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Zowie Mico - bottom line?

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Howdy - I'm in the process of researching in order to figure out the next mouse I will buy. My main focus is the size of the mouse and how well it suits my grip as my hand size is uniquely small.

I am currently using a Steelseries Kinzu V2 pro and while I think this mouse was well worth the $10 I got it for, I am getting cramps (particularly on my ring finger) as it is just too big for me, unfortunately. And it's only 117mm long, so it's actually pretty small on a scale of averages.

Before this mouse I was using a Razer Salmosa pro gaming edition, which is absolutely tiny. I think it's the smallest gaming.wired mouse out there at 95mm long and quite thin and low. The main problem I have with this is the buttons. The shape of the mouse is definitely designed with fingertip grip in mind, but the finger I use to Right click has a tendency to accidentally press the right button a lot. And it also just doesn't feel very comfortable. I think I prefer a plain button style, than this moulded style and firmer switches.

So enter the Zowie Mico. It's a touch larger than the Salmosa in every direction and is similar in shape design to the Kinzu. The problem is I continuously find negative reviews about it that go into way more detail than I understand. There appears to be a bug in the sensor that can result in horizontal jumps, but then on the other hand a lot of people are dismissing this.

So what's the go? Is this defect acknowledged as a defect by the manufacturer? Does it affect ALL of their mice? Is there a chance you get one that doesn't have the bug and can you just keep returning them until you get one that isn't a lemon?

I don't know whether or not to gamble the $60 on one or just try out the Commatech M1 first...

Much appreciated. Cheers
post #2 of 8
At release the jump bug was on all Micos. The Steelseries Kinzu v2 and Kana v1 also had this problem but they were flashable and a new firmware fixed the problem. The original Mico wasn't flashable.

Your best bet is to contact Zowie and ask them if they have applied the fix from the factory yet. ( I would surely hope they have by now)
post #3 of 8
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Thanks for the information. I've written to Zowie - I hope they have good news for us!
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I doubt they fixed it but would be pleasantly surprised, may even consider getting one.
post #5 of 8
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What is this? Razer Spectre? 100mm in length and a better shape than the Salmosa ... I'm not a huge fan of Razer, if I'm being honest, but this mouse looks like it has all the things I'm looking for, aside from painting SC2 on the shell, which I find gimmicky.


EDIT: hang on, it's the phillips twin eye laser sensor, not a decent optical and many reviewers state they have problems with accidental button presses on the right button. Sigh.
Edited by zigziglar - 3/11/14 at 6:06pm
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Razer Spectre uses the PLN2022
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Originally Posted by zigziglar View Post

What is this? Razer Spectre? 100mm in length and a better shape than the Salmosa ... I'm not a huge fan of Razer, if I'm being honest, but this mouse looks like it has all the things I'm looking for, aside from painting SC2 on the shell, which I find gimmicky.


EDIT: hang on, it's the phillips twin eye laser sensor, not a decent optical and many reviewers state they have problems with accidental button presses on the right button. Sigh.

Razer Spectre uses PLN2031 or PLN2032. It will have the Z-Axis bug and may also have dynamic DPI scaling turned on.

100 mm / 3.94” (Length) x 66 mm / 2.60” (Width) x 37 mm / 1.45” (Height)

It is wider than the Abyssus and therefore too wide for me.
Edited by Dreyka - 3/12/14 at 1:38am
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Just a follow-up post. I ended up biting the bullet and giving the Mico a shot. I haven't deliberately tried to replicate the Z-axis bug in notepad or anything, but I definitely have not noticed it in a variety of games I've played including Starcraft and CS:GO. I must say, I am happy I just took the risk as I'm very happy with the mouse. The Pyra that I tried in the meantime has come to my work PC now, where it's more suited for a relaxed grip style.

I might look into transplanting another sensor into the mico shell at some stage, but for now it's going good and hand/finger pain has reduced already.
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By the way, I never received any response from Zowie. Full stop. I emailed a couple of their official distributors who forwarded my enquiries on and the response they received was that they were not aware of any such bug, which is a blatant lie. Zowie have addressed the bug many times and numerous forums have quotes from their staff responding to similar enquiries. Pretty disappointing, especially given they are a sponsor for events that the clan I'm in puts on. :/
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