Best Gaming Mice of 2015 – Which One Will You be Buying?

Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?

We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.

As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!

  • CM Storm Xornet II
  • Zowie FK1
  • Ozone Argon Ocelote World
  • CM Storm Sentinel III
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core
  • Corsair Scimitar RGB
  • TteSports Ventus X
  • G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
  • Roccat Tyon

CM Storm Xornet II

A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.

With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3320 Optical
  • Min DPI: 250
  • Max DPI: 3500
  • Macro Engine:
  • Built-in Storage:
  • Weight: 132g
  • Grip: Claw and Fingertip
  • Price: £19.99

Check out our full review here


Zowie FK1

Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.

The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.

There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3310 Optical
  • Min DPI: 450
  • Max DPI: 2300
  • Macro Engine: No
  • Built-in Storage: No
  • Weight: 90g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £49.99

Check out our full review here


Ozone Argon Ocelote World

Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.

The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.

  • Buttons: 9
  • Sensor: ADNS 9800
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 125g + optional 4 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £42.32

Check out our full review here


CM Storm Sentinel III

Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.

The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago 3988
  • Min DPI: 400
  • Max DPI: 6400
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 115g + optional 22.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £39.99

Check out our full review here


Logitech G502 Proteus Core

There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.

Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.

It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.

  • Buttons: 11
  • Sensor: Exclusive Delta Zero 12,000DPI
  • Min DPI: 200
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes / 3 Profiles
  • Weight: 121g + optional 5 x 3.6g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £54.99

Check out our full review here


Corsair Scimitar RGB

The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.

On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.

  • Buttons: 17
  • Sensor: Optical
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 147g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £69.99

Check out our full review here


TteSports Ventus X

One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.

A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.

  • Buttons: 6
  • Sensor: Avago 9500 Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 5700
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB
  • Weight: 155g + Optional 3 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £30.65

Check out our full review here


G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.

All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB
  • Weight: 111g + optional 2 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £59.62

Check out our full review here


Roccat Tyon

The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.

Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.

  • Buttons: 16
  • Sensor: Pro-AM R3 Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 576kb
  • Weight:
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £72.62

Check out our full review here


Razer Mamba 2015 – 16,000 DPI

Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.

Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.

  • Buttons: 9 + tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Sensor: Razer 5G Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 16,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 125g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £134.99

Check out our full review here

Zowie EC1-A Competitive Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Zowie is one of the hottest brands when it comes to eSports. They’ve proven time and time again that they can create fantastic products, that have been precision crafted for the competitive gaming market. You won’t find a million buttons, macros or crazy LED lighting on this mouse. What you should find are all the basics done with precision and reliability; if all the previous Zowie mice I’ve tested are anything to go by, the EC1-A should be pretty awesome.

The EC1-A keeps the same size and shape of the original EC series mouse, but adds in the fantastic Avago 3310 sensor, the same one Zowie use in their also very popular FK series mice. There are two models available in this series, the EC1-A which I have at my disposal today, and the EC2-A.

Features and Specification

  • Ergonomic right-handed design
  • Plug and play – no driver needed
  • Perfect lift-off distance: Only 1.5 ~ 1.8 mm
  • 24-step scroll wheel
  • DPI ( Dots Per Inch ): 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • Connector: USB
  • Buttons: 5
  • Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8
  • Mac OS X v10.2 after

In the box, you will find everything you need to get you going. The mouse, a simple user guide and a set of spare slipmats.

The mouse comes hard-wired with a gold-plated USB connector. The cable isn’t braided, but the coating is of a good quality and is relative light-weight.

The mouse has a sleek and hard coated finish. It also has a curvy ergonomic shape that will provide you with a good hand position for both palm rest and claw grip play-styles.

On the left side of the EC1-A, you’ll find a pair of switches.

The left side arches inward, giving you a good gripping point and a comfortable thumb resting position.

A simple Zowie logo on the back and more ergonomic curves on the right side.

As I said before, this is a pretty simple mouse, but you can still see it’s a premium quality product from its overall finish.

There’s a slight dip to the mouse buttons, giving you a good finger resting position and the large scroll wheel is rubber coated for extra grip.

