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Zowie EC1 Evo CL review

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Great mouse! People haven't said enough about it. I figured I was simply getting a mildly refreshed evo...but this is much better. First, the surface. People are unhappy with it. I dunno what to tell them. Zowie has always had a great 'just-enough' rubberized plastic, and this is very mild on the rubberized end. The side panels feel like ultra smooth chalk. If you have slickness problems...they are biological and worrisome. Driest, grippest sides on any mouse I have tried. The fact that they are white kinda sucks as they are gonna look really gross pretty quick :/.

Sensor is indeed the same, but zowie has changed up the lense and setup again. It is noticeably different than my standard EVO. You can do a standard draw test in paint. I don't know if the sensor was reoriented but you won't get a diagonal draw with left vs right angular movement. Pretty amazing considering it has no drivers and no mouse really does this. I think maybe the features of this mouse flew under the radar, but it does amaze me that it's angular movement is 1:1 and I have no idea what to make of the lense setup. It tracks noticeably better than my EC1 evo on a Shiden-kai. Not that tracking wasn't already good, but it's better...or maybe it's the angular draw/sensor/lense thing.

This mouse might not be a lot to look at, but it definitely should be the standard by which mice are judged. I think the problem is that enough wasn't done to differentiate it from the evo update.

As to the lense and sensor, I don't understand it. It's a very strange design and there really is no explanation for it. A couple people have described it 'as a sort of in-house 'tape-trick'', but never elaborated. Tape-trick is a lift-off trick, whereas whatever Zowie has done with their setup is purity of tracking.

The sensor is housed behind an angled lense that partially occludes the sensor due to a matte edge on the housing...at an angle. There is a big body of dead, non-reflective space in the middle that this edge is a part of..and then a mirrored lense on the other side. They also changed the LED light. I'm guessing it has to do with this weird setup they have going on. Outwardly it might not appear to be a different mouse aside from an extravagant color change, but there is a TON of stuff going on here and a singular item at the moment...but Zowie being Zowie doesn't know how to capitalize on this sort of investment.
Edited by czerro - 3/18/14 at 8:55am
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I'm looking at this mouse a little more and here is my opinion of what is going on. There is an LED near the palm end of the sensor. It points at a 90 degree angle almost to the deck. It is occluded by almost half by the lense housing. There is an ulterior setup on the primary lense/sensor side with a 2/3rds occlusion and angled sensor/lense into the same dead space. I have no idea how this works...

Here is my guess though: The LED is hard IR. It is partially occluded from making direct reflective contact with sensor by lense/sensor well. There is no 'noise' and the something has been done to the positioning of the sensor to correct for angular inconsistency..
Edited by czerro - 3/18/14 at 10:20am
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Originally Posted by czerro View Post

Zowie has always had a great 'just-enough' rubberized plastic, and this is very mild on the rubberized end. The side panels feel like ultra smooth chalk. If you have slickness problems...they are biological and worrisome. Driest, grippest sides on any mouse I have tried. The fact that they are white kinda sucks as they are gonna look really gross pretty quick :/.

You described sides as "Ultra smooth chalk". You mean they're smooth but opaque, non reflective?

After a few weeks are they visibly dirty as you thought?

Update: The first question has been already covered in the main CL thread. The coating is the same over the entire mouse.
Edited by sandywind - 4/14/14 at 1:59am
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