly.
There is a problem with the laser of the mouse though. You sometimes might experience what I call a spin off. (This makes your mouse cursor go in a random direction) This problem happens when you swipe fast while on a angle. This is well known but is more a problem with you holding your mouse incorrectly. (I only noticed this when I purposely placed the mouse on a slight angle and swiped)
All buttons feel nice, you have a option to change the DPI, lift of distance and refresh rate of the mouse.
Overall I gave this mouse a 4/5 because of the laser problem. (Even though I do believe most people will not notice this because you would rather have to be holding the mouse weirdly.
Ich bin Rechtshänder und war schon immer PC-Spieler, außerdem surfe ich täglich >1h im Netz. Zur Mausführung nutze ich den sog. Fingetipgrip.
Als Mausauflösung nutze in der Regel +-1000 DPI.
Mein Kumpel ist Linkshänder benutzt die Maus am Rechner aber mit rechts.
Die Mäuse waren:
- Zowie FK1
- SteelSeries Rival 300
- Logitech G402
- Logitech G302
FK1 ist symmetrisch mit insgesamt 4 Seitentasten und recht flachem Design.
+ gute Seitentasten
+ guter Mausradklick
+ gute Mausform
+ gute Seitentasten
o kein Treiber
o 4 Seitentasten (2 + 2)(Seitentasten rechts stören nicht)
o DPI Umschalter an Unterseite
- Tastenklicks ziemlich hart
- Mausrad etwas schwergängig
Ich bevorzuge es Mäuse zu haben, die nur auf der linken Seite Seitentasten haben, hier haben mich die Tasten rechts aber nicht gestört. Die Seitentasten sind trotz ihrer geringen Größe gut zu erreichen und zu betätigen.
Mit gefällt auch die treiberlose Bedienung, da ich Maus- & Tastaturtreiber generell versuche zu meiden, auch wenn damit die detaillierte Anpassung erschwert wird.
Der DPI Umschalter an der Unterseite verhindert versehentliches Verstellen der Abtastrate in der Hitze des Gefecht, verhindert allerdings auch absichtliches Verstellen der Abtastrate ohne die Maus anzuheben.
Das Gesamtdesign der Maus macht sich gut und die flache Form ist angenehm, lediglich das Mausrad hätte etwas leichtgängiger sein dürfen und die Maustasten sind etwas schwer zu betätigen. Meinem Kumpel fiel es nicht (negativ) auf, dass die Maustasten recht hart zu drücken sind, mir was das allerdings (auf Dauer) unangenehm.
SteelSeries Rival 300:
Eine Maus mit großem "Buckel" und 2 großen Seitentasten links.
+ gute Klicks
+ gute Seitentasten
+ gutes Mausrad
+ guter Mausradklick
o sehr groß/hoch
-Beschichtung verfärbt sich
Mein objektiver Gewinner auch wenn sie mich subjektiv nicht 100%ig mit ihr warm wurde. Nachdem man sich an die große Form gewöhnt hat, macht die Maus eine rundum gute Figur. Die Maus- und Seitentasten sind klasse, auch das Mausrad kann überzeugen, die Gummi-Noppen an der Seite sind allerdings Geschmackssache.
Leider hat sich außerdem die Oberfläche(nbeschichtung) der Maus nach nur 1 Tag Nutzung (trotz gewaschener Hände) verfärbt. -> Maus ging zurück.
G402 Hyperion Fury:
Der Nachfolger zur G400 mit 5 Extratasten auf der linken Seite.
+ bewährte Logitech Form
+ gute Maustasten
+ gutes Mausrad
+ separate +- Tasten zur DPI-Umstellung
o Leuchtendes G
- komische Seitentasten
- harter Mausradklick
Das G auf der Maus leuchtet im Breathing Effekt. Lässt sich mit dem Treiber aber leicht ändern. Sämtliche Änderungen bleiben nach der Deinstallation des Treibers erhalten.
Die Form gefällt mir gut, die Klicks ebenfalls, lediglich das Mausrad drückt sich zu schwer.
Die Seitentasten haben eine komische Form, fast so als sollte man sie von unten nach oben drücken, wenn man sie von der Seite drückt, drückt man auf eine Kante. Daran kann man sich aber gewöhnen.
Die Sniper-Taste stellt die Mausempfindlichkeit herunter, solange man sie hält. Benötige ich nicht, stört mich aber auch nicht. Mein Kumpel hingegen betätigte sie ab und zu ausversehen.
