Zowie S2 Review

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Zowie S2 Review


Zowie's newest S line of mice initially only came out as a sort of limited edition release as part of their Divina line, and while that's an admirable initiative people were obviously clamoring for this new design to become part of their regular lineup so that it would be purchasable everywhere and be available in the regular matte black coating. Zowie has listened, and has now released the 'regular version' of the S1 and S2.

Now that the S line is becoming widely available and thus more accessible for a lot of gamers we thought it was time to look at this newest version so we gave a copy over to our reviewer. He'll inform you guys about the differences between the Divina version and the regular version, as well as give you a full rundown about the S2 as a whole.

Enjoy the read!

"The S Series is designed to have a shorter overall length, allowing users to easily wrap around and hold the mouse so users can move freely during vertical movements."Zowie
Zowie S2 Review Mouse

Zowie S2 - First Impressions


One of the first things I noticed when I unboxed this mouse is that the coating has changed, not only when compared to the Divina version (which is quite obviously a different coating) but also when compared to newer Zowie models such as the EC2-B. I will get into more detail about the coating later on in the review, but since I know that a lot of people are wondering about this I thought I'd address this first.

A lot of people (myself included) weren't really fans of the glossy/matte mixture that Zowie were using on their newer standard models so it's good to see that they have improved on this coating. I included a picture comparing the S2 almost fresh out of the box to a barely used EC2-B to illustrate this difference. With both coatings in mint condition it's clear to see that something has changed.

Aside from that (spoiler alert!) I didn't really find any major differences so if you've already read my S2 Divina review this might all seem a bit familiar to you.

Zowie S2 Mouse Review Coating

Mouse


As you may or may not know, the S2 is a small to medium sized mouse with an ambidextrous design. Apart from the coating there are no changes between the Divina version and the regular version, so if you've had the chance to play with that then you already know what to expect here.

If you haven't you can compare the S2 to Zowie's FK model in the sense that it's an ambidextrous model with a rather safe shape, though the S is taller and just a small touch wider than the FK. In addition to that, the FK is also a bit longer. Summarizing: the S is a small and slightly more filling ambidextrous mouse, and while comparisons the FK will constantly be made (which is part of the reason I've included said comparison here) it's really a rather different shape that stands on its own rather than some iteration of the FK series. You can check out the differences between different Zowie mice for yourself here.

Zowie S2 Review Packaging

Packaging


The unboxing experience is pretty much your regular Zowie affair: inside the subtle looking black box you're gonna find the mouse, the usual documentation, a Zowie sticker, and a pair of replacement mouse feet.

I always mention this in any Zowie review that I do (and any review of other brands that do this) but I love it when companies include replacement feet in their standard packaging. It adds to the longevity of the mouse, and it's nice to be able to slap a fresh pair of feet on your mouse straight out of the box if you feel like the feet are getting worn after many, many gaming sessions.

SPECS:
Tech

  • Sensor: 3360 Optical
  • Buttons: Huano Switches
  • DPI: 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
  • Polling Rate in HZ: 125 / 500 / 1000
  • Connection: Wired
  • Cable length: 2m / 6.5ft
Size & Dimensions

  • Shape Design: Ambidextrous
  • Width: 6 cm / 2.4 in
  • Length: 12.2 cm / 4.8 in
  • Height: 3.8 cm / 1.5 in
  • Weight: 82 g / 2.89 oz

Shape and finish


Zowie are famous for their amazing shapes (among other things) and the S2 and S1 absolutely deserve to wear the Zowie logo in this regard. The S2 is an ambidextrous mouse with a pretty compact design and they really hit the mark once again with this shape. It's a safe and super comfortable ambi shape and I find it hard to imagine that anyone would actively dislike this design. No shape is perfect for everyone obviously, but Zowie really do pay attention to the design of their mice and the S continues that tradition.

One of the things Zowie emphasize in their marketing for this product is that they made this mouse shorter to make vertical aiming easier. That's a bit of an odd thing to single out to me since that entirely depends on your grip style, but this shorter design does allow for some space between the mouse and your palm (unless you're a palm gripper obviously) which can make micro adjustments on the vertical axis easier to do so I can kind of see where they're coming from. Vertical aim or not: I personally think that this is one of their best shapes yet and I like this shorter, more boxy design better than that of the flatter FK if I had to choose.