The base of the mouse has two huge slipmats; these should provide a lot of glide on any good gaming surface. There’s also a small button on the bottom for switching DPI, no on-the-fly toggling, but it’s one less button to worry about accidentally hitting mid-game.

eTeknix 2014 Christmas Tech Buying Guide

Christmas time is almost here and as we wrap up warm over winter, we’re also wrapping up on a year of incredible products here at eTeknix HQ. We’ve had hundred of reviews this year, but no doubt many of you are eagerly writing your letters to Santa, or at least dropping hints to your parents, partner or friends for what you want for Christmas. Of course, there’s no doubt a fair few of you who are eager to treat themselves to something cool this Christmas. We’ve scratched our heads and had a really good think about what some of our favourite bits of technology are from this last year, and if you’ve still got some money left after the manic Black Friday sales, perhaps some of these products will be perfect for you.

While I admit that I couldn’t fit all of our favourites onto this list, its certainly a killer list of great products and they’ve all won awards from us here at eTeknix for one reason or another. If you’re after a headset, a chassis, a new keyboard, graphics card, or other cool gadget, you’ll find something that’s right for you in our guide.


Astro A38 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Astro A38 headset really stood out for me, not only is it one of the more stylish looking headsets I’ve ever reviewed, but the sound quality is nothing short of incredible. They’re a little expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for and Astro have yet to create a product that was anything less than stunning. They’re a perfect gift for yourself or someone else and ideal for those who love to listen to music and play games on the go, and the wireless technology and NFC pairing makes them very user friendly.

Check out our full review here – £144 from Astro Gaming


NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis

A great PC deserves a great chassis and the H440 is certainly one of my all-time favourites. It’s not the biggest, and it may not even be the best chassis ever, that much is subjective, but it’s certainly got a lot of great features.  From the PSU shroud that helps keep cable management looking neat and tidy, to the comprehensive set of dust filters, thick sound dampening material lined panels and the large side panel window; you’ll find a lot to love about this chassis.

Check out our full review here – £89.99 from Overclockers


Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower Chassis

Not all chassis’ are created equally, the Core V71 packs an incredible range of features that make it an ideal choice for high-end systems. The Thermaltake Core V71 looks great, but the real magic comes from its extreme flexibility. It has class leading radiator and fan mounting support and there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to build a stunning air-cooled system thanks to its array of 200mm pre-installed fans, or an incredible custom water cooling loop thanks to its modular interior. If you need extreme performance without spending crazy amounts of money, this chassis needs to be at the top of your list.

Check out our full review here – £131.34 from CCL Computers


Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Keyboard

Treating yourself to a high-quality mechanical keyboard is a solid investment for anyone who uses their computer a lot. Mechanical keyboards are expensive, but their overall build quality and performance goes a long way to justifying the cost. The NovaTouch TKL isn’t your average mechanical and features something called Hybrid Capacitive Switches that offer a truly premium and luxurious typing experience. If you want to treat your fingers to a more enjoyable typing experience, try out this keyboard!

Check out our full review here – £149.99 from Overclockers


Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse

I have yet to use a Zowie mouse that wasn’t impressive and the FK1 is by far one of their best. While this mouse only offers minor revisions over its previous model, such as a slightly larger body and an improved sensor, it’s performance is second to none. It’s ambidextrous, has one of the best performing sensors available, great ergonomics and a stylish design. If you’re serious about your gaming and want something that offers eSports levels of performance, then you’ll love what the Zowie FK1 has to offer.

Check out our full review here – £49.99 from Overclockers


Nvidia Shield Android 5.0 Gaming Tablet

Mobile gaming is something that never really excited me, but Nvidia have really pulled out all the stops with their Shield Tablet. It’s powered by the incredibly powerful Tegra K1 graphics chip and it’s one of the fastest tablets on the market. It recently received an update that added the latest Android 5.0 operating system, as well as enabling Nvidia’s GRID cloud gaming service and all this comes on top of features like in-home game streaming, 4K video output, wireless controller support and a whole lot more. The Shield Tablet is easily one of the most versatile portable on the market.

Check out our full review here – from £239.99 at Overclockers


Nvidia GeForce “Maxwell” GTX 970 Graphics Card

Nvidia are on our list once again, first they dominate the mobile gaming market, now they’re showing their worth once again in the desktop GPU market. While we admit that the GeForce GTX 980 is an incredible graphics card, you’ll not be disappointed by their GTX 970 as it offers most of the performance of its bigger brother at a much more affordable price tag. This card is packed with the latest features, it looks fantastic and for gaming, it’s one of the best cards you can buy right now. If you want to welcome your computer into the world of high-end PC gaming, this is a great place to start.

