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BenQ ZOWIE EC1 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 06, 2021 at 10:06 am
BenQ ZOWIE EC1 Picture
6.0
Office/Multimedia
7.2
Video Games (FPS)
6.1
Video Games (MMO)
7.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is a decent wired gaming mouse. It feels well-built, has good click latency, and a right-handed ergonomic shape. Unfortunately, its cable isn't very flexible, and there's no companion software for customization, so there are only four default CPI settings and three polling rate presets you can cycle through using buttons on the bottom. It's suitable for larger hands using all grip types but isn't suitable for small hands using any grip type, and those with medium-sized hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip grip. That said, there is a smaller version of this mouse, the BenQ ZOWIE EC2.

Our Verdict

6.0 Office/Multimedia

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is mediocre for office use. While it feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for larger hands using all grip types, it doesn't have wireless connectivity options. It also doesn't have any companion software for customization, the wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons, and it doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No software for customization and only four CPI presets.
7.2 Video Games (FPS)

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is decent for FPS gaming. It feels well-built, has good click latency, and has a right-handed ergonomic design that's well-suited for larger hands using all grip types. Unfortunately, the cable is fairly rigid, and since there isn't any companion software for customization, there are only four default CPI presets.

Pros
  • Good click latency.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No software for customization and only four CPI presets.
  • Fairly heavy.
6.1 Video Games (MMO)

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is mediocre for MMO gaming. It doesn't have anywhere near as many buttons as most dedicated MMO mice. Also, it doesn't have companion software for customizing settings, and the cable isn't very flexible. However, it feels well-constructed, has good click latency, and has a comfortable right-handed ergonomic shape that's well-suited for larger hands using any grip type.

Pros
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No software for customization and only four CPI presets.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
7.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is decent for fans of ultra-light gaming mice, but it's significantly heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice. It also has a fairly rigid cable. That said, it has good click latency, mouse feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads, and a comfortable right-handed shape well-suited to larger hand sizes using any grip type.

Pros
  • Good click latency.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
Cons
  • Significantly heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice.
  • Cable has poor flexibility.
4.9 Travel

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is bad for travel use. It's designed for your at-home desktop setup. It isn't very portable because of its somewhat bulky design, and it can't be used wirelessly.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Somewhat bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • 6.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.2 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (129 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.7" (70 mm)
Grip Width
67 mm

Note: Our 3D scanner picked up residue from the adhesive we use to position the mouse for scanning. This residue appears as a lighter patch on the bottom of the mouse in the scan but isn't visible in reality.

5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
23.31 inยณ (382 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
145 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
104 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
104 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
7.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has a similar feeling build quality to other BenQ ZOWIE mice. However, there's a slight rattling when shaking the mouse, and the side buttons feel cheap and sink very deeply into the body when pressed.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

This mouse has a slightly bulkier shape than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2, and it fits more snugly into the hand. If you're interested in a BenQ ZOWIE mouse with a similar size but a symmetrical, low-profile shape, check out the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B. Or, if you're interested in a slightly shorter length, check out the BenQ ZOWIE S1.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
8.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 has feet with rounded edges, while the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 has feet with sharp edges.

Design
In The Box

  • BenQ ZOWIE EC1 mouse
  • Extra mouse feet
  • Sticker
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
3,200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
-7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The preset DPI settings on the BenQ ZOWIE EC1 are 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. The polling rate settings are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

4.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No
Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
16 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms
Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is the larger of the two mice in the BenQ ZOWIE EC series. The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is the smaller size. The unit we tested is the matte black variant, but it's also available in glossy white. There's an additional glossy red TYLOO variant, but it's discontinued. You can see the label for the unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 is an update to the BenQ ZOWIE EC1-B. While it uses the same sensor, it has two large mouse feet instead of four small ones. It's the larger of the two mice in the BenQ ZOWIE EC series, the smaller version being the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. It might make a good choice for you if you have larger hands, you're a fan of the right-handed ergonomic shape, and you prefer a mouse without extra features like RGB lighting or companion software.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best FPS mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the BenQ ZOWIE EC1 are wired gaming mice with similar shapes, but the Glorious has better performance overall. The Glorious was a honeycomb body and is much lighter. It has much better click latency, a much more lightweight and flexible cable, better virgin grade PTFE mouse feet, a wider CPI range, and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100. It also has RGB lighting, and you can reprogram buttons using the companion software. It's well suited to all grip types and almost all hand sizes, but those with small hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip or claw grip. The BenQ has a solid plastic body and feels sturdier, but it lacks companion software for customization. It's suitable for small, medium, and large hands using a palm or claw grip, but only those with larger hands will be able to use a fingertip grip comfortably.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 shares a similar shape and size with the BenQ ZOWIE EC1, but the Razer is a better gaming mouse overall. The Razer is significantly lighter, feels sturdier, and has a more flexible cable. It also has lower latency, a lower lift-off distance, a CPI with a much wider range that can adjust by increments of 50, and companion software for customization. It's better suited for small hands using a palm grip and medium-sized hands using a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the EC1 is well-suited for larger hands using any grip type and isn't suitable for small hands using any grip type.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The BenQ ZOWIE EC1 and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are very similar gaming mice with right-handed ergonomic shapes but different sizes. The EC1 is the larger of the two. It feels sturdier, has feet with rounded edges, and a more flexible cable. It's suitable for all grip types, but those with medium hands may not reach all buttons using a fingertip grip, and it isn't suitable for small hands, regardless of grip type. On the other hand, the EC2 is slightly lighter and is well-suited for all hand sizes using a palm grip. However, those with small hands likely won't be able to comfortably reach all buttons using a claw grip, and those with medium or small hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip grip.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B

The BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B and the BenQ ZOWIE EC1 are similar gaming mice with different shapes and sizes. The FK1+-B feels sturdier and has a low-profile, ambidextrous shape. On the other hand, the EC1 has a right-handed ergonomic shape that might feel more comfortable. Both mice are well-suited for larger hands using any grip type. However, those with small or medium-sized hands may not comfortably reach both side buttons or the scroll wheels using a fingertip grip, and people with small hands may find it difficult to hit both side buttons using a claw grip.

BenQ ZOWIE ZA12-B

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA12-B and the BenQ ZOWIE EC1 are wired gaming mice with similar performance but different shapes and sizes. The ZA12-B has a symmetrical, high-profile shape that's well-suited for nearly all hand sizes, though those with small or medium-sized hands may find it difficult to reach the scroll wheel and both side buttons using a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the EC1 has a right-handed ergonomic shape that's well-suited to larger hands and all grip types. However, those with small or medium-sized hands may not comfortably reach the scroll wheel or side buttons using a fingertip grip, and small hands aren't for any grip type.

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