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

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The ZOWIE GEAR AM-GS is a second version of the ZOWIE AM with rubber paint on the top and smooth sides, an alternative to the original AM with full rubber paint. 

The ZOWIE GEAR AM-GS 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 and rubber paint The ZOWIE AM-GS 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-GS 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. And its rubber paint ensures a maximum grip.
  • newegg Performance ZOWIE AM-GS 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-GS 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-GS

Model

Brand
ZOWIE GEAR
Model
AM-GS
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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  • Eric Z.
  • 1/8/2013 4:21:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Sensor, Terribly Unstable

Pros: It has the best sensor of any gaming mouse. I have tried virtually every one, being a serious counter strike player. Liftoff distance is incredibly low, and the mouse if very comfortable.

Cons: Incredibly inconsistent performance. The polling rate is never stable on my computer, and many people have noted this issue online. The mouse is also prone to sudden death, as mine did. I had the mouse for two weeks, and it suddenly became very unstable, spamming the right click in short bursts every once in a while.

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  • Chad T.
  • 11/29/2012 10:17:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Tracking, Kind of Narrow

Pros: Fantastic tracking. Better than any mouse I have used (CM storm, steelseries, razer, MIE, WMO). Had no issues putting the cursor exactly where I wanted it intuitively and with next to no jitter. Able to hold on target (FPS) scoped or tap-firing, and it seemed to move with my eyes, as if I didn't have a mouse. Fantastic for CQC.

Zero lift-off means lower-sensitivity gamers (like me) can make sweeping moves and reposition with absolutely no stray moves on-screen at all as the mouse comes off the mousepad. No more lifting the mouse slightly and having your cross-hairs move 2-3 feet to the left or right or end up pointing at the ceiling or floor.

Button clicks are solid, wheel clicks are solid. Nothing crazy but you know when you have pushed the buttons and clicked the wheel. The wheel clicks may be a little heavy for some, but for me they meant easy and worry-free weapon-switching, click twice and you know what weapon will be in your hand, way better than mushy mouse wheel where one swipe of the wheel takes you through 2-3 weapons at once and you are constantly checking to make sure you don't get caught with a sniper when you wanted your SMG for some CQC. Plus I use the center wheel button for scoping and other buttons for crouching, prone, knifing, etc. as my left hand has nerve damage and can basically only manage WASD and a couple other keys all at once. This mouse handles everything else I need with alacrity and surety.

I wanted the Zowie AM, but all Newegg had in stock when I was ready to buy was the AM-GS. I like the look better, and I think the glossy sides actually makes it easier to grip as the rubberized coatings on the buttons feel far more slick than the glossy sides, which actually feels a little sticky as you get playing.

Driver-free plug-n-play.

Cons: The design of the mouse may leave something to be desired for some.

It is slightly wider at the bottom than the top and makes it a little more difficult to pick up than some mice, such as Razers that tend to have "indents" or "overhangs" of some sort lower on the mouse that you can use to lift the mouse off the pad (think Deathadder, or even MIE which indents slightly at the bottom).

So the Zowie is shaped like this (though not as strongly sloped as this): /_\

and I would prefer a shape closer to this: \_/

The mouse is also quite narrow in the middle. Narrower than most any other mouse I have used. It does make it feel very nimble however (especially with the lighter weight). But the shape combined with the narrow profile of the mouse can make it a little bit more effort to lift and reposition.

I use a fingertip grip as I have quite large hands (about 10-inch span from thumb-tip to the tip of my little finger with my fingers spread out, and my fist is nearly 5 inches wide just across the 4 knuckles). I use my thumb on one side of the mouse and ring and pinky finger-tips on the other side for control, while my index and middle finger are held above the mouse and kept free to click. My wrist rests on the mouse pad, as does tips of my ring-finger, little-finger, and thumb, and my palm barely touches the mouse.

I noticed after about 1 1/2 to 2 hours of solid gaming, with lots of CQC, the tip of my little finger was getting somewhat cramped and I had to take a break to let my hand "de-claw" a bit as my little finger had started to ache and cramp at the joint near the tip.

It is by no means a deal-beaker, but will take some getting used to and may require I learn to adjust my grip somewhat to compensate, or just take breaks a little more often. :)

Some people may not like the solid clicks of the buttons. The switches and build quality feel very very solid, but it does require slightly more effort to press the buttons than with some mice. At first I thought I would have to get used to it, but it took all of one game and I basically forgot I was even using the mouse, it was that natural and easy to use.

Other Thoughts: Overall one of the best mice I have ever used. Great all-around and excellent for gaming. I think if they modified the design slightly so the bottom of the mouse is slightly narrower than the top it would be the perfect mouse. If they come out with a Zowie AM 2 that has this design, I will buy one. Maybe more than one.

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  • Athena P.
  • 11/22/2012 1:57:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood gaming mouse

Pros: Good for large hands.
Very responsive.
Variable frequencies and on-the-fly DPI button. underneath the mouse.
Different lights to indicate DPI.
Nice glossy touch.

Cons: Had to unplug it and plug it back in twice since I had it because laser was not on. (Not sure if its my computers fault, but it never happened for as long as I had the computer)

Other Thoughts: Good mouse overall.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 11/16/2012 7:40:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely the best

Pros: This is absolutely my favorite mouse of all time. I had a CM Spawn, then switched to the Deathadder. I loved both, but decided to try out the Zowie thanks to a solid recommendation by a pro gamer friend. I was scared of not liking it much because of how down the middle many reviews are, but it absolutely blew me away. The mouse is AMAZINGLY comfortable, the rubber paint used on it far exceeds any other mouse's I've ever touched, and the size makes it PERFECT for any fingertip mouse holders.

The lazer is the best on the market, I'm pretty sure that's undisputed, even from people who don't like the feel or look of the mouse.

The scroll wheel has much more resistance than any other mouse I've used, which could be a turn off for some, but I love it. Feels great, and feels very, very sturdy. All of the problems people originally had with the mouse were fixed once Zowie was made aware of them, do not let anything keep you from this mouse if you are a fingertip mouse holder. It. is. perfect.

Cons: There is literally nothing wrong with this mouse. You may not like that you the DPI switch is on the bottom, but it doesn't bother me one bit.

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  • Travis A.
  • 8/2/2012 5:34:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Under-appreciated Claw-grip King

Pros: It took me a long time to get here. I used the venerable Logitech MX518 - G5 - G400/500 mouse shape for nearly a decade before I realized it wasn't actually the most comfortable mouse shape for the "claw grip" that I use to hold a mouse. It took about 5-6 different mice for my to figure out I like this design the most. The optical sensor is "perfect" in the sense that it has no inherent acceleration and a low lift off distance. The shape is perfect, it's basically a skinnier Sensei. The cord is the best of any mouse I've used, it is extremely flexible in a way that a braided cord could never be. It also doesn't use any poorly made 3rd party driver software, all the settings are made by holding buttons down on the mouse while you plug it in. Side buttons are in the perfect place, easy to press but not accidentally.

Cons: Some might consider the huano switches a con. Many people seem to prefer the omron switches. The switches on this mouse are a bit harder to press than the omron switches on my other mice.

You also can only use one side of the mouse's shoulder buttons at once. Seems like there should have been an option to use both sides at once.

Other Thoughts: I bought the Zowie AM before I bought this model. I thought the AM, without the glossy sides, would make the mouse easier to lift off (I play a lot of online FPS games with low sensitivity, I'm always making long, fast swipes and re-center my mouse often). Turns out the finish on the AM is actually more slippy to the touch than the model with the glossy sides. My fingers stick to the gloss on this model and make it easier to lift than the non-glossy version.

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