Zowie EC1-A Review
If you guys don’t know me yet I’m a gaming mice enthusiast, I’ve acquired a couple through the years with different weight, sizes and features and I want to share my love and knowledge with you of gaming mice.
This is the BenQ Zowie EC1-A, I’ve had this mouse for over a month and I am deeply infatuated with it. From its bear bones design, no extra gimmicks just 4 mouse buttons, a scroll wheel and a dpi switcher this will be a crowd favorite. Zowie has been known to be a company that focuses more on performance and ergonomics rather than looks and features with its simplistic black design it is a welcome sight when you look at the other brands that try to over develop their creations. *cough* R.A.T. It is also a “plug and play” mouse which means no driver/software required, and for a on the go gamer like me who always brings my peripherals everywhere, less hassle and easier setup.
Here are some of its details
Sensor: Avago 3310
Lift-off distance: Only 1.5 ~ 1.8 mm
24-step scroll wheel
DPI ( Dots Per Inch ): 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 *indicated by light on the scroll wheel
Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft (rubber plastic)
Every customization that the mouse offers can be adjusted on the mouse itself when plugging in and the instructions for that are found on the manual.
It utilizes Huano switches from the commonly known Omrons. Honestly I can’t find a huge difference but by comparison to my Mionix Castor, the EC1-A feels to have a lower actuation which makes it perfect for FPS games but when I played MOBA games it felt very off as if my rapid clicking can’t be accomplished by the buttons but I have only played once and this may differ if I break down the buttons in the following months.
Dimensions 5 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches / 12.7 x 7.11 x 4.32 cm (If you’ve seen/used a Razer Death Adder it’s around that size) despite its size, it weighs for about 98g without cable. I prefer its large build since I prefer my palm being supported by the backside of the mouse rather than me lifting it or dragging it across the mouse pad. The EC1-A is built in a way that even if the side mouse clicks feel very soft and easy to click you won’t accidentally press them because of the grooves that perfectly cradle your thumbs as well as your ring and pinky fingers. At the bottom are two large mouse feet that lets it glide smoothly across any surface.
Large design is great for medium — large sized hands with claw or palm grip.
Outer coating and ergonomic design allow for hours on end gaming.
Cable is made of a rubber plasticky material that doesn’t drag too much on your mouse pads.
No software “plug and play” allows for hassle free set up.
Huano switches are not for everybody, they feel mushy and might be a bad pick up if you focus on MOBAs or RTS games.
No RGB feature on its price point because of the Zowie simplicity branding. (Not a deal breaker to me, but maybe to some)
DPI switcher allows for on the fly adjustments but with very large increments that may not suit some users.
Final verdict: The Zowie EC1-A is a must have gaming mouse whether you’re looking to buy your first ever mouse, needing to replace a broken one or adding another to your collection. Simplistic design with quality mouse buttons and ergonomic shape will definitely hook you in. It’s a large mouse that I fell in love with it immediately and have also made my daily driver. Though Zowie has got your back with its other releases having the same features but built in different sizes that might suit your grip style better.