So, I was interested what the fuzz about Avago's 3090 was all about and got an FK today. I'm in the market for a successor to my MX300, and after the Taipan, and Abyssus didn't quite work out for me, and the G100s isn't even announced yet in Europe, I thought I give Zowie a try.
I am a mid to high-ish sens player (18-19cm/360°), my arm+wrist rest on my desk the whole time and only my hand is moving the mouse by radial and ulnar deviation
. For vertical movements I flex and extend my fingers, which is why I can't palm a mouse. It'd make vertical movement impossible with a static wrist. Thus I'd describe my grip to be between palm and fingertip and my hand is rather small (20cm from metacarpus/wrist to tip of middle finger) for a grown-up man.
What I noticed right from the beginning:
- amazing sensor! I think I like the feeling (tracking, responsiveness, accel-free, prediction-free) even more than my MX300, if there actually is a difference, seeing the 3090 is based on the famous S2020 in Logitech's MX series.
- build quality: the material(s) used are a joy to touch and feel
- no drivers, but a clever devised setup through button combinations pressed on plugging the mouse in
- cord: although not braided, very "unbendy" and flabby, it definitely won't get in the way by causing drag or resistance like stiffer cords
- Huano switches that release amazingly distinct and satisfying (preference for sure, but I play FPS exclusively, and I never needed to mash any of my mice buttons rapidly)
- reasonably priced in comparison to other premium mice from Razer, and SS
- Scroll-Wheel: *** seriously? As of now, it's crap, simple as that. It's an imprecise piece of rubber that doesn't work half the time. There's a position which is the left edge of the wheel where it won't scroll down at all. To Zowie's defense, it might need some break-in, we'll see.
- a tad too low for my style. I'm used to rest the whole length of my pointer and middle finger on a mouse's back. However, I guess It's just a matter of getting used to the gap between my fingers' first phalanx bone and mouse.
- no easy button switching. If you set the mouse to left-handed, LMB and RMB get switched too. I know there are a LOT of left-handed gamers, that keep LMB=LMB, and don't swap them. Setting the mouse to left-handed to disable the left side buttons requires a button switch in the generic Windows driver. Yet, games recognize the button setup by Zowie, not Windows, requiring you to newly bind those buttons. Quite clumsy if you ask me.
- bottom plate to shell transition (where the yellow part meets the black shell): there's a pronounced edge, much like with WMO1.1a, that catches the meaty part of your thumb's ball, instead of displacing it by pushing it away. makes it nearly impossible to move the mouse by radial deviation. It hurts and stops your moving/ distracts you, because after experiencing it over and over again, you "wait" for it to happen, ruining your immediacy with the game. Both the Taipan and WMO1.1a have a similarly pronounced edge, and both catch skin sometimes, but the FK does so EVERY time I move it by radial deviation. I'm afraid this is critical and might be the nail in this otherwise flawless mouse's coffin, for me anyway. I can't quite understand how this mouse is advertised specially for claw-grip where one would palm the back of it even tighter than with fingertip/palm grip, thus running into that same problem over and over again. Unless, Zowie had their mice for low sens gamers in mind that move their wrists too. No problem for them I guess.
Granted, I've been using the mouse for just a few hours today, and will definitely give it a proper try over the course of the next few weeks. I hope the scroll wheel breaks-in over time, and my hand adapts to the broad back that keeps catching/rubbing skin, because I really like the mouse. Either that, or Logitech's G100s keeps its promises to be the successor every MX300-user has been waiting for.
Just my 2 Cents, hope it helpsEdited by phl0w - 5/28/13 at 2:32pm