Zowie has proven to me that I can have as much fun, be a little more accurate, and enjoy a mouse's design and feel, even if it is based on an optical sensor. While laser sensors will allow you to set up to 8200 DPI these days, I say good luck controlling it. The rubberized coating gave me a sure grip, and the design on the sides allows for the EC1 eVo easily to be lifted and reset to the middle of the pad. What is also nice is that there is a pre-defined LOD of 1.5mm, so when you do lift the mouse, your crosshairs or cursors aren't moving all over making you have to take the time to re-center the mouse. The fact that this mouse is designed under the KISS mantra just makes it that much easier to use and take with you to use somewhere else.
In this experience I have learned that less can be more, and the EC1 eVo is proof of this concept. There were no drivers to install, it's just plug-and-play with this mouse. There aren't a ton of extra buttons that will either get you in trouble if you hit the wrong one in game, but here you are given only five buttons to work with. While there may be a bit of LED flashy-ness, with the EC1 eVo that color is used for a purpose other than impressing your friends. Here, with just a quick glance off the screen, just by the color of the wheel, you can tell which DPI level you are currently using. One thing about this system I didn't like, and it has to do with the DPI, is that the button to swap them is under the mouse. For me personally, I am always swapping DPI for on foot missions versus those with vehicles, and lifting the mouse to switch DPI may be just enough time to get your head blown off by a lame camping sniper. Everything else the mouse provided I really liked, but the limited access to the DPI button while in game is something I think could have been improved.
In the end I feel that the Ec1 eVo is worth the $59 asking price, but if I were you I would still hop over to Newegg to knock $10 off that price. I did test this mouse on other surfaces, but to be honest, I did get the smoothest and most accurate ride while using the G-TF Rough mouse pad. If you also want to add one of these into the purchase, it will set you back near $30 for this pad, but it is a pad that will last and be around for a long time. It will take forever to wear off the rough top, the thick plastic backing is much better than foam alternatives, and the edges are stitched together to keep the edges from separating.
It just goes to prove that Zowie Gear has the eye for details, and even if it looks plain from the outside, don't let that fool you, there is plenty going on behind the scenes to deliver you products that you won't ever be sorry you bought them.