Check out our full review here (Asus Strix GTX 970) – from £247.99 at Overclockers


Asus Rampage V Extreme LGA 2011-3 Motherboard

Intel really set a new standard for PC performance this year with the launch of their consumer X99 chipsets. It’s not a cheap upgrade right now, but a new support for the latest high-end CPUs, DDR4 memory and a wave of new features make this motherboard perfect for the enthusiast and professional markets. The Asus Rampage motherboard series has long been a popular choice and the V Extreme is certainly one of the best available right now.

Check out our full review here – £329.99 from Overclockers


Gigabyte Z97X Gaming5 1150 Motherboard

Extreme motherboards are one thing, but they’re a little out of the reach of your average consumer. The Gigabyte X97X Gaming 5 series of motherboards offers a lot of exciting features that make them a great choice for high-end gaming PCs, without the colossal price tags that you’ll find with enthusiast grade products. We loved this motherboard when we review it and while the black and red colour scheme is getting a little bit repetitive in the gaming market, it’s still a great looking board that is perfect for a wide range of systems.

Check out our full review here – £109.99 from Overclockers


Gigabyte Brix Ultra Compact System

A lot of the fame and glory goes to big gaming rigs with multiple graphics cards, loads of hard drives, water cooling and all that other crazy stuff, but this system turns all that on its head. The Brix may be small, but it packs enough power to be worthy of our Extreme Performance award! When space is limited, this little rig will fit on the back of your monitors VESA mount and it packs enough performance to get through a heavy workflow with ease. It’s a little expensive, but for a full-fledged PC that’s small enough to fit in a backpack, it’s a bargain!

Check out our full review here – £503.96 from Scan


PC Specialist Vortex 440 System

If you’re looking to upgrade to an X99 equipped system, then it’s likely that you’ll also be investing in DDR4 memory, a new CPU and a whole host of other components, so why not take all the fuss out of the process and invest in one of the best systems we’ve reviewed this year, the PC Specialist Vortex 440. We loved this system, partly because it was packed full of high-end hardware, but also because it was incredible value for money. Despite what the high price tag may suggest, the Vortex 440 actually worked out cheaper to buy than it would to build it yourself; now that’s a deal we can get behind!

Check out our full review here – around £1500 (customisable) from PC Specialist


OCZ Arc 100 240GB SSD

There’s a lot of SSD hard drives on the market right now and there are so many great ones that it’s now very easy to find one suitable for your system. The OCZ ARC 100 really stood out for us as it offers excellent performance, solid reliability, lots of features and it’s also competitively priced (per GB). Upgrading to an SSD is a great way to give your system a new lease of life, your system will boot faster and all of your games will benefit greatly from the speed boost. There is a cheaper 120GB model available, but the 240GB is the best balance of storage and value, making it a great choice for a boot drive.

Check out our full review here – £94.99 from Overclockers


Asus RT AC68U Dual Band Wireless Router

A really great router is something a lot of people overlook, it can be daunting spending a lot of money on tech like this, but the rewards soon pay for themselves. With more and more devices becoming internet connected, it’s likely that you’re not reaching the full potential of your devices networking capabilities. If you’re wanting to stream movies around your house from a NAS, play games online, while browsing the web from smartphones, tablets, consoles and other devices, then you’re going to see huge benefits from a router that can handle the most demanding workloads without sacrificing performance. The Asus RT AC68U looks great and offers a simple way to improve your home network. It’s expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Check out our full review here – £166.98 from Overclockers


Crucial 32GB 2133MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit

DDR4 memory marks the first major update to RAM memory formats in desktop systems in years, but it comes with a steep price tag. However, should you choose to make the leap for your high-end X99 platform build, then you should really consider the Crucial 32GB 2133MHZ kit. If you’re not too bothered about the aesthetics, this memory really does impress in terms of performance and offers excellent value for money vs many of the other DDR4 products on the market.

Check out our full review here – £319.99 from Overclockers


So, what will you be asking Santa for this year?

Zowie Gear Releases Smaller FK2 Mouse

Zowie Gear has released a new mouse upon us and it’s a shrunk down version of the Zowie FK1 that scored great in our review. Not everyone has the same size hands, so it’s great to see some more variations in that area.

