BenQ ZOWIE EC2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 09, 2020 at 08:18 am
BenQ ZOWIE EC2 Picture
5.7
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
6.0
Video Games (MMO)
7.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a good gaming mouse that's somewhat light. Its high back and slightly curved design should feel comfortable for right-handed people, especially if used in a palm or claw grip. The click latency is low and should feel responsive while gaming, and the CPI range is wide, although its maximum CPI isn't as high as some other gaming mice. Unfortunately, there's no companion software, so you can't customize any of the sensor settings or reprogram the buttons, and there are no RGB lighting zones. We only tested the medium variant, although we expect most of our results to apply to the large variant as well, except for the weight and grip type recommendation.

Our Verdict

5.7 Office/Multimedia

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a disappointing office mouse. Although it feels comfortable to use and it's fully compatible with Windows and macOS, the build quality is only decent. It only has two side buttons for forward and back, but you can't reprogram them. The scroll wheel can't be unlocked for infinite scrolling, and there are no wireless options.

Pros
  • Feels comfortable.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Only decent build quality.
  • No customization software.
  • Only two side buttons.
  • No wireless connectivity options.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is good for FPS gaming. Its click latency is low and should feel responsive, and the slight curve of its design should make it comfortable to use. It's somewhat light, but its cable isn't very flexible and its build quality is only decent due to some flexing at the button of the mouse.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels comfortable.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Somewhat lightweight.
Cons
  • Only decent build quality.
  • No customization software.
6.0 Video Games (MMO)

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 isn't designed for MMO gaming. It only has two side buttons, which is much less than dedicated MMO mice. You can't reprogram any of the inputs or customize its CPI settings. Its build quality is only decent since lightly squeezing the bottom activates one of the size buttons. However, it feels comfortable to use and its click latency is low.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels comfortable.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Only decent build quality.
  • No customization software.
  • Only two side buttons.
7.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a good option for fans of ultra-light gaming mice. Its click latency is low and should feel responsive, and the maximum polling rate is very high. It feels comfortable to use and the feet glide well, but the cable is quite kinky. Even though it's not designed for ultra-light gaming and it's heavier than some other mice, it's still somewhat light.

Pros
  • Low click latency.
  • Feels comfortable.
  • Fully compatible with Windows and macOS.
  • Somewhat lightweight.
Cons
  • Significantly heavier than ultra-light mice.
  • Only decent build quality.
  • No customization software.
4.9 Travel

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is bad for travel since it's a wired-only mouse with no wireless options. It's designed to be used with your at-home gaming setup.

Pros
  • Feels comfortable.
Cons
  • Only decent build quality.
  • No wireless connectivity options.
  • 5.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Nov 09, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 03, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a simple, matte black mouse. It has a slight curve designed for right hands, a high rounded back, and two shiny buttons on its left side. The branding on the back is red and not backlit. Unlike most gaming mice, it doesn't have any RGB zones. If you're looking for a mouse that shares a similar design language and shape but has better performance, check out the Vaxee OUTSET AX.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (123 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.6
Design
Portability
Volume
21.05 in³ (345 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its wired-only design, the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 isn't very portable, but this shouldn't be an issue if you're using it with your at-home gaming setup.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
139 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
95 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
95 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

It's somewhat light, and there are no weight optimization options. We expect the large variant to be heavier. For a similarly-shaped mouse with a lighter weight, consider the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 or the G-Wolves Skoll SK-S ACE Edition.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is only decent. Although the top portion feels solid, the bottom exhibits a lot of flex, and one of the side buttons can be activated just by squeezing below it without much force. The side buttons feel mushy and go deep into the mouse when pressed. On the upside, the PTFE feet are good and glide smoothly. If you're looking for a lighter gaming mouse with an even sturdier-feeling build quality, check out the Endgame Gear XM1r.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 feels comfortable to use, thanks to its slightly curved design. The side buttons are well-placed and any hand size shouldn't have problems reaching them with a palm grip. Due to its size, people with smaller hands might struggle to use it comfortably with a claw or fingertip grip. There's also a large variant of this mouse designed for larger hands, the BenQ ZOWIE EC1. For a similar mouse with grippy rubber side panels, check out the Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 or the Fnatic FLICK 2. Or, for a mouse with an ambidextrous design, check out the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B, or the SteelSeries Sensei 310.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes should be able to use it comfortably with a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Small hands may struggle to reach the scroll wheel and L/R click buttons in a claw grip, but all other hand sizes should have no issues.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

Only large to extra-large hands should feel comfortable using it with a fingertip grip. Small and medium hand sizes might struggle to reach any of the buttons.

