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Zowie EC1-A review

Zowie gaming mouse series were always among the most played mice’s by FPS gamers. Zowie made quite significant improvements on their EC1-A, which were crucial in contribution to the wide acceptance of this mouse by CS:GO pro-players. Nowdays, this more-or-less perfect piece of mouse can be found on the desk’s of: f0rest. Edward, apEX, flamie, cajunb and many other professional CS:GO players.
Zowie-EC1-A

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I assume you already know, i use Razer Deathadder Chroma as my everyday-device, and when i gripped the Zowie EC1-A, it felt exactly like i had a better version of  my Deathadder in hand. The body of the EC1-A is very similar, if not even 70% the same as the Deathadder. And even if you used the Deathadder before, and you find it too big and uncomfortable, you can point your attention towards the Zowie EC2-A, which is exactly the same mouse as the Zowie EC1-A, but a smaller version.

Zowie EC1-A is extremely comfortable, ergonomic mouse which is build for right-handed users only. The EC1-A and EC2-A series (in which single difference is the size of the mouse, EC2-A is smaller) keeps exactly the same shape as the original EC series, but they made the improvement of the sensor, scroll-wheel, switches and the coating-material, which proved to be productive improvement.


Testing the EC1-A, i can say that its a better, smoother version of the Deathadder. The coating-material on the Zowie EC1-A provides a very pleasant feeling, and the switches also provide a very good tactile feedback when clicked. On Zowie EC1-A you can find 5 buttons, which is enough to have on a mouse for CS:GO.

Zowie ec1-a side

However, i found two flaws of this mouse, even tho to say that they are “flaws” is an overstatement. First, the mouse generally  lacks customization, which is not big deal but its nice little thing to have. Second, the side-buttons have quite long travel time, and they are not made of the same material as the mouse’s surface, they are kind of glossy.

 

PERFORMANCE

SPECS

-Sensor: Avago 3310
-DPI: 400-3200
-USB 2.0 / 3.0 Plug & Play (no drivers needed)
-Report rate (Mouse Hz): 125-1000 Hz
-24 step Scroll Wheel
-Perfect lift-off distance: 1.5 - 1.8 mm
-Cable length: 2m / 6.6ft
-Buttons: 5
-Ergonomic, right-handed design

On Zowie EC1-A you wont find ton of fancy customization and lighting options, but what you will find – is a performance perfection! The Avago 3310 sensor has proven to be one of the best sensors available without hardware acceleration and prediction, which is crucial for FPS games and CS:GO for that matter. The tracking speed is beyond perfect, and throughout the testing i found it very easy to switch targets in quick succession. Because of the huge gliders that Zowie provided for this mouse, the movement and aiming as a whole feels a lot better than the other high-profile mice, and the gliding is smooth on most surfaces.

It’s very easy to get used to the Zowie EC1-A, and it feels like, because of the shape and the easy control, the mouse is improving your aim potential and capabilities.

zowie ec1-A gliders

Also, the lift-off-distance (1.5 – 1.8 mm) is a major contributor to the mouse’s performance. I lift my mouse quite often, so testing the Zowie EC1-A that wasn’t a problem at all. For example, if you try Kana v2, you’ll see how lift-off-distance can affect your performance. The Kana v2 has incredible 3-4 mm lift-off-distance, and i mean incredible in negative connotation. The main switches of the EC1-A (mouse-1 and mouse-2) provide very good tactile feedback and feeling when one-tapping. It feels way better than the other mice that I’ve tested.

However, Zowie always had some issues with the Scroll-Wheel functionality and feedback, but they made significant improvements to this one. Even tho they’ve made improvements, i feel that the scroll wheel, still, is not providing perfect feedback.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Zowie EC1-A is not a revolutionary product with bunch of customization options, like, for example the SteelSeries Rival, but it is a simple mouse which is perfect for FPS games. His perfect performance surely reserves him a spot in the top 3 mice for CS:GO. In Global-Offensive, it’s all about mouse performance and comfortability, and the Zowie EC1-A comfortably meets the criteria to be, for some players, the best mouse for CS GO.

Zowie ec1-a gaming mouse

As we noted, his tracking speed is perfect, and because of the comfort influenced by the ergonomic shape, the perfect lift-off-distance and the nicely placed huge gliders, you’ll probably feel the contribution that this mouse would provide for your aiming skills and muscle memory.

Taken every aspect into perspective, the Zowie EC1-A is the perfect mouse to buy if you are looking for pure perfection in performance. But if you want to have some other benefits, like, for example, fancy lighting options and mouse customization, you could consider either SteelSeries Rival 300 or Razer Deathadder Chroma, which are also proven to be one of the best mice for CS:GO.

 

CS:GO Pro-players using Zowie EC1-A (EC2-A): Apex, CajunB, jkaem, NiKo, f0rest, flamie… 

 

Zowie EC1-A

Zowie EC1-A
9.3

performance

10.0 /10

design & comfortability

9.8 /10

switches feedback

9.6 /10

scroll wheel feedback

8.4 /10

price

8.5 /10

Pros

  • Perfect in-game performance
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Huge gliders for smoother gliding
  • Plug & Play - no driver needed

Cons

  • Scroll wheel is not the best
  • Not for left-handed users
  • No customization

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