As mentioned before the Zowie S2 comes with a matte black coating. Most people will be pleased to know that Zowie has gone back to their old style of coating and has done away with the glossier type of coating that they've been using on their regular mice in recent times. This particular coating is still a bit of a fingerprint magnet but it performs great and, perhaps most importantly for someone who gets sweaty hands when gaming, it doesn't start to feel dirty/sticky as quickly as used to be the case with their glossy/matte mixture coating. I still prefer a slightly more rubbery feeling mixture myself, but the coating has undoubtedly been improved over their recent regular black efforts and I had absolutely no issues with this, even when using it for long and intense gaming sessions.

On the bottom of the mouse there are two large mouse feet which provide a nice, smooth, and controlled glide with virtually no break in time. I like this large feet setup so I'm glad that they haven't touched this.

Buttons and scroll wheel


Zowie always put Huano switches in their mice and that hasn't changed with the S2. They're a bit heavier to press, but whether you prefer Huano switches or Omrons (which are generally lighter) will be a matter of preference. What's more important is the implementation and the overall quality of the clicks, and I must say that that's done wonderfully here.

As I noted in my S2 Divina review the buttons on the S series feel a bit lighter than those on other Zowie models. Both main buttons provide a pleasant and crispy click with no sideways travel, and while I've never had any issues at all using Zowie's buttons I do have to say that I feel like these are the best buttons that Zowie has produced so far. They won't ever be the lightest clicks on the block (due to the Huano switches underneath them) but unless you're after the lightest buttons you can find you probably won't have any issues using these.

Continuing on with the 'Zowie has been improving' trend I can also say that the side buttons have very little travel and give you a nice and tactile sensation when clicked, making these very easy and comfortable to use with all sorts of grip styles.

The basic principle of Zowie's scroll wheel philosophy remains the same with the S line; it's a 16-step wheel which was chosen because having fewer step makes it easier to switch weapons or what have you (whereas a wheel with more steps increases the probability of scrolling too far) and that's great for gaming where you want to be as precise as possible with your mouse wheel, but not so great for intensive browsing. The S2 is a gaming mouse though, and in that context it's a perfectly fine wheel. It's pretty loud and rigid feeling, but I feel like Zowie has made steps forward when it comes to the overall feeling of it: the scroll wheel on older Zowie models could sometimes feel a little rattly and flimsy, but that's not the case here.

This type of scroll wheel will always be a bit polarizing (some people absolutely love it while others hate it entirely) but I can't say that it's badly implemented or anything like that.


Zowie S2 Review Mouse Buttons and Scroll Wheel
Zowie S2 Review Mouse Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Quality and cable


There's no rattling, squeaking or any give to the shell when doing the usual 'shake and pressure' tests so when it comes to build quality the S2 is as solid as can be.

The cable is Zowie's standard rubber cable, which is pretty flexible and thin. It's not a shoelace-style cable like some other companies have been putting out recently but I honestly cannot say that I was annoyed by this cable, even after having used multiple of these shoelace mice. It's not the absolute best cable out there (those lace style cables are undoubtedly more flexible and lighter) but it's definitely more than decent so you won't have any real issues with this at all.

As with the S2 Divina the cable comes out of the shell at a bit of an angle which might seem like a gimmick at first, but it really does aid with keeping the cable off of the pad if you're using a bungee, so there is less cable drag by virtue of this addition. It's a small and mostly inconsequential feature in the grand scheme of things but it does show how Zowie pays attention to details, and a lot of these little touches combined can and will make a difference for the overall feeling of a mouse.

Speaking of attention to detail: the S2 is completely blank on the bottom, except for the DPI and polling rate buttons. On older Zowie mice there used to be an information sticker there (with the model number and so on) but since Zowie noticed that it could possibly interfere with the glide they moved that information to a tab at the end of the mouse cable. Again: not something that most people will notice, but a nice touch regardless.


Zowie S2 Mouse Review Cable
Zowie S2 Mouse Review Cable

Performance and sensor


Inside of the Zowie S2 you're gonna find the 3360 sensor. That's a flawless sensor and Zowie have implemented it well, which means that it's gonna register everything that you do on the pad with perfect precision without adding any smoothing or acceleration.

Zowie's credo when it comes to their gaming products is 'performance over everything'. The S2 therefore doesn't have any RGB lighting (except for tiny indicators on the bottom) and it doesn't require any software at all to use. Everything is done on the mouse itself, and that's great news for people who are often gaming on the go. Just plug it in and you're good to go.

This does mean that you won't be able to customize the precise DPI settings or anything like that, but the included DPI steps of 400, 800, and 1600 (there's also 3200, but that's far less common) are by far the most used DPI settings so the vast majority of gamers won't need anything else.


