Zowie IO 1.1 Professional Gaming Bundle ReviewCompxpert - June 22, 2009
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This review will be twofold, since I will be testing both a mouse and mouse pad. I compared the mouse pad to a standard no-name one I had around the house, and I compared the mouse to a Logitech G5 and Logitech Dell mouse. However, for space I only compared the G5 and IO1.1 in the mouse pad tests. Categories that overlap between the two are precision and speed. Other categories are customizability and comfort for the mouse, and control for the mouse pad. I tested both in general everyday use and in gaming. For games I used Team Fortress 2 and Unreal Tournament 3. On every test, I rated my findings on a 1 to 10 scale - one being the worst and 10 being the best.
- Processor: Intel i7 920 (Stock & 3.44GHz)
- Motherboard: DFI LANParty UT X58-T3eH8
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card: Sapphire HD4870 1GB Toxic
- Power Supply: OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro
- Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB HDD
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- Case: Lian-Li PC60FWB
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
- Ambient Temperature: 24° Celsius
- Logitech G5
- Dell Logitech
When testing speed, I compared how fast I was able to move the pointer across the screen and how quickly I could make movements in games. Again, the rating is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being worst and 10 being the best.
For this, I spent hours gaming with each mouse to see how my hand felt during and after gaming. Rating is on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being how bad my hand felt during or after or 10 being how great my hand felt.
For this test I compared how easy it was to get headshots. With the Zowie, I found it hard to hit moving targets, but if someone stood still for long enough I could almost always get a headshot. The same happened with the Dell Logitech mouse. But, as I thought, it was easiest to get headshots using the G5 - especially with its 800 and 2000 DPI settings. Scale is from 1 to 10, how hard it is to get a headshot or how easy it was.
Of course, many mice are very customizable - but from what it seemed, the IO1.1 offers no customization besides that of the standard mouse settings found in the Control Panel. This is also where the Dell Logitech mouse finds itself. On the other hand, the Logitech G5 offers a plethora of things you can do using its bundled software, as well as on the fly DPI adjustment. Tests results range from a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most customizable and 1 being none at all.
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