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Originally Posted by blainemono My short review
Now that I actually gave the mouse a good try (1,5 months of usage) I can say this mouse is a huge disappointment and that I'm throwing it away. I really wanted it to work as it had great potential (ambidexterous, not very heavy, no gimmicks, avago adns-3090, side buttons).
This is the last time I'm buying a mouse based on overclock user reviews. Opinions on this mouse are so biased I'm starting to think many users on this forum are Zowie employees or just incompetent. And I know it's kinda harsh and am sorry but I can't belive why there weren't any objective posts listing all the faults this mouse has after the mouse was already on the market for some time. And flaws of this mouse are very obvious and undeniable.
- mouse doesn't hold stable Hz. This was also the case for AM. How could they not fix this- I don't know. How could all overclock reviews in this thread not mention this before one of my earlier posts- I don't know.
- the mouse has too low LOD- it has problems tracking on many mousepads including QCK Heavy. Low LOD is nice and all but they clearly overdid it. Even if you don't agree read the next point.
- terrible mouse feet- they are super low and the mouse drags on all cloth pads and definately isn't as smooth as other mice. If you try to correct that by applying thicker mouse feet you are going to destroy the tracking on this mouse- the mouse suddenly has issues tracking, it's DPI changes etc. So even if you think default low LOD is not a fault (which it is), you are stuck with the default thickness of the mouse feet which is terrible. This clearly shows the terrible design and they had time to learn from AM.
- last issue is arguable: the mouse shape is very overrated. Please look at the posts in this thread and search how many people mention this mouse cramps their hand but otherwise it is a perfect shape. LOL. If it cramps your hand it means the shape doesn't suit you at all. I also have this problem with FK after few hours but no other mice that I have (g100s, abyssus, xai) does that. Pure and simple: this mouse is too long for small hand users and it is too narrow for medium and large hand users.
Good things about this mouse:
- best cable there is, doesn't drag and isn't as heavy as braided cables and is very flexible and light but seems also solid.
- very good build quality (doesn't feel cheap like razer products or g100s)
- adns-3090 sensor (but it is destroyed by the lens they used)
- biased: I like huano switches (feel more responsive then omron)
- no marketing bs
For me this mouse had huge potential and it did feel like a quality product by first look. Negative points that I've made are undeniable and they are enough to destroy all the potential this mouse had. 4th one is my observation but if you check the thread you will find that it is valid. There is no mouse that has so many users that say it cramps their hand like Zowie FK. If you are thinking about buying this mouse- don't listen to all the fanboys and do not buy this mouse unless you are comfortable with the flaws which are in my opinion to large to ignore.
The polling rate isn't perfect, that doesn't ruin the mouse though, you can use 1000Hz. The 3.5G DeathAdder has a polling issue to... If you want a stable rate you have to do that via the USB port. That is the best way to use any mouse.
The LOD is to low on some surfaces, on others (like red cloth) the LOD can be ~2.5mm. I have been suggesting a red cloth pad for Zowie Mice for awhile now. If you have read through the forum you would have seen this. You could also remove the lens filter...
The mouse feet are fine when it comes to glide but they are very thin. Most mice actually have thin mouse feet. If you use a hard pad you will not notice it scraping unless you put a lot of pressure on the mouse. With soft pads you will notice the bottom touching the pad. This is something all mice will do. However, because the Zowie feet are a bit thinner than other mice feet, the mouse will have this suction effect onto the surface. This slows the glide but makes it feel smooth. Zowie sells thicker feet. If you use thicker feet on a mouse you will always loose a little CPI, something like 25-50.
The shape is good but the size is not. They used the internals from the AM, so they were limited to the size they could do. The AM is the thinnest [58mm] mouse I would use. The FK tapers to make it thinner at the bottom than the AM. If Zowie would have made a new side button PCB they could have made it wider. They cannot make it taller because they are using a single main PCB. This is why I consider it an "improved" AM. I wished it was like 60mm wide in the middle and 38mm tall.
As long as you are not squeezing the mouse you shouldn't get cramps. I got hand cramps from the DeathAdder -- that isn't a small mouse. I don't get cramps with the white AM because I don't have to squeeze it to lift it. I put some glossy tape on my DeathAdder so I don't have to squeeze the mouse and now I don't get cramps with it.
Most of the things you mentioned can be remedied with a little effort. The only thing that cannot be is the size. If you still don't want it I will gladly accept a freebie.
What I consider major faults with Zowie mice are the old firmware and the custom lens. There is a lot to complain about with the EC mice. I can understand someone throwing away the EC1/2, I almost did.Edited by popups - 8/9/13 at 11:52pm