BenQ Zowie ZA12 and FK1 eSports Mice review: Simple, Clean and Effective

BenQ Australia Zowie ZA12 and FK1 eSports Mice
  • BenQ Australia Zowie ZA12 and FK1 eSports Mice
  • BenQ Australia Zowie ZA12 and FK1 eSports Mice
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Great ergonomics
  • Plug and play

Cons

  • A little pricey for how few features it has

Bottom Line

Some people just want a mouse that feels ‘right’ - and given the prominence that BenQ have given the ergonomics of their new mice, those customers are likely to be well served here.

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The Pitch

We’ve touched on this before: but often-times it feels like the biggest point of difference between the major gaming tech brands is their origins. Did they get their start in the space with a solid gaming mouse, keyboard, monitor or something in-between? For BenQ’s Zowie gaming sub-brand, eSports monitors have always been their bread-and-butter. However, the brand have quickly expanded into the mouse and keyboard space. What’s more, they’ve been doing so with a different worth of tact to the rest of the competition.

Where brands like Razer and SteelSeries are front-loading on features and glow-death-machine aesthetics, BenQ’s ZA12 and FK1 Ambidextrous PC eSports Mice are more focused on pure, simple, clean performance than they are integration with any sort of RGB lighting or driver-driven ecosystem. Simply put, they’re gaming mice that don’t over-complicate things.

Specs

The Zowie ZA12 Ambidextrous PC eSports Mouse is a high-profile, USB-powered (2.0/3.0) plug and play gaming mouse. It can be toggled between four DPI settings (400/800/1600/3200) and three report rates (125/500/1000Hz).

The Zowie FK1 Ambidextrous PC E-Sports Mouse is a low-profile, USB-powered (2.0/3.0) plug and play gaming mouse. Like the ZA12, it too can be toggled between four DPI settings (400/800/1600/3200) and three report rates (125/500/1000Hz).

Both mice are available in black and white colors, though the latter is in limited supply.

Design & Performance

Again, as far as the design of both the Zowie ZA12 and FK1 go, they’re simple, clean and effective. They also - somewhat refreshingly - look more like the kind of traditional mouse you might use with a desktop or workstation. The ribs of each mouse is studded by a set of black plastic toggles, which allow you to shift gears by changing the report rate on the mouse between 125Hz, 500Hz and 1000Hz. There’s also a color-coded DPI toggle on the base of the unit.

That’s all there is to it. There’s no fancy integrated lighting - but the ergonomics on both mice are impressively well-balanced. Regardless of whether you’re left or right handed - or whether you claw or palm the thing - these mice offer a generally comfortable fit.

It definitely helps that, in practice, both the FK1 and ZA12 are genuinely quite effective to use - especially during first person shooter games like Overwatch and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. They don’t just slide across your desktop, they positively glide.

Sure, there’s no customizable RBG or set of programmable macro keys. However, unlike a lot of the competition, Zowie’s FK1 and ZA12 mice aren’t being held back by trying to be great at everything. Instead, they’ve settled for being good at just one thing: playing games.

The Bottom Line

There are customers out there who absolutely want the whole package: the customizable buttons, tradeable weights, the RGB lights and uber-powerful tracking sensors. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the opposite is also true. There are plenty out there who don’t need - or want - all those additional bells and whistles.

Some people just want a mouse that feels ‘right’ - and given the prominence that BenQ have given the ergonomics of their new mice, those customers are likely to be well served here.


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