BenQ Zowie S2 Mouse Review

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Reviewed Mar 03, 2020 at 08:19 am
BenQ Zowie S2 Picture
5.9
Mixed Usage
6.3
Office/Multimedia
5.1
Travel
7.5
Video Games (FPS)
4.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a great gaming mouse that is fairly light for its design and size. The body has a rather high back bump and most people should have no trouble using this mouse with any grip, although people with smaller hands might not have the best control. This gaming mouse doesn't have any RGB and has a very straightforward design. It has excellent performance and its click latency is very low, which makes feel very responsive. We reviewed the small variant of this mouse.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The BenQ Zowie S2 is geared towards gaming and might not be the most versatile mouse. You can't reprogram inputs and its wired-only design might not be ideal for the office or traveling. However, it does a great job of doing what it's designed for. It's decently light and has amazing performance that'll please gamers.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Fairly lightweight and excellent performance.
  • Comfortable ambidextrous design.
Cons
  • Very stiff cable.
  • Lack of customization options.
6.3 Office/Multimedia

The BenQ Zowie S2 isn't a bad office mouse, but it won't suit people looking for a wireless design or one that allows programmable inputs. On the upside, it's a very comfortable ambidextrous mouse and it's very well-built. Also, it has a very satisfactory scroll, but long scrolls might be a bit noisy for an open-office environment.

5.1 Travel

The BenQ Zowie S2 isn't designed as a travel mouse. This wired mouse will be hard to use in tight spaces like the plane, and will more than likely stay on your gaming desk setup.

7.5 Video Games (FPS)

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a good mouse for FPS games. It's fairly light and its clicks are very satisfying and responsive. The mouse feels durable and comfortable to use for long playing sessions. However, the cable is very stiff and the CPI range is rather limited.

4.2 Video Games (MMO)

The BenQ Zowie S2 isn't designed as an MMO mouse. It doesn't have a lot of side buttons and you can't reprogram its inputs.

8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a great ultra-light gaming mouse, although it doesn't have a honeycomb-patterned design like most ultra-light mice. It's a great option if you don't like mice with holes but still want a lightweight mouse that has an excellent overall performance.

  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.1 Travel
  • 7.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 4.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a very straightforward-looking mouse. It has a nice rounded back and features the company's logo at the back. However, unlike many gaming mice, it doesn't have any RGB anywhere. It has two side buttons that have a glossy finish. The mouse is also available in light blue and pink.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
133 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
89 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
89 g

This mouse is light, although there aren't any weight customization options. For an even lighter mouse, check out the Endgame Gear XM1 instead.

5.7
Design
Portability
Length 4.8" (12.2 cm)
Height 1.5" (3.9 cm)
Width 2.6" (6.6 cm)
Volume
19.16 Cu. Inch (314 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its wired-only design, this mouse isn't the most portable option, just like most gaming mice. However, this shouldn't be a concern if you're looking for a gaming mouse for your home setup.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a very solid mouse. The scroll wheel slightly rattles, but the plastic body feels very sturdy. The buttons are very satisfying and clicky, but the mouse feet might be a bit disappointing to some as they don't glide particularly well.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
60 mm

Although it isn't an ergonomic mouse, it's still very comfortable to use. It has an ambidextrous design with two side buttons on the left side, which are easy to reach regardless of which grip you use. However, due to the size of the mouse, people with smaller hands might have trouble using it comfortably. Note that we've reviewed the small variant and the medium-sized variant should be better suited for people with bigger hands.

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

Only people with small hands might have some trouble hitting the buttons in a palm grip.

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

Just like the other grips, people with small hands might have a bit of difficulty hitting the buttons when using a claw grip.

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

With a fingertip grip, most people should have good control over the mouse, although people with small hands might have an issue.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable of this mouse is mediocre. It's very stiff and keeps a lot of kinks from the packaging. They're also pretty difficult to get rid of and you'll need to straighten out the cable often.

