Reviews You Can Rely On

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
Credit: Amazon
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
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
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
60
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#12 of 12
  • Performance - 35.0% 8.5
  • Customization - 35.0% 2.4
  • Ease of Use - 15.0% 7.5
  • Buttons - 15.0% 7.0

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.

Compare to Similar Products

 
BenQ Zowie S2
This Product
BenQ Zowie S2
Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award Best Buy Award 
Price $70 List
$69.99 at Amazon
$70 List
$49.99 at Amazon
$70 List
$36.78 at Amazon
$50 List
$29.99 at Amazon
$50 List
$44.99 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
60
88
85
83
75
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Great for FPS games, well-designed side buttonsOptical switches, thumb rest, adjustable scroll wheelOptical switches, supple cableIncredibly lightweight, super supple cord, fine-tuned customization optionsGreat sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design
Cons Stiff scroll wheel, no softwareA bit heavy, frequent software updatesRelatively limited customizationRelatively loud button, big DPI adjustment stepsRelatively 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 top-shelf mouse set the bar amongst fierce competition while providing easy-to-use customization softwareA solid mouse at a manageable priceAn incredibly lightweight mouse with top-notch hardware and intuitive software supporting its customization settingsThis 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 V3 Razer DeathAdder V2 HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Performance (35.0%)
8.5
9.3
9.3
9.2
8.7
Customization (35.0%)
2.4
7.9
7.3
6.2
5.7
Ease of Use (15.0%)
7.5
9.0
9.0
9.5
8.0
Buttons (15.0%)
7.0
9.7
9.0
9.7
8.3
Specs BenQ Zowie S2 Razer Basilisk V3 Razer DeathAdder V2 HyperX Pulsefire Haste Logitech G203 Prodigy
Sensor/ Type/ Flawless? PMW 3360/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes Focus+/ Optical/ Yes PAW 3335/ Optical/ Yes Mercury/ Optical/ Yes
Number of Buttons 5 10 (+1 on bottom) 7 6 6
Measured Wire/Charging Cable 6 ft, 6 in 6 ft 7 ft 6 ft 6 ft, 6 in
Measured Weight 86 g 101 g 80 g 59 g 87 g
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 - 26000 (50) 100 - 20000 (50) 200 - 16000 (100) 200 - 8000 (50)
Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS) 250+ 650 650 450 200+
On-Board Memory (# of profiles)? No Yes (5) Yes (5) Yes (1) Yes (1)
Switch Type (Manufacturer) Mechanical (Huano) Optical (Razer) Optical (Razer) Mechanical (TTC Golden) Mechanical (Logitech)
Handedness Right Right Right Right Right
Size Small Large X-Large Large Small
Length 4.72" 5.11" 5" 4.88" 4.57"
Shell length 5.63" 6" 5.8" 5.5" 5.25"
Height (max) 1.5" 1.68" 1.68" 1.48" 1.5"
Hump inset, back to hump 1.9" 2.1" 2.5" 2.25" 1.85"
Finger Width 2.36" 2.36" 2.73" 2.2" 2.23"
Waist 2.17" 2.4" 2.22" 2.4" 2.45"
Palm Width 2.48" 2.26" 2.55" 2.5" 2"

Our Analysis and Test Results

BenQ Zowie S2 gaming mouse
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
You Might Also Like

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More