Von einem Kumpel empfohlen mit einer interessanten Form und 2 Seitentasten auf der linken Seite.
+ die besten Maustasten
o ungewöhnliche Form
o etwas wackelig (?)
- Mausrad schwergängig
Die Maus hatte unter allen Konkurrenden die besten Maustasten, Seitentasten klicken auch sich gut, die Größe und Position sind ok.
Mausradklick ist völlig zufriedenstellend, das Mausrad selbst ist mir aber zu schwergängig mit seiner starken Rasterung.
Die Form zwingt einen dazu seine Maushaltung der Maus anzupassen, was aber nicht stört.
Mein Mittester meinte die Maus neige dazu bei Seitwärtsbewegungen etwas zu kippen. Dieses Problem wurde bei der G303 behoben, mich hat es nicht gestört.
So richtig überzeugen konnte mich der kleine Racker aber nicht vollständig, ohne darauf zeigen zu können woran es genau lag.
Die Präzision aller Mäuse hat mich überzeugt und es gab keinerlei Ausfälle in dieser Richtung, weswegen ich dazu auch keine weiteren Angaben gemacht habe.
Alle Mäuse waren stark und haben tolle Seiten an sich, doch keine war fehlerfrei oder konnte mich restlos überzeugen.
Die SteelSeries Rival 300 ist für mich objektiv der Gewinner, nur dass sich die Oberfläche bereits nach 1-2 Tagen Nutzung verfärbt, hat mir nicht gepasst.
Die Zowie FK1 ist eine tolle Maus und sagt sicherlich vielen zu, der verhältnismäßig hohe Preis und die harten Klicks haben mich aber zu einer anderen Entscheidung geführt.
Die G302/303 sind ja inzwischen kein Geheimtipp mehr, sondern vor allem bei MOBA Spielern sehr beliebt. Da ich zu dieser Gruppe aber nicht gehöre sollte es wohl nicht sein.
Ich habe mich für die G402 entschieden. Sie hat zwar ihre Macken, wie die Seitentasten und das harte Mausradklicken, an die ich mich aber inzwischen gewöhnt habe.
Die gewohnte Form sagt mir sehr zu und als Nachfolger zu meiner G400 passt sie wunderbar. Die G502 soll im Vergleich etwas schwerer sein und die Mehrfunktion brauche ich nicht, deswegen wurde es für mich die G402.
PS: Wenn Sie diesen Textmarathon tatsächich in seiner Gänze hinter sich gebracht haben, möchte ich Ihnen hiermit einen imaginären Keks überreichen.
Ich hoffe Sie konnten etwas aus der Rezension für sich mitnehmen.
1: It's very narrow, and the sensor under the mouse is slightly too far forward, meaning you have to re-adjust how you move the mouse in order to be accurate.
2: The side buttons are mapped to back and forward in browsers etc, and can't be remapped in any way. Pain in the ass when I want to use one of them for Push to talk in Discord, while it does that when bound, it also changes the Discord channel you're viewing, which is not what I want.
I think I'll be looking for another different mouse soon, and keep this as an emergency backup.
The FK1 isn't revolutionary, it doesn't try to be - it's simple and it works (incredibly well). The reason I've had three are completely my fault. The mice have survived numerous drops etc so it has nothing to do with the build quality just me.
So, why three stars? Well, I've always ignored complaints about the FK1's mousewheel because I've never had any issues with it, but as I bought this one and started using it, it became very apparant as to why there are complaints. It's hard to explain, however, to provide a tenious link: the mousewheel feels like it has mousewheel accel (obviously not a thing, but read on). The scrolls are inconsistent and it wobbles. The same nudge will sometimes evoke several scrolls while other times it wont scroll at all.
It's sad that sturdy build quality was sacrificed to create a BenQ variant of the mouse. If you're doing serious research then no doubt you'll find a better mouse for you (or you might be lucky enough to get your hands on a previous iteration of the mouse). I'll continue to use the FK1 because I'm used to it and the only decent wireless mice aren't ambidextrous mice so I feel no reason to switch.
A plain but functional mouse. No silly 100 button extras getting in the way.
(Only a criticism) Would benefit from a dedicated configuration program as some games will ignore Windows mouse settings and use their own which can be annoying if they reverse the actual default input function of the mouse buttons (such as warframe)
This will probably only be an issue if you set the mouse for a 50/50 style like me, right handed input but with left handed thumbs.