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BenQ Zowie S1 & S2 Mice-Gamers Wand


BenQ Zowie has released two new gaming mice, the S1 and the S2, that come with similar features and offerings. While they appear to be ambidextrous mice, but they are, in fact, right-handed.

Performance & Design

Stylistically, the Zowie S1 and S2 are quite professional looking and not eye-catching or quirky in any way. The only colour on the black chassis is the small BenQ Zowie logo in red that can be seen on the base of the palm rest.

In addition to the left-click and right-click buttons on the S1 and S2, you’ll find a standard set of two thumb buttons on the left side of the mice, each one measuring three fourth of an inch across – they are large enough for your fingers differentiate and move comfortably between them while gaming. On the bottom side of both the mice, you’ll first find a DPI sensor button on the left side of the sensor, which when pressed once takes you from a 125Hz polling rate to a 500Hz polling rate, and when pressed twice helps you jump from 500Hz to 1000Hz. A third click makes you drop back to the first setting of 125Hz. Being able to switch so fast from buttons on the physical hardware itself makes things pretty convenient for gamers. On the other side of the sensor, there is a DPI button, which functions in the exact same manner – clicking once raises the standard 400dpi to 800dpi, clicking twice helps you jump to 1600dpi, and clicking thrice lets you leap straight to 3200dpi. This system is quite simple and straightforward for those who don’t want to customize their own settings.

Having all these buttons and performing quick switched through hardware interaction brings a lot of convenience and ease into the picture as users are not required to download any special software to configure nor maintain the Zowie S1 or S2 mice. Both the mice are entirely self-contained, rendering the fear software support being eliminated in the future futile.

Comfort & Control

While both S1 and S2 are highly similar in their features, they are quite different in size, which makes a lot of difference in the world of gaming and to the palms of gamers. On the one hand, we have the S1 , which is a medium-sized mouse – good for people with average-sized hands, and it’s pretty decent for people with slightly larger hands as well; and on the other hand, the S2 is a slightly smaller mouse – great for young adults, a majority of women gamers, and men with smaller hands. Coming to their dimensions to be more specific about the difference in sizes, the S1 measures 4.96 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches, and the S2 measures 4.8 x 2.32 x 1.5 inches. This basically means that the S2 is only 2mm shorter, 2mm less wide, and 1mm shorter than the S1.

Both S1 and S2 are incredibly light-weight and are even lighter than most other wireless mice because they don’t need to carry a battery as other wireless mice do. They have been designed keeping in mine a palm grip or a claw grip, making them appropriate for a large number of gamers.

Another small detail in design to notice is how BenQ has positioned the cable at the end of both the mice, S1 and S2 as it is angled a bit upwards and reduces the amount of cable drag a user would experience next to their mouse. It’s a regular cable without any extra layers of protection, making it slightly vulnerable to wear and tear, requiring users to be a bit careful in that regard.

In conclusion, we’d like to say that both these mice from BenQ Zowie, S1 and S2 are great for professional gamers who appreciate the simplicity and want a more light-weight feeling in their palms while gaming. If colourful aesthetics powered by vibrant LED lights are not criteria for you, these mice are a great pick!

Verdict

BenQ Zowie S1

  • Length: 12.6 cm
  • Width: 6.1 cm
  • Height: 3.9 cm
  • Weight: 87 grams
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Cable Length: 2 metres

BenQ Zowie S2

  • Length: 12.2 cm
  • Width: 5.9 cm
  • Height: 3.8 cm
  • Weight: 82 grams
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Cable Length: 2 metres

Technology

  • Sensor: Pixart PMW3360
  • Buttons: Huano
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 125/500/1000
  • DPI: 400/800/1600/3200
  • Buttons: 5 + DPI switcher
  • Connectivity: Wired

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