The FK2 mouse is developed for claw-grip usage and can work as both left and right-handed mouse with its two thumb buttons on each side. The DPI is adjustable in steps of 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 while the USB report rate is adjustable to 125, 500 and 1000 Hz. The lift-off distance is 1.5 to 1.8 mm and it should work with any operating system that supports plug’n’play USB devices.

The new mouse should be available within a couple of weeks are retailers around the world.

Thanks to Zowie for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Zowie

Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


I normally look at a review sample and think “hmm, I wonder if it’s going to be any good”, but today is a little different, as I have the new Zowie FK1 gaming mouse at my disposal and Zowie have a reputation for making some of the best gaming mice in the business. With that in mind, I feel like I already know that the FK1 is going to be nothing short of awesome, and that is a dangerous thing for Zowie. If this mouse is anything lower than the high standards the company have already set for themselves, then things could quickly crash and burn towards the end of this review.

Fortunately for Zowie, the FK1 is a pretty safe product release as it’s more of a beefed up revision of their already massively popular Zowie FK. The product team at Zowie are always tuned into user feedback and they’ve responded with some minor tweaks to the product. The biggest changes are easily in the size of the mouse, it has been made a little bigger, measuring in at 1mm taller, 4mm longer and around 3mm wider overall. The next upgrade is the sensor, gone is the old Avago 390 sensor which features a 450 / 1150 / 2300 DPI toggle, now replaced with the Avago 3310 optical sensor which runs at 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI.

Slightly bigger, slightly heavier, lower lift-off, wider range of DPI settings… The FK was awesome, but not the FK1 really is starting to sound like a worthy upgrade.

As you can see on the specifications below, the FK1 is ambidextrous and designed for claw grip play styles, featuring dual side buttons, a driver-free plug and play design, adjustable DPI, adjustable polling rate, low lift-off and features support for a wide range of systems.

Features:

  • Ambidextrous mouse developed for claw grip usage
  • Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
  • Plug and Play (no drivers needed)
  • Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
  • 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • Perfect lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8; Mac OS X v10.2 after

The packaging is simple enough, a nice large window to view the overall design of the mouse and a quick run down of the features and specifications around the box.

In the box you’ll find the mouse, two extra slip-mats and a Zowie sticker.

Zowie FK1 Gaming Mouse Now Available

The Zowie FK1 is here, taking the award winning formula that Zowie are renowned for and tweaking it for even better performance. Targeted right at the heart of the eSports crowd, or of course anyone who takes their gaming seriously, the FK1 is the latest edition to the Zowie FK line.

Zowie have been listen to their fan feedback, the FK design and shape was very popular with gamers, despite it’s slightly too small chassis size. Zowie have made the mouse larger and now those (such as myself) with larger hands can enjoy more suitable ergonomics and that stunning Avago 3310 sensor.

The Avago 3310 is hardly new in terms of sensor technology, but it does have a large fan base and it was the Zowie community that suggested this is the perfect sensor for the FK1, which also features a low liftoff, an ambidextrous design, dual thumb buttons and more.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Zowie Celeritas Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Zowie have made their name in the gaming industry by being laser focused on pro gaming and eSports, and rightly so, because when it comes to making high performance gaming equipment there really isn’t a better testing ground than competitive gaming. The pros want the best tools for the job, the peripheral or component that will give them that advantage over their opponents, no matter the cost. Then at the end of the day, you’ll find consumers will want the same hardware because they know it’s the product used by winners, much like how Formula 1 works to promote consumer cars brand names.

The Zowie Celeritas has some bold claims to it and given Zowie’s heritage of working closely with some of the biggest pro gamers in history such as Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed, Young Ho ‘Flash’ Lee and Ho Jun ‘Ho-Jun’ Moon, all of whom helped develop this keyboard, we know they mean business. In a bid for maximum performance the Celeritas features mechanical switch keys, with 18K gold plated switches, gold plated USB connection, nylon key caps and most importantly the fastest response time of any keyboard on the market today.

“The primary feature of the ZOWIE CELERITAS is the newly developed ZOWIE RTR (Real Time Response) technology which allows the user to define the repeat-response of their presses to be 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x of the normal repeat-response for a keyboard when using the PS/2 connector. RTR allows gamers to gain a higher responsiveness from their keys and thereby increase the pace of movement in FPS and Racing games or possibly even increase the APM in RTS. How fast do you like it to be? We give you the possibility so you can define your most comfortable repeat-response.” – Zowie
“With an actual response-time of only 0,2 seconds, the ZOWIE CELERITAS has the fastest response-time of any mechanical keyboard currently on the market.  Furthermore it features anti-ghosting, supporting all keys through PS/2 and 6 keys through USB. For your information, the definition of a “normal response-time” for a keyboard is 0,5 seconds.” – Zowie
Now I’ll admit, gold plating and super low response times are for the most part marketing buzz words, your average gamer will likely never notice anything different about a 0.5 and 0.2 second response time for example, but what really matters is that at the end of the day, does this look, feel and perform like a premium gaming keyboard, so long as we can answer that, everything else is just a bonus.

