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

Pros

  • Legit original shape that is great for clawing
  • Incredible build quality for the weight
  • Excellent sensor and switch performance

ANTI-

  • The included charging port interferes with third-party cables
  • Mouse feet take a while to break through
  • A little more before the trip than I would like

To me, gaming mice can sometimes feel homogenous, like every form created, every feature tried.

But just when my tired tech reviewer heart was wilting from this disease, along came Lamzu Atlantis.

Not only does it have a legitimately original shape, but it has an amazing weight and top-notch internal components.

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

Let’s learn more about the coolest gaming mouse I’ve tested in years.

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specification

sensor Pixart PMW3395 (optical)
Switch type Blue huano
Weight and dimensions 55G | 66W x 123D x 38H millimeters
Maximum acceleration 50 g
Total buttons 6
Drive wheel encoder TTC Gold
Voting rate 1000 Hz
Connectivity 2.4 GHz wireless, USB-C
Accessories included USB-A to USB-C cable, USB-A to USB-C connector, 2.4GHz USB-A dongle, extra set of legs, carrying case

Shape and design

Left side of the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

The branding is fairly understated, with the single logo on the outer shell visible above.

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One of my first decent gaming mice was Logitech’s long-discontinued G9. I liked the wider variable shell it came with and it has been held in multiple copies over the years. As gaming mice continue to prioritize lighter weights and smaller sizes, I doubted I’d feel another model with such a wide rear. I was wrong.

The form of Atlantis is closest to the girlfriend The Endgame Gear XM1 line, but with enough differences to make it completely original. The XM1 always felt too flat to me, making any control style I tried very uncertain. Atlantis avoids that entirely with clever curved sides that taper off towards its base.

The back of the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

You can see that the widest part is the back, while the middle part tapers quite dramatically.

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This hourglass shape fits naturally in the hand for an incredibly secure feel, especially if you grip the mouse with your claws. While palm grips are possible for people with smaller hands and fingertip grips are viable thanks to the feathery 55g weight, this mouse excels most at claw grips.

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The wide back, curved top and grippy middle give you all the confidence you need to flex your index and index fingers into an aggressive or relaxed grip without worrying that any amount of button spamming will cause unintended vibration at your target.

Components and features

The front of the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

The included USB-C charging port (discussed below) is an obvious downside.

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Lamzu Atlantis uses Pixart PMW3395 sensor and Huano Blue switches. The sensor tops currently available models for performance and efficiency, matching the best and latest from Razer and Logitech on paper and in my testing. Meanwhile, the Huano Blue switches feature a similar speed to Kailh’s GM 4.0 or 8.0 switches with a softer feel, such as the Omron 20M models on Logitech favorites such as the Logitech G Pro X Superlight

This creates buttons that provide instant actuation for flick shots and enough give to prevent fingertip fatigue from holding tracking shots during long gaming sessions. The latter is also helped by the subtle comfort curves on the buttons.

The end of the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

Why only use honeycomb holes to facilitate your mouse when you can turn the base into a work of art?

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Below the mouse, you’ll find the look of its design: A watery blue perforated bottom that keeps its weight down. There’s also a power switch and DPI button that cycles through the usual settings (400, 800, 1600…). Lamzu makes companion software for Atlantis that allows you to adjust debounce, drop distance and more. But as someone who has been using 800 DPI for years, I never even needed it. The other default settings were perfect for me out of the box.

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The legs that were installed on Atlantis (seen above) felt sluggish at first, with more friction along the x-axis than the y-axis. At first I thought I would have to recommend replacing them, but they broke in within a few hours to provide consistent glide across a variety of mouse surfaces.

Accessories that come with Lamzu Atlantis

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

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One minor annoyance that never went away was the deeply recessed USB-C port on the front (shown above). It worked well with the USB-C connector included in the sleek and lightweight charging cable. But, it prevented the fitting of some third-party USB-C cables and eliminated any possibility of using a Built-in magnetic USB-C connector, which are popular for wireless mice. You might be able to squeeze one into the sleeve around, but I doubt you’d get it out without damaging the mouse. It’s not a massive problem, but it’s a small, bad decision for a mouse with very few flaws.

performances

Lamzu Atlantis Gaming Mouse Case

I don’t usually show off the hardware boxes, but the unboxing experience and the art included was nice enough that I had to point out the effort Lamzu put into it.

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Tracking, quick movements, ability activations, and everything else that keeps you alive in the game feels immediate and precise. Aiming felt just as incredible, with the cursor always landing where I’d expect, making sure any mistakes were straight from me, not the hardware.

I especially liked the tuning of the mouse, including the placement of the side buttons and the weight of the middle click switch. I felt confident using all three buttons for vital in-game functions that require immediate activation. I have never pinged in game as fast or as accurately as I have with this mouse.

I will note that the form may not be for everyone. If you like claw-focused mice like the aforementioned XM1 line, or flatter models like Razer Viper V2 Pro, you’ll at least like — maybe like — this form. However, if you prefer large, ergonomically curved models like Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro or Pulsar Xlite V2, this may seem like a pancake to you. Even if you’re in the latter group, I’d recommend giving it a shot. It’s one of those patterns that feels better and better as you get used to it, even if it felt weird at first.

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The cable and connector that comes with the Lamzu Atlantis gaming mouse

A closer look at the upwardly angled charging cable, which does a great job preventing cable drag, and the aluminum connector.

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This was my new favorite mouse of 2022. Between the unexpectedness of such a good model coming from a company I’d never heard of, the amazing shape, and the precise performance, it ticks all the boxes. There were a few very minor gripes, but the only thing that would stop me from saying that any of you should give this mouse a shot is the ongoing supply issues.

Unfortunately, Atlantis is living up to its name by being quite difficult to find. Shipments continue to flow in, but even months after the initial debut, the company still can’t keep up with demand. Not surprising given how great it is, especially for $90. But, it can be a drag if you like instant gratification. I would advise doing a little research on the retailers we have linked here, or other reputable sellers. This mouse is worth seeking out.

Alternatives to consider

If you want the closest thing you can get to the shape of Atlantis right now, the best option available is the model I compared it to several times in this review: The Endgame Gear XM1r. A wireless XM2w is coming soon that’s even closer, but it’s not out yet.

Not sure which handle you prefer? Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight is the ultimate “secure” shape, supporting palm, claw, fingertip and everything in between.

One of the few other companies, besides Lamzu and Endgame Gear, that makes wide mice that are great for claw grips is Cooler Master. While previous generations suffered from creaking and bending, the solid body of the MM712 offers a firmer grip and excellent shape.

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