BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 30, 2021 at 09:49 am
BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B Picture
6.0
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Video Games (FPS)
6.0
Video Games (MMO)
7.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B is the largest-sized mouse in the upgraded ZA lineup. It's nearly identical to its predecessor, the BenQ Zowie ZA11, but it has an upgraded sensor and no side buttons on its right side. This very well-built, ambidextrous-shaped mouse should fit most hand sizes when using it with a palm or claw grip, but people with smaller hands may struggle to reach the scroll wheel and front side button with a fingertip grip. In terms of performance, it has a very narrow CPI range that can't be adjusted precisely. Instead, you need to cycle between the four presets already on the mouse. Its click latency is good and should be low enough for most people. Unfortunately, since it doesn't have customization software, you can't remap any of the buttons.

Our Verdict

6.0 Office/Multimedia

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B is mediocre for office use. It only has two side buttons for forward and back, and you can't reprogram them. The scroll wheel can't be unlocked for free scrolling, and it can't wirelessly pair with other devices. On the bright side, it feels well-built and it's fully compatible with Windows and macOS.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Fantastic OS compatibility.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Wired-only design.
  • No customization software.
  • No free scroll or L/R tilt.
7.6 Video Games (FPS)

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B is good for FPS gaming. It feels well-built and should be comfortable for most hand sizes, although people with smaller hands may struggle with a fingertip grip. The click latency is good and should feel responsive enough to most people. Unfortunately, it has a very narrow CPI range, and you're limited to the four CPI presets already on the mouse since there's no customization software.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Fantastic OS compatibility.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Good click latency.
  • Fairly consistent sensor.
Cons
  • Very narrow CPI range.
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • No customization software.
6.0 Video Games (MMO)

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B isn't designed for MMO gaming. It only has two side buttons, which is significantly less than dedicated MMO mice. It has no customization software, so you're limited to the four presets on the mouse. On the bright side, it feels well-built and should be comfortable for most hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Fantastic OS compatibility.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Fairly consistent sensor.
Cons
  • Very narrow CPI range.
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice.
  • No customization software.
7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B is a good ultra-light gaming mouse, but it's heavier than most dedicated ultra-light gaming mice. The click latency is good and should feel responsive enough to most people. That said, it feels very well-built and should feel very comfortable for most hand sizes, although people with smaller hands may struggle with a fingertip grip. Its PTFE feet provide a great gliding experience, but they feel a little scratchy on a desk.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
  • Good click latency.
  • Fairly consistent sensor.
Cons
  • Very narrow CPI range.
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • No customization software.
5.0 Travel

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B isn't designed for travel. It's a wired mouse that's fairly bulky, which isn't ideal when you're on the go.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only design.
  • Somewhat heavy.
  • 6.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 5.2" (132 mm)
Height 1.6" (42 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
63 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
22.46 Cu. Inch (368 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
133 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
90 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
90 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'd like a BenQ ZOWIE mouse with a similar size and performance that's slightly wider and has a lower-profile shape, check out the BenQ ZOWIE FK1+-B. Or, if you'd rather a mouse with a similar symmetrical shape but a slightly shorter length, check out the BenQ ZOWIE S1.

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
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
Design
In The Box

  • BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B mouse
  • ZOWIE sticker
  • Extra mouse feet
  • 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)
3200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
3 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

It has a very narrow CPI range with presets already on the mouse to cycle through: 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. Its sensor is fairly consistent whether you move the mouse fast or slow.

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
7.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
15 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 ZA11-B is one of many Zowie mice that are very similar but have different sizes and shapes. This particular lineup has two variants: the BenQ ZOWIE ZA12-B and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA13-B. They're nearly identical to this one, but they're smaller. The ZA11-B is an upgraded version of the discontinued BenQ ZOWIE ZA11, with an upgraded sensor and no side buttons on its right side. We tested it in matte black, but it's also available in glossy white. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B is a simple wired gaming mouse with no RGB lighting. It has a very narrow CPI range, and you can't adjust it precisely like on some other gaming mice. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with customization software, so you're limited to the presets already on the mouse, and you can't remap any of the buttons. For other options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a better gaming mouse than the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B. Its click latency is much lower, it has a lower minimum lift-off distance, and its CPI range is wider and adjustable. Also, it has a better cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and significantly more buttons. However, if you like the ambidextrous shape and don't like RGB lighting, the BenQ could be a better choice.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Logitech G403 HERO and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B are both gaming mice, but they have different shapes. The Logitech is a right-handed mouse with a slightly curved body, with two buttons on its left side. The BenQ also has two buttons on its left side, but it has an ambidextrous shape. When it comes to performance, the Logitech is better overall thanks to its lower lift-off distance, adjustable CPI range, and better click latency. Also, it has a braided, flexible cable, many programmable buttons, and it comes with customization software to easily change your settings.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B are both ambidextrous-shaped gaming mice, but the Logitech is slightly better overall. The Logitech has a lower minimum CPI, an adjustable CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and a much lower click latency. Also, it has customization software to change its settings or remap its buttons. It can be used both wired and wirelessly via its USB receiver, which may be important to some people.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA12-B are both ambidextrous-shaped gaming mice, but the Razer is better overall. It has a lower minimum lift-off distance, an adjustable CPI range, a much lower click latency, and many programmable buttons. Also, the Razer is much lighter, making it a better choice for fans of ultra-light mice. However, while the Razer's small size makes it more suitable for people with small hands using a palm or claw grip, it means that people with larger hands may feel the mouse is too short. If you have large or extra-large hands, you may find the BenQ's larger size much more comfortable to use.

BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B

The BenQ ZOWIE FK1-B and the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B are both ambidextrous mice with two buttons on their left side. They're very similar in looks and performance, and they use the same sensor which has a very narrow CPI range. Unfortunately, since they don't have customization software, you can't remap any of the buttons, precisely adjust the CPI, or set macros. However, the FK1-B is a better choice for gaming since it has a much lower click latency. 

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

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.

Razer Viper

The Razer Viper performs better overall than the BenQ ZOWIE ZA11-B. It has a wider CPI range that you can adjust precisely in its customization software, a lower minimum lift-off distance, and a much lower click latency. You can also remap its buttons and change the RGB lighting. It also weighs much less, making it a better choice for fans of ultra-light gaming mice.

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