BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

Last week I reviewed the FK series which is the low-profile mice from Zowie. This week I have the EC series to share to you.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

ZOWIE’s EC series is a right-handed mouse, the right side of the mouse is well rounded to offer wider range of wrist movement.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

There are 2 models in the EC range, the EC1-A and EC2-A of which the EC1-A is of the larger size.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

The EC series works for both palm and claw grip users and it has the following features

– 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI (fixed)
– USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play
– 5 buttons
– 2m / 6,6 ft Cable
– LOD – 1.5 – 1.8mm
– Report Rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz

And out of the box the product packaging is simple – just a mouse, a few documents, a sticker and a new set of mousepad in case you ever wear them off.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

The LMB and RMB are placed a higher than the other range while the scroll wheel is of semi-transparent white, the wheel is visible even down to the far front.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

2 customizable buttons are placed on the left.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

On the right the EC models are plain as it is.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

At the bottom you’ll see 2 huge mouse feet and a button for DPI adjustment.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

Last but not least, the cable which is a non-braided one for easier glide across surfaces.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A | EC2-A Gaming Mouse Review

User Experience

The Zowie EC series is as with other Zowie mice – they work out of the box without any software support, and they don’t come with any software either. You change the fixed DPI setting at the bottom and do finer adjustments in game. You customize shortcut to your buttons via the game. There’s nothing else but the mouse itself.

While some may feel that this is “cheating” consumers with lack of software support and all but bear in mind that Zowie is made for competitive gaming. Competition participants are not allowed to install additional software for their mice and this is what the Zowie mice is all about.

There’s a reason why pro players like KennyS

Now back to the mouse, I feel that the LMB and RMB are a bit tough but I don’t think this is a huge problem as it is entirely up to preference. My Logitech G300S definitely has a lighter feel when it comes to presses and so is my Corsair Saber RGB Laser. That aside, the fixed DPI is a bit of a pain, I typically use 2500 but the DPI available are only 1600 and 3200 so it’s either I get myself adjusted or I tweak it in games.

Now if you think you’ve read the above before, well you have because the mouse behavior is same across the board. What’s different now is just the ergonomics, the EC series have a high arch, bigger shortcut buttons and also a scroll wheel that I feel isn’t as good as the FK series that I like. Movement wise, the design doesn’t suit me and I find I’m exerting more muscle just to control it the way I like.

That aside, the response is good and I only need to get adjusted to the DPI and put a little more effort to press the LMB, not forgetting the ergonomics that I find it somewhat challenging to use. Not that it’s bad, it’s just not towards my liking. Click on the link above, you’ll see that KennyS uses the EC model so how bad could it be? In fact it has to be good.

The Verdict

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A and EC2-A gaming mice are made for the right-handed, I won’t be able to reveal the price yet but you’ll find out soon. They are no doubt the best way to go about if you want it to experience gaming (especially for CS:GO) as what the pros do.

The BenQ ZOWIE range of mice (including the EC and FA models) will be available for test drive at the upcoming eXTREMESLAND CS:GO tournament that’s to be held end of this month.

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