- DPI: 400/800/1,600/3,200
- Polling Rate: 125/500/1,000Hz
- Buttons: 7 (including DPI & Report Rate switchers)
- Dimensions: 120 x 64 x 40mm
- Weight: 90g
- Decently sized
- Plug and Play
- Preset DPI
Sleek And Stealthy
When it comes to computer or gaming mouse, most people have varying opinions. Some prefer it light and small, some prefer it large with a million buttons. It still serves a primary purpose either way, to allow you to defeat your enemies and in some puzzle games, to help you jump. Usually, a mouse gets labelled as a gaming mouse when it has increased DPI and extra buttons. ZOWIE, the gaming division of BenQ has been in this market for a while now, and this month we managed to get our hands on one of their latest mouse, the EC2-B CS:GO Edition. It is also worth noting that there’s a larger version of this mouse for bigger hands with the EC1-B, that also has a CS:GO edition as well.
As mentioned, this is the CS:GO edition so it comes with a unique colour palette of a dark Oxford Blue, with a Dark Yellow Counter-Terrorist logo at the bottom of the mouse, just above the ZOWIE logo. This unique colour brings some extra pizazz to your desk compared to the regular old black mouse. However, unlike the recent fad where you pad everything to the top down with RGB, this mouse has none of that. It does have a small LED indicator under the mouse for the DPI and Report Rate button.
You have a total of seven buttons on the mouse, and that is including the DPI and Report Rate buttons that can be found at the bottom of the mouse. This allows for quick and easy swap without diving into the settings. After finally upgrading to the 3360 sensor, the EC2-B is now a greater beast compared to its previous version; the 3360 sensor is slightly more responsive compared to the 3310 sensor. Although, the side buttons are a little mushy and requires a little more pressure to click it.
Testing the mouse was pretty straightforward. Using CS:GO and other games, the mouse performed well without any stutters or weird movements. And when you feel like your DPI is too low, simply click the button located under the mouse and it will swap to a predetermined one. The mouse allows you to grip it several ways, be it claw or palm. As for left-handers, the mouse is ergonomic so it wouldn’t be a drab to use it that way.
For gaming, it is slightly unfortunate that it doesn’t come with customisable DPI aside from the preset ones, as mentioned earlier it is indicated with a few different colours of Red (400), Purple (800), Blue (1,600), Green (3,200 DPI). If you don’t use the aforementioned DPI, then you will have to tweak your in-game settings, or get a mouse with customisable DPI.
Overall, if you are comfortable at using pre-set DPI, then this is undoubtedly a great mouse. It is easy to grip, has just the right size, and isn’t too flashy. It’s even bundled together with extra rubber feet, so you can easily swap them out when you wish to.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The EC2-B CS:GO Edition is a sleek looking mouse that is comfortable to hold, and is a great gaming companion, provided that you do not mind that it only comes with 4 DPI presets.
(previously published in issue May 2018)