Zowie S2 Bottom View Mouse Review

Grip


The S2, as I said before, has a very safe and comfortable grip so it should be good to go for a very large variety of grip types.

If you've got larger hands (or you are a palm gripper with smaller hands) you can always go for the larger S1 so there's plenty of options out there for basically any grip type and hand size.

Due to the shorter overall length and smaller size I wouldn't necessarily recommend this mouse for palm grippers with medium to large hands, but most of this obviously comes down to personal preference so take this section for what it is: a rough guideline.

All in all the S2 is yet another great feeling and fitting Zowie mouse so if you feel like the FK line is perhaps a bit too long and flat for you it can be a great idea to try out the S1 or S2.


Zowie S2 Mouse Review

Conclusion & Recommendation


The S2 Divina got a well deserved Staff's Choice award, and since the regular black version doesn't change anything except for the coating it's only natural that this mouse also gets that same honor.

There seems to be some kind of misconception that this is a reiteration of the FK line (click here to go to Zowie's mouse comparison webpage) but that's not the case. When it comes to the shape they might both look similar at first glance but the S has plenty of differences to set it apart and claim its very own spot in Zowie's lineup of mice and if you're asking me (bear in mind that this is just my personal opinion) this is their best shape yet.

Some people seem to forget it, but you don't need holes in a mouse to have a great gaming mouse. Couple the amazing shape with Zowie's improved clicks and coating and you've got what is the company's best effort yet if you're asking me. That's obviously down to personal opinion, as shape plays a huge part here and shape is entirely subjective, but I have to say that I'm impressed.

The S might not be a revolutionary entry in the world of gaming mice, but it has an amazing shape, flawless sensor, great build quality, a nice set of buttons, and a decently flexible cable so it's definitely one of the better gaming mice out there at the moment. Definitely one to keep an eye on if you're shopping for a gaming mouse.

Zowie S2 Review Conclusion

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Iyad Harikou

Hey guys,I was wondering if you can help me choose between the s1 and s2.
I had a zowie fk1+ and it felt a little bit big for the size of my hand,I also use a palm grip,which one you would suggest for me? The s1 or s2 ? (Medium hands)

Sirbeam

How are each zowie mouse different? Now i use S2. I think that will change to ec2 or fk1. Which one do you think is good? ec or fk?

doodlenort

Hi. I’m torn between the s2 and the fk2-b. My hand size is 18×9.5. My grip is aggressive claw and use the g203, which i love the shape of. What do you think i should buy.

Dro

Hi dude, my hand size 19cm x 9.5cm and my grip is relaxed claw so i need to go S1 or s2

ProSettings | Max

I’d go for the S2 with that hand size, unless you prefer bigger mice.

holf

I have 18.5×10 hands and i use fingertip, should i get this or s2

ProSettings | Max

I suppose you mean that you’re choosing between the S2 and S1, but with that hand size I’d go for the S2 if you’re asking me.

Fisty

I do not know what to choose zowie s2 or razer deathadder V2,help

ProSettings | Max

It all depends on your preferences, hand size, and grip style. The S2 and Deathadder have completely different shapes too. If you want a mouse that’s more form-fitting and shaped ergonomically you can go for the V2 (but keep in mind that DeathAdders are pretty large mice) and if you want a more neutral shape the S2 is a good one to go for.

As I said though; this all depends on your preferences and both mice are so different (ambidextrous versus ergonomic) that there’s really no way for me to tell which one is better for you without knowing your grip style and hand size. If you’re new to this whole thing you can check out our guide on how to choose the right gaming mouse: https://prosettings.net/library/choosing-a-gaming-mouse/

Frank

I really like the S2, more than the logitech gpw. I have more control due to the shape design. Not sure why people would go for gpw other than the wireless option

ProSettings | Max

Well shape and all of that is subjective. Even though cables these days have become extremely light and flexible I do find that I gravitate more towards wireless mice myself, for example. That said: shape is definitely the most important factor for most people (we actually polled it; the results are in our ‘how to choose the right gaming mouse’ article in the library) and I also love the shape of the S2 so I can see where you’re coming from.

pedersen

which of the S1 and S2 reminds the most of the FK1+

ProSettings | Max

The S1, for me personally.

Splinter

ProSettings, what is your main mouse/mice if you aren’t one person? Would your top mice list be different from the list here on the site if it was based on your opinion? Also quick side question, what is the best/your favourite mouse made by zowie? Thanks

ProSettings | Max

Hi! We’re multiple people. Running a website like this with only one person would be an extremely impressive feat, haha. That said; all of us answer on our respective ‘fields’ so every answer you see in the review section is made by me, the reviewer, for example. Stuff on the player pages gets answered by our data analyst, and so on.

