It was 8 years old. In dog years, that’s 56: way too early to die… but life, you know, is so unfair.
It was called Intellimouse Explorer 3.0. Given to me by a friend called MaYeRs who was pretty good at Counter-Strike. It stopped clicking while I was playing Avatar the other day. The little red light turned off.
In my despair, I realize luck -or is it only fate?!- put what looks to be its offspring into my right hand (left-handed clickers can stop reading now btw) not so long ago. It’s come from Denmark and before that it was assembled somewhere in South East Asia. It’s called Zowie EC1.
It’s designed by Swedish CS phenom Emil Christenssen, also known as HeatoN. He’s the kind of annoying guy you would vote ban for cheating when all he’s doing is playing with the wrong hand. Emil knows a lot about aiming and his favorite operating tool, for quite some time, was the Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, hence the similarities.
Of course you can look at the pictures to get an idea of their rather big bean shape. The EC1 is somewhat smaller than the Explorer 3.0 though. The former also feels a bit more comfortable since it’s not all plastic and the clicking isn’t as noisy. And it works pretty good to micro my marines.
The only thing I really don’t like about the EC1 is the overall style, especially the glowing wheel. Glowing is wrong, except if it’s a light saber.
As for the technical stuff, I don’t care about it. DPI and stuff, really, I think that’s mostly bullshit. The only thing that’s important is to check that you don’t get “skips” when you do a really fast and long move. If you don’t get those, then you have enough DPI, no matter what the box says. Obviously, the EC1 doesn’t skip. If it had, I wouldn’t have taken the time to talk about it here.
This mouse was given to me by one of the founders of Zowie Gear, Danny Ramkvist. And I’ll be giving it away on Gamocracy’s Facebook page soon. Check it out and “like” the related post to enter the drawing.