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BenQ Zowie ZA13 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse for Esports (Small)
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- 3310 optical gaming sensor with 400/800/1600/3200 DPI to ensure ultra-accurate movements and responsiveness, giving you the advantage on the battlefield.
- Ambidextrous design with multiple shapes and sizes to maximize performance and provide a comfortable gaming experience for competitive eSports players.
- Consistent tactile feedback eliminating double switch presses, ensuring efficient functionality, and sleek design.
- No drivers required, allowing players to plug and play backed by 1 year limited warranty.
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ZOWIE ZA SERIES
Ambidextrous High Profile Design
No matter whether you are right-handed or left-handed, ZA Series are deigned for your comfort. The high profile design provides better control for both claw and palm-grip users. ZA Series comes in three different sizes.
ZOWIE ZA Series Measurements
Select the one that is right for you and wield your mouse firm in grip on the battlefield. ZA11: Large, ZA12: Medium, ZA13: Small
Full Control Over Your Movements
Designed for intense gameplay. The Zowie ZA allows your fingertips to hold and cover your mouse so you can operate precisely and smoothly.
- Ambidextrous mouse developed for palm and claw grip usage
- 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
- Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
|DPI||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200|
|Report Rate||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz||125 / 500 / 1000 Hz|
|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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So, this is my first and only TRUE "E-sports Gaming" mouse I've ever bought. Although this mouse was not my first choice to buy. I'm so glad my friends advised me to buy this. What put me off about BenQ at first is the fact that it looks super cheap or more like an average office mouse to anyone that does not know the brand personally, which I didn't before buying this mouse. Thus, making it seem like they are throwing the words "E-sports" and "Gaming" as a cash grab, like many other, supposed "gaming mice" out there that I have tried. But man, am I glad to be proven wrong. After my about month and a half using this mouse, I now truly understand why BenQ is considered a trusted brand of E-sports and Gaming.
What I like:
The mouse is pretty big in size and very ergonomic. So no matter what it always felt very comfortable to use this mouse. Like the title says, it's ambidextrous, which is good because I find myself switching hands to use the mouse very often. So this mouse's symmetrical design always made it feel good to use whatever hand I felt like using. It's simple and sleek aesthetic fits with my setup very well and could possibly fit many other aesthetics as well. It has very good build quality. This is the most premium feeling plastic I've ever felt by far. And, of course, the specs of this mouse are out of this world.
What I don't like:
The onboard software that is used to switch the mouse from right-handed mode to left-handed mode and vise versa and change the USB report rate (how often the mouse sends movement data to the PC). Because of the way it works, you have to press a combination of buttons while plugging in the mouse for these functions to happen. Thing is, when I plug the mouse in, my PC immediately recognizes the mouse and nothing has changed. Or if anything changed, such as the USB report rate, it's hard to tell for me because the mouse doesn't give much feedback on that aspect. However, it is easy to change the DPI settings, so that's good.
Next, the mouse is super light, which is good for some, but for me, it sort of takes away the premium feel of the mouse. And lastly, it feels so weird scrolling with this mouse. Like this mouse has to let you know that you just moved that scroll wheel in the weirdest and most obvious way possible.
Definitely a really good mouse. The sensor on this thing has 0 acceleration in comparison to my deathadder elite with mark c+ windows fix and acceleration disabled the deathadder still has it.
Very well built feels good despite having hyperhydrosis in the hands using at 400DPI.
Super accurate and you can really feel the difference with a good sensor compared to others with not as good sensors.
I thought this one was similiar to the deathadder elite due to the hump in the back and the way it curved. Sadly I was wrong.
The front of the mouse curves dramatically down and I don't have the biggest hands and it was causing my wrist to hurt from extending them fully to where I don't normally put my fingers on the deathadder. I palm grip my mouse not claw and the 128mm long version was too long. Even the 120mm length one would most likely cause issues due to the way the front of the mouse curves down.
Returning and going to get the ec1-b. Has a newer sensor (compared to ec-a series)and matches the style of the deathadder elite more for how I hold a mouse.