General functions

  • 6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB
  • 18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
  • Ability to change the “Windows”-key to “Ctrl”
  • Multimedia controls
  • Highly durable metal inner chassis
  • Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
  • Connector: USB / PS2 (by USB to PS2 converter)
  • Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8 ft.

PS/2 functions

  • Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
  • ZOWIE RTR technology provides 4 levels of repeat-response (normal, 2x, 4x, 8x) – PS/2

Dimensions

  • Width: 44 cm
  • Length: 16 cm
  • Height: 2,5 cm

The Celeritas comes in a fairly unassuming grey box, there is a sneaky look at the keyboard through a small window, but this only gives away the colour of the keyboard model as there is a plastic guard over the keys that hides most of the visual details.

Around the back of the box we have something I’ve never seen before, the entire user manual! Details of how to configure the windows key (more on that soon), response rate and change the LED light colour are all here, as well as a multi language breakdown of the main specifications.

There wasn’t a huge amount of stuff in the box, just the keyboard its self, a Zowie sticker and a PS2/USB adaptor.

Five Of The Best PC Headsets Available For Under £100 ($150)

When it comes to picking the right peripherals for your system, it is safe to say that you are going to be spoilt for choice and regardless of your budget it will be hard to narrow down your choices for each component. While the keyboard and mouse options out there may be seemingly limitless, so too are the choices for audio equipment.

Today we are taking a quick look at five of the best headsets on the market for £100 or less (for our American friends that’s approx $150 at time of writing), hopefully offering something to suit many different budgets and while we do know of a few great headsets well above £100, even well above £200! They’re not often the play thing of your average consumer or gamer.

Budget is important, but so is performance and while I can’t admit to having tried every PC headset on the market, I have certainly seen more than a fair share of them. All the headsets I list in this article are ones that I have personally owned, tested and have written full reviews of here on eTeknix, so full review links will be provided. I’m not going to tell you these are the five best headsets on the market, these are my personal choices, if you think you know of a better headset for the same price range, by all means post it as a comment below and help others by sharing your advice in a constructive manner.

Were going to be looking specifically at PC headsets today and it doesn’t matter if you just want to game, watch movies in peace or Skype call your friends, I’m sure we have something here that will suit you. All prices were taken as approximate from Google Shopping and were correct at time of writing.

Zowie G-TF Rough Version Mouse Mat Review

Today we take quick look at the Zowie G-TF gaming surface, or mouse mat for those of you who prefer a more classic approach. Zowie haven’t been around long compared to some of the bigger names in the industry, but they’ve already earned themselves a loyal and sizeable following. This is mostly due to their dedication to eSports and the pro-gaming scene, a big part of the industry where companies like Zowie and gamers can coexist.

Zowie already has a great range of mouse mats on the market, but that doesn’t mean to say they’ve not got any more tricks up their sleeves. Generally I find there is no such thing as “the best mouse mat / gaming surface” but that it is more about find the right surface for both yourself and the mouse that you use.

The surface we are looking at today is the G-TF Rough Version and the last part of its product name should be more than enough clue to the kind of surface texture we have here today.

The G-TF Rough comes neatly rolled in a fairly standard white box, which features a circle cut-out that allows you to sample the texture of the surface.

Rolled out we see that it measures 440 x 320 x 2 mm although there is a smaller P-TF rough edition available which measures a smaller 320 x 250 x 2 mm as not everyone has the desk space for the larger G-TF we are looking at today.

The surface is very close in feel and performance to that of a plastic surface, which are often favoured in terms of performance but lack the longevity and portability of a cloth surface. Here it looks as if Zowie have struck a balance between the two by combining the flexibility of cloth with a tougher weave and light texture.

The surface edges are rolled and triple stitched, this should help prevent damage but also keep your wrist comfortable too as I generally find non-rolled edges can scratch or irritate the skin while gaming.

