• DPI: 400/800 /1,600/3,200
  • Polling Rate: 125/500/1,000 Hz
  • Programmable Buttons: 5
  • Dimensions: 128 x 69 x 43mm
  • Weight: 94g
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable grip
  • Cons:
  • None

Comfy And Accurate

Everyone knows that different people have different preferences when it comes to some products. This applies for all kinds of scenarios, even gaming and esports. For example, while gamers who are into MMORPGs would appreciate a mouse with many buttons, professional FPS players favour lightweight mouse without the bells and whistles. A mouse that matches that description would be the BenQ ZOWIE EC1-B.

As you may imagine, the EC1-B wasn’t designed to be feature-packed or to look fancy. It sports a plain, but smooth black body and the bare minimal number of buttons. Looking over the top, a ZOWIE logo can be found at the bottom, followed by the left and right mouse button, as well as the middle mouse button that doubles as a scroll wheel. There’s also two buttons on the left side of the mouse that function as back and forward buttons when web browsing. Lastly, there are two buttons at the bottom to toggle the polling rate and DPI setting of the mouse.

Ergonomically, the mouse is meant for right-handers, which is likely the majority of gamers out there. The left side is concaved while the other side curves outwards, providing a natural hold for those who use the mouse with their right hand. It should also be noted that the EC1-B is quite large and can fit palm grip users, a surprising fact considering that many FPS gamers tend to favour the claw grip.

Through our experience, the more comfortable way to use this mouse is to set the mouse’s DPI or in-game mouse sensitivity high and use bigger wrist movements to drag the mouse around. The physical design of the mouse suggests that this is how BenQ ZOWIE expects it to be used and extra rubber feet in the box reinforces our assumption. Of course, those who prefer a hybrid-claw grip and have a habit of lifting the mouse to move it will also find no problems with it, as the EC1-B is an incredibly lightweight mouse (94g only). We also like how this mouse doesn’t require any additional driver download or firmware upgrade – just plug it into your PC and you’re good to go.

Regardless of its ergonomic design and users’ grip preference, the EC1-B is definitely made for FPS games. It uses the Pixart 3360 sensor with the maximum DPI set to 3,200 and max polling rate of 1,000 Hz. This mouse is very accurate even at high DPI settings and we didn’t notice any unnatural acceleration or stutters while using it.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It might not be the cheapest gaming mouse around, but if absolute precision in FPS games and comfort are what you want then it should definitely be considered.Ben-q-zowie-ec1-B-600x500

(previously published in issue April)