Design
In The Box

  • BenQ Zowie S2 mouse
  • Extra mouse feet
  • Sticker
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

The BenQ Zowie S2's click latency is great and you shouldn't notice any delay when playing games.

8.9
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
3200 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Error
-4.2 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

Its sensor performance is excellent. While its CPI range is smaller than other gaming mice, it should still be enough for a vast majority of players. Since there isn't compatible software, you have two buttons on the bottom of the mouse to switch between CPI presets that double at each click (400-800-1600-3200). You can also change the polling rate between 125-500-1000Hz.

4.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The BenQ Zowie S2 has two side buttons and two buttons on the bottom of the mouse for adjusting the CPI and polling rate. However, these can't be reprogrammed as there's no software for this mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No

The scroll wheel has very pronounced increments and is quite loud. This is great for precise scrolling, but long scrolls can be annoying.

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 S2 doesn't have dedicated software for customization options. If you want a better-performing mouse that has software available for both macOS and Windows, check out the SteelSeries Rival 310.

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

This mouse has excellent compatibility as it can be used on both Windows and macOS without any problem.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

This mouse is available in two sizes: small and medium. We reviewed the small variant and expect our review to apply to the medium size as well. However, the grip recommendations could change depending on the size you get.

Compared to other mice

The BenQ Zowie S2 is a great gaming mouse that has a rather straightforward design. It doesn't have RGB, unlike most gaming mice, and doesn't have dedicated software for customization options. It focuses on great performance, solid build quality, and it's light for a non-ultra-light designed mouse. See our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best wired mice.

Logitech G Pro Wireless
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The BenQ Zowie S2 and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are very different mice. The S2 is a great wired and straightforward gaming mouse while the G Pro Wireless is wireless and has access to software for customization options. The S2 is slightly more comfortable and is available in two sizes, but the G Pro Wireless feels a bit more high-end.

Razer Viper Ultimate
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Zowie S2 is a very different mouse than the Razer Viper Ultimate. The S2 is a wired mouse and it has a higher back hump, which might be better for claw grip users. On the other hand, the Viper Ultimate is wireless, slightly lighter, and feels more high-end. If you were to use the Razer wired, its cable is better than the Zowie's. It also has RGB lighting that can be customized inside its software.

Razer DeathAdder V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better gaming mouse than the BenQ Zowie S2. The DeathAdder has better build quality, especially when it comes to the cable, which is lightweight and very flexible. It also has customization options thanks to the Synapse 3 software. On the other hand, the Zowie is smaller and will be better suited for people who don't like the shape of the DeathAdder.

Glorious Model O
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Glorious Model O is slightly better than the BenQ Zowie S2; it's lighter and feels better-built. Also, most people should find the S2 more comfortable, but it depends on your hand size and grip preference. The lightweight and flexible cable of the Model O is also noticeably better than the S2's stiff non-braided cable. On the other hand, if you don't like RGB, the Zowie doesn't have any.

Endgame Gear XM1
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a better mouse than the BenQ Zowie S2. The XM1 is lighter, feels more solid, has a noticeably better cable, and has software that allows for more precise CPI adjustments. However, if you like having a higher back hump, then go for the Zowie S2.

SteelSeries Rival 3
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The BenQ Zowie S2 and the SteelSeries Rival 3 are very similarly-shaped mice, but the Rival 3 is lighter and has access to software for customization options. The Rival 3 also has RGB lighting and you can create multiple profiles and easily switch between them. You can also be a bit more precise with the CPI settings than with the Zowie S2, as it only has four presets.

Razer Pro Click
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Pro Click is significantly better than the BenQ Zowie S2. The Razer is a wireless mouse with multi-device pairing, has more programmable buttons, and better build quality. Also, the Razer has much better performance, more customization options, and the scroll wheel can tilt for horizontal scrolling. The BenQ is much lighter, and its ambidextrous shape is more comfortable for left-handed use.

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