Have you heard about it? Zowie’s back in town and the new range of products will be in the market soon, and yes – Zowie is under BenQ. And what’s that you see, FK1, FK1+ and FK2?
BenQ’s mice comes in 3 series, the FK series for example has 3 models in it. All of them are essentially of the same design, the difference is that the FK1 is the longest, the FK1+ is in the middle while the FK2 is the smallest.
The FK series is one that has an arch towards the middle of the mouse and the buttons go low at the front, basically it’s ZOWIE’s range of low-profile mice.
The FK 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. The FK series mouse is ambidextrous, meaning it works for both left and right handed users.
The mouse looks exactly the same (obviously) on both side, 2 buttons are on each side of the mouse. That comes to a total of 7 buttons (regardless what the product page say).
Here are some other views of the mouse, it’s simple in design, tough plastic and does not have any form of lighting.
At the bottom you’ll see 2 huge mouse feet and a button for DPI adjustment.
Last but not least, the cable which is a non-braided one for easier glide across surfaces.
The Zowie FK 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.
I tested the FK2 (I selected this model, because it fits my preference) on CS:GO and had no issues with it, response is good and I only need to get adjusted to the DPI and put a little more effort to press the LMB.
The BenQ ZOWIE FK1 | FK1+ | FK2 are simple no-nonsense ambidextrous gaming mice, 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.