Also holding it I would hit the buttons on the right hand side alot ( in right hand mode) doesn't do anything in right hand mode but was annoying.
If you like the front slope of the mouse to go very low then this is the right one to get.
side buttons are sharp and light, no squish like some reviewers mention.
main 2 buttons are super light for what I'm used to. And fairly quiet for gaming mice. Love them.
Wheel action is nearly perfect. Smooth bump.
It feels a bit squishy and sometimes while mindlessly scrolling a file I double-scroll or no-scroll. Which is caused by the wheel stopping ontop the bump, (in between actions). Never a problem in games, only when you are scrolling super slowly with your finger on it while reading. Come to think of it, it's possible all "smooth bump" wheels will act this way if you scroll like this.
Wish the dpi button was on top.
Changing the Polling rate(Hz) is as simple as holding down a side button when you plug the mouse in.
Cord is soft rubber, but it holds bends.
The cord occasionally grabs my mouse pad edges or another cable, I had less issues with my logitech cord.
Software Drivers are,,,THE BEST! None, best because there are NO DRIVERS. screw 3rd party programs. My logitech drivers wouldn't startup and adjust my dpi for 30-60 seconds after windows started. I swear the programmable Per-game-profile crap was auto-loading when I had everything disabled, and if you wanted to change the program while playing, you might have to Reboot to apply changes. screw driver.
Only problem that is solved by drivers is the granularity you can get for your dpi/sensitivity, The only way to get 1:1 ratio with fixed dpi is to keep windows sensitivity at 6, which limits you to the doubling sensitivty of this mouse.
I have always loved the Classic Logitech shaped mice (g5, mx518, g400s).
I tried all 3 sizes of the ZA model. za11 was a no(see below). 13 was a bit too small(I use it at work), 12 fit me the best and is my main.
Zowie places the middle wheel further away than those logitech shapes.
When I tried out the 11 sized zowie, I could barely reach the wheel.
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- Excellent sensor (3310)
- Ambidextrous, high profile rear, suitable for those wishing for a FK2 but more suited for palm grip.
- Lightweight: ZA11: 90g, ZA12: 85g, ZA13: 80g.
- Choice of size between ZA11, ZA12, and ZA13.
- 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.
- Scroll wheel: unlike that of the EC1-A and EC2-A, the ZA12'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.
In conclusion, this is a no thrills mouse that forgoes flashy lights and extensive features for a simple competitive FPS mouse. I'd suggest that most people get the FK2 or the EC2-A, but the ZA12 may suit some very well. 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.
I've modded it with a Paracord cable from Ceesa although the supplied rubber covered cable is nice and flexible anyway. I'm also using Hyperglide mouse feet (the originals get damaged during the cable mod). Most of my mice use the 3360 sensor which is supposedly superior to the 3310 but I can't tell the difference.
I also use the Zowie FK2 which is very similar to this mouse. The ZA13 is pretty much the same size and weight but has a more pronounced hump which fits my palm nicely. My hands are average size - about 19cm by 9cm but I find I aim better with small light mice. I also like the Logitech GPro and before that the G303. I tend to use a hybrid palm/ claw grip.
If you are in the market for a smallish light mouse for FPS which is very comfortable I highly recommend this mouse.
Hope this helps.
DESIGN - It’s been created by Zowie who is the gaming arm for BenQ. The mouse is built from a smooth plastic which does attract fingerprints. If you have OCD then this might not be the one for you. The body is ridged and has no flex or rattles. Overall the product is engineered well.
DESIGN/SHAPE - This is an ambidextrous mouse and has buttons on both sides to suit both. It’s a high profile mouse with an arched rear, though is shaped like a traditional mouse with nothing outrageous going on. The mouse has no RGB or lighting but does have two logos. One is the Zowie which is located o on the rear and the other BenQ in a subtle black on the left side of the mouse. The mouse has two large pads for gliding and is suited to all grip styles. The sides although having no texture or rubber allow due to the angle a decent grip on the mouse even with the smooth coating applied.
