BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 05, 2021 at 09:58 am
BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B Picture
6.0
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
6.1
Video Games (MMO)
8.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is a good wired gaming mouse and is the smallest of the three mice in the BenQ ZOWIE FK series. It feels sturdy, has low latency, and has an ambidextrous, low-profile shape. It's well-suited for palm and claw grip for all hand sizes and fingertip grip for large and extra-large hands. Unfortunately, its cable isn't very flexible, and there's no companion software for customization, which means there are only four default CPI settings and three polling rates that you can cycle through with buttons on the bottom.

Our Verdict

6.0 Office/Multimedia

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is mediocre for office use. It feels well-built and is almost universally suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. However, it doesn't have wireless capabilities, there's no software for customization, and the mouse scroll wheel doesn't unlock for free scrolling and doesn't have L/R tilt buttons.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable low-profile shape.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is a good FPS gaming mouse. It has great low click latency, it feels well-built, and it has an ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though those with small and medium hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, its cable isn't very flexible, there's no companion software for customization, and there are only four default CPI presets.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Comfortable low-profile shape.
Cons
  • Fairly heavy.
  • No companion software for customization and only four CPI presets.
6.1 Video Games (MMO)

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is mediocre for MMO gaming. While it doesn't have as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice, it feels sturdy, has low click latency, and has a comfortable shape that's well-suited to palm and claw grips for all hand-sizes. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any software for customization, the cable isn't very flexible, and there are only four default CPI settings.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable low-profile shape.
Cons
  • No companion software for customization and only four CPI presets.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is great for fans of ultra-light gaming mice, but it's a bit heavier than dedicated ultra-lights, and its cable is fairly rigid. That said, it has great low click latency, mouse feet that glide smoothly on mousepads and desks, and a comfortable shape that's suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though those with small and medium hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency.
  • Comfortable low-profile shape.
Cons
  • Fairly heavy.
  • No companion software for customization and only four CPI presets.
5.1 Travel

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is inadequate for travel use. It's designed to be used as part of a desktop setup and isn't well-suited to travel because of its somewhat bulky design and lack of wireless capability.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • May not fit into most laptop cases.
  • 6.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated May 05, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (128 mm)
Height 1.4" (37 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
18.55 in³ (304 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
128 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
86 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
86 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

If you have larger hands or prefer larger mice, you may want to check out the bigger version of this mouse, the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B.

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

For a mouse with comparable performance and a similar shape but a more flexible cable, check out the SteelSeries Rival 100.

8.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B 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
-4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B has only four CPI settings: 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
8.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
14 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 FK2-B we tested is the matte black variant, but it's also available in glossy white. This mouse is one of many similarly-named BenQ ZOWIE mice with different shapes and sizes. The FK2-B is the smallest of the three FK series mice. The very similar BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B is medium-sized, while the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B is the largest. These mice are an update of the original FK lineup and have improved sensors. They lack a second pair of side buttons on the right that the previous FK mice had. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is the smallest of BenQ's updated ZOWIE FK series mice and is an update of the now discontinued BenQ ZOWIE FK2. This mouse is marketed towards the esports community and FPS players in particular. It has an improved sensor over its predecessor, but it keeps the same low-profile and symmetrical shape. This mouse can make a good choice if you're interested in a time-tested, much-admired design and don't mind doing without features like companion software or RGB lighting.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best FPS mouse.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a better gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B. The Logitech connects wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver and has two additional side buttons. It's slightly lighter, has RGB lighting, and has a CPI with a wider range. It also has better click latency, lower lift-off distance, and companion software for customization. It's almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes, though those with small hands may not be able to reach all buttons using a fingertip grip. The BenQ has quiet mouse clicks and is suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though those with small or medium-sized hands may not be able to reach all buttons with a fingertip grip.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

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.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B

The BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B and the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B are nearly identical mice in different sizes. The FK1-B is the medium-sized mouse in BenQ Zowie's FK series. It's well-suited for a palm grip for all hand sizes and suitable for those with larger hands for claw and fingertip grip. On the other hand, the FK2-B is the smallest mouse in the FK series. It's well-suited for palm and claw grip regardless of hand size and suitable for a fingertip grip for those with large and extra-large hands.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B and the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B are nearly identical gaming mice in different sizes. The FK2-B is the smallest of the three mice in the BenQ ZOWIE FK series. It's well-suited for palm and claw grips regardless of hand size and suitable for a fingertip grip if you have large or extra-large hands. By contrast, the FK1+-B is the largest mouse in the FK series. It's well-suited to larger hands in all grip types but isn't suitable for small hands using any grip type.

BenQ ZOWIE S1

The BenQ S1 and the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B are wired gaming mice with nearly identical performance but different shapes and sizes. The S1 is larger and well-suited to all grip types for larger hands and palm grip, regardless of hand size. On the other hand, the FK2-B is smaller and significantly lighter. It's well-suited to all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip, but those with small or medium-sized hands might not be able to comfortably use the scroll wheel or the front side button using a fingertip grip.

UtechSmart VENUS Pro

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is a good, wired gaming mouse for FPS gaming, while the UtechSmart Venus Pro is a good wireless mouse for MMO gaming. The BenQ ZOWIE is much lighter and has an ambidextrous shape with two side buttons. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly and a much lower click latency. Unfortunately, it only has four default CPI settings. On the other hand, the UtechSmart has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest and a 12-button panel on the left. It also has a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and customization software.

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