Ok, so I finally received my EC2-A in the mail today after a post office issue. I haven't had a chance to test it in game yet..but I'm going to give my first impressions here, and add to them as I spend more time with the mouse.
Shape: Well, I made the right choice with the EC2-A for my hands. The mouse is light, easy to handle and I can palm it with relative ease. That being said, I do have 2 issues with the shape that I think will go away over time. My first issue is.. I feel the arch could be slightly bigger. Coming from a Deathadder and having used one for so many years.. this mouse doesn't quite "fill" your palm like a deathadder does. It fits more "loosely" in the palm, and I think that's because the DAs have a larger hump/arch profile to them. The EC2 length is perfect. The width is perfect. I think this is something I will adjust to over the next week. My other issue is the right side of the mouse, where your ring & pinky finger rest w/ a palm type grip. At least for me, where my ring and pinky finger end up lying, it's not perfectly flat like a DA wise. You end up having to rest them on a slight contour, like a very small ridge. If you are familiar with a DA, you know how the main mouse buttons have this contoured mold to them? Well, same kind of thing here... very slight but enough to be felt. I think most people including myself would feel more "in control" of the mouse if they had a flat surface to rest their ring & pinky finger on. Again, I think this is something I will adjust to over the next week of using the mouse. Overall: The shape is very comfortable. I'd rate it an 8/10.
Coating: Kind of slippery with dry hands. The EC2-A has a very "satin-esque" feeling coating. I'm a guitar player.. so this coating gives me the same kind of feeling a satin guitar neck gives me when I run my hand up and down the neck. Very slippery. No "stick". That being said, I think the coating will offer more grip for damp/sweaty hands. It feels GREAT in your hand. Very "Airy". If that even makes sense. It also feels much more high quality than the original coatings found on my 3.5/4G deathadders. My hands don't tend to sweat too much but do get damp after a good amount of intense gameplay.. so I'll have to report back on grip levels.
Main Buttons: I... LOVE THEM. One of my main issues with the deathadder series is how light the main button clicks were. I have gotten many accidental clicks, particularly mouse2, on my latest DA2013. With the huano main switches.. this problem disappears entirely. However, they are still light enough to press a ton without developing any sort of strain. They are very positive feeling when clicked. A satisfying click. A good amount of tactile feedback. I'd highly recommend the huanos used in the main buttons for people who feels Omrons are too light for them, or they have issues with mis-clicks. You can rest your fingers on the switches all day long and never get a mis-click. Both left & right mouse buttons are equal in terms of actuation force required. No RMB being "lighter" than LMB, etc.
Side Buttons: Zowie can do better. Coming from the DA series, this is the one area of the mouse that I feel Razer beats Zowie on. The side buttons have a good amount of travel to them, and mine are still brand new. They are very easy to reach, and click...but feel mushy due to how much pre-travel they have. That being said, maybe zowie does this to prevent mis-clicking.. who knows. I know that due to how mushy they are, it makes it impossible to ever click on accidentally from just having your thumb in the wrong place. That being said though, they are still VERY usable and shaped well. There big enough to be reached & hit with ease... but for some people.. this may be the deal breaker for them. If your coming from a Deathadder, especially the 4G/2013... you will of been spoiled by that mouse. No mush. No pre-travel. Just satisfying/firm clicks. It's going to take some to time to get used to the difference. 6/10 if I had to rate them. Usable but improvement is definitely required.
Cord: Wow. And to think I used to believe razer cables were the best since they were the first I used which were braided. Turns out, maybe that's just a mouse "fashion" trend. Ha! Anyway, you'll never have to worry about fraying with a zowie cable since it's not braided. It's very ply'able, very soft, but seems durable. If you treat the mouse will, it will treat you well. It has far less friction on a mouse pad due to the lack of braiding... so if you don't use a bungee(or tape) then this will feel better to you than ANY braided cable ever will. It won't drag as much on your mouse pad, and the cable itself feels very light in comparison to your typical cable. Think of it this way, back in the day hardly any peripherals used a braided cable, and they all worked fine. So will this. Love it.
Scroll Wheel: Ok. One of the main areas of the mouse that people complain about. I am not one of them. The scroll wheel feels very defined, and tactile to use. If I had to compare, this wheel feels very similar to the old DA 3 and 3.5G wheels. The DA2013 has gotten old and has developed some slop, so it's not safe to compare them really. That said, the mouse is still brand new so I'll have to update this post should I see any accidental scrolls in game. I bind jump to scroll down in CSGO so that could be a problem if it happens... BUT as it stands right now, the wheel itself feels good, positive... it's not one of those scroll wheels that are lightly moved. Each notch has definition, and it takes a decent amount of force input to spin the scroll wheel, but I like that honestly. My only issue is the notchs could be more defined. You can feel them just fine but not as satisfying as other mice with defined scroll wheels. I'd say it's average. Not bad. Not terribly good either. 7/10.
And that leaves me with the sensor/feeling: Well, considering I've only gotten to use this mouse within the desktop.. I don't have the full story BUT I've already noticed direct improvement or at least "perceived" improvement over the DA2013 and it's sensor. It feels more raw. It doesn't feel as "floaty" as my DA2013 does. The first thing I noticed was, when moving the mouse VERY slowly.. the cursor movement seemed more fluid. Not nearly as "jumpy". When I would move my DA very slowly @ my 800 DPI setting.. the cursor would often seem like it was "skipping" along. With the EC2-A's 3310 -- it's fluid in movement. As far as precision goes, there's no way for me to know without spending a good amount of time in-game with this mouse..which is where I'm headed off too now.
I've tested the mouse with the mouse movement recorder on it's default 1000hz, and it is stable. Also, the LOD is PERFECT. I set my DA2013 up for surface calibration and I had my LOD as low as it would go.. and this mouse feels identical in terms of the LOD out of the box. Very low. Perfect for low sensitivity play.
So, sorry for the short novel here. I will update this post as time goes on, and as most say... you need to take every "first day review" with a healthy grain of salt. I may discover some gremlins, or I might not. It really is a crapshoot.. but I just wanted to get this info out there for anyone considering purchasing the EC2-A or the EC1-A for that matter as well.
PS: I don't mind the LED lit scroll wheel. Infact, the purple 800 dpi step looks rather awesome.
Edit 1: I forgot to mention the mouse feet. SO MUCH BETTER than the deathadders. Much better glide. Absolutely no issue with "catching" on my goliathus. This mouse glides so effortlessly.. so combined with the fact that zowie gives you a spare set.. I have to rate the glide and the mouse feet a 10 out of 10. The thing that can change my score is how fast the feet wear out.. so we'll see. I don't know how anyone could not like these large feet honestly. This mouse is on another level from the deathadder in terms of glide.Edited by KFieLd - 10/20/15 at 10:04am