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post #331 of 414
How do your scroll wheels feel on the FK1? Mine feels rattlely and lose on my FK1 compared to my EC2A. Aren't they the same?
post #332 of 414
Has anyone killed the light on their EC1/EC2 ? Any pictures or how-to guides?
post #333 of 414
pink? wink.gif
post #334 of 414
Gonna highjack ino's thread because I honestly don't see no point in making a dedicated or detailed review, but I wanted to provided personal input on a BenQ ZA11 I recently bought.



Neutral:
- The Shape isn't terrible, nor is it "perfect" for me. It works, but it could be wider imho (personal). Still, much better than previous FK1 and AM for me as far as I can remember.
- Main buttons feel fine. Not super hard to press, but notably stiffer than any other mouse I currently own.
- Coating feels grippy I guess.
- Build quality isn't amazing. Just average.

Things I like:
- Cable is really nice and flexible like previous zowie mice iterations. Going from a Logitech cable to a Zowie is a significant improvement.

Things I don't like:
- Scroll wheel is still a piece of blank. Honestly silly that a 16 step optical encoder is still being used 12 years later (Same unit present in the original Razer viper). Just swap to a 24 step mechanical already.
- Side button key plate is loose in which it fluctuates when moving up and down while jiggling with a thumb.
- Lift off is too low on certain pads. (Will elaborate)
- Coating gets oily, looks ugly with a fair bit of use.


So yeah. As with all Zowie mice I've used, there are notable quirks that I have trouble getting over. It's an ok mouse, but I don't think its worth an "esports" premium.


As for lift off distance, this mouse has trouble tracking on multi colored surfaces. My current main pad is black and white and the mouse completely stops functioning and resets rendering it unusable on that particular surface. I had to swap to an older pure black pad just to use it. (Even tried higher lift off distance configuration, but no luck). Not sure If I'll keep or sell, but i'll give it more time.
Edited by Skylit - 10/11/16 at 9:48am
post #335 of 414
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skylit View Post

Gonna highjack ino's thread because I honestly don't see no point in making a dedicated or detailed review, but I wanted to provided personal input on a BenQ ZA11 I recently bought.



Neutral:
- The Shape isn't terrible, nor is it "perfect" for me. It works, but it could be wider imho (personal). Still, much better than previous FK1 and AM for me as far as I can remember.
- Main buttons feel fine. Not super hard to press, but notably stiffer than any other mouse I currently own.
- Coating feels grippy I guess.
- Build quality isn't amazing. Just average.

Things I like:
- Cable is really nice and flexible like previous zowie mice iterations. Going from a Logitech cable to a Zowie is a significant improvement.

Things I don't like:
- Scroll wheel is still a piece of blank. Honestly silly that a 16 step optical encoder is still being used 12 years later (Same unit present in the original Razer viper). Just swap to a 24 step mechanical already.
- Side button key plate is loose in which it fluctuates when moving up and down while jiggling with a thumb.
- Lift off is too low on certain pads. (Will elaborate)
- Coating gets oily, looks ugly with a fair bit of use.


So yeah. As with all Zowie mice I've used, there are notable quirks that I have trouble getting over. It's an ok mouse, but I don't think its worth an "esports" premium.


As for lift off distance, this mouse has trouble tracking on multi colored surfaces. My current main pad is black and white and the mouse completely stops functioning and resets rendering it unusable on that particular surface. I had to swap to an older pure black pad just to use it. (Even tried higher lift off distance configuration, but no luck). Not sure If I'll keep or sell, but i'll give it more time.


You should try the FK1+.
post #336 of 414
The only reason I haven't tried FK1+ is because of my terrible experience with FK1. Is it that much bigger?

I also need palm support which ZA does sorta provide. ZA11+ Please? biggrin.gif
post #337 of 414
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Originally Posted by Skylit View Post

The only reason I haven't tried FK1+ is because of my terrible experience with FK1. Is it that much bigger?

I also need palm support which ZA does sorta provide. ZA11+ Please? biggrin.gif

I'm assuming you've tried the G900. Not palm enough ether?
post #338 of 414
Honestly the EC is just way better than any of the ZA's for me in terms of comfort
post #339 of 414
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Originally Posted by xmr1 View Post

I'm assuming you've tried the G900. Not palm enough ether?

G900 is unique. It's very comfortable (to me), though the middle area sits quite low and grips completely different from a DA or ZA. At the same time, it's not something I'd recommend coming from either of these mice as it forces a different (higher sens) play style due to the design.

I Like it, but I want something to fill my hand if that makes sense? I figure I'd give ZA a shot. Close but no cigar biggrin.gif


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Originally Posted by ncck View Post

Honestly the EC is just way better than any of the ZA's for me in terms of comfort

Oh I'd agree if there was a left handed version, but then again a left handed DA elite would be more tempting giving feature set.

DA3.5G left handed was quite a nice mouse tho in terms of ergonomics.. Some issues here and there, but hard to beat for a left handed user with those shape preferences.

ZA isn't all bad, just wish it was a little bigger and had a stronger portfolio.
Edited by Skylit - 10/11/16 at 1:47pm
post #340 of 414
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Originally Posted by Skylit View Post

G900 is unique. It's very comfortable (to me), though the middle area sits quite low and grips completely different from a DA or ZA. At the same time, it's not something I'd recommend coming from either of these mice as it forces a different (higher sens) play style due to the design.

I Like it, but I want something to fill my hand if that makes sense? I figure I'd give ZA a shot. Close but no cigar biggrin.gif
Oh I'd agree if there was a left handed version, but then again a left handed DA elite would be more tempting giving feature set.

DA3.5G left handed was quite a nice mouse tho in terms of ergonomics.. Some issues here and there, but hard to beat for a left handed user with those shape preferences.

ZA isn't all bad, just wish it was a little bigger and had a stronger portfolio.

I was thinking of selling my ZA13 for the G403, but I haven't been impressed by the G403 so far. When I switch between them I feel like I would rather have the ZA13 over the G403 even though I don't like the ZA13 much. My ZA13 has a bunch of tape on it to reshape it, now it feels like a weird wanna be EC2.

If BenQ ever wants to listen, I got ideas.
Edited by popups - 10/11/16 at 2:22pm
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