BenQ Zowie EC1-B and EC2-B are spartan pointers for serious gamers

BenQ's Zowie gaming division just released the EC1-B and EC2-B gaming mice. Like their predecessors, the two rodents are as barebones as they come and are focused on nailing down basic mouse functionality. Both models are five-button optical gaming mice using the beloved PMW3360 sensor by PixArt. That means they'll keep tracking during up to 50 Gs of acceleration and at speeds up to to 250 inches per second—and they'll do it without any glowy bits on top.

Unusually, the EC1-B and EC2-B are only rated for up to 3200-DPI resolution. That's a little odd since the PMW3360 sensor is rated for operation at up to 12,000 DPI, and manufacturers usually like big numbers on spec sheets. Instead, Zowie might be going for the no-nonsense approach here. The company knows that DPI values higher than 3200 are pretty much pointless, and so the mice can be toggled between 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI settings using a hardware switch on the bottom. That means there's no need for any driver installation or clunky software, although the lack of a supporting application usually precludes button re-mapping or macro functionality.

The only difference between the EC1-B and the EC2-B is a small size delta. Zowie lists the EC1-B as 5" in length, 2.7" in width, and 1.7" in height (12.8 cm x 6.9 cm x 4.3 cm). The EC2-B shaves just scant millimeters off each dimension. The volume savings of the smaller mouse result in reduced weight, although the difference illustrates just how similar both models are. The larger EC1-B weighs 94 grams, while the smaller EC2-B comes in at 90 grams. If you don't have a good frame of reference for those figures, both mice are extremely light, as pro gamers apparently prefer.

BenQ's press release doesn't say when the new mice will be available in the US, although it does talk about a special CS:GO version that will be on its way later. We couldn't find the rodents for sale at e-tail here in the 'states, but the fellows over at Tom's Hardware discovered the EC1-B and EC2-B at Alternate.de for €75, or around $72 without VAT. Expect similar pricing when they hit US stores.

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    • Kougar
    • 2 years ago

    Major props for actually creating a proper dimensions chart.

    Would’ve liked to see a larger width than the mouse I currently use, but kudos nonetheless for useful marketing. It is amazing how many companies measure width at different points, yet give just a single number as if it means anything. Particularly those with an extra 10mm flange under the thumb which usually tend to be counted in the width measurement.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Simple is beautiful.

    • synthtel2
    • 2 years ago

    (Happy EC2-A owner here.)

    It looks like all they did is switched to the 3360, shaved three grams off the weight, and moved the CPI mode indicator LED to the underside like on their other models (as opposed to lighting up the scroll wheel). This means the only issue I’d call outstanding is that the scroll wheel is a touch mushy, but it’s an optical encoder and there shouldn’t be any reliability hazard associated with it. Other than that, this here is the perfect mouse as far as I’m concerned.

    They’re already not allowing max CPI on the 3310 – it goes to 5000 and their mice go to 3200. 1600 is the max that really feels stable on the 3310 Zowies though, and the 3360 should fix that right up. Purportedly the 3360 has some post-process jitter reduction it doesn’t really need (3366 doesn’t have it) beyond 2000 CPI though, and that’s probably still in effect. It’s probably all moot since if you have the rare biomechanics to actually use 3200+ CPI, you probably want a heavier mouse anyway.

      • thedosbox
      • 2 years ago

      Moving the indicator LED off the scroll wheel was a good move, but they need to do something about the lack of grip on the sides . The surface is too smooth IMO, and is why I switched to a Logitech G403.

        • synthtel2
        • 2 years ago

        A fair point. I’d much rather fix that with a good shape than grippy materials, but the front right could stand to have a bit more concavity or overhang to grip for lift-off. As is I got used to it quickly enough, but it does take a bit more grip force than a 93g mouse really should.

    • LostCat
    • 2 years ago

    I’m sure I’m not the only one facepalming every time I see ‘Zowie’

      • EndlessWaves
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, the picture that first comes to mind is some sort of wacky exclamation. Zoinks!

      Having looked it up and learned that it’s a different spelling of Zoe gives the brand a completely different image.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    I love it, which means it will fail. It’s not leet without RBG LED’s, ya know.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    I’ll take 300!

      • Redocbew
      • 2 years ago

      This is madness.

        • Waco
        • 2 years ago

        Madness? This…is…ZOWIEEEEE! *click*

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