Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse Review

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Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse

Up Close with the EC1

Firstly it's a long way from California to the OC3D office and clearly the postal services were none too kind with the EC1. The box was rather battered by the time we finally got our hands on it but thanks to the sturdy plastic cover the mouse itself was none the worse for wear.

By virtue of the Zowie not needing any drivers, and mice being more user friendly than a t-shirt, there is nothing at all in the box apart from the mouse. A slightly curious thing because at minimum you normally get a "thanks for purchasing the ... " type leaflet, but it's not a problem.

Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse     Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse  

Here it is in all it's glory. A very simple looking affair with a matt-black top portion and glossy sides. The wheel is white, as is the Zowie logo at the base. A decent length cable ensures that even the most bizarre PC placement will leave you plenty of wiggle room.

Upside down is, in keeping with the rest of the mouse, a stripped down affair. Besides the barcode and logo sticker we have a small Zowie logo, the 2000dpi sensor and a button to switch between the three pre-programmed dpi settings.

Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse     Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse  

The white variant of the EC1 is made entirely from the same material as the gloss black sides here, whereas the black model has this very lovely soft coating to it. It does seem slightly odd to only cover one section with this grippy material. If you're a fingertip gamer then you'll never get the benefit of the grippier top, and if you're a palm gamer then the difference is jarring.

Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse     Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse  

So why is the mouse-wheel white? Well it's actually translucent. When you adjust the dpi settings using the underneath button the wheel indicates what mode you're in.

Red for 500dpi                                                       Purple (although it looks pink here) for 1000dpi

Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse     Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse

                      And Blue for 2000dpi

Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse     Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse

All very simple and it's nice to see a clear indication of which mode you're in. Time to put it through its paces.

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Most Recent Comments

28-09-2010, 05:29:02

Last year we looked at some products from Zowie, and today we see how their addition to the gaming mouse market fares.

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28-09-2010, 05:53:46

Haha Zowie ! Shaggy's favourite saying in Scooby Doo

I shall read


Well, I have to agree with Bryan. £50 for a mouse that offers nothing much is way too much money. If I hadn't had a look at it flipped over and the blatant MADE IN CHINA stuck underneath I wouldn't have thought about it as much, but it's obviously put together pretty cheaply and thus is woefully over priced.

Personally I don't like the velvet rubber coating. That's why both of my Razers are now back in the box..

On the DPI thing.. I don't really know the complete ins and outs but does 500 DPI just make it slower? or, does it also make it less accurate? (edit, by way of name dots per inch would indeeed indicate so, so 500 dpi may well be very useful for art programs)

The reason I ask is because in Photoshop for example when tracing edges and drawing lines 1000 DPI is so jittery it makes it near on impossible. It's like trying to hold onto a schizophrenic inpatient on caffiene and adrenaline.

I've always used my mice on the lowest possible DPI setting when editing or drawing with Photoshop. It's too easy to slip otherwise.Quote

28-09-2010, 08:37:51

I agree that in Photoshop the need for a slower responding mouse is vital. However considering that a basic pen and tablet arrangement can be had for about £50 if you really need that amount of precision and use it regularly enough, then I believe you'd purchase a tablet.

It's not poorly built at all. It's just.. featureless.Quote

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