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Shootout: The best FPS gaming mouse for competitive Overwatch

By James Lu - 27 Aug 2017

Steelseries Rival 300, Zowie FK1, Zowie EC1-A

SteelSeries Rival 300

  Steelseries Rival 300
  Steelseries Rival 300
Launch SRP
  • From S$109.9
Tracking Engine
  • Pixart PMW 3310
Buttons
  • 6
Resolution
  • 50-6,500 DPI
Dimensions
  • 133 x 70 x 45mm
Weight
  • 103g

Used by: Kruise, Shadez, Mint, zaphe, Shadder2k, Wolf

First off, it’s worth noting that many pro-gamers are actually using the original SteelSeries Rival, which is no longer available. Its replacement, the Rival 300, is virtually identical, but with more durable side grips.

The Rival 300, like the Razer Deathadder, is based on Microsoft’s IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, with a large ergonomic shape and a high profile. The Rival 300 is a bit boxier overall, and less contoured than the Deathadder, which makes it better for people with larger hands, and suitable for both palm and claw grip users. The mouse has a soft-touch rubberized finish on top, with large, textured side grips on both the left and right side. The left and right click use SteelSeries’ own switches, which are quite heavy, but feel a little mushy. Behind the notched, rubberized scroll wheel there’s a dedicated DPI button. On the left side, there’s two side buttons, with the back button being much longer than the forward button, which provides some nice tactile feedback.

The mouse works without software, and comes with 800 and 1600 DPI as the two preset settings. While these are quite usable, if you want to access other DPI settings, you’ll have to install SteelSeries’ Engine 3 software, which will also let you adjust the RGB lighting.

The Rival 300 uses a Pixart PMW 3310 sensor, which is functionally identical to the old Avago 3310 (Pixart now has the license to manufacture all Avago sensors). The sensor is essentially flawless without any acceleration, prediction or angle snapping and has a DPI range of 50 to 6,500. Like the Logitech G303, the Rival 300 doesn’t have a native DPI and works well at any DPI setting in 50 step increments.  

 

Zowie FK1

  Zowie FK1
  Zowie FK1
Launch SRP
  • From S$109
Tracking Engine
  • Avago 3310
Buttons
  • 6
Resolution
  • 400-3200 DPI
Dimensions
  • 128 x 67 x 37mm
Weight
  • 90g

Used by: INTERNETHULK, talespin, chipshajen, harryhook, Kryw, Hymzi, Bromas, Linkzr

The Zowie FK1 is an ambidextrous low-profile mouse that is best suited for claw or fingertip gamers. There are actually three versions of this mouse: along with the FK1, there’s the smaller FK2, and the larger FK1+. Alternatively, if you use a palm grip, Zowie’s ZA series is basically identical, but with a higher profile designed to sit more snugly in your palm. All of Zowie’s mice use the same hardware and cost the same price, so it’s just a matter of finding the shape and size that works best for you.

The FK1 has a minimalist black plastic finish with glossy black plastic found only on the side buttons. Under the left and right click are Huano switches, which are a little on the heavy side but are really crisp and satisfying to click. And unlike the lighter Omron switches, there’s no chance of accidental double clicks. The mouse is fairly light at just 90g (Zowie’s smaller mice are even lighter), which makes it fast and agile and the two feet on the bottom are large and silky smooth (as a nice bonus, there are two replacement feet included in the box).

The mouse is completely driverless and all options can be configured and saved on the mouse itself. On the bottom of the mouse is a DPI switch button that cycles through four DPI settings (400, 800, 1600, 3200). The colored light indicates your current DPI (red = 400, purple = 800, blue = 1600, green = 32000). To switch polling rates, you simply hold down one of the side buttons while plugging the mouse in.

All of Zowie’s mice use Avago 3310 sensors, which is widely regarded as one of the best sensors around. It is essentially flawless, without prediction, angle snapping or acceleration, and works well at all DPI settings.

Zowie EC1-A

  Zowie EC1-A
  Zowie EC1-A
Launch SRP
  • From S$109
Tracking Engine
  • Avago 3310
Buttons
  • 6
Resolution
  • 400-3200 DPI
Dimensions
  • 128 x 69 x 43mm
Weight
  • 99g

Used by: Taimou, Tseini, Fragi, COOLLER, uNFixed, Morte, jkw, ToxikeN

The Zowie EC1-A is an ergonomic right-handed mouse with a fairly high profile shape. Like the Steelseries Rival and Razer Deathadder, its shape is largely inspired by the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, which makes it a very comfortable shape for palm grips. A claw grip will also work, but you're honestly probably better off with the FK1. 

Zowie's EC series comes in two sizes, the larger EC1-A, and the smaller EC2-A (which is what Taimou uses). Like the FK series, the mouse has a minimalist black plastic finish with glossy black plastic found only on the side buttons. One difference between the two series is that the scrollwheel lights up on the EC1-A, which makes it easier to see at a glance what DPI setting you're using. There are five buttons in total: left/right, two thumb buttons and a clickable scroll wheel. Under the left and right click are Huano switches. The EC1-A weighs 97g, making it slightly heavier than the FK1.

Like the FK1, the EC1-A uses an Avago 3310 optical sensor allowing for up to 3200 DPI. There is no software required to use mouse and DPI can be changed on the fly via a button on the base. DPI settings supported are 400, 800, 1600 and 3200.

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