Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse review: The most important discovery in ages

Benefits

  • A very good real legal shape to hold a nail
  • Amazing build quality for the weight
  • Excellent sensor and switch performance

Evil

  • The inset charging port interferes with third-party cables
  • Rats’ feet take time to break in
  • A little earlier travel than I would like

To me, gaming mice can sometimes feel homogenous, like every shape has been made, every feature has been tried.

But, just as my jaded tech reviewer heart was wilting at this debacle, here came Lamzu Atlantis.

Not only does it feature a truly legitimate shape, but it packs jaw-dropping weight and high-end interior components.

Amazingly, it still is less than $100and made by a company few of us had heard of even six months ago.

Let’s learn more about the most refreshing gaming mouse I’ve reviewed in years.

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Details

A sensor Pixart PMW3395 (optical)
Change the type Huano blue
Weight and size 55G | 66W x 123D x 38H millimeters
High acceleration 50G
Perfect buttons 6
Scroll wheel encoder TTC gold
Voting rate 1,000Hz
Communication 2.4GHz wireless, USB-C
Accessories included USB-A to USB-C cable, USB-A to USB-C coupler, 2.4GHz USB-A dongle, extra set of feet, carrying bag

Condition and design

The left side of the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

Branding is minimal, with the only logo on the outer shell visible above.

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One of my first decent gaming mice was the long discontinued Logitech G9. I loved the wide flexible shell that came with it and was worn by many copies over the years. As gaming mice continue to prioritize lighter weights and smaller sizes, I doubted I’d ever hear another model with that wide of a back. I was wrong.

The location of Atlantis is the closest and most popular Endgame Gear XM1 line, but with enough differences to make them completely original. The XM1 always felt too flat to me, making any grip style I tried more uncertain. Atlantis completely avoids that with curved sides that move towards its base.

Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse background

You can see the widest part at the back, while the middle one is noticeably tighter.

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This hourglass shape sits naturally in the hand so it feels incredibly secure, especially when your fingernail is gripping your mouse. While the palm grip is doable for people with small hands, and the finger grip is handy thanks to the featherweight 55g, this mouse excels at finger grips.

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The wide back, curved top, and pinched center give you all the confidence you need to point your index and index fingers with an aggressive or relaxed claw, without worrying any amount of button spam will cause unintended movement in your aim.

Components and features

Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse frontend

The built-in USB-C charging port (discussed below) is a clear disadvantage.

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The Lamzu Atlantis uses a Pixart PMW3395 sensor and Huano Blue switches. The sensor is at the top of currently available models for performance and performance, matching the best new ones from Razer and Logitech on paper and in my testing. The Huano Blue switches, on the other hand, feature the same quickness as Kailh’s GM 4.0 or 8.0 switches with a soft feel, such as the Omron 20M models in Logitech favorites, such as Logitech G Pro X Superlight

This creates buttons that provide quick action for quick shots and enough give to prevent your fingers from tiring from holding follow-up shots during long games. The latter is also aided by subtle soft curves on the buttons.

Under the Lamzu Atlantis game mouse

Why use honeycomb holes to light up your mouse when you can turn the base into a piece of art?

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At the bottom of the mouse, you’ll find the show piece of its design: A perforated, water-blue bottom that keeps its weight down. There is also a power button and a DPI button that cycles through the usual settings (400, 800, 1600…). Lamzu produces companion software for Atlantis that lets you change the descent, takeoff distance, and more. But, as someone who has used 800 DPI for years, I have never needed it. Some default settings were fine for me out of the box.

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The feet that came installed in Atlantis (seen above) felt slow at first, with more friction in the x-axis than the y-axis. At first I thought I would need to recommend replacing them, but they broke in after a few hours to provide consistent flow at various stops.

Accessories that come with Lamzu Atlantis

A USB-A to USB-C coupler is included that lets you switch between a 2.4GHz dongle and a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge the aluminum. A nice, premium touch.

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Another minor annoyance that didn’t go away was the deeply recessed USB-C port on the front (shown above). It worked well with the improved USB-C connector included in the excellent, lightweight charging cable. But, it did prevent a few third-party USB-C cables from fitting in, and removed any possibility of using the leave the magnetic USB-C connector, famous for wireless mice. You might be able to squeeze one into the sleeve around it, but I doubt you can get it out without damaging the mouse. It’s not a huge problem, but it’s a small, bad decision for a mouse with very few flaws.

Working

Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse box

I don’t usually show device boxes, but the unboxing experience and the included artwork was fun enough that I had to highlight the effort Lamzu put into it.

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Tracking, panning, skill performance, and everything else that keeps you alive in the game feels fast and accurate. Aiming felt equally exceptional, with the cursor always landing where I would expect it to, confirming that any misses were on me, not the hardware.

I really liked the design of the mouse, including the placement of the side buttons and the weight of the center click switch. I felt confident using all three buttons for important in-game tasks that need to be automated. I’ve never experienced in-game pings as fast or as accurately as I did with this mouse.

I will note that the design may not be for everyone. If you prefer claw-oriented mice like the aforementioned XM1 line, or similar flat models the Razer Viper V2 Pro, you’ll at least like — maybe love — this shape. However, if you choose large, curvy ergonomic models such as Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro or Pulsar Xlite V2, this may sound like cake to you. Even if you’re in the latter group, I’d still recommend giving it a shot. It’s one of those models that feels better and better as you get used to it, even if it felt weird at first.

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Bottom line

The cable and coupler ships with the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

A closer look at the upward charging cable, which does a great job at preventing cable drag, and the aluminum coupler.

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This was my new favorite mouse of 2022. Among the unexpectedness of a model this good from a company I’ve never heard of, the amazing design, and precise performance, ticks all the boxes. There have been very few delays, but the only thing that would stop me from saying that everyone should give this mouse a shot is its ongoing supply issues.

Unfortunately, Atlantis lives up to its name by being difficult to find. Shipments continue to flow, but even months after its first payment, the company still can’t meet demand. Not surprising given how good it is, especially for $90. But, it can be a drag if you like instant gratification. I would suggest doing a little research on the vendors we linked here, or other trusted vendors. This mouse is worth the search.

Another thing to consider

If you’re looking for the closest thing you can get to Atlantis’ status right now, the best option available is the model I’ve compared a few times in this review: the Endgame Gear XM1r. The wireless XM2w is coming even closer, but it’s not out yet.

Not sure which grip to choose? Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight is the ultimate “safe” shape, supporting the palm, fingernail, finger, and everything in between.

One of the few companies, aside from Lamzu and Endgame Gear, that makes a wide range of mice that are suitable for claw grips is Cooler Master. While previous generations suffered from creak and flex, the solid body of the MM712 provides a solid grip and excellent posture.

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