Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse Review
Since the release of the Razer Boomslang back in 1999, gaming mice have become nearly the only mouse you can buy. No longer are we forced to remove the ball and clear fluff off the rollers, even the most basic mouse has an optical sensor and you'd be hard pressed to find one that doesn't come with a scroll wheel or a back button.
Of course that doesn't mean that all mice have incredibly high quality sensors and parts though. Many companies have attempted to leave their stamp upon the Gaming Mouse market with only a few doing so successfully.
Nonetheless though it's such a lucrative marketplace that companies will continually try and create the next must have mouse. The great benefit of not having the latest and greatest is that you can always justify your average performance by blaming your tools. It's the "if I could afford a Stratocaster I'd be Hendrix" argument.
Enter Zowie and the EC1 Gaming Mouse. Zowie are a small California-based company founded in 2008 that have enlisted some of the best gamers around to help design their products and so ensure that they genuinely provide what the end-user needs, rather than merely what a huge faceless corporation thinks they need.
Discounting a re-release of an early Microsoft Intellimouse this is Zowies first foray into the world of Gaming Mice. Of course following the good quality of their previous products we had to take a look.
A quick trip across to the Zowie website to grab the technical specifications also brought with it some of their own explanatory text, so rather than regurgitate it, here it is in their own words :
1.5 mm lift-off distance - one of the lowest on the market to date
One of the primary features of the ZOWIE EC-series is the lift-off distance. ZOWIE EC-series has made it possible to create one of the lowest lift-off distance currently available in any optical mouse on the market - 1.5 mm.
1,000Hz USB Report Rate - plug and play with 1.000Hz
Most optical mice are 125Hz which can be artificially raised to 500 – 1,000Hz through driver installations. The ZOWIE EC mice are the only optical mice which has 1,000 Hz from standard, without any installation of drivers.
Improved mouse wheel
The mouse use an optical encoder instead of the cheaper traditional mechanical system and added a new optimized rolling system developed by ZOWIE, which ensures that the mouse wheel is the most durable and precise mouse wheel on the market today.
Adjusting DPI on the fly is not really an innovative feature, but ZOWIE decided to put it on the mouse anyway, as it's important for a gamer to be able to optimize the settings to create the perfect feeling when playing.
Two shapes - four mice
HeatoN's EC-series consist of four mice with the same features and specifications. The only difference is coating, color and size.
EC1 and EC2 black, has a rubber coating to increase the grip when holding.
EC1 and EC2 pure white, has the popular smooth coating which reduces sweaty palms.
Quote from Emil "HeatoN" Christensen:
"In my 10 years as a professional gamer, every day I have wanted to develop the ideal mouse for competitive gaming." .. "as a competitive gamer, you have to be able to rely on your equipment to be functional at all times. The mouse is probably a gamers most important tool, so it is important that you can trust it to deliver. We have put our focus on precision, stability, durability and comfort. No more excuses. It's up to you now!"
- 100% stable optical mouse developed for gaming by HeatoN
- Ergonomic designed right hand gaming mouse
- 1.5 mm lift-off distance due to custom developed ZOWIE-lens
- Improved mouse wheel system
- 500/1,000/2,000 DPI adjustment
- 1.000Hz USB report rate
- Operating System: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7 or Mac OS X v10.2 after
- Frames Per Second: 6,500
- Inches Per Second: 40
- Dots Per Inch: 500/1.000/2.000
- Max. Acceleration: 15G
- 1,000Hz USB report rate
- Connector: USB
- Buttons: 5
As you can see the lack of drivers mean that the mouse is compatible right out of the box with anything you can plug it into. Let's have a look at it before we get down and dirty.