Zowie seems to be the only gaming company that doesn't join the dpi race and focus ONLY on how their gaming equipment performs and thats why I always have high expetations when recieving a zowie product.
After testing the Zowie AM for a couple of days I can say that it does live up to my expectations and I will continue explain why in this review.What's included?
Zowie AM gaming mouse
Extra set of teflon feet
A box... which also function as the instruction manual on how to change dpi, polling rate and which side buttons that will be activated.Sensor:
All I can say is that the avago 3090 finally shows its potential.
Remember the cm storm spawn only reached around 2,1m/s with the exact same sensor? The Zowie AM exceeds speeds of 3m/s and at 500hz it even get up to 3,78m/s. In my observations the average RTS gamer don't reach speeds higher than 1,5m/s while some people with extremely low sensivity can reach up to 2,5m/s during gaming, so it should be enough for pretty much anyone.Test results
125hz:450dpi 1150dpi 2300dpi
500hz:450dpi 1150dpi 2300dpi
1000hz450dpi 1150dpi 2300dpi
Remember enotus mouse test is not something I would consider 100% accurate but it gives an idea.
Theres no Jitter jitter on 450dpi and 1150dpi but there seem to be some slight jitter at 2300dpi. The jitter at 2300dpi does go away when I lower the default windows sensitivity though, so it might just be the high dpi making it hard to control.
There's no prediction.
There's no acceleration.
prediction and jitter test:
Lift off distance is extremely low(lower than 1cd) even my pure black cloth mousepad. It might cause some problems on white surfaces, but this is not something i can confirm as I don't own one at the moment.Weight and dimensions:
Looks very similar to the Xai/Sensei/msi 1.1/wmo but feels somewhat smaller. Because it have basicly the same lenght and height but is 13% less wide it feels more like / \ than the more rounded xai sensei. The weight is pretty much the same as the cm storm spawn which imo is PERFECT. For me an optimal gaming mouse should be between 75-90g. Anything less feels uncontrollable and anything more will make it harder to do fast accurate movements in fps games.
Another thing is with the sensei/xai I sometimes missclicked the side buttons on the right side by mistake which is something that won't happen because the way the zowie am I deigned.Weight
: 39mm / 1.53 inWidth
: 60 mm / 2.36 inLength
: 125 mm / 4.92 in
This shape works very well for both claw and fingertip.Build quality, coating and the cord:
The cord is to put it simple, the best cord out there. Neither too thin like on some razer mice or too thick, but yet its VERY flexible.
I would put it in the ranks of some of the higher build quality mice out there though there seem to be a small issue. If you press down VERY hard on both the main mouse buttons at the same time they will touch eachother which can be annoying.EDIT:
Problem fixed with the new batch
This picture show the problem
The rubber coating is like with the zowie ec series of very high quality and I never had it wear off on any of my zowie mice. It feels very grippy and you can lift up the mouse applying almost no pressure on the sides
Last but not least the teflonfeet. They are big and seem to be made of 100% pure teflon. There is even an extra set of teflonfeet when you need to replace them
Overall I'm impressed with the build quality and coating.The buttons and scrollwheel
The two main buttons are custom huano switches made for zowie and feels exactly the same as on the zowie mico. They are hard to press, but give GREAT feedback in terms of feel and sound. Also they have a very short travel so its easy to double click
The side buttons is much easier to press and is probally ttc switches? travel is a bit longer but they feel just fine. Unlike many other gaming mice the clicks are registered instantly with no delay
The scrollwheel is exactly the same as on the EC series and is a more durable optical scrollwheel. You can feel when you scroll and the scrollwheel is easy to clickSoftware
When you run a mouse with software theres always the possibility that something can go wrong. The software can crash, not work, or just drain the computer memory
The Zowie AM runs completely without software which in my oppinion is ideal and one of Zowies best selling points. Everything can be changed ON the mouse, being it dpi, polling rate and even which side buttons to be activated which is something I never seen before. Great job zowieFinal thoughts
After using it for a couple of days I can definately recommend it if you are looking for a mouse that is 100% about performance and if you are using a claw or fingertip grip. Its the only mouse using the avago 3090 sensor that is completely free of flaws while having a good perfect control speed.
To sum it up.+
Perfect control speed up and sometimes above 3m/s @ 500hz/1000hz+
Shape if you are using claw or fingertip grip+
Defined scrollwheel. Its easy to click and you can feel every scroll you make+
No prediction(that is, if you don't like having prediction)+
No acceleration at all+
VERY low lift off distance+
No jitter at 450dpi and 1150dpi. Slight jitter at 2300dpi that will go away if you turn down sensitivity+
Well balanced weight+
Big teflon feet and an extra pair for replacement+
PERFECT mouse cord. Neither too thin or too thick, yet its very flexible+
Good build quality and rubber coating+
Great feedback on mouse button 1+2. Short travel+
Instant response from all buttons including the side buttons which on many gaming mice have delay.+
Mouse button 1+2 will touch eachother if you press both down hard at the same time-
Mouse button 1+2 can be hard to press-
Not as comfortable as the other mice of similar shape like the Xai/Sensei/msi1.1a/wmo-
Side buttons feel "cheap" like on pretty much all mice. Longer travel distancePictures:
Steelseries kinzu on the left, Zowie AM in the middle and Steelseries sensei on the right.