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post #1 of 19
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Here on my mouse pad sits an unassuming Zowie AM-GS. In reality it's an FK1 with omron switches.
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Works like a champ. I followed the suggestions in the FK1 thread. Everything swapped over except for the guts of the mouse wheel and the cable. Desoldering the huano switches was the biggest pain. Zowie used some high temp solder that didn't react well to desoldering braid. I had to use vacuum.

I had to sacrifice a Logitech G500 for the switches, but I had a few and I didn't foresee using one again. No big loss.

The biggest surprise for me were the switches. The AM shell really does make the big difference in the stiffness of the switch. While the omrons did increase the feeling of the switches for the better, they're not that much softer.

THIS is the mouse I've been searching for. If I can't have the sensei with this sensor. I'll take the AM-GS.
Edited by DivineDark - 10/16/14 at 11:52pm
post #2 of 19
Pics!
Btw, does the AM feel smaller then FK1?
post #3 of 19
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To me it feels fuller in the right spots. Its wider at its base, so where my fingers land its larger. The glossy sides are my favorite, and domething Zowie stopped doing with the non-evo ec series and the AM-GS. They did make a full gloss version of the evo and am, but I like the soft top and gloss sides.

I didn't even realize how much more I preferred the am to the fk till I saw the conversion and broke out my am to see if I still liked it as much as I remember.
post #4 of 19
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Okay. So, since the AM wheel has 16 dips and the encoder is set for 24 it will double jump every second notch. I guess I could use the FK wheel, but it would look a bit goofy. I'll see if it bothers me. I don't really use the wheel for much other than surfing the web, so I'm not too concerned. Either way, just FYI for those that want to do the same.
post #5 of 19
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Fixed it. I had to put the 24 step wheel back in to stop the double jump. I just took the red rubber ring off of the AM wheel and replaced the yellow ring on the FK1 hub. All is right with the world.
post #6 of 19
aren't the buttons loose with the D2FC omrons?
that would also explain, why they don't feel much lighter either.
Edited by thuNDa - 10/17/14 at 5:07am
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Win 10 Pro x64  Acer Predator XB240HA(G-SYNC) Logitech G410  be quiet! Straight Power E7 580W 
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post #7 of 19
pics or it didnt happen
post #8 of 19
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The buttons aren't loose at all. They feel exactly like they did with the Huanos. They have a more Sensei feel to them, but they're still not light by any stretch of the imagination.
post #9 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by discoprince View Post

pics or it didnt happen

I know... I know... I didn't take any pictures except for the scroll wheel when I was doing it. I'll take some pictures when I get my shipment of zowie skatez in.
post #10 of 19
I'm god awful with all things handy and currently do not own a soldering iron. Would someone in the UK be interested in performing the surgery for a small fee? I really would love to use the Fk1 but with the huano's SC2 is a chore. All I would really want done is a straight replacement of the switches. Of course I would handle postage costs both ways, and the switches themselves. If you're interested please shoot me a pm or email at Joel.s.teskey@gmail.com, we can discuss price then. Thanks.

Also nice work OP!
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