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ZOWIE GEAR AM Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2300 dpi Competitive Gaming Mouse with DPI Adjustable Switch

  • 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel
  • USB Wired
  • Optical
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The ZOWIE AM is an ambidextrous mouse that is unmatched by other ambidextrous mice in flexibility, stability and performance. It features two buttons on both sides which allows the user to switch between left- and right-handed usage. Only one side may be active at a time, thus eliminating annoying situations where you accidently hit the side buttons using the bottom of your palm or your pinky finger.

  • newegg Shape The ZOWIE AM has been built as a versatile mouse, which can be easily adapted to the users’ preference to either left- or right-handed use. In an effort to offer users of ambidextrous mice (left-handed users especially) a higher level of comfort when playing, the ZOWIE AM features two buttons on each side – but only one side can be active at a time, meaning that the users has to define either left- or right-handed usage. Just as with the Hz-changer on the EC-series, there are no drivers or software – the switch is made directly on the mouse, and the mouse will remember the setting.
  • newegg Performance ZOWIE AM uses ADNS-3090, the most stable and functional optical sensor on the market, and is optimized to be ideal for competitive gaming by developing a custom lens. Like what they did with the EC-series, ZOWIE finally succeeded in creating the exact combination necessary for a low lift-off distance (1.5 mm) while maintaining flawless performance.
  • newegg Improved mousewheel The mousewheel in the ZOWIE AM is the same as the one used in the ZOWIE EC-series. Developed using an optical encoder instead of the traditional mechanical system, the mousewheel has proven to be extremely durable. The lifespan of the mousewheel is expected to be more than five years.

Learn more about the Zowie Gear AM

Model

Brand
ZOWIE GEAR
Model
AM
Type
Wired

Spec

Interface
USB
Hand Orientation
Both Hands
Tracking Method
Optical
Buttons
5
Scrolling Capability
1 x Wheel
Color
Black
Maximum dpi
2300 dpi

OS / System Requirement

Operating System Supported
Win2000/XP/VISTA/7 or Mac OS X v10.2 after

Features

Features
Length of cable: 2m / 6.6 ft

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

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2014 8:20:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Tier mouse.

Pros: What can I say about this mouse, Symmetrical for even left handed players, So smooth if you find a decent mouse pad, I have used this mouse for a while, and until it finally wears down, I will not buy another mouse. Zowie is a good company. You can even set your own DPI, whats not to love!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Most people whine about the size of it, It isn't the mouse, its your hand, get over it.

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  • Michael H.
  • 6/26/2013 5:36:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsBad shape no matter what size your hands are or what grip you use

Pros: The plug & play, driverless 1000hz and dpi switching is very nice.

I uses a good sensor.

It has a nice low lift off distance.

Cons: The bottom is wider than the top so there is no grip when trying to lift the mouse. This has been fixed in the newer F K.

The middle click is very hard to press.

The mouse is very thin and will cramp your hand unless you have small or fat hands. The F K suffers from this same issue.

The DPI steps are bad. They are 450, 1150, 2300. Those last two are extremely high and 90 percent of gamers should not be using them. Unfortunately, gaming mice developers have been deceiving gamers into thinking that higher DPI equals better mouse, when the reality is that higher DPI equals higher sensitivity. So now new gaming mice developers who actually care and know what they're doing are forced to include these ridiculously high DPI steps in order to make it look like they're on par with other gaming mice. This might be why zowie incorporated these silly DPI steps.

In reality most gamers who know what they're doing will put the windows slider on 6 of 11 (middle) with Enhance Pointer Precision unchecked, and have their mouse on 400 or 450 dpi. Anything up to 900 is reasonable depending on the game and your monitor's resolution. Anything beyond that and you will lose the ability to make small, precise movements. So what the majority of knowledgeable gamers really need are DPI steps between 400 and 900.

Other Thoughts: I was concerned that the AM would fit my hands better (especially at the right front where your ring finger rests) since I have big hands and I heard that the F K has a reduced height from the AM (which is true - but the height of the front of the mice where your ring finger goes is the same on both mice) so I bought them both to test and I can confirm that there is no reason for anyone to buy the AM. The F K is better for all grips and every size hand. But both the F K and AM are very thin mice so they will cramp your hand unless you have small or fat hands.

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  • Rene H.
  • 2/17/2013 5:13:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest First Person Shooter Mouse EVER

Pros: No prediction bull, no drivers, simple plug and play brilliant optics. The build quality is superb, and is quite possible the most precise mouse I've ever used in my life for first person shooters. Actually considering buying a 2nd one just in case this one ever decides to quite working (but given it's build quality I doubt it will). The cable is perfect length and doesn't tug. Not too heavy not too light, just right. Pick up distance is perfect as well. Overall fantastic. I'd give it 6/5 Eggs if I could.

