Zowie EC2 ReviewBluePanda - September 12, 2011
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The ZOWIE EC2 White was put through a week of regular use and high levels of critiquing. Over this time special attention was focused on: speed, comfort, precision and customization. Although a keyboard can complete most, if not all of your computing needs, the addition of a mouse allows for quick access to various menus as well as the ability to game. Unfortunately, there is no apparatus or method written for systematically testing a mouse; however, subjective commenting and examinations of the four traits explained should help you decide if the EC2 White is for you.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: 4870X2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- Razer DeathAdder 3500dpi
- Logitech MX510
- Logitech Internet 350 mouse
Speed is a major factor in using a mouse. If you can’t move your mouse where it needs to be fast and accurate enough then you might be dead in your game, or just simply frustrated with whatever you are working on. To rate speed, I used a scale of 1 to 10 with a score of one being representative of it just won’t move, and a score of 10 being that this mouse got ticketed for speeding.
If you are going to game all day or even just work all day, you will need a comfortable mouse. You will want something your hand can control without really feeling as if you are using a mouse; instead you want a connection between you and your computer. A scale of 1 to 10 was used to rate the comfort level of the mouse. A value of 1 means you might just want to use the keyboard to do everything, and a value of 10 says without the mouse something is missing… almost like when you are missing your car keys in your pocket.
Precision is a key element in making every headshot. If the mouse is wandering or just not quite pointing where you feel it should be, then your skill almost doesn’t even matter. Even the best correction for a wandering mouse can’t save you against the apocalypse. The mouse was rated from 1 to 10, with 1 meaning just give up, and a score of 10 meaning it was meant to be.
If your mouse doesn’t even have a scroll wheel, I cannot talk to you; however, if you are one of those people sitting here with only a left click, a right click, and a scroll wheel… well then we need to talk. I’m not saying your mouse needs to be as full of buttons as the Razer Naga, but having some buttons can really improve not only the way you move about menus, but also the way you get around in game. Using a ranking from 1 to 10, a score of 1 goes to those of you with only one button (go Apple!) and a score of 10 goes to the mouse that can do everything!
Overall I found that the EC2 White performed very well. I have never owned a mouse with such incredible tracking and precision, the ability for me to simply use the lasso tool as if I were using a stylus was incredible. I felt like I was really in control of my computer and the programs I was running. With the ability to adjust DPI settings on the fly it was easy to adjust from small precise movement to faster-paced action games. Although the shape of the mouse is nothing to call Mom about and the glossy finish can leave your hand feeling tacky and sweaty, the mouse moves so smooth across the screen that you start to forget what the mouse even looks like. This mouse isn’t for everyone, but if you are ready to really gain control — this is the mouse for you.