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I've got a Zowie EC-1 and while it's comfortable and tracks extremely well and has one of the most flexible/least obtrusive cords I've ever had on a mouse, it only lasted about six months.

After about 3-4 months of use, it started registering every click as a double click. Then shortly after this it started to disconnect at random, and the only way to fix it was to unplug it and then plug it into a different USB port. This happened regardless of polling rate or sensitivity. Just recently it got to the point where it was doing this every 30 minutes, so I had to replace it.

Now I'm on a CM Spawn. With the newest firmware and some tweaks it tracks just as well, plus has a grip much more conducive to how I use my mouse. Cord is a bit thicker/stiffer, but I hung the mouse from the ceiling and softened/straightened the cord with a blow dryer; it's much improved now.
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I've got a Zowie EC-1 and while it's comfortable and tracks extremely well and has one of the most flexible/least obtrusive cords I've ever had on a mouse, it only lasted about six months.

After about 3-4 months of use, it started registering every click as a double click. Then shortly after this it started to disconnect at random, and the only way to fix it was to unplug it and then plug it into a different USB port. This happened regardless of polling rate or sensitivity. Just recently it got to the point where it was doing this every 30 minutes, so I had to replace it.

Now I'm on a CM Spawn. With the newest firmware and some tweaks it tracks just as well, plus has a grip much more conducive to how I use my mouse. Cord is a bit thicker/stiffer, but I hung the mouse from the ceiling and softened/straightened the cord with a blow dryer; it's much improved now.

Thanks, that's pretty bad. I'm going to give this G400 a month and then I'll have an other look at other options.
For some odd reason I can't properly hold it, I turn my wrist in an angle and I clamp it harder. My wrist and elbow get sore quite fast, even when not gaming frown.gif .
I think I might look into perhaps transplanting the shell of the MX510 to the G400 but I fear the internals (and the screws) aren't alike . And I don't want to mess up my warranty if I decide not to keep it.

PS: Removed the tape again, got too greasy and reduced grip after a while. So now I'm back with the default awful coating. I know I keep ranting on and on about this but I just can't get my mind around why they decided to change it. I mean, they had a great shell with good grip on the MX510 / 518... It's so good I can keep that mouse in my hand without using my thumb, something which I can't do with the G400 without nearly crushing the damn thing.

EDIT: I read about dyeing keycaps recently, I wonder if you could dye a white zowie ec2 evo? I hate white peripherals and technology stuff but it has a completely glossy surface (which I think would be better for grip) and you can't really dye black stuff so I wonder, how cool would a brown Zowie EC2 evo be? biggrin.gif (yes, brown, I love brown ! )
Edited by Bloitz - 1/12/13 at 7:22am
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Well the simplest way to get a glossy mouse is to paint it with whatever colour you would like, and then clear coat it. Never tried this though, but I reckon it will work somewhat like that.
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Well the simplest way to get a glossy mouse is to paint it with whatever colour you would like, and then clear coat it. Never tried this though, but I reckon it will work somewhat like that.

It's not really the glossiness I'm after but more so the grip it might provide. But it's not a bad idea, simple! Going to try it on a broken mouse first though (also check how it wears) ^^

EDIT: Already dreaming of a brown G400 :O
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for your grip style may I either recommend the am or the ec2, you have a south paw grip (its inbetween palm and claw, compared to pure claw this grip has more portion of your palm resting on the mouse hence not completely claw) for this grip I feel that the shapes similar to wmo are the best and smaller mice are generally better suited though you can adopt to larger mice if you do please.


The shape of the am is pretty good but my ideal shape is that of the xai and the sensei though owing to the very slippery coating of the sensei I find it a bit hard to grip. To my knowledge the zowie keyboards are pretty good, you might perceive the coolermaster quickfire pro to feel 'better built' but as skylit says, by industrial design to make something cheap feel good and or expensive, so when it comes to build quality it may just be perception and the celeritas is probably as well built as most boards out.

I find the rubber quality on the am pretty good, the coatings on my mice wear quite easily as my hand sweats a lot but the zowie coating seems very good and has not really worn even after about 6 months of use and I have even dropped it a few times not signs of scratches or anything I lan quite a lot so you would expect it to wear more right but its still good as new, all I can say is that the scroll wheel is a bit loose compared to how it was before but I prefer it this way because when it was new I thought it was way too hard.
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If the g400 had a more generic shape I could finally escape razer once and for all. In zowies case I just think they should be more competitively priced.
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i have an Zowie EC1 Evo and it has been flawless since i got it, The build quality is good and it dosent fell cheap. i myself went from a WMO 1.1 and i must say that it has been a wounderfull experience.
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I like my Zowie AM-GS - response is nice. still getting use to the weight difference between that and the mx518

Edit: the zowie feels lighter and has the weight in the palm whereas the mx518 is more centered
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