PERFORMANCE - The shell houses the 3310 optical sensors which have been around for a while and is proven to be reliable. The mouse performed well on both a cloth surface and hard but it didn’t work well on a desk, therefore, I would recommend a mouse pad to accompany this. The mouse has four Dpi settings 400/800/1600/3200 which are controlled by a button located on the bottom which changes colour to reflect that setting. Polling rate can also be changed to 125/500/1000.
SIZE – The ZA series has three sizes the ZA13 which is small 120x62x38, ZA12 medium 124x64x39 and ZA11 large 128x67x40. When measured the ZA11 came in as expected with no surprises.
WEIGHT – The ZA series has three weights the ZA13 80g, ZA12 85g and ZA11 90g. The weight here is different in each but the ZA11 that I tested came in at 91g with a little bit of cable so weighed as expected.
BUTTONS – These feel great with a nice short press and no pre-travel on the left & right buttons. The side ones are good with some travel but nothing too major and also provided nice feedback. The scroll wheel though was a disappointment for me with it feeling gritty when scrolling and long transitions between notches. This for me is the weak point. During gaming, this would be acceptable but if you want to also surf the net then there are better around.
CONNECTIVITY – Is provided by a 2m rubber coated cable. The cable is one of the most flexible on the market that is provided as standard and made the mouse feel unrestricted without any bungee insight.
SOFTWARE – The mouse doesn’t come with any software and is controlled by holding down button combinations while you plug in the mouse. The combinations are listed in the manual or online.
IN THE BOX - The box includes a manual, some packaging and some replacement Skatez which was awesome.
CONCLUSION – If you are in the market for a reasonable price eSports mouse that you can depend on then this is one to certainly look at. It provides reliable tracking, fast clicks and unrestricted movement with its outstanding cable. The mouse is only let down by a poor scroll wheel which hopefully can be improved on.
I used a Deathadder 2013 for 3 years till it gave in, the issue I had with it was that I found my ring and pinky finger cramping after extensive use while gaming so switched to the rival 300. The rival 300 although a good mouse had the same issue but I constantly had to have a tighter grip on the mouse to assist with picking it up and was bigger than the Deathadder.
I then used the g302 and g203 which were both great mice with the g203 being a great budget mouse and having better tracking (my G302 would spin out if I flicked too hard), but wanted a bigger mouse so I could also palm grip aswell which I couldn't do with them two due to the size.
I saw the ZA12 and thought not for me, but decided to buy it to give it a shot
and I'm glad I did, I found the mouse that suits my needs for grip, comfort and tracking.
its ambidextrous shape feels comfortable in my hand, the hump at the back for me is the key reason for it being comfortable in my hand
and I haven't found myself accidentally clicking in the side buttons on the right of the mouse when gaming.
the mouse comes in a simple black box with a black outline of the mouse, no thrills packaging.
it comes with a set of replacement mouse feet, zowie sticker and manual. the manual shows you the different colour indicated DPI Steps and how to change the Hz/Polling rate of the mouse
400DPI - RED
800DPI - PURPLE
1600DPI - BLUE
3200DPI - GREEN
its as plug and play as it gets.
it has a Pixart 3310 and Huano blue micro switches, the only thing I wish was better was the scroll wheel, even though it has a 16 step scroll wheel with good tactile feedback its a little loud when scrolling with it and doesn't feel as good as the one on my G203.
but its great for gaming and i havent had any accidental scrolls, it is a little on the stiff side when it comes to pressing it in
as i am a low sense FPS gamer, the mouse needs to track great and consistently without spinning out for me even if it is a comfortable shape
I haven't had the sensor spin out on me when gaming and even when deliberately attempting to (i use a QcK+ For reference)
this is the best mouse ive used its perfect for me shape, comfort and tracking wise but it wont suit a lot of people.
but if your in the market for a new mouse, id reccomend this mouse or to at least give it a try to see if you like it
for some reason I still cant get jumping noscopes in B apps but maybe I just didn't plug it in right.
Good mouse for sure, high quality as usual from Zowie. Feels like a stubby version of the FK1, good for claw/hybrid users but due to the steepness of the hump it wont fill out as much as the EC, feels like your cupping a ball.