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post #41 of 714
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Originally Posted by line6 View Post

Looking forward to trying this mouse out my self. As I loved the shape and feel of the XAI. But it just tracked like crap on a cloth pad. Work very well on the 9HD but just to small of a pad for me and I don't care so much for a hard pad. The biggest ''actual'' complaint I hear so far is the buttons might rub together when pressed at same time. If that's the issue how hard is it to just file a bigger gap between them. I mean if you like the mouse and wanna use it just make it work. I know that's not the answer for all but i honestly wouldn't care if it voids a warranty. I did a similar thing to my DA had to thin the mouse wheel. As it would rub on the side of mouse2 when pressed hard.

Its very easy to fix. I wouldn't do it personally out principle but if you want to do it, it would be a piece of piss:)
post #42 of 714
I received my Zowie AM from KustomPCS earlier today and thought I'd offer a few early observations:

  • Buttons - left is noticeably firmer than right mouse button, although it doesn't upset me too much. Compared to other mice, the left button feels a bit like the Zowie Mico but with less resistance, the right button feels more like an Intelli 1.1. No problem with clicking both at once.
  • LOD - very low on a Puretrak Talent; tracks normally up to 1cd and tracks erratically a little up to 2cds (the mousepad surface is made up of hexagons and I think the mouse is tracking on the darker bits); nothing after. It's even lower than the Intelli 1.1 and means I have to keep the mouse absolutely glued to the mousepad or I get into the "erratic-tracking-zone" (oddly the ultra-low LOD might be my largest reservation about the AM)! My technique will probably adjust once I've been using the mouse a while.
  • Acceleration - I tested doing slow swipes and then fast swipes all the way across my mousepad in Counterstrike 1.6 (sorry, it's a bit unscientific). When I swiped as fast as I possibly could, the pointer did not travel quite as far as with a slow swipe (I turned maybe 500 degrees as opposed to 540 degrees). This could be a little negative accel kicking in at a fairly high speed or it could be the method I used. (From what I remember it feels a bit like the CM Spawn on default firmware at the working DPI and without the horrendous LOD... but I'd need to do some proper comparisons.) Either way, it doesn't matter too much to me. My hand is so inaccurate swiping at such high speeds that a little negative accel won't make much difference. At normal speeds the sensor was good.
  • Shape - it's the Intelli 1.1 with a slightly narrower front end more reminiscent of a WMO, and it feels a tiny bit heavier (maybe that's how the weight is distributed inside the mouse). Large mouseskates on the bottom create slightly more friction than the Hyperglides on my 1.1, but it's even in all directions
  • Other stuff - cable on this mouse is same as the Mico, really flexible, to the point where I don't even need a mouse bungee. The mousewheel feels exactly like an Intelli 1.1, which isn't really a good thing. Lack of drivers is a massive plus for when I go to LANs (overclocking USB ports in 64bit Windows 7 is a nightmare when you have limited setup time).

I bought the Zowie AM in the hope that it might replace the Intelli 1.1 @ 500hz that I've used for nearly a decade (and still prefer to a long list of mice including Steelseries Xai, Razer Deathadder 3.5G, CM Spawn, Zowie Mico, Logitech MX518, and others). Although it may take me a few weeks to get used to the new sensor, and bearing in mind that I've only been using the mouse for a few hours, I'm optimistic that I've finally found a worthy successor! smile.gif
post #43 of 714
I'm an idiot, the first thing I should've said is that I was using the Zowie AM at 450dpi and 1000hz!
post #44 of 714
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Originally Posted by Necroblob View Post

I bought the Zowie AM in the hope that it might replace the Intelli 1.1 @ 500hz that I've used for nearly a decade (and still prefer to a long list of mice including Steelseries Xai, Razer Deathadder 3.5G, CM Spawn, Zowie Mico, Logitech MX518, and others). Although it may take me a few weeks to get used to the new sensor, and bearing in mind that I've only been using the mouse for a few hours, I'm optimistic that I've finally found a worthy successor! smile.gif
Nice, that's my hope as well.
post #45 of 714
I own a KinzuAdder and the thing rocks. Problem is, its a tiny bit too small for my hands. Hence the interest in the AM. The Kinzu v2 Pro will be too small as well and the Kana...well. If mousebuttons need to be, then please 2 and not one.

Just some more good reviews and I'll get an AM.

@Necroblob:

Could you test for this "erratic behavior" while lifting on a black mousepad like say, the QCK?
post #46 of 714
It doesn't happen on a thin black QcK or a thick patterned QcK. I think it's just something about the surface of the Puretrak Talent - maybe the darker bits track slightly higher than the light bits. It's not much of a problem!

Edit: maybe I shouldn't have used the word "erratic" because it makes the problem sound much worse than it actually is. When the mouse is on the mousepad its tracking is excellent.
Edited by Necroblob - 12/14/11 at 4:03pm
post #47 of 714
Anyone else also get candy in their package? :S
post #48 of 714
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Originally Posted by end0rphine View Post

Anyone else also get candy in their package? :S

O_o
post #49 of 714
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Originally Posted by line6 View Post

Looking forward to trying this mouse out my self. As I loved the shape and feel of the XAI. But it just tracked like crap on a cloth pad. Work very well on the 9HD but just to small of a pad for me and I don't care so much for a hard pad. The biggest ''actual'' complaint I hear so far is the buttons might rub together when pressed at same time. If that's the issue how hard is it to just file a bigger gap between them. I mean if you like the mouse and wanna use it just make it work. I know that's not the answer for all but i honestly wouldn't care if it voids a warranty. I did a similar thing to my DA had to thin the mouse wheel. As it would rub on the side of mouse2 when pressed hard.

We are reasonable people at ZOWIE, and we understand that people may have a need to modify their mouse in this case. As Skar helped us realize, some users with bigger than average hands might experience the issue where the buttons rub together - if these users were to file down the gap to be able to use the mouse, and later had an issue with i.e. sensor performance or whatever, we would still consider the mouse as under its regular warranty and replace it.

If however a problem arise due to the modification of the gap, well, then it's a different story - but I don't see any potential problems related to the user expanding the gap between the buttons.

So this is not a dealbreaker - you have my word for it. I would like to point out that this only counts for this specific modification, other modifications to the mice might void warranties!! wink.gif

/Danny Ramkvist
post #50 of 714
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Originally Posted by end0rphine View Post

Anyone else also get candy in their package? :S

i got smile.gif
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