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Zowie EC1 vs. EC2 vs. AM

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I received both EC versions of the eVo and was not very satisfied. I liked my AM before, but after the EC's I totally love it now!

The EC1, while very similar to the Deathadder in shape, feels by far not as comfortable as the actual Deathadder. The EC2 is relatively comfortable due to the narrower and lower profile and probably quite nice for a claw grip, but is lacking in the finger tip area and palm works probably with only very small hands. My AM on the other hand is just excellent for any grip style, I perform the perfect claw grip, the perfect finger tip and even a full palm grip with it. The buttons of the AM are long enough that even the longer ring finger doesn't stick out when palming (middle sized hands).

The rubber material of the EC is super slippy, very hard to hold for me. The AM, even if it has the rather uneffective /_\ shape seemed to have a different rubber material (is brighter than EC also), I never had problems to grip and lift the AM and after months of use the material seemed to have worn in and grip is almost as good as glossy sides. Just perfect. Also the AM is better and stylisher looking than the EC's.

Build quality of the EC's aren't bad, but inconsistent (I guess common thing among gaming mice). The scroll is nicer, firm and more silent than AM, but the EC1 had it smoother than the EC2. Wheel click is stiffer than AM on both, which is really not good. The side button Nr 4 of the EC2 is totally inside the casing (poor quality control once again). The main butons of the EC2 are actually stiffer and louder than the EC1 ones!

Only thing I really like about the EC is the lighter button click, however, the buttons are so mushy and travel is so high, that I'm not sure if I am not actually liking the stiffer AM buttons more, because they are so firm and sharp, with less traveling. The EC sidebuttons are so horribly mushy, that it feels like you push rubber into slots, doesn't feel much like side buttons.

Sensor seems to perform like the AM, but, probably due to the updated SROM, it still works on a smooth table that I have around here (with slight errors), on which the AM does not work at all.


Don't get me wrong though, EC's are still a nice set of mice, if you get a flawless model that is, but they seem to specialised, while the AM seems like an allrounder which does everything pretty good.


Thanks to Zowie for the AM. I'm not sure what I should have bought otherwise.
Edited by resis - 4/29/12 at 2:16pm
post #2 of 4
I've now read a couple times people saying the EC1 isn't as comfortable as the Deathadder. I'm curious as to why, specifically?

Good roundup!
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It is hard to say. Maybe a combination on things. I have no experience with the original EC mice, so I can only look at the full rubber sides of the EC eVo which, at least for me, are really really slippy and in order to control the mouse I probably put way to much effort into the grip and this feels uncomfortable, while with the glossy Deathadder sides it is almost as if the DA sticks to the hand by itself.

I also think that the EC has rounder lines, while the DA has straighter lines. What I mean is the back, where you put the palm, it seems rounder on the EC, which I feel (which why I don't like the G400 shape also), while the DA seemed to have a flatter back and resting the palm on it feels really good.

Sidebuttons. Especially the rear side button (Nr 4) on the DA is straight and better to reach than the EC Nr 4 side button, which kind of bends up with the top left curve of the shell.

Probably some other aspects, too.


If there was a mouse like the Deathadder, only slightly lower and slightly narrower and outfitted with a Zowie sensor, that would be a hell of a mouse.
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Originally Posted by resis View Post

It is hard to say. Maybe a combination on things. I have no experience with the original EC mice, so I can only look at the full rubber sides of the EC eVo which, at least for me, are really really slippy and in order to control the mouse I probably put way to much effort into the grip and this feels uncomfortable, while with the glossy Deathadder sides it is almost as if the DA sticks to the hand by itself.
I also think that the EC has rounder lines, while the DA has straighter lines. What I mean is the back, where you put the palm, it seems rounder on the EC, which I feel (which why I don't like the G400 shape also), while the DA seemed to have a flatter back and resting the palm on it feels really good.
Sidebuttons. Especially the rear side button (Nr 4) on the DA is straight and better to reach than the EC Nr 4 side button, which kind of bends up with the top left curve of the shell.
Probably some other aspects, too.
If there was a mouse like the Deathadder, only slightly lower and slightly narrower and outfitted with a Zowie sensor, that would be a hell of a mouse.

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
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