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BenQ ZOWIE EC2-A E-Sports Ergonomic Optical Gaming Mouse
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- Ergonomic right-handed design
- Plug and play - no driver needed
- Perfect lift-off distance: Only 1.5 ~ 1.8 mm
- 16-step scroll wheel
- DPI ( Dots Per Inch ): 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
- Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
- Buttons: 5
- Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
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|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 4.7 x 1.6 in||2.8 x 5 x 1.7 in||2.68 x 1.69 x 4.89 in||2.6 x 5 x 1.5 in||4.88 x 2.52 x 1.54 in|
This product is an answer to every gamer that was looking for the performance of the Avago 3310 sensor in an ergonomic mouse. The new EC1-A and EC2-A series keeps the same shape and size from the original EC series and introduces the Avago 3310 sensor just like the FK series. After releasing mice with different surfaces, ZOWIE GEAR understood that most people prefer the coating used in the FK and EC eVo CL lines and as such the new EC line will also use this coating. The mouse is plug and play (no drivers needed) and has a low-lift off distance, signature features of all ZOWIE mice.
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Next: The sensor. From all the testing I've done, the 3310 implentation is flawless in the EC2-A. The Pixart 3310 sensor is well regarded in the peripheral community as being an excellent sensor, only being edged out by Logitech's exclusive Pixart 3366 in both the G502 and G303. However, the 3310 is more than capable of giving you rock solid results. There is zero NOTICEABLE acceleration in this mouse. The reason I say noticeable is that there is acceleration in every sensor except the 3366, but it's only able to be produced under a perfect/specific scenario. Regardless, it's not enough to feel it. It's a small enough effect to still consider this mouse PERFECT in terms of tracking accuracy. The 3310 has a PCS(basically the max speed in which it will track) of OVER 5 m/s.. and in any normal gaming situation(no matter how intense), no normal human will reach those speeds during fast swipes. This mouse has some of the lowest lift off distance I've ever experienced, and the good thing about the 3310 is that it allows you to change LOD settings without having to use a special lens for the sensor(which zowie used to do). Low LOD is a must for any competitive gamer, especially those that play with low sensitivity on games like CS:GO. The LOD out of the box is less 2mm. A little more than 1 cd width. I find this to be the perfect setting but you can set the mouse based on the type of mouse mad you use, whether soft or hard. There is zero cursor smoothing with this mouse's 3310...and it feels very raw in desktop and in game. It's the first mouse I've used that truly feels like I'm getting 1:1 hand to cursor movement. There's a reason Zowie chose this sensor.
Construction: The mouse feels very durable. It's light, but it feels very well made. There is zero rattle. Zero noises when I squeeze the shell. The shell does not flex or give when you exert excess pressure on it.
Switches: Here is one area I thought about taking a star away for. The side buttons. Which I will get to. The main buttons use Huano blue switches. Now, before you get on the Omron bandwagon, the Huanos function just as well, and will last just as long. The ONLY difference is the huanos are a bit stiffer as far as actuation goes. Huanos provide even more tactile feedback, and a louder click when pressed over omrons...but the main difference is the actuation force required. I have small hands and they do not fatigue me at all, no matter how much I spam. I in fact love these switches. You will NEVER get a mis-click with this mouse, and these main button switches. They are a good middle-ground switch. Now, the side buttons on this mouse can definitely be improved on by zowie. The reason I didn't take a star away is because they function perfectly and are shaped nicely, and put in a perfect location relative to where your thumb is placed such that you can easily roll your thumb upwards to depress them without changing your grip on the mouse. The problem is they are mushy and have some pre-travel to them before they actuation and coming from a mouse like the Deathadder which I feel has the best side buttons on the market..it took some getting used to. Zowie needs to change up how they implement them to make them not have this amount of pre-travel. However, with that said... the pre-travel on these switches make it almost impossible to mis-click them since you'd know you were about to press the switch before it ever actuates. I have never misclicked a side button on this mouse. I did it ALL THE TIME with the the deathadder. Both the 4G and 3G versions. This is my only complaint with the mouse.
Other information: The DPI steps on this mouse are 400/800/1600/3200 and for hardcore gaming, this is all that is needed. If you come from a mouse that allows you to change your dpi to more selections, it shouldn't take long to get used to unless you used a uselessly high DPI like 5000 or above, which no one needs even if you play on triple screens, or 4k monitors. You simply do not need that high of a DPI, and truth be told every sensor on the market performs BETTER at lower dpi settings because it won't have to rely on interpolation. Zowie is one of the only manufacturers on the market not involving itself in the "DPI RACE" that every other company out there hypes & markets on their mice. They give pro players what they ask for, and that is a simple plug & play mouse that doesn't rely on drivers, or shove software down your throat in order to use the mouse. You can change your polling rate and lift off distance, basic quality of life changes. Other than that, the mice is set up optimally for EVERYONE right out of the box, the only exception being your lift off distance settings, which for hard pad users you will have to change when plugging the mouse in by depressing and holding the specified button for the particular setting you want. This mouse just works. And it performs well beyond expectation.
In summary: If you're a hardcore gamer, especially an FPS gamer looking for a no-nonsense mouse, if your main concern is EXCELLENT tracking, and having zero acceleration, prediction or angle snapping.. this is the mouse for you. If you want a LAN READY mouse that is plug & play with the essential dpi steps.. this is the mouse for you. Zowie hit it out of the park with this mouse. If you're a CS player, well.. HeatoN designed the EC shape, and zowie took that shape and put one of the best sensors available in it... and fixed the main issues such as the button click latency, and scroll wheel.