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

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a wired-only mouse so it can't be used wirelessly.

7.0
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

The rubber cable isn't very flexible and it retains kinks from the packaging. However, it's slightly better than the cable on the BenQ ZOWIE S2. For an updated version of this mouse with a much better cable, check out the BenQ ZOWIE EC3-C.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

The thick PTFE mouse feet glide smoothly when on a mouse pad or a desk. However, there's a slight scratchiness when used directly on a desk due to the sharpness of the two straight edges.

Design
In The Box

  • BenQ ZOWIE EC2 mouse
  • Extra PTFE feet
  • BenQ 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
-4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 has a good CPI range, although it's not as wide as other gaming options. The sensor tends to undershoot the CPI a little, but not by much. You can switch between four CPI presets by pressing a button at the bottom of the mouse. Likewise, a second button on the bottom lets you cycle between three preset polling rates: 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. Because there's no companion software, you can't customize any of these values.

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

It has two side buttons and two buttons on the bottom of the mouse to adjust the CPI and the polling rate. Like the BenQ ZOWIE S2, none of the buttons can be reprogrammed and it doesn't come with software. The side buttons' default settings are to move forward and backward on a webpage.

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

The mouse wheel has very pronounced steps and each step has a loud, audible click. The rubber material of the wheel is grippy and has indented grooves.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud

This mouse is loud, but it still shouldn't bother people around you unless you're in a noise-sensitive environment.

8.3
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
12 ms

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2's click latency is very low and should feel very responsive while gaming.

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

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 doesn't have dedicated software for customizations.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is fully compatible with both Windows and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the BenQ ZOWIE EC2, which is a medium-sized mouse. There's also a large-sized variant of this mouse called the BenQ ZOWIE EC1. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a good gaming mouse if you want a simple design with no RGB lighting. Its CPI range isn't as wide as other gaming options, but it should be high enough to please casual gamers. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with customization software, so you're limited to the presets already on the mouse. Some people may find it relatively pricey for its performance. For other options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Glorious has a wider and adjustable CPI range, a slightly lower click latency, RGB lighting, and software to remap the buttons. On the other hand, the BenQ is fully compatible with macOS.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Razer feels better built, it has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and it comes with customization software. However, the BenQ is fully compatible with macOS.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is better than the BenQ ZOWIE C2. The Logitech is lighter, easier to travel with since it has no cable, has a wider CPI range with a more consistent sensor, and customization software. However, the BenQ might provide better value for some people.

BenQ ZOWIE S2

The BenQ ZOWIE S2 is a better gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The S2 feels better built, and its feet glide better since it has no sharp edges. Also, its sensor is more consistent than the EC2. However, the EC2 feels more comfortable, its cable is more flexible, and its click latency is marginally lower.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Logitech G403 HERO is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Logitech feels better built, has a wider and more customizable CPI range, and its click latency is slightly lower. Also, unlike the BenQ, the Logitech's logo and scroll wheel have RGB zones, and it comes with outstanding software to customize the buttons and sensor settings. However, the BenQ's mouse feet glide better than the Logitech.

Pulsar Xlite

The Pulsar Xlite is a better wired gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Pulsar is significantly lighter and feels much sturdier. It has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. Additionally, it has customization software, which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ ZOWIE only has four default CPI settings. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Pulsar is accomodating to a wider range of hand sizes.

