|Brand Name||Zowie Gear|
|Item model number||EC2-eVo Black|
|Hardware Platform||PC , MAc, pc|
|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 Optical Gaming Mouse (EC2-eVo Black)
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- 100% stable optical mouse developed by HeatoN
- Ergonomic designed right-hand gaming mouse / 1.5mm lift-off distance
- Improved mouse wheel system / Easily change to 1000, 500 or 125 Hz
- Plug and play! No drivers or software / DPI adjustment: 450/1150/2300 / Operating system: Win2000/XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X V10.2 after
- Coating: Full rubber paint / Frames Per Second: 6,400 / Inches Per Second: 60 / Max. Acceleration: 20G
- USB report rate: 1000/500/125 Hz / Connector: USB / Buttons: 5 / Length of cable: 2m/6.6-Feet
- Weight without cable: EC1, 97g - EC2, 93g. /
- Dimensions: EC2: 120 x 40 x 58-65 mm / 4.72 x 1.57 x 2.28-2.56 Inches
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1.5 mm lift-off distance - one of the lowest on the market to date. One of the primary features of the ZOWIE EC-series is the lift-off distance. ZOWIE EC-series has made it possible to create one of the lowest lift-off distance currently available in any optical mouse on the market - 1.5 mm. Most optical mice are 125Hz which can be artificially raised to 500 - 1,000Hz through driver installations. The ZOWIE EC mice were the first optical mice to introduce 1,000 Hz from standard, without any installation of drivers. The mouse use an optical encoder instead of the cheaper traditional mechanical system and added a new optimized rolling system developed by ZOWIE, which ensures that the mouse wheel is the most durable and precise mouse wheel on the market today.
Top customer reviews
Build Quality is excellent. It is heavier than I expected it to be, but in a good way. Also, I have medium size hands and claw grip mice hence why I picked the EC2-eVo. For comparisons sake, if you own a Naga (which is a small mouse) it is bigger than that, but still smaller than a full sized Death-Adder. Its a perfect middle ground. If you have large bear paws, the EC1 is the same size as a DA.
Tracking feels more precise. Thats not to say my DA was not, but you can still tell the difference. Also, there have been a lot of reports about the optical sensor being so sensitive that it discriminates against some mouse pads. This is true, so be prepared to possibly get a new quality mousepad. I currently use it on my Goliathus "Fragged" control mouse pad and it tracks perfectly. That said, if I put it on my desk by itself, it doesn't track as well.
No driver software needed, no BS, no ridiculous blinky lights. This mouse has a simply DPI switch with 3 very good defaults, tactile mouse clicks from all buttons, and it just feels fantasitic.
The only criticism I would give it if I was pressed to critique is the mousewheel. It is by no means bad, its just...different. You can feel every click but its a little harder to roll than other mousewheels i have used. I do understand why people may say it feels loose. Its just a different feel altogether. That said, it really is difficult to tell what anyone means when they say different like I am, just know that it wont be what you expect. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, given it works perfectly.
At first glance, its the most impressive mouse I have used, but then again I am only on day 1. Lets see how it holds up. :)
The DPI settings are 450/1150/2300. No precise DPI selection like how SteelSeies has ExactSense but not a problem because you can change in game settings to match, however, I shouldn't have to use 450 DPI on the desktop. The full rubber coating is nice but will wear off over time. The middle mouse button takes a lot of pressure to click, feels a little weird. There is an unusually large gap between clicks on the mouse wheel which makes bhopping in cs slightly irritating but perhaps something I could get used to. The mouse weights 93g which is very light.
It seems the company wanted to try to save money by cutting corners. For example, the box is plain white and not covered with stuff unlike razer's boxes, and like I mentioned before there are no drivers so there is no disc included. That is fine by me but the only thing I don't like is that the cable is not braided. Non-braided cables somewhat retain their folded shape and the cable flops around when you game which is annoying. I just tapped the cable to my tower and it's fine.
+ Can be used in palm grip or claw grip because of the small size.
+ Avago ADNS-3090 sensor provides a prediction free, jitter free experience with perfect tracking and high malfunction speed, all with an optical sensor.
+ Three DPI settings (450/1150/2300) to choose from. I use 450 for 1.6 and 2300 for DotA.
+ 1000 hz out of the box, can be set to 500hz for slightly higher perfect control speed.
+ Low life off distance, so if you use low sensitivity and you reposition your mouse it won't track the movements while it's in the air.
+ Rubber coating means no more gunk sticking to glossy plastic, which is great especially if you have sweaty hands like I do.
+ Left and right mouse clicks feel very crisp, and are probably the best I've ever used. The oversized scroll wheel works great and the notches provide extra grip.
+ Two giant mouse skates provide great glide and reduced friction. They provide you with an extra set in case the originals get worn out.
+ No drivers. Perfect for LAN's but also great because you will never encounter any driver issues or have to load any drivers on startup.
- No drivers. A fully featured problem-free driver suite that allowed you to rebind keys and make custom DPI steps would have been nice.
- DPI settings can be a little hard to reach as they are under the mouse. A couple small buttons next to the scroll wheel would have been nice, although I understand their reasoning which is to prevent accidental DPI switches mid-game.
- Mouse 4/5 (side) buttons are a little bit awkward with the long travel times. You'll get used it after a few days.
- Middle mouse button is hard to click.
? Does not track as well on lighter surfaces, make sure you use a solid black mousepad. Because my mousepad is solid black, I have no issues, so I'm not listing this as a negative.
? My first mouse had a very loose scroll wheel and the scroll wheel's click would often require more force to actuate than usual, I RMA'd it (3CWorld has an excellent turnaround time of only a couple days) and the second mouse has no such issue. Build quality seems variable, so don't hesitate to RMA if you encounter this problem.
? Scroll wheel LED (used to identify DPI settings) can not be turned off. Would have been a nice option.
? If you have big hands, you may want to opt for the EC1 version of this mouse, which is the same thing but bigger.
Overall this turned out to be the best mouse I've ever owned, and a major upgrade from my years old MX518. If you are a PC gamer in need of a no-frills mouse with perfect tracking and low LOD, this is what you want.
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