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So I just got my FK1 (not 5 mins ago) biggrin.gif

First impressions

Build quality: Compared to my G400 is damn good, just tapping on the top shell you can hear how hollowed out and in a way cheap the G400 is compared to the FK1, it feels solid in my hand unlike my G400, the buttons dont feel flimsy and nothing seems to rattle around

Buttons: The FK1s buttons feel much better to me, they are heavier but after using a mech keyboard (cherry browns) for a few years heavier switches arnt really a problem, for some reason I seem to be able to click the FK1s buttons quicker then the G400 (probably due to age and the thrashing my old girls had). The side buttons being glossy may bug me, I'll have to wait and see on that but even with them being so small they still feel pretty solid and easy to find. The lack of an on the fly DPI shouldnt be to much of a problem for me seeing I run 800 on the desktop (triple screens) and in game, it may get annoying when I photoshop or something tho, need to wait and see on that

Scroll wheel: Oh the scroll wheel on the FK1 craps all over the G400 (first thing I noticed) my G400s scroll wheel has always been loud (louder then my keyboard bottoming out) and the scroll its self is buttery smooth compared to my G400 (can feel every bump in the wheel)

Shape: I was a bit worried at first ordering the FK1 seeing the design is completely different to a G400 (I had a Razer Mamba and hated the design) but the FK1 fits well and feels pretty nice (I use all 3 grip types tho so we'll see how it goes when I actually start playing games)

Design: The overall plain design of the Zowie is really nice, I've personally lost taste for all these flashy mice, keyboards (he says as he wants a Cooler Master Rapid-I tongue.gif), cases etc with lights and such so the fact the FK1 is a matte black mouse is really nice (even tho the yellow matches nothing but I can live with that), at least it doesnt have something stupid where your palm rests like my G400 did (had a stupid metal Logitech logo which I ended up ripping out 3 days after buying it)

Cable: This one is a no brainer the FK1s cable is so much better then my G400s stock one (which died within a few weeks lol), my current G400 cable I sleeved with paracord and the FK1s cable still feels nicer. The one problem I have with the FK1 cable and this goes for most cables, the way manufactures tie them up they kink, this bugs the hell out of me mad.gif

Coating: The coating on the FK1 is so smooth and feels like when my hand sweats I should still be able to hold it, G400 didnt have much of a coating plus it had that stupid metal logitech logo thing right when your palm rests, I'm happy Zowie didnt do anything like this (part of the reason my G400 is carbon fibred)

Weight: This one is a tough one for me, sometimes I light a heavier mouse sometimes I dont, the FK1 is clearly lighter then my G400 tho, dont know if this is gonna be a bad thing or not yet tongue.gif

Overall: This thing feels pretty good compared to my G400 & even my old Razer Mamba, the fact it needs no software is a massive plus and that has such and understated look is a plus to, it feels good in my hand, seems to track well on my Artisan Zero Mid and the buttons even tho there heavy they dont feel heavy enough to cause fatigue to me personally, very happy with this mouse and it was worth the $75 I paid, now I need to see if it can survive me thrashing the crap out of it devil.gif

Oh and I'm also running it on Linux Mint 17 atm if anyones wondering, dont have my Win 7 rig back up yet frown.gif
Edited by Aussiejuggalo - 12/10/14 at 8:31pm
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I just ordered a second hand original zowie fk, I'm hoping I like it, on paper it sounds good
post #1823 of 2101
I wish they had more color options. Other companies' flagship mice have RGB LED lighting, Zowie kept the same color scheme since the original FK
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I wish they had more color options. Other companies' flagship mice have RGB LED lighting, Zowie kept the same color scheme since the original FK

That's because they go the "no BS" approach, anything that is not a functional necessity gets scrapped . You'll probably never see fancy lights on Zowies.
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I don't mind the lack of lighting (prefer it actually), but I do wish they'd use something other than yellow. Though at least they dropped the yellow base from the FK13.
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They could atleast stop using the yellow color on it...

About LEDs:

I would find it great if they had a decent rgb LED scrollwheel and logo instead of this color scheme, tbh. With different " profiles" where you could set up a color to your dpi value, etc.

Let the LEDs be off by default for the "pro gamer" but provide a driver to set them up. Or just release the "casual" version of a FK where this is possible.

With a driver then you could be able to remove the 1600 and 3200 dpi steps for example or even change the dpi values in increments of 50 how its supposed to be, fine tune the LOD and stuff.
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They could atleast stop using the yellow color on it...

About LEDs:

I would find it great if they had a decent rgb LED scrollwheel and logo instead of this color scheme, tbh. With different " profiles" where you could set up a color to your dpi value, etc.

Let the LEDs be off by default for the "pro gamer" but provide a driver to set them up. Or just release the "casual" version of a FK where this is possible.

With a driver then you could be able to remove the 1600 and 3200 dpi steps for example or even change the dpi values in increments of 50 how its supposed to be, fine tune the LOD and stuff.

Seriously? Please ask for a sniper button, too.
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Originally Posted by turnschuh View Post

They could atleast stop using the yellow color on it...

About LEDs:

I would find it great if they had a decent rgb LED scrollwheel and logo instead of this color scheme, tbh. With different " profiles" where you could set up a color to your dpi value, etc.

Let the LEDs be off by default for the "pro gamer" but provide a driver to set them up. Or just release the "casual" version of a FK where this is possible.

With a driver then you could be able to remove the 1600 and 3200 dpi steps for example or even change the dpi values in increments of 50 how its supposed to be, fine tune the LOD and stuff.

I dont think your understanding the whole point of Zowie... as someone said earlier there a no BS company

They dont give LEDs or drivers for a reason, it would be expensive, if the FK1 had LEDs it would most likely cost well over $100 and drivers can be a massive pita when they dont work or dont save properly, my Razer Mamba never saved anything onto the mouse its self

Zowie is aimed specifically at serious gamers (ie Counter Strike) that dont need the extra crap like LEDs, drivers, "sniper" buttons etc

It would be good if Zowie gave options to change the scroll wheel its self tho so you could have a white, red, blue etc but really I think seeing how good there mice seem to be most of us can live with the yellow, and if its that much of a problem you could always dye it wink.gif
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Anyone with an EC2 Evo and an FK1, can you tell which one feels bigger?
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I dont think your understanding the whole point of Zowie... as someone said earlier there a no BS company

They dont give LEDs or drivers for a reason, it would be expensive, if the FK1 had LEDs it would most likely cost well over $100 and drivers can be a massive pita when they dont work or dont save properly, my Razer Mamba never saved anything onto the mouse its self

Zowie is aimed specifically at serious gamers (ie Counter Strike) that dont need the extra crap like LEDs, drivers, "sniper" buttons etc

It would be good if Zowie gave options to change the scroll wheel its self tho so you could have a white, red, blue etc but really I think seeing how good there mice seem to be most of us can live with the yellow, and if its that much of a problem you could always dye it wink.gif

What exactly is it that makes Zowie mice $60 then? The Rival and Deathadder Chroma have just as good sensors and have onboard memory (so drivers aren't an issue) PLUS they have RGB LEDs, multiple DPI levels, and sometimes cost less than $60...
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