I strongly believe this is one of the best competitive gaming mice on the market today.
The precision is pretty standard. It's not as smooth as I would like, but it works well enough when modeling in 3DS Max or drawing with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator, but I really have to zoom in if I want the kind of precision I need without turning the cursor speed way down. The precision button on the Rival, which is a toggle that does that for you, is definitely a feature I miss.
Unless it starts to malfunction in the next few years, I would highly recommend it.
Zowie is a line of gaming hardware products owned by the Taiwanese company BenQ, which is mostly known for its monitors. Zowie is relatively new on hardware scene, at least compared to older big names like Razer, Steelseries, and Logitech, so their products are somewhat less known to the wider gaming community. However, thanks to being attached the BenQ name, the company has become fairly popular amongst competitive gamers in FPS and RTS games. Zowie's products are very high quality in construction, and this mouse, the EC2-A, is no exception.
The EC2-A is the "sequel" to Zowie's EC2. It addresses a few design and technical issues, such as latency in button presses, an issue with a flimsy mouse-wheel, and issues with the finish peeling off. It, along with it's bigger sibling, the EC1-A, are Zowie's entries into the world of ergonomic, asymmetric mice.
The EC2-A is fairly standard as far as features go. It has 5 buttons in standard locations with an illuminated mouse-wheel. It also has a button on the bottom which can be used to manually change the DPI to 400, 800, 1600, or 3200. The color of the mouse-wheel changes with the DPI, which is a nice indicator if you like to change DPI between games, browsing, or whatever else. I'm not too aware of the technical details regarding the sensor, although from my personal, anecdotal experience the mouse has been very precise and responsive, and has not had any weird behavior worth speaking of. The mouse attaches to a USB port with 2m/6.6 ft cord that is covered in a rubbery plastic material. This contrasts with Razer's mice, for example, which use more of a fabric-y material on their cords. The mouse is shaped specifically for right-handed users, and is relatively small, which makes it very good for claw-grip players.
The mouse's appearance is pretty basic, just a matte black finish with a red, glossy Zowie logo printed on the back of the mouse. The mouse-wheel is the only part of the mouse which lights up. It looks vaguely like a Razer Deathadder with smoother, rounder front edges that dip down rather than up.
The feel of the mouse has, for me, been very good. The finish is smooth but not slippery. There are no edges between the pieces of the mouse which are particularly noticeable to the touch. It has a medium-light weight, and the small size and shape of the mouse are great for my small hands. The M1 and M2 buttons are fantastic, very responsive and tactile. It's very rare for me to push either of them accidentally. The M4 and M5 buttons, the forward and back ones on the inside of the mouse, have a fairly unique feel to them. There is a small amount of give to the button, and a somewhat high amount of force required to activate them. I thought they were a bit weird at first, but I have come to like it quite a bit. They, like the main mouse buttons, are easy to click when you need to and provide satisfying feedback, and are almost never pushed accidentally. The mouse wheel is good - it provides good feedback for scrolling and is easy to push, but not too easy.
The biggest downside to the mouse, to me, is the lack of a software like Razer Synapse or Logitech Gaming Software, which you can use to customize your DPI. You are stuck with the settings of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. This means that if you want to further tune the responsiveness of your mouse, you will need to fiddle with the sensitivity settings in your game. This can be a bit jarring for people used to playing with intermediate settings. For example, I played with 1100 DPI for years with my Razer and Logitech mice, and I had to adjust to 800 DPI after I started using the Zowie EC2-A.
Depending on how you look at it, though, this can also be seen as a good thing. Having a high degree of customization can be nice, but also overwhelming for the inexperienced. It's also easy to spaz out and think that the reason you're not hitting your shots is your DPI is too high or low, and you find yourself constantly adjusting it without good reason. Usually it's better to just stick with one thing and get used to it. You also don't have to deal with buggy software like Razer Synapse. You can just plug the thing in and play your favorite games immediately.
In Conclusion :
- Great build quality and design. Feels very sturdy and nothing feels noticeably cheap about it.
- Very good buttons and sensor. Responsive, feels good to use.
- Basic features - no crazy bells and whistles. Basic appearance. I wouldn't be embarrassed to use this outside my room.
- No driver download required. Just plug and play.
- Lack of software to set precise DPI at intermediate levels. This can be worked around using external sensitivity settings.
- Not a particularly flashy appearance. If you're someone that likes to shwag out to the max, you're probably better off going with one of Razer's mice. The minimal features, while being fine for the majority of gamers, may push people into more specialized mice with more features.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this mouse to any gamer seeking a small, ergonomic mouse, and to those interested in a claw grip. The quality is very high and it just feels good to use. When comparing it to my old Razer DeathAdder, I favor this mouse heavily in almost every category - the build quality is higher, the buttons and scroll feel a lot better, and it just over fits my hand better. The DPI-setting concerns are a non-issue to me, although I can see it bugging a few people.
Ultimately, the biggest factor when deciding on a gaming mouse is player preference, so if you're looking into purchasing one for yourself, I'd recommend looking at or feeling out a few other products before settling on this one. I have no experience using them, but Zowie's different models are pretty interchangeable based on size and shape, so if this mouse sounds appealing based on my review, with exception to the size and shape, you can look at:
Ergonomic, for Palm Grip or larger hands - Zowie Gear Ergonomic Optical Gaming Mouse (EC1-A)
Ambidextrous, smaller/claw size - Zowie Gear Benq Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse (FK2)
Ambidextrous, larger/palm size - Zowie Gear BenQ Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse (FK1)
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