BenQ ZOWIE EC1

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 EC3-C

The BenQ ZOWIE EC3-C is a new, smaller-sized mouse in the ZOWIE EC series and part of its C-version update. Compared to the EC2, the EC3-C is slightly shorter and much lighter, and it feels significantly better built. It has a flexible, paracord-like cable instead of the rubber cable on the EC2, and the mouse end of the cable is angled upwards to prevent drag. Its smaller size is better suited for small hands using a claw grip. On the other hand, the EC2's larger size accommodates extra-large hands better for a palm grip. Also, its click latency is lower. Otherwise, both mice use the same sensor and are both limited to four preset CPI settings.

Vaxee OUTSET AX

The Vaxee OUTSET AX and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are wired gaming mice with similar designs, but the Vaxee is a better mouse overall. The Vaxee has a significantly sturdier-feeling build quality, it's lighter, it's slightly taller and wider, and it has textured surfaces on the L/R click buttons. It also has better cable and mouse feet, lower click latency, and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice lack companion software, and they only have four default onboard CPI settings.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 are comparable wired gaming mice, but the Vaxee is better overall. The Vaxee has a lighter weight, a more flexible and better quality cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a lower lift-off distance. Otherwise, neither mouse has customization software to reprogram buttons or adjust the CPI, and you can only cycle between four CPI presets on each.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Razer feels better built, more comfortable, and has RGB lighting on its scroll wheel and logo. Also, the Razer has a much wider CPI range that you can adjust very precisely, and it comes with software for customizations. However, the BenQ has a lower click latency.

BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B are wired gaming mice with similar performance but different shapes and sizes. The EC2 has an ergonomic shape for right-handed users. It's well-suited to all grip types, but those with smaller hands may not be able to reach all the buttons using a claw or fingertip grip. On the other hand, the FK2-B has an ambidextrous design with a low profile. It's well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though those with smaller hands may not be able to reach all buttons with a fingertip grip.

Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo

The Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Ergo and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are nearly identical in size and shape, but the Pwnage is a better gaming mouse overall. The BenQ is a wired-only mouse. On the other hand, the Pwnage is significantly lighter, and you can connect it with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. The Pwnage also includes several modular pieces that you can use to alter the look and feel of the mouse. Additionally, it has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and customization software, which the BenQ lacks.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 have similar, straightforward shapes with no RGB lighting. Neither comes with customization software to reprogram the keys or adjust the settings, and you can only cycle through four CPI presets and three polling rates. However, you can also cycle between three debounce times on the Vaxee, and it also has a lower minimum lift-off distance and smoother-gliding mouse feet than the BenQ.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B are very similar wired gaming mice with comparable performance but different shapes. The ZOWIE EC2 has a right-slanted ergonomic shape and a more flexible cable. On the other hand, the FK1-B has a low-profile, symmetrical shape, a sturdier-feeling build, and mouse feet with rounded edges. Both mice are very well suited for palm and claw grips, but only those with large hands will likely find a fingertip grip comfortable.

SteelSeries Prime+

In most respects, the SteelSeries Prime+ is a better wired gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Prime+ is significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and an OLED screen on the underside that you can use to adjust settings without the software. It also has a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and companion software for customization. It's ideal for a claw grip for all hand sizes. Comparatively, the BenQ has a much lower click latency and is ideal for a palm grip for all hand sizes.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B are wired gaming mice with similar performance but different shapes and sizes. The EC2 has an ergonomic right-handed design. On the other hand, the FK1+-B has an ambidextrous low-profile shape with less palm support. Both mice are well-suited for larger hands, but the EC2 is suitable for a palm grip, regardless of hand size.

BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B are both simple gaming mice. The EC2 has a slight right-handed slant, whereas the ZA11-B has an ambidextrous shape. Both mice use the same sensor, which has a very narrow CPI range and a fairly low minimum lift-off distance. Neither have customization software, so you can't adjust the CPI, remap the buttons, or set macros. The EC2 may be a better choice for gaming since its click latency is lower.