Cons: Very hard to draw a straight line because lack of prediction, also if you slowly move windows across the screen in Win7 it will think you're shaking it from side to side to minimize all other windows because of the lack of predictive software. The thing is, it's all a worth while trade off for the amazing first person shooter performance.

Other Thoughts: Watch the TekSyndicate review on this mouse on YouTube.

In the last year or two I've realized the best mice are between $5 and $55. If you're not playing RTS or MMO where you need stupid high DPI then avoid laser mice. Unless you're on 2560x1440(or 1600) no need for these absurd DPI numbers that some mice offer. For FPS and day to day use optical is the best route. As for that price range I previously stated, anything more and you're paying for fancy lights and useless features. All gimmicks!

I've had a Logitech MX518 (awesome), Razer Lachesis (Not great), Steel Series Ikari Optical (awesome), and now this, this is just in a world of it's own.

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  • Nathan M.
  • 1/6/2013 1:24:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMade him happy

Pros: It was a good size
Responsive
Reliable

Cons: Nothing

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  • Raymond L.
  • 10/25/2012 4:58:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I have been using the mouse for 3 weeks now on an Xtrac XL black "nanofiber" pad. It responds very well in FPS games (CS:GO specifically) and has been great for all other uses. I have large hands so I use a claw grip for this mouse. I would prefer if it were a bit larger, but it is not uncomfortable. It's not the sweet piece of love that the mx518 was, however.

The sensor is amazing and I have had no issues with tracking when swiping across the pad. I would say that my play is more smooth as a result of this purchase, though not notably improved. I did increase the size and texture of my mouse pad, which I would attribute a larger portion of success to. The lift off is exactly as advertised and quite low. You feel quite a bit of control.

Cons: The black top picks up oils from your hands very easily and will look discolored after some regular use.

The mouse wheel is stiff. I wouldn't say that it is uncomfortable, just noting the fact. The left and right clicks are perfect. The customizable left and right hander settings with just holding certain buttons when being plugged are amazing, because the mouse doesn't have any awful drivers. The cord is Thick. Solid. Tight. and I haven't had any issues with USB connectivity or response yet. It is light enough to not be obtrusive when using the mouse. I have never used a wireless mouse though.

Other Thoughts: 4/5 stars because it isn't the mx518 and I am bitter about this. Really, it's a great mouse though.

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  • Henry M.
  • 10/18/2012 8:32:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Great shape. I was a little worried that my hand may be to big but it fits great. Response is outstanding. I could feel the difference from my Logitech MX510 immediately. Tracking is really nice and precise. Hard click and tough mouse wheel all make it feel very well built. Hard click isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be.

Cons: None that I can think of. This mouse is great! If you play a ton of first person shooters, this is the mouse for you!

Other Thoughts: Price was a little bit high, but you pay for what you get. One of the best on the market for gaming. This mouse deserves a great pad to go with it!

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  • Francis W.
  • 9/29/2012 7:57:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointed

Pros: - Excellent sensor with near perfect tracking
- Nice finish with rubber paint
- Does not require any extra software

Cons: - Terrible build quality

Other Thoughts: I was really looking forward to using the Zowie AM with many days of research suggesting that this is one of the best mice for FPS games. I was very disappointed with the abysmal build quality of the mouse. Right from the start, the DPI button on the bottom face was very erratic - usually not registering presses. I thought this may have been because the button is recessed and it's just hard to press, but this was definitely not the case...it was busted. Next, only after a day of ownership, the scroll wheel began squeaking and quickly getting worse and worse with use until it was painful to listen to. It's quite unfortunate because this really is an excellent mouse when it's working; and the quality of the sensor is superb. But, the cheapish build quality is a major turn off - it's easily the poorest built mouse I have EVER used (and I've been through a lot of them). I ended up returning mine.

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  • RICHARD B.
  • 8/21/2012 8:46:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This mouse has the absolute best optical lens available, that's what you are paying for, and it's worth every penny.

There simply are no alternatives to the tracking quality and lift off on this mouse.

Cons: A little slim for my very large hands.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a gaming mouse, this is what you buy, other brands offer gimmicks and designs that might seem appealing, yet offer no functional advantages.

This mouse offers the only advantage that matters ( particularly for FPS) - superior tracking and minimal lift off.

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  • shahram s.
  • 7/31/2012 10:54:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggssimple and functional

Pros: It's a straightforward, no frills mouse. Bought this to troubleshoot USB issues with my gaming mice that had onboard memory. Nothing special here, nice form factor.

Cons: Parts feel cheap. The scroll wheel is particularly cheap and shoddy. Scrolling seems to not register all the time, especially when moving fast. I no longer use this mouse and I'm currently loving the G9x

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  • Wayne V.
  • 6/17/2012 4:19:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Finally a replacement for the intellimouse. The tracking is flawless and lift off distance very low. I've had tons of mice and have always been looking for something that actually beats the intellimice for years. This is it.

Cons: Doesn't have omron switchs, still they aren't bad.

Other Thoughts: Buy it.

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