Zowie EC1 Gaming Mouse Review
Up Close with the EC1
Firstly it's a long way from California to the OC3D office and clearly the postal services were none too kind with the EC1. The box was rather battered by the time we finally got our hands on it but thanks to the sturdy plastic cover the mouse itself was none the worse for wear.
By virtue of the Zowie not needing any drivers, and mice being more user friendly than a t-shirt, there is nothing at all in the box apart from the mouse. A slightly curious thing because at minimum you normally get a "thanks for purchasing the ... " type leaflet, but it's not a problem.
Here it is in all it's glory. A very simple looking affair with a matt-black top portion and glossy sides. The wheel is white, as is the Zowie logo at the base. A decent length cable ensures that even the most bizarre PC placement will leave you plenty of wiggle room.
Upside down is, in keeping with the rest of the mouse, a stripped down affair. Besides the barcode and logo sticker we have a small Zowie logo, the 2000dpi sensor and a button to switch between the three pre-programmed dpi settings.
The white variant of the EC1 is made entirely from the same material as the gloss black sides here, whereas the black model has this very lovely soft coating to it. It does seem slightly odd to only cover one section with this grippy material. If you're a fingertip gamer then you'll never get the benefit of the grippier top, and if you're a palm gamer then the difference is jarring.
So why is the mouse-wheel white? Well it's actually translucent. When you adjust the dpi settings using the underneath button the wheel indicates what mode you're in.
Red for 500dpi Purple (although it looks pink here) for 1000dpi
And Blue for 2000dpi
All very simple and it's nice to see a clear indication of which mode you're in. Time to put it through its paces.