When in eSports, players need a reliable mouse that gets the job done and does so effectively. The BenQ ZOWIE EC1-A gaming mouse strives to put this philosophy to the test. With an unimposing design featuring no RGB lights, you get the idea that this mouse is ergonomic and non-distracting. The simple and smooth exterior neatly fits into the palm, with left and right mouse buttons that both feel tactile. Very much a performance-over-aesthetic look.
The EC1-A comes with choices from 400 to 3200 dpi. These settings are preset and cannot be customised. It’s a minor inconvenience that requires you to train your muscles around specific sensitivities, but works after some time. Still, the dpi switch itself lies below the mouse, which makes changing the dpi mid-match impractical compared to other mice. Additionally, an option to change the report rate does exist but uses a cumbersome method and offers no visual indicator for changes.
Convenient for emergencies
One of the draws of the EC1-A gaming mouse is that it’s plug-and-play. You don’t need drivers or third-party software to use this mouse. This is great if you’re traveling for events and are unfamiliar with the computer setups. However, if you are good enough to win at major eSports events, the limitations of this gaming mouse mean you’re better off keeping it as a spare. Otherwise, it’s a neat gaming mouse that does without the dreaded acceleration or smoothing.
Verdict: Not the cream of the crop, but still a subtle and reliable mouse for your gaming needs.