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BenQ Zowie S2 Review

This mouse has one of the more comfortable shell designs that we've tested but its lack of customizations options limits its performance considerably
BenQ Zowie S2
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Price:   $70 List | $69.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great for FPS games, well-designed side buttons
Cons:  Stiff scroll wheel, no software
Manufacturer:   BENQ
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 2, 2021
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#10 of 10
  • Performance - 35% 8.5
  • Customization - 35% 2
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.5
  • Buttons - 15% 7

Our Verdict

While the BenQ Zowie S2 is a well-designed mouse with high-end components, it is quite limited where gaming-specific features are concerned. The unit has few buttons that are not remappable and adjustments to the sensor are manual. That said, the unit will perform well in appropriately matched gaming arenas.

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Pros Great for FPS games, well-designed side buttonsOptical switches, onboard memory, customizable scroll resistanceOptical switches, supple cableGreat cable, size options, relatively simplisticGreat sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design
Cons Stiff scroll wheel, no softwareAsymmetrical, grips hard to cleanRelatively limited customizationNo onboard memory, few buttonsRelatively low tracking speed, limited onboard memory
Bottom Line This mouse has one of the more comfortable shell designs that we've tested but its lack of customizations options limits its performance considerablyThis mouse balances highly customizable features and high-end performance with a price tag that won't zero out your pocketbookA solid mouse at a manageable priceThis lightweight, 6-button mouse has top-shelf hardware, few customization restrictions, and a shape that works for both right and left-handed playersThis economic device boasts elite hardware to get the job done, but you'll have to make up for the lack of supporting features with talent
Rating Categories BenQ Zowie S2 Razer Basilisk V2 Razer DeathAdder V2 Glorious Model O- Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35%)
8.5
9.2
9.3
9.0
8.7
Customization (35%)
2.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
7.5
10.0
9.0
8.5
8.0
Buttons (15%)
7.0
9.7
9.0
9.3
8.3
Specs BenQ Zowie S2 Razer Basilisk V2 Razer DeathAdder V2 Glorious Model O- Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? PMW 3360/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes PMW 3360/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 5 10 (+1 on bottom) 7 6 6
Wire/Charging Cable (feet, inches) 6'6" 7' 7' 6'6" 6'6"
Weight (grams) 86g 91g 80g 59g 87g
Polling Rate (Hz) 125, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000 125, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000 125, 250, 500, 1000
Software No Yes Yes Yes Yes
RGB Lighting No Yes Yes Yes Yes
DPI/CPI (in steps of) 400, 800, 1600, 3200 100 - 20000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (remapable) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 250+ 650 650 250+ 200+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? No Yes (5) Yes (5) No Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Mechanical (Huano) Optical (Razor) Optical (Razor) Machanical (Omron) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Both Right
Size Small Large Large Small Small
Length 4.72" 5.1" 5" 4.74" 4.57"
Shell length 5.63" 6" 5.8" 5.6" 5.25"
Height (max) 1.5" 1.68" 1.68" 1.38" 1.5"
Hump inset 1.9" 2.1" 2.5" 2.05" 1.85"
Finger Width 2.36" 2.36" 2.73" 2.26" 2.23"
Waist 2.17" 2.4" 2.22" 2.08" 2.45"
Palm Width 2.48" 2.26" 2.55" 2.23" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


The BenQ Zowie S2 is a pared-down but fully functional gaming mouse with some interesting innovations. For one, the rubber cable is attached to the front of the mouse at an upturned angle that prevents the cable from dragging on the mouse pad. Additionally, the short, symmetrical shell design has the hump positioned towards the back, making it easy and comfortable to both palm and claw grip the mouse. In addition to the features, the mouse has 4 buttons, a scroll wheel as well as manually adjustable DPI/CPI (400, 80, 1,600, 3,200) and polling rate (125, 500, 1,000 Hz).

Dislikes


Given that the S2 is a very simplistic mouse, several features are lacking. For example, there is no supporting software. However, the unit doesn't really need software as there are no lights to customize, and the polling rate and DIP/CPI are adjusted with buttons on the underside of the unit. Also, there are just two auxiliary buttons that are set to forward and back. Finally, the mouse is small, which makes gripping it easier, but it might not be suited to those with bigger hands. In our opinion, this mouse is designed for browsing and productivity applications and, given its light weight, FPS games.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer