- Legitimately original shape that’s great for claw grip
- Incredible build quality for the weight
- Excellent sensor and switch performance
- Built-in charging port interferes with third-party cables
- Mouse feet take a long time to sink in
- A little more pre-travel than I would like
To me, gaming mice can sometimes feel seamless, like every shape has been created, every feature tried out.
But, just when my jaded tech critic heart withered from this unease, the Lamzu Atlantis arrived.
Not only does it feature a legitimately original shape, but it packs jaw-dropping weight and premium internals.
Surprisingly, it’s still less than $100and made by a company few of us had heard of six months ago.
Let’s learn more about the most refreshing gaming mouse I’ve tested in years.
|Sensor||Pixart PMW3395 (optical)|
|Switch type||Huano blue|
|Weights and dimensions||55G | 66W x 123D x 38H mm|
|Maximum acceleration||50 GRAMS|
|Total number of buttons||6|
|Scroll wheel encoder||Gold|
|Connectivity||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|
Shape and design
One of my first decent gaming mice was Logitech’s long-discontinued G9. I loved the larger, interchangeable shell that came with it and have worn several over the years. As gaming mice continue to prioritize lighter weights and smaller sizes, I doubted I would ever feel another model with such a wide back. I was wrong.
The shape of Atlantis is the closest to the beloved Endgame Gear XM1 range, but with enough differences to make it entirely original. The XM1 has always felt too flat to me, making any style of grip I’ve tried too uncertain. The Atlantis avoids this altogether with ingenious curved sides that taper towards its base.
This hourglass shape nestles naturally in the hand for an incredibly secure feel, especially if you claw hold your mouse. While palm grips are doable for people with small hands, and fingertip grips are viable thanks to the feathery 55g weight, this mouse shines the most in the claw grip.
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The wide back, curved top and pinched middle give you all the confidence you need to arch your index finger and pointers in an aggressive or relaxed claw, without worrying about the amount of button spam that will cause unintended jerks in your goal.
Components and features
The Lamzu Atlantis uses the Pixart PMW3395 sensor and Huano Blue switches. The sensor is at the top of currently available models in performance and efficiency, matching the best and newest from Razer and Logitech on paper and in my testing. Huano Blue switches, on the other hand, feature a similar liveliness to Kailh’s GM 4.0 or 8.0 switches with a softer feel, like the Omron 20M models in Logitech favorites like the Logitech G Pro X Superlight
This creates buttons that provide instant actuation for shots and enough to prevent fingertip fatigue from sustaining tracking shots over long gaming sessions. The latter is also aided by the subtle comfort curves on buttons.
Under the mouse, you’ll find the centerpiece of its design: a pierced watery blue bottom that keeps its weight down. There’s also a power switch and a DPI button that cycles through common settings (400, 800, 1600…). Lamzu produces companion software for the Atlantis that lets you tweak the bounce, launch distance, and more. But, as someone who’s been using 800 DPI for years, I’ve never even needed it. The other default settings were perfect for me right out of the box.
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The feet on the Atlantis (see above) felt sluggish at first, with more friction on the x-axis than on the y-axis. At first I thought I should recommend swapping them out, but they broke within hours to provide consistent gliding on a variety of mouse surfaces.
A minor inconvenience that never went away was the deeply recessed USB-C port on the front (shown above). It worked well with the premium USB-C connector included on the excellent lightweight charging cable. But that prevented mounting multiple third-party USB-C cables and eliminated any possibility of using a no-rinse magnetic USB-C connector, which are popular for wireless mice. You might be able to squeeze one into the surrounding sleeve, but I doubt you’ll pop it out without damaging the mouse. It’s not a big deal, but it’s a small, bad decision on a mouse with very few flaws.
Tracking, flicks, ability activations, and everything else that keeps you alive in the game was instantaneous and precise. Aiming was equally exceptional, with the cursor always landing where I expected, ensuring that any failure was squarely on me, not the hardware.
I particularly liked the mouse tuning, including the placement of the side buttons and the weight of the middle switch. I felt confident using all three buttons for vital in-game functions that require instant activation. I’ve never used in-game pings as quickly or as accurately as with this mouse.
I will note that the shape may not be suitable for everyone. If you like claw mice like the aforementioned XM1 range, or slimmer models like the Razer Viper V2 Pro, you’ll at least — probably like — this shape. However, if you prefer large, curvaceous ergonomic models like the Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Where Pulsar Xlite V2, it might sound like a pancake to you. Even if you fall into the latter group, I still recommend giving it a try. It’s one of those designs that just feels better and better the more you adapt to it, even if it felt odd at first.
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At the end of the line
It was my new favorite mouse of 2022. Between the unexpectedness of such a good model from a company I’ve never even heard of, the amazing shape, and the accurate performance, it ticks all the boxes. There were a few very minor gripes, but the one thing that would stop me from saying that any of you should give this mouse a try is its ongoing supply issues.
Unfortunately, the Atlantis lives up to its name by being quite difficult to find. Shipments keep pouring in, but even months after its debut, the company still can’t keep up with demand. It’s no surprise given how awesome it is, especially for $90. But that can be a drag if you like instant gratification. I would recommend doing a little research at the retailers we have linked here, or other reputable sellers. This mouse is worth the detour.
Alternatives to consider
If you want the closest thing to Atlantis in shape right now, the best option available is the model I’ve compared it to several times in this review: the Endgame Gear XM1r. A wireless XM2w is coming soon, it’s even closer, but it’s not out yet.
Not sure which handle you prefer? Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight is the ultimate “safe” form, supporting the palm, claw, fingertips, and everything in between.
Cooler Master is one of the few other companies besides Lamzu and Endgame Gear that makes large mice that are ideal for claw grips. While previous generations suffered from squeaking and bending, the solid body of the MM712 provides a stronger grip and excellent shape.
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