Anyway, to answer your question: I am currently maining the G Pro Wireless (whenever I’m not actively testing a mouse, of course) and have done so for about a year. Throughout that year I also used the Model O as my main for a while, as well as the G-Wolves Skoll and Xtrfy M4 but I always come back to the G Pro Wireless. I really love the shape and the wireless fact, so yeah. My current favorite mouse from Zowie is the S2.

WalmaetPc

I’m considering about getting GPW, s2, or g305

I mainly use claw grip my hand size is 17 x 9.5

I dont care about anything , but shape little bit of wireless

ProSettings | Max

Out of those I would say that the S2 has the best shape, but that is of course entirely my personal opinion. All of those should be good for claw grip though, so you’re definitely looking in the right direction.

hey

Hi. Which one is the closest in size to the ec2b? S1 or S2?

ProSettings | Max

The S2.

Musedoubler

I’ve got the S1 and I got to say that they did an awesome work here! The only thing I hate is the glossy mouse4/5 buttons on the black version of it. That’s why I did scratch them with scotch bride sponge and removed it.

ProSettings | Max

While I don’t really mind the fact that the side buttons are glossy you gotta do what you gotta do to make the mouse perfect. Glad you’ve found a great mouse for you!

Xinless

Hey I have 18.3 x 9.3 Hands, I mainly use claw grip.

I currently own the S2, EC2-B , G305 and the GPW

I cannot exactly decide which mouse I should use, I mainly play FPS and MOBA’s , I wouldn’t mind keeping 2 mice [One for FPS , one for MOBA]
Any tips?

witcher

O my god. You have a good collection 😛 I have 19 to 19.5 and 9-9.5 hands. Which one do you suggest for fps games? Gpw or s1-s2?

ProSettings | Max

I’d say it depends on your grip, but overall the S1 should be a good fit. GPW too but it could be a bit small-ish for you depending on how you grip it.

ProSettings | Max

Well, my hands are about the same size as yours and I wouldn’t mind playing with most of those mice (except the G305 which is too small for my grip) so is there anything you don’t like about those mice? For a MOBA mouse I’d recommend the Razer Naga Trinity. You could even use it for FPS gaming as well, since the side button configurations are interchangeable.

DAVINCI

My Hands are 19cm tall and 10cm wide ans I’m claw gripping my mouse. Should I go for the s1?

ProSettings | Max

Both the FK and S could be good for you. The S is a bit smaller and compact in design, so it’s all about what you prefer.

jub

hey, i would like to ask what zowie mouse should i get if my hands are 19/9 to 9.5-ish and built for a relaxed claw grip?

thank you for your time 🙂

ProSettings | Max

The S line or FK line should be good for you. I personally prefer the S though, for what it’s worth.

witcher

Thanks for the answer. What about the g pro wireless? I do not have a chance to try it in a tech shop in my country -or city at least-. For my hand size and grip styles, that one or the model o could be better?

In addition: I had a chance to try the g703. There is a ridiculous hump on its back. It was annoying for my palm sometimes. But other than that its size was very good for my hand size and grip style. Considering this, which one do you advise?

ProSettings | Max

Based on what I’m reading I would say the GPW would be your best bet. Again, though. I’m only guessing here (as is every other mouse reviewer) so take this with a grain of salt. But If you didn’t like the hump of the G703 it’s maybe a good idea to try the safer GPW. Model O isn’t really suited for palm grip if you’re asking me.

witcher

Hi. I have 19.5/9.5 to 10 cm. hands. I change my grip style between palm and claw. Sometimes a hybrid of palm and claw. For fps games more of a claw grip. As I understand from what you wrote, I think that I should buy the s1? Am I right, kind sir? By the way, I think I should mention about this: The ec1 feels a bit big, and the ec2 is a bit small for my hand. S1 or S2? Or maybe glorious model o? And one thing to add: I have tried the logitech g102. Because of its size, it is impossible to palm for me and tiring-uncomfortable to claw for long period of usage. I dont have any place to try these new s series zowie mice. That is why I wrote so much information to ask for your help (if you wonder about that).

