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In this thread I want to present some pictures, thoughts and facts about the Zowie ZA11


The box is like the box for the new EC1/2-A mice, plain, white, simple.

What's included:
- Zowie ZA11
- Pair of extra mousefeet
- Sticker
- Manual


Weight & Shape

The weight is exactly like the FK1, while the shape is very similar. The biggest difference obviously being the bigger hump at the back. The ZA11 also has a bit more protruding sides at the front, kind of a mini G400 lip.

Weight: 90 g
Height: 40 mm
Width: 67 mm
Estimated width at grip position: 60 mm
Length: 128 mm
Number of buttons: 5 (plus dpi toggle on the bottom)

Here are a comparisons with the older FK1

Now some pictures next to the AM, which is probably the closest Zowie mouse together with the FK, however the AM is notably thinner, so someone with a ZA12 or ZA13 might be able to compare them better.

EC2-A - ZA11 - AM

G303 - FK1 - EC2-A - ZA11 - AM - G100s

Kana - FK1 - ZA11 - ZA12 - ZA13


Close up of Kana and ZA12


Now some pictures how I hold the mouse (I'd describe it as a hybrid of claw-palm)

For comparison: My hand is around 20 cm from the tip of my middle finger to the base.

As expected the ZA11 feels very similar to the FK1, to me mainly because I don't do a relaxed palm grip. However when I use it with such it feels a lot better than the FK1 because of the better support for the palm. The back also feels a bit wider, which I quite like.

Of course shape is completely individual preference, so everyone has to try for himself in the end. The perfect shape for me might be horrible for others. So please keep the pictures of my grip in mind for comparison.

Sensor / Performance

Now this gets pretty dull, as it performs just like you would expect: A very good 3310 performance. I've added MouseTester screens anyway, only at 1000 Hz this time.
MouseTester screencaps for all settings at 1000 Hz (Click to show)
LOD was standard.
The real dpi for each setting can be seen in the mouse tester print.

400 cpi, 1000 Hz

800 cpi, 1000 Hz

1600 cpi, 1000 Hz

3200 cpi, 1000 Hz

CPI steps

Polling rate was completely stable.

Speed related accuracy variance

There is a bit, like expected. Seems very consistent though.

Lift Off Distance

Same as FK1 and EC2-A, so very low.

Buttons / Switches / Scroll Wheel

Main buttons feel a bit lighter than the FK1 buttons, they also sound lighter. The steps on the scroll wheel feel nice. However: at a certain point of the wheel revolution it is notably harder to press the wheel button. Maybe this goes away with usage, I'll report on that.

Build Quality

All in all good. The cord is rubber like all Zowies, the best cables in my opinion. The coating feels very similar to the FK1 out of the box, not as smooth as the EC2-A was for me.
There is a bit of noise when I shake the mouse, coming from the wheel. When I put my finger on the wheel while shaking it is silent. No lens rattle like on my FK1.


Great alternative for palm grippers who are ok with the width.
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Very well written, could agree more about your findings.
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Is the surface just like the FK1 or smoother like the FK2?
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Originally Posted by zeflow View Post

Is the surface just like the FK1 or smoother like the FK2?

Never had the FK2, but it is closer to the FK1 than to the EC2-A. My FK1 is well used, but I think out of the box it was just the same.
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Is it decent for fingertrip grips?
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Mionix Castor
Mionix Avior SK
Mionix Avior 7000
Asus ROG Gladius
Logitech G100s
Logitech G302
Logitech G303
Logitech G300s
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Logitech G403
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Comparison with WMO, pleeeaaase!?
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Originally Posted by detto87 View Post

Comparison with WMO, pleeeaaase!?
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