Zowie EC2 Review

BluePanda - 2011-07-19 20:38:35 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: September 12, 2011
Price: $50.99

Introduction:

Perhaps it is time you get a new mouse that isn’t covered with your grimy Cheeto-hand prints. It might not be your mouse that is making you miss all those head shots, but with the addition of the ZOWIE EC2 White mouse, your excuses of your mouse “sucking” won’t stand any longer. With up to 2000 DPI at your fingertips you will have to come up with some new excuses as to why your kill count is so low. Nonetheless, this mouse is of plug-n-play style with no cumbersome drivers to install, and changing your DPI settings is as simple as pressing the button on the bottom side of the mouse (because we all know that changing your DPI mid-game isn’t as useful as manufacturers would like you to believe).

If you have seen ZOWIE’s recently reviewed G-TF Speed Mousepad, Zowie G-TF, and you think you are ready for a mouse to go with it, then the EC2 White might just be for you. Known for their extremely simple designs and high accuracy, today we look at the ZOWIE EC2 White mouse. Do you think you are ready for it?

Closer Look:

The box comes in the usual simple greys of ZOWIE products with a plastic shell revealing the secret to what greatness is to be inside. The front of the box reveals a color-changing wheel that correlates to the three quick change DPI settings made available from the button on the bottom side of the mouse. The back of the box is internationally friendly with quick specifications in 9 different languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the box, a simple, white mouse with grey cord is revealed. The first thing I noticed was how light the cable was — something I really can say I’m looking forward to. An awesome aluminum-printed ZOWIE sticker is found as a nice touch to the package contents; it looks great stuck on our mini “beverage” fridge. The mouse itself is VERY white and VERY slick to the feel. The bottom sports some of the largest skates I have ever seen on a mouse; they are the patented Speedy Skatez, which can easily be purchased for replacement if you are a bit rough on your mouse.

 

 

 

The button on the bottom of the mouse is used to simply change from one DPI setting to the next. The color of the scroll wheel indicates the current DPI selection. Red represents 500 DPI, purple 1000 DPI, and blue 2000 DPI. But if those settings don’t satisfy your control standards then you still always have the basic Windows adjustments to back you up.

 

 

Specifications:

 

Frames Per Second:
6,500
Inches Per Second:
40
Dots Per Inch:
500/1.000/2.000
Max. Acceleration:
15G
USB report rate:
1,000Hz
Connector:
USB
Buttons:
5
Dimensions:
128 x 43 x 62~70 mm
Length of cable:
2m

 

Features:

 

 


Information is courtesy of: http://zowiegear.com/products?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=14&category_id=1

Testing:

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.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Mice:

 

 

Testing Results:

Speed:

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.

 

Comfort:

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:

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.

 

Customization:

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.

Conclusion:

In the end, this mouse may not have had a ton of buttons, customizable features, or some crazy contour to “comfort” your hand, but this is what makes this mouse so amazing. Rather than focusing on all the physical appearances of the mouse, the efforts were clearly put into making this mouse make you feel like the conductor of your PC. Not too surprisingly, the mouse does not work in any of your USB 3.0 slots (as it's still finding new product uses) but in reality if you don't have the usual USB 2.0 slot open or a hub, than some upgrading is already required for you. Its ability to change DPI on the fly along with its simple body features and amazing ability to trace and track make this mouse a winner at the end of the day.

The mouse is smaller than perhaps your MX510, fitting smaller hands nicely, yet it accommodates those of you with large hands just fine. It has the standard shape and dimensions of your typical “free” Dell mouse with a smooth glossy finish. The EC2 White tracks and functions much better than that Dell mouse and creates a sense of unity with your machine. Overall, the precision makes up for what the mouse lacks in physical appearance and makes this mouse one worth chasing after.

 

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