ProSettings | Max

S1 should be your best bet from what I’m reading. Though it’s important to know that I’m only going by sizes and general ideas. I (along with every other mouse reviewer out there) don’t know about your specific preferences and so on, so always take advices like these with a grain of salt since everyone’s different.

fahhad

hey, im kinda new to the pc world and i wanna buy a new mouse and mouse pad what do u recommend as the best mouse and mouse pad ? and im good with all types, and im so sorry for my bad english and Thanks <3

Max

Fahhad mby go with the safe option ec2b in Black if you are new here and you should Also grab a gsr mousepad from zowie then and then you are good 2 go

ProSettings | Max

Thank you for helping fahhad out.

ProSettings | Max

The S2 is a good allround gaming mouse if you’re mostly playing FPS games. As far as a mousepad goes you could go with the SteelSeries QcK line as a starting point since that’s a very commonly available pad with a ‘middle of the road’ gliding experience.

fahhad

thank u so much

ProSettings | Max

No problem.

Kaid

Review of the HyperX Fury S Speed please? This mousepad is used by some pro players and it would be nice if you could do a review about it as I’m interested of buying one and there aren’t many reviews out there.

ProSettings | Max

I’ll try to get a hold of that one to review, thanks for the suggestion!

Rob

Really awesome review. I ordered the pink S2 Divina first and really couldn’t get used to the glossy coating. My matte black one came today and I’m instantly in love. Amazing how much difference a coating makes, and it’s because of your review that I pulled the trigger on the black one so thanks!

ProSettings | Max

Yeah coating can really make or break a mouse. I’m not really a fan of glossy coatings myself so I definitely get how you feel. Great that I’ve managed to help you pick out a great mouse, that’s always nice to hear. Thanks for the kind words!

Jacob

Since this mouse only have left side buttons it should be called symmetrical design right? Also do you think a 17x9cm hand fit this mouse perfectly?

ProSettings | Max

Well for mouse designs we use ergonomic and ambidextrous to divide the two main shapes. Ambidextrous really just means that it’s a neutral shape that isn’t formed to either a left or right hand. That hand size should be fine for most grip styles if you ask me.

Shogun

Hello

you compared it to the ec2-b how is the difference between the shape? similar?

Thanks for reply

greetings

ProSettings | Max

Hi. That comparison is done to compare the coatings, the shape actually isn’t similar at all (the EC is an ergonomic mouse while the S is ambidextrous) so don’t pin yourself on that comparison too much.

Cameron

Ever going to do a review on the hyperx alloy fps rgb? Seems to be popular with csgo pros.

ProSettings | Max

We’re in the process of reviewing some keyboards, I’ll take a note of your suggestion and see what we can do!

Naman

Whick one do you prefer between the S2, FK2 or the Model O? Thanks in advance bud!

ProSettings | Max

I personally think the S2 has the best shape out of those three, but the Model O is lighter and has a better cable so it’s kind of down to what you personally prefer. This is my opinion though so don’t dwell on that too much.

kLmero

hi, I have small hand and I play only in claw grip, which mouse do you advise me to buy between ZA13, S2 and FK2 please?

ProSettings | Max

S2 or FK2 are both fine in my opinion.

Gregapher

I’m personally a huge fan of how stiff the clicks on the FK are, they’re perfect for me, but the shape is just a little too flat and small. Are the S2 clicks actually that much lighter? I would like to try it out because the shape seems to fill the hand more, but if the buttons are ‘hair trigger’, I just can’t use it.

ProSettings | Max

They’re not that much lighter no. They do feel a bit better when it comes to the ‘crispiness’ of the clicks, and they’re a bit lighter. They’re still Huanos though so I doubt you’d hate the switches on the S. They’re not hair trigger light at all.

snappy

Where Did you buy it from or did they send it to you?

Christian

You can preorder it now on amazon or you can go to BenQ’s website. Maybe even Zowie’s.

ProSettings | Max

Thank you for sharing this information.

ProSettings | Max

Most of the products that I get to review are sent to us by the manufacturer.

Christian

Are you sure the only difference is the coating. Some reviewers say that the buttons are better than the divina’s.

ProSettings | Max

I actually messaged Zowie support prior to publishing the review to make sure and they said nothing has changed so yeah. That said; it’s always possible that Zowie has been streamlining the QC process or making it more stringent, or it could be that some reviewers had a bit worse buttons on their Divinas or something. No mouse is the same of course.

But anyway; between my Divina models and regular models I don’t feel a noticeable difference, but that doesn’t mean that others are lying or something. If I HAD to choose I would say that the regular version has the better clicks, but I’m talking about extremely fine margins here and that wouldn’t be something that you notice unless you’re actively looking for it.