We’ve all heard of BenQ when it comes to monitors. But, most people would be surprised when told that they make gaming peripherals as well. They include, mice, mouse pads and even gaming monitors. Alongside other uprising brands in the market, BenQ has been really aggressive in pushing its own line of monitors alongside it’s gaming peripherals under the brand Zowie. On the contrary, they are quite popular in the e-sports scene. Especially when it comes to CS:GO.
Today we’ll run through the differences between their gaming mice offerings. To kick things off, they have 3 models in total which consist of the FK-series, the EC-A series, and finally the ZA-series. Each model consist of 2-3 variants. The main reason they have done this is to provide much more diverse options when it comes to choosing the most comfortable mouse for you. We have the FK2, FK1, and FK1+ for the FK series, the EC-1A and EC-2A in the EC-A series and the ZA11, ZA12, and ZA13 for the ZA series.
In terms of hardware, they share all the same hardware. This provides a level playing field whereby there isn’t any discernable performance differences to make you choose one over the other. Same sensors that have 4 levels of DPI (400, 800, 1600, 3200) across the board as well when it comes to build materials. The EC-A series of mice does have an RGB lit scroll wheel in comparison with the others. But, it only serves the purpose of indicating which DPI setting its on. There is no software available for calibration, RGB modes and etc. Just like how competitive gaming products should be.
So then… Why have 3 different models with identical hardware? Here’s where the appeal of the Zowie line of gaming mice comes into play. They are providing 3 different grip designs alongside several sizes per model to choose from. This move is to cater to as many gamers as possible. Plus, they come in quite affordable with a price range of 50$-80$. A boon for competitive players as it makes it much easier to replace. No competitive player wants to break the bank or wait for warranty claims when it comes to replacing their gear. To keep the cost down, it’s much easier to have multiple sizing and grip options as opposed to pouring money into R&D to design one mouse for all grip types and hand sizes.
Now, the FK and ZA series were designed to be ambidextrous mice. While the EC-A is strictly for right handed users. The differences between the FK series and ZA series are subtle. Which is the arch of mouse that’s usually meant to support your palm. We have the FK1+, EC-1A and the ZA11. Which are the largest of their respective models. The FK1+ wider overall and has a lower arch profile while the ZA series is thinner and sports a slightly higher arch profile that’s place towards the middle and slightly off centre of the mouse. For me personally, gripping the ZA11 feels much fuller, while the FK1+ feels looser. But, this is in by no means bad as it’s strictly preference based. For me, the EC-A series of mice suits me the best as it’s right hand only mouse. It does not have the same fuller grip as compared to when I’m gripping the ZA11, but it suits me more as I grip my mouse from the sides using my thumb and my pinkey. The indentation for my thumb deeper and there is more room for my ring and pinkey fingers to rest and grip onto. It’s arch is lower than the ZA11 and is set towards the middle of the mouse. I’m a palm grip type but these mice caters towards both claw grip and palm grip.
Overall, these are great options if you are looking for competitive mice to try out. And I really recommend you do so. Not only with these, but every mice that may feel right for you.
BenQ Zowie Gaming Mouse: Here
BenQ Zowie Mouse Pad: Here
BenQ Zowie Monitor: Here
BenQ Monitor: Here