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Zowie FK will be updated with a new scroll wheel and IR-LED in 2014

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Not really a new version, but rather an update of the old model.

After getting positive feedback from our latest mouse, the ZOWIE EC eVo CL with its faster scroll wheel and IR LED, we have decided to make changes to our other popular model – the ZOWIE FK.

From 2014 onwards, ZOWIE FK will have the 24-step scroll wheel as seen in the EC eVo CL series, which makes scrolling faster. The base will also be having some changes made to it - going from yellow to black. ZOWIE FK will have a built-in IR LED which we introduced with the EC eVo CL Series.

If you prefer the 16-step scroll wheel from the current edition of ZOWIE FK you should buy it from our partner stores before it goes out of stock as the next batches of ZOWIE FK will all have the 24-step scroll wheel.





This is rather surprising. Not everyone likes the feel of the scroll wheel on the FK, but overall most people seem to think it is pretty solid. Given the choice I prefer the 16 step scroll for gaming, where each individual "step" is larger and more distinct. For other things, like browsing, the "faster" scroll wheel with more steps would be more comfortable I guess.

When I saw the announcement of an updated FK, my first thought was that they might have replaced the huano switches with omrons. While many are fine with the huano's I'd say they are the the part of the mouse that is most complained about.

Would be interesting to see how the infra-red illumination affects things. I am not sure how that worked out in the Evo series. Does it change the tracking on some surfaces? And what are the benefits in terms of precision and reliability? Note the sensor on the bottom, it is covered way more than the sensor in the 2013 FK, perhaps to reduce the LOD with this new IR-led.

Still hoping for a Zowie FK FG. Come on Zowie.
Edited by kazuyamishima - 1/11/14 at 2:45am
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Still hoping for a Zowie FK FG. Come on Zowie.

This x1000
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Jjust want gloss so I can grip the damn thing redface.gif
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Strange that they would put a new scroll wheel in the fk when most considered it just fine. Now the EC1,EC2 wheel, oooooh boy. When are they going to replace that wheel??
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Good to see I am not the only one who wants the gloss version. Since the release of the FK, I have been playing with it for easily over a thousand hours. While I liked the coating in the beginning , I like it less now, and it seems like it has gotten worse over time. I literally wipe it down with microfiber cloth now, multiple times every gaming session.

For example, after I just played 3 hours of Counter Strike, this is what it looks like:


The flash makes it look way worse, but it does illustrate the problem. That is not sweat by the way, it is more like the coating gets oily or something. Even though I always have clean dry hands. It was not always like this, I feel like the surface material gradually became less able to keep that matte grippy texture.

Even when the coating looks like this it remains pretty grippy, but it really does not feel nice either. If I could opt for the simple plastic that they used to use in the past, I would go for that instead of all these fancy coatings, that 9 out of 10 times just create issues (in my experience). I never had an issue with "coating" or "surface material" until I moved on to newer mice with fancier supposedly better coatings. I can use a 10 dollar WMO for unlimited hours without ever even thinking about the coating.
Edited by kazuyamishima - 1/10/14 at 5:49pm
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i love the scroll wheel on my FK its one of the things i like most about it
getting a evo ec2 cl next week so i guess ill have a chance to test what that scroll wheel is like
prob wont buy the new version of the FK though

@kazu - i wish they made a full or half gloss FK, i would buy that. i said the same thing when the mouse was first released.
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Does the fact that the LED is now infrared affect the sensor in any way? I hope that the sensor performs at least as well as the previous iteration of the FK. Otherwise I will be very disappointed with Zowie. Also, I thought that they would update the scroll wheel to a mechanical wheel instead of an optical one. I've tried out a lot of mice in my day but I forget which ones had mechanical wheels and which ones were optical. Just have a feeling that I liked mech scroll wheels a lot more than optical, especially considering how clunky the one on the FK and AM feel in my opinion.
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What's the difference between IR-LED and IR? And I don't think 24 or 16 step makes much of a difference. I just wish they would use the doughnut locking mechanism found on other mice for their wheel to make it more sturdy. The wheel is currently a ratcheted spoke inside a half-circle mount which is why people always claim about the wheel being sticky.

I never really planned to ever upgrade from my Zowie FK but I'll probably buy a new one if they fix the button and make the shell even more matte. Heck I'd probably just buy one if they offered a different color like red and black so it'd match my cmstorm quickfire pro keyboard biggrin.gif It's the best mouse on the market bar none.
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What's the difference between IR-LED and IR? And I don't think 24 or 16 step makes much of a difference. I just wish they would use the doughnut locking mechanism found on other mice for their wheel to make it more sturdy. The wheel is currently a ratcheted spoke inside a half-circle mount which is why people always claim about the wheel being sticky.

What do you mean difference between IR-LED and IR? It now has an IR-LED, before it had a red LED within the visible wavelength for the human eye. Performance is still the same pretty much.

What you mean for the wheel would be a mechanical encoder I think. I'd wish for that too, the mouse wheel of the Savu or KPO would be awesome.
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Will still not use a zowie mice until they pick omron and get a 800dpi step.
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