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BenQ Zowie EC2-CW Review: Precision & Comfort

The BenQ Zowie EC2-CW demonstrates that top-notch specs aren’t a prerequisite for exceptional performance. For those engaged in competitive FPS gaming, this mouse delivers outstanding accuracy and performance, all while boasting an incredibly comfortable design.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Reliable plug-and-play functionalitySpecs may not justify the price
Exceptionally comfortable formNo option for left-handed users
Excellent wireless receiver
Availability in various sizes

This mouse is a testament to the fact that performance and comfort can coexist, even without the most impressive specifications.

BENQ ZOWIE EC2-CW Review: QUICK GLANCE

The BenQ Zowie EC2-CW is a straightforward wireless gaming mouse designed for top-tier esports gaming. It prioritizes dependable performance and comfortable ergonomics over flashy specs and unnecessary features, making it a top choice if you’re in the market for a plug-and-play mouse for competitive FPS games like Counter-Strike 2. For those outside this specific niche, the steep price and simple design suggest that mainstream options might be a better fit.

This wireless iteration of the existing Zowie EC2-C, a favorite among professional FPS gamers, the Zowie EC2-CW features a highly ergonomic right-handed asymmetrical design that fits snugly in your hand. It maintains remarkable comfort during extended use, crucial for long practice sessions.

BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

I found the medium-sized EC2-CW to be the most comfortable, but there are also two other models available: the larger EC1-CW and the slightly smaller EC3-CW. Each model varies slightly in weight but is otherwise identical in features. I believe the EC2-CW will suit most players, but it’s great to see options for those with larger or smaller hands. Unfortunately, there’s currently no model suitable for left-handed users.

BenQ, the manufacturer, hasn’t disclosed specific details about the materials and components used in the mouse, making them seem like a well-kept secret. However, the exterior is made of a smooth black matte plastic. I can’t confirm the type of micro switches used for the main buttons, but I can attest to their satisfying actuation depth and ability to provide precise, clean inputs. The mouse also has two additional buttons on its left side, both of which are generously sized and comfortably fit under the thumb due to their slightly curved shape.

The scroll wheel is made of a rubberized material with distinct ribs. Scrolling requires a careful notched motion that requires some force, which takes some getting used to. However, in the long run, the more precise controls proved extremely beneficial, preventing accidental weapon switches in high-intensity moments of ranked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

Just below the scroll wheel are three tiny white LED lights. These light up while the mouse is powered, indicating the current charge level on a scale of one to three. It’s a handy way to monitor your remaining battery life, which is estimated to last about 70 hours – a figure I found to be generally accurate regardless of my settings. On the bottom of the mouse, you’ll find the mode switch (which toggles between wired and wireless mode), a report rate switch button, and a DPI switch button. LED lights alongside intuitive labels show your current report rate, which can be switched between 125 Hz, 500 Hz, and 1000 Hz.

There’s also an RGB LED indicating your current sensitivity, which can be increased up to 3,200 DPI. This is a modest figure, ten times lower than the 32,000 DPI of other premium mice like the Logitech Pro X Superlight 2. While this might deter some, most professional Counter-Strike 2 players prefer a sensitivity as low as 400 DPI or 800 DPI. Conveniently, both a 400 DPI and 800 DPI modes are built-in – a necessary feature when there’s no available companion software, limiting the mouse to its range of out-of-the-box presets.

One area where the Zowie EC2-CW seems to lag behind the competition is its relatively heavy weight of 2.79oz (79g). This is heavier than many other wireless gaming mice in this price range but appears to be a deliberate choice. Playing at 800 DPI, the weight provides a fantastic level of precision that wouldn’t be achievable otherwise. Accidental movement is nearly impossible, helping you keep your sights on target in games where a single pixel of inaccuracy can cost your team the win. A replacement set of adhesive skates is also included in the box, ensuring that you can maintain consistent friction if the preinstalled set begins to wear out.

BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

The mouse can be charged via a front USB-C port using the included lengthy cable, which is also used for wired play. It comes with a compact charging dock. The mouse connects to the dock through two metal contacts on its underside, easily fitting into place. In addition to providing easy charging, the dock also serves as a wireless receiver, reducing potential signal interference by significantly reducing the distance that would be present with a traditional wireless dongle. I’ve experienced occasional signal dropouts or moments of latency using other wireless mice via a wireless dongle but didn’t experience anything similar with the Zowie EC2-CW with its wireless receiver.

Overall, it’s a fantastic addition, especially considering its compact size and ease of integration into your setup. While using the wireless receiver is the preferred option, a more conventional USB receiver and dongle extender are also included, giving you plenty of options.

If you have the budget and prioritize reliability and performance in competitive FPS games over top specs and a flashy design, the Zowie EC2-CW is an easy recommendation. If that’s not you, however, be sure to explore some of the top alternatives mentioned later on.

BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

BENQ ZOWIE EC2-CW: COST & AVAILABILITY

The Zowie EC2-CW is priced at $119.99 / £129.99 / AU$179 and is currently available in the US, UK, and Australia, either directly from BenQ or through third-party retailers like Amazon. Despite its high-end price, it’s slightly more affordable than some top competitors like the ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition, priced at $139.99 / £139.99 / AU$189.

Considering the mouse’s modest specs, you’re essentially paying a premium for its ergonomic design and wireless receiver. If wireless connectivity isn’t a must for you, the wired Zowie EC2 is available for just $44.99 / £64.99 / AU$99, offering the same excellent design. However, if you’re set on a wireless gaming mouse, the comfort of the Zowie EC2-CW makes it a worthy consideration despite its high price.

BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

BENQ ZOWIE EC2-CW: SPECIFICATIONS

FeatureSpecification
InterfaceWired (USB-C), 2.4GHz wireless
ErgonomicsRight-handed asymmetrical
Buttons5
DPIUp to 3,200
SwitchesMicro Switches
Weight2.79oz (79g)

SHOULD YOU PURCHASE THE BENQ ZOWIE EC2-CW?

Consider buying if…

  • You prioritize ergonomics. The Zowie EC2-CW’s ergonomic design is its standout feature, offering incredible comfort. With three sizes available, you’re likely to find the perfect fit.
  • You prefer a minimalist design. The Zowie EC2-CW’s understated look could be appealing if you’re not a fan of the RGB-heavy designs of many competitors.
  • You want a dock. The wireless receiver reduces potential signal interference and doubles as a convenient charging dock, ensuring the Zowie EC2-CW is always powered up.

Avoid buying if…

  • You’re left-handed. The Zowie EC2-CW is designed exclusively for right-handed users, with no left-handed option currently available.
  • You’re after top-tier specs. While the Zowie EC2-CW performs excellently, its specs aren’t particularly impressive on paper. If you’re after the highest DPI or lightest weight, you might want to explore other options.
BenQ Zowie EC2-CW
(Image credit: Zowie)

BENQ ZOWIE EC2-CW: ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER

MousePriceInterfaceErgonomicsButtonsDPISwitchesWeight
BenQ Zowie EC2-CW$119.99 / £129.99 / AU$179Wired (USB-C), 2.4GHz wirelessRight-handed asymmetrical53,200Micro Switches2.79oz (79g)
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro$159 / £159 / AU$289Hyperspeed Wireless, Bluetooth, WiredRight-handed asymmetrical536,000ROG Micro Switches1.90oz (54g)
Cooler Master MM311$39.99 / about £34 / AU$592.4GHz WirelessRight-handed asymmetrical532,000LIGHTFORCE Hybrid Switches2.12oz (60g)

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