Using my Roccat Kone XTD I found the rough surface to be highly responsive at all DPI settings, with no noticeable loss in performance, if anything I find this more suitable than my current surface, which is by chance also a Zowie, the G-CM which we reviewed a few months ago.

The glide is fantastic and this is likely due to the harder surface and while the texture does provide some extra control, the mouse still glides beautifully over it, the real change here is the tactile feedback to your hand and wrist, as you can lightly feel the travel of your hand over the surface and I personally think this allows for better control while gaming.

Overall it’s a great product and I like it enough that I am retiring my G-CM in favour of the new G-TF, although at time of writing this review, I’ve actually been using the G-TF for over a month now and if you’re looking to blend a fast glide surface that still balances control, you may need to try a rough surface from Zowie.

Zowie FK Gaming Mouse Review

Today I’ll be taking a look at the Zowie FK, the latest revision to the ever popular Zowie gaming mouse range and what is effectively a new and improved Zowie AM. If you missed out on our review of the Zowie AM you can check that out here.

The AM is one of the most popular Zowie products and I personally loved it, it’s easily one of the best choices for an ambidextrous mouse on the market and it’s designed by people who game as much as the rest of us. So what about the new FK, where does this fit into all this? Well the AM didn’t have the best grip ever, meaning “lift-off” play style was difficult, so Zowie have designed the FK with a new shape, both mice are aimed at a claw-grip play style, but in Zowie’s own words “that is where the similarities end.”

“The FK has a \/ grip, where the AM has a /\ gripping style. The design of the FK has changed slightly compared to the AM, amongst other minor adjustments, the height is lower. The adjustments to the overall design have been made to make the FK lighter and faster.” – Zowie

Features:

  • Ambidextrous mouse developed for claw grip usage
  • Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
  • Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality, no driver needed
  • New improved coating method, feels like rubber, increased durability
  • 450 / 1150 / 2300 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • ZOWIE custom-designed lens for a very low lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8, Mac OS X v10.2 after

Specifications:

  • DPI (Dots Per Inch): 450 / 1150 / 2300
  • Connector: USB
  • Buttons: 5
  • Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft

Priced at around £50 from online retailers the FK isn’t the cheapest option on the market by a long shot, but for a high quality gaming mouse it’s on par with similar products from brands like Steelseries and Razer, which lets face it offer some pretty great products of their own, so lets get straight to it and see what the FK has to offer in terms of features and performance.

The Zowie FK comes neatly packed in a similar package to other Zowie mice, a nice clear panel gives us a first look at the mouse and we see that it features adjustable DPI settings of 450, 1150 and 2300 DPI.

Around the back we have the main features and specifications (detailed above), these are broken down into a few major international languages around the box.

In the box you will find a hardwired FK mouse, Zowie sticker and some replacement Teflon slip mats.

 

The first thing I noticed about this mouse was the new coating, it feels really smooth yet it still offers a nice amount of grip, although much of that comes from the improved ergonomics of the mouse. Down the right side of the mouse you will find a pair of high quality switches.

This being an ambidextrous mouse it wouldn’t make much sense for the left side to be any different, it’s a perfect mirror of the right side, with the exception of the Zowie logo of course which looks great stamped on in bright yellow.

The front of the mouse is really straight forward, we’ve got a tactile scroll wheel and a pair of slightly curved buttons that provide a good resting position for you index and middle finger.

The underside of the mouse is also finished in that funky yellow, with the sensor in the middle and a DPI toggle switch tucked away underneath, as well as a handy multi colour LED that indicates which DPI setting you currently have selected.

Zowie has made the mouse a little lower than before and this can be seen in the overall shape of the mouse, this should really benefit those with smaller hands, but will still aid players in a good “claw” hand position as well.

Overall the design looks clean and professional and it’s as good or better than everything we’ve come to expect from the Zowie brand.

Performance

Setting up the FK was a breeze, the mouse requires no software to function or change any of its features and this means you can focus purely on using the product.

The liftoff distance is super low at 1mm and this combined with the new shape of the mouse chassis makes it well suited to those who prefer a “lift-off” style of play. There were no issues with prediction or jitter that I could notice at any of the DPI settings either and that is a very good thing, if you’re looking for a sensor that gives precise and accurate response then you’re going to love the FK’s sensor. There is no sign of any acceleration from this mouse either, so turning speeds at high acceleration or DPI will always give consistent results, something that will no doubt prove popular with FPS players.

