Two Pro Gaming Mice, One Weekend Of Gaming

I spent the weekend giving my trusty Mionix Naos 5000 a rest in favour of two mice from Zowie, a company that caters exclusively to the competitive gaming crowd.

It was an interesting weekend.

See, normally, whether personally or professionally, I've only ever enjoyed the extreme ends of the PC gaming mouse spectrum. A spectrum that in my younger days had "cheap crap" at one end and now has "luxurious battleship mouse" at the other.

Zowie's offerings exist somewhere between this, with the added caveat that they're not trying to appeal to a diverse range of people or genres. There aren't concessions made to PhotoShop users or MMO fanatics here. These are mice for people who play fast games, seriously, and I appreciate that kind of practicality!

The two mice I used were the EC1 eVo black and the AM. Both have a number of things in common, like their overall design and a great matte black rubberised finish. They both sell for $US60, are both optical (not laser) and both let you switch DPI on the fly, ranging from 450-2300.

The differences? There aren't many! The AM is ambidextrous, with its side buttons mirrored to accomodate both left and right handers, while the EC1 eVo is a little larger and features a mousewheel that changes colour depending on the DPI setting selected.

Of the two, I preferred the AM. Not just because it looked a little better (with red highlights), but its compact size made it more comfortable to use over extended periods of playing Borderlands 2, Mirror's Edge and War of the Roses. Both were great mice though, being super-responsive and consistent throughout.

To go with them, I also tried out a couple of Zowie's mouse pads. I know, I know, many people don't even both anymore, but I do, so I put my Rude Teflon pad away and tested their G-TF and G-CM pads.

Coarsely stitched, the G-TF must be an acquired taste, because I didn't like the feeling at all, not the way the mouse moved nor how my wrist fared against the rough surface. The G-CM was much nicer, being a smooth pad, but lost me with the GIANT BRANDING, which I always find a little bit much on a mousepad.

So, in all, not a bad weekend! The pads I could live without, but both mice were a nice surprise, especially since they're so light and nimble (and I'm a guy who normally uses a large, heavy mouse). Like I said, the AM was probably the better of the two in my books, but if you've got bigger hands (or different tastes) the EC1 eVo was largely the same.

If you've got any questions, let me know in the comments below!

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    Actual professionals mostly use common rubber-domed keyboards you can pick up for a few bucks and basic laser mice (unless they're sponsored by one of these companies). Buying overpriced, LED-lit 'gaming mice' with all the bells and whistles is the equivalent of pimping out your shitbox with a giant rear spoiler and bodykit and thinking you're e better driver.

      unless you actually want and use those features the gaming mice offers. A better comparison then would be getting a turbo and a spoiler in the same deal.

        The only valid reason I can see buying one of these new 'gaming mice' is if you require different profiles between games or weapons so you can change the DPI on the fly and even that is a software innovation. Every other meaningful spec has plateaued long ago, so everything since then has been a gimmick eg. LCD screens in keyboards or modular mice.

      spoken like someone who obviously hasn't played high level competitive gaming.

      I rocked a G5 (at the time, most expensive mouse) and an Everglide Titan XXL mousepad for my entire CS career (CEVOP) and i can tell you, it made a big difference.

      Don't spout shit like that.

        Don't presume to think you know me or what level of competitive gaming I've participated in. simply because you disagree with my opinion.

        Additionally, your experience doesn't prove anything. The plural of anecdote is not data. Anyone can take any reasonable piece of gear to any level if they have the skill and dedication. The highest APM players have almost universally used cheap DT-35s and generic Korean laser mice. The only people who think it makes any meaningful difference are sponsored pros or ignorant amateurs. All this fluff about frosted glass mousepads, mouse bungees and gaudy LED keyboards are just designed to part fools from their money.

      I'm going to have to +1 the full of shit remark, while most unsponsored pro-gamers don't use the flashy balls out 500 LED 2000 button mice, they are using either a mouse with customisable weight or a weight tailored to their genre/play style, neither of which come in you "basic laser mice" catagory.

      Also I don't know why you would think anyone would choose to use a rubber domed keyboard for serious gaming , if any "pro gamers" out there are using standard keyboards they are using mechanical.

        Yes, because KT Rolster, SK Telecom and every other professional Korean team use 'pro' keyboards. The overwhelming majority use Samsung/QSENN DT-35. A cheap, rubber-domed, pack-in keyboard because it's reliable, cheap and is ubiquitous in pro-gaming. There is no difference, the advertising is complete BS.

        I use a mechanical keyboard because I type large documents and I prefer the clickiness but this correlation between mechanical = better is just nonsense from charlatans.

    2300 dpi... those were the days, every time I've stepped up in mouse quality I've never looked back, and by god they are expensive peripherals.....

    Where do they come up with these arbitrary resolutions? 450-2300? Why not 500-2500? Especially when so many of them don't offer to many choices in between. It makes it so hard to adjust to new mice, when your comfortable setting on the last one was 1345 and the new one only gets as close as 1297.3. They should stick to multiples of 400 or 500. DPIs past 3000-ish are pretty pointless to a degree, so it's good to see someone bucking the DPI race trend.

    I don't agree that gaming devices are all show. Better response times and maximum tracking speeds are just a start. They don't automatically make people better, but you want to have tools that aren't holding you back.

    Re. giant branding on mousepads, while it does look tacky to begin with, I'd argue that it's actually a good thing in the long run, because otherwise any inevitable marks and bits of dust, etc will stand out far more on a blank black canvas; The logo helps hide that.

    The AM looks a lot like a Xai. That's a good thing.

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