Originally Posted by popups
Zowie's scroll wheel isn't some cheap TTC encoder. They use Huano swtiches, but at least those don't die as much as Chinese made Omrons. Their cable has copper stranded shielding and an acceptable amount of thickness for their jacket so it doesn't require nylon braid.
Look at the side buttons of the MotoSpeed products. Look at the quality of their coating work on FinalMouse products. Look at their mold design. Look at their firmware. Look at the amount of RMAs that have occurred with FinalMouse products.
Zowie offers more functionality and durability than those MotoSpeed products. If you think Zowie is "overpriced like hell" than FinalMouse and Dream Machines is worse. I agree that Zowie mice are overpriced products in 2016, they are more like a $50 mouse than a $60-65, which means the FinalMouse and Dream Machines mouse is more like a $30-40 product.
By the way, the newer Zowie mice use the ~71g Huano blue switches. They should be very similar to the typical 75g Omron switches. Omron switches will feel stiffer in a FK shell, that is due to the shell design. The 20m Omron switches are said to be stiffer than the lower rated switches.
Throwing dm1 pro and FM2015 into one bag just because of the same manufacturer doesnt seem like a reliable way to compare it with zowie. They had a lot of time to improve, simply take a look at what zowie have been before they released EC-a, ZA and improved FK buttons (stiffness and input lag) last year. They offered a lower quality shells, much worse sensors (in case of EC/AM series) and horrible buttons in higher price than DM.