Gaming performance was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Zowie, the mouse provides a really smooth glide on any surface, the sensor never let me down once, the mouse buttons have a nice tactile click to them (if a little loud) and the ergonomics are really well-balanced. I happen to be an ambidextrous player too and I often find that symmetrical design mice can be uncomfortable, but that really isn’t the case here and the Zowie feels at home no matter which hand you use, but of course that’s just my opinion based on my play style and hand shape (palm rest and big flat hands).

The mouse is just at home in day-to-day tasks as it is with gaming too, it’s pretty straightforward in terms of design and features no extraneous button configurations, macros or any other nonsense, it’s very focused at just being a good quality mouse and that’s something that shines through no matter what task you’re using it for.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoy using this mouse and while to my mind it offers very little change over the Zowie AM it’s still an incredible product, although I think it’s more appropriate to quality it as a revision or slightly different flavour when compared to the Zowie AM, although that does seem to have been Zowie’s intention from the start.

The FK is tailored to a different hand shape, a refined play style and it’s really down to the end-user if they prefer the / \ shape of the AM or the \ / of the FK and I think it’s great that Zowie have listened to user feedback, gone back to the drawing board and come out with a product that addresses consumer demand with yet another great product.

The build quality is spot on too and while it’s nothing breath-taking it’s certainly on par with the competition in terms of price vs quality vs performance. The FK is of course tackling one of the toughest sectors in the market and around this price range you’re pretty much spoilt for choice in terms of design, features, performance and build quality and you would have to try pretty hard to buy a bad mouse that costs £50.

The Zowie FK has one of the best sensors in this price range and when mixed with a straight forward no-nonsense design, ambidextrous support, sleek looks and reliable build quality you really can’t go far wrong, if that’s what you want from your mouse then you’ll be very happy with either the FK or even the Zowie AM dependent on your play style.

Thank you overclockers.co.uk for providing us with this sample.

 

Zowie AM – Ambidextrous Mouse Review

This week I’ve been sharing my computer time with the rather slick looking, ambidextrous Zowie AM mouse. There seem to be a fair few ambidextrous offerings on the market recently and being a ambidextrous person, the chance to use this mouse was something I’ve been really looking forward to. Not only because it supports both left and right hand use but also because over the last 12 months I’ve become quite a fan of Zowie products overall, their headsets, mice and gaming surfaces have yet to disappoint me and now it’s time to take a look at how well the AM lives up to the high standards set by other Zowie products here at eTeknix.

“The ZOWIE AM was developed for gamers who value stability, functionality and performance. As a competitive gamer, you should always be able to trust your equipment to perform at its best – if it does not, how should you? This is why we only use proven technologies in our mice.”

Zowie set the bar high in terms of quality, not just by their final products but as a whole, given the company’s strict adherence to pro gaming and extensive testing, the least we should expect from Zowie is excellence. Lets hope this remains true throughout this review, I’d hate to be the one to break their combo of eTeknix awards.

Features

  • Ambidextrous mouse developed by legendary CS-player Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed
  • Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left or right handed users
  • Easy to switch between left and right hand functionality, no drivers needed
  • Optical encoder mouse wheel system for increased durability
  • 450 / 1150 / 2300 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • ZOWIE custom-designed lens for a very low lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
  • 5 Buttons
  • Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft

Measurements

  • Length: 125 mm / 4.92 in
  • Width: 60 mm / 2.36 in
  • Height: 39mm / 1.53 in
  • Weight: 88g (without cable)

As you can see from the specifications above the AM is well equipped.  While it may not have many features compared to many of the gaming mice on the market it looks like Zowie have gone for a more focused feature set. Let’s start by taking a closer look at the packaging and then we’ll see what the AM really has to offer.

The packaging looks fairly stylish and is obviously tailored towards retail marketing, perfect for sticking on display in any retail outlet as the front of the box gives us a great run down of some of the major features as well as a great visual display of the mouse itself.

Around the back we have an extensive multi-language run down of the specifications (see page 1 of this review), we also have a labelled product shot and of course an image of the famous Counter-Strike player Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed giving his Zowie approval for the product.

In the box I found the mouse its self, which comes hardwired with a good quality (but not braided) USB cable, a Zowie vinyl sticker and a pair of stick on mustaches, I’m kidding! They’re replacement Teflon slip mats for the underside of the mouse.