G-Wolves Hati HT-S ACE Edition

The G-Wolves Hati HT-S ACE Edition is a better, wired gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The G-Wolves is nearly half of the weight of the BenQ and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise it has a lower lift-off distance, a wider CPI range, and you can precisely adjust the CPI, while the BenQ only has four CPI presets. It also has customization software which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ has lower click latency. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types, but the BenQ is better-suited for larger hands, while the G-Wolves is more accommodating for smaller hands.

G-Wolves Skoll SK-S ACE Edition

The G-Wolves Skoll SK-S ACE Edition is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse, while the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a good FPS gaming mouse. The G-Wolves is significantly lighter and feels better built. It has a more flexible cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a lower lift-off distance. Also, the G-Wolves has customization software, unlike the BenQ, and you can reprogram buttons and adjust the CPI precisely. On the other hand, the BenQ has slightly lower click latency.

Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse are good wired gaming mice with ergonomic right-handed shapes. The BenQ is significantly lighter and has much lower click latency. Comparatively, the Microsoft feels sturdier, has a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has companion software for customization, which the BenQ lacks. The BenQ is well-suited for all hand sizes using a palm grip, but otherwise, both mice are better-suited for larger hands using other grip types.

Redragon COBRA M711-FPS

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Redragon COBRA M711-FPS are wired gaming mice with comparable performance. The BenQ is somewhat lighter and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. On the other hand, the Redragon feels somewhat sturdier and has a wider CPI range. It has three buttons behind the scroll wheel, which adjust CPI and lighting settings by default, whereas the BenQ has no buttons behind its scroll wheel. The Redragon also has customization software, which the BenQ lacks. Both mice are suitable for all grip types and almost all hand sizes.

Gigabyte AORUS M5

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Gigabyte AORUS M5 are both wired gaming mice. The BenQ has lower click latency and a more consistent sensor, and it weighs much less. On the other hand, the Gigabyte feels better built, and it comes with customization software, which some people may prefer. It has an adjustable CPI within a much wider range, programmable buttons, and five 2.5g weights to adjust the weight and its distribution. Both mice are suitable with any grip type for most hand sizes, but people with medium hands using a fingertip grip may feel more comfortable with the Gigabyte.

EVGA X17

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the EVGA X17 are both good, wired gaming mice. The EVGA feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It also has three additional buttons, including an extra side button and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons. Performance-wise, it has a much wider CPI range, a CPI you can set precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and a higher maximum polling rate. It also has RGB lighting and customization software, which the BenQ lacks. The BenQ is somewhat lighter, has better click latency, and has a much more consistent sensor.

ASUS TUF Gaming M3

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 is a somewhat better gaming mouse than the ASUS TUF Gaming M3. It has a slightly more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and a much lower click latency. Unfortunately, it only has four default CPI presets. Comparatively, the ASUS is lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a wider CPI range and an adjustable CPI. It has companion software for customization, which the BenQ lacks, but it's only compatible with Windows. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the BenQ is better-suited for larger hands, while the ASUS better accommodates smaller hands.

Fnatic FLICK 2

The Fnatic FLICK 2 and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 are both good wired gaming mice. The Fnatic feels sturdier and has a more flexible cable. It also has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100, while you can only cycle between four preset CPI settings on the BenQ. The Fnatic also has customization software, which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ is marginally lighter and has mouse feet that glide smoother, though they have sharp edges. The BenQ also has significantly lower click latency.

Anker Gaming Mouse

The Anker Gaming Mouse is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Anker feels better built and has a wider CPI range, and it comes with software that lets you reprogram its buttons and customize its settings. However, the BenQ is better suited for larger hands than the Anker is, and its click latency is much lower.

EQEOVGA D10 RGB

The EQEOVGA D10 RGB has a very similar shape to the BenQ ZOWIE EC2, but the EQEOVGA performs better overall. THE EQEOVGA is much lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has a wider CPI range, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100, and customization software, which the BenQ lacks. On the other hand, the BenQ has a marginally more consistent sensor and lower click latency, though most people are unlikely to notice a difference. Unfortunately, it only has four default CPI presets.

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