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LAMZU THORN Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Nov 24, 2023 at 10:49 am
Latest change: Retest Feb 13, 2024 at 04:48 pm
LAMZU THORN Picture
6.9
Work
9.0
Video Games (FPS)
7.7
Video Games (MMO)
9.3
Raw Performance

The LAMZU THORN is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse with a right-handed shape. Its low weight is partly thanks to its lattice-like baseplate, which exposes the inside of the mouse. It uses PixArt's flagship PAW 3395 sensor and optical switches for its left- and right-click buttons. It supports a 1000Hz polling rate out of the box, but you can buy a wireless receiver from LAMZU to increase the polling rate to 4000Hz.

Our Verdict

6.9 Work

The LAMZU THORN is okay for work use despite not being designed for it. It has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for most hand sizes and has good build quality overall. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth, and you can only connect it to one device at a time. Also, its scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Scroll wheel lacks free-scrolling and L/R tilt controls.
9.0 Video Games (FPS)

The LAMZU THORN is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. It has remarkable sensor performance with low click and sensor latency that delivers a snappy and precise gaming experience. It also has excellent mouse feet that glide smoothly across most surfaces. Although it has good build quality overall, there is some flex in the body if you apply considerable pressure, but it's not an issue during normal use.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Excellent sensor latency.
Cons
  • Minor build quality issues, including creaking and side flex.
7.7 Video Games (MMO)

The LAMZU THORN is a good mouse for MMO gaming. It doesn't have as many additional buttons as dedicated MMO mice, but you can still reprogram many of them using the companion software. It has outstanding click latency and a very accurate sensor that delivers a responsive-feeling gaming experience. It also has a comfortable right-handed shape that's well-suited for long gaming sessions.

Pros
  • Comfortable right-handed shape.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Excellent sensor latency.
Cons
  • Has fewer additional buttons than dedicated MMO mice.
  • Minor build quality issues, including creaking and side flex.
9.3 Raw Performance

The LAMZU THORN has outstanding raw performance overall. It has a very accurate and precise sensor with excellent click and sensor latency. It reacts quickly and accurately to your inputs, delivering a smooth and precise gaming experience. This mouse has a native polling rate of 1000Hz, but you can buy a 4k dongle from LAMZU that supports a polling rate of 4000Hz. See Sensor Specifications for more info.

Pros
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Excellent sensor latency.
Cons
  • 6.9 Work
  • 9.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.7 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.3 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We've retested this mouse in wired mode. You can see the test results in the review's Sensor Latency section.
  2. Updated Jan 08, 2024: We've retested this mouse at 4000Hz using LAMZU's 4K Dongle, which they sell separately. You can find the test results in the review's Click Latency and Sensor Latency sections. We've also updated the CPI graph displayed in the Sensor Latency section of this review. Our results remain the same, but these graphs have additional information.
  3. Updated Nov 24, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Nov 20, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Nov 10, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Nov 08, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Oct 25, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The LAMZU THORN is available in Charcoal Black and White colorways. There is also a special edition called the Fnatic x LAMZU THORN, which is a collaboration with Fnatic. That version is orange, has the Fnatic logo on the palm rest, and includes LAMZU's 4000Hz compatible receiver, which is normally sold separately. Otherwise, it's the same as the normal versions. You can see the product page for this variant on Fnatic's website here.

We bought and tested the Charcoal Black version. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The LAMZU THORN is an exceptionally lightweight wireless gaming mouse with a right-handed shape. It's the first right-handed mouse from LAMZU, and while subtle, its shape is notably different from other lightweight, right-handed gaming mice like the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro and the Pwnage StormBreaker. Its hump is placed relatively far back and is quite pronounced, making it well-suited for both palm and claw grips. You can purchase a separate 4K Dongle from LAMZU that increases its maximum polling rate to 4000Hz. Even at its native polling rate of 1000Hz, this mouse's gaming performance rivals more premium options like the Pwnage StormBreaker and the Razer.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best lightweight mouse.

LAMZU Atlantis

The LAMZU Atlantis and the LAMZU THORN are lightweight wireless gaming mice. The Atlantis has a lower profile and a symmetrical shape and is available in more colors than the THORN. The THORN has a right-handed design and has slightly better sensor performance than the Atlantis. The THORN also uses optical switches for its left- and right-clicks instead of the mechanical ones on the Atlantis.

Pulsar Xlite V3

The Pulsar Xlite V3 and the LAMZU THORN are high-performance, lightweight, wireless gaming mice. They have similar right-handed shapes, but the Pulsar is slightly bigger, and its hump is more centered, while the LAMZU's is further toward the back of the mouse. The two mice have similar performance, but the LAMZU is slightly lighter. The Pulsar also has much better build quality.

Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro

The LAMZU THORN and the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro are high-performance, lightweight wireless gaming mice with right-handed shapes. The Razer is bigger and heavier, so it's better suited for users with larger hands. It also has slightly better build quality. The LAMZU has a smaller, rounded shape with a more pronounced hump towards the back. Both mice are compatible with first-party wireless receivers that unlock higher polling rates, but Razer's HyperPolling Dongle allows for an 8000Hz polling rate compared to LAMZU's 4000Hz polling rate.

Pulsar Xlite V2

The LAMZU THORN and the Pulsar Xlite V2 are lightweight wireless gaming mice with right-handed shapes. The two perform similarly, but the LAMZU weighs less, partly thanks to its smaller size. It also has a solid outer shell without cutouts on the top. You can also purchase a 4k dongle from LAMZU that increases the polling rate to a maximum of 4000Hz. On the other hand, the Pulsar is bigger, so it's better suited for users with larger hands. It also has better build quality, with less flex and creaking than the LAMZU.

Pwnage StormBreaker

The LAMZU THORN and the Pwnage StormBreaker are lightweight wireless gaming mice with right-handed shapes. The two mice weigh almost the same, but the Pwnage has better build quality, partly thanks to its magnesium alloy construction. It also natively supports a higher polling rate of 2000Hz. It also has an unusual feature that allows you to adjust the sensor position. On the other hand, the LAMZU has a solid plastic body. You can also purchase a 4k dongle from LAMZU that increases the polling rate to a maximum of 4000Hz.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

The LAMZU THORN has a matte black plastic body and side buttons. Rather than having a solid baseplate, it has a plastic framework that leaves the interior open. The scroll wheel has a glossy black finish and a translucent rubberized grip. It has a small RGB light on the left side of the mouse underneath the left click and a gold LAMZU logo, which indicates what CPI you have selected.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (119 mm)
Width 2.6" (65 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
Ambidextrous
No
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Finger Rest
No
5.6
Design
Portability
Box Volume
20.32 in³ (333 cm³)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse is bulky and won't easily fit into most laptop bags. It also has nowhere to store the wireless receiver inside the mouse.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has good build quality overall. It has a solid plastic outer shell with a matte coating that feels high quality. There's some very minor flex and creaking, and you can activate one of the side buttons by applying considerable pressure underneath it, but this isn't noticeable when using the mouse normally. There's some minor side-to-side play in the left- and right-click buttons, and you can activate the scroll wheel click by applying pressure to the right.

9.4
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
51.9 g
Default Weight
51.9 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is extremely lightweight, making it very easy to move quickly and accurately.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has a right-handed shape with a fairly tall hump towards the back of the mouse. Its shape is well-suited to support a claw or a palm grip for most hand sizes, but if you have smaller hands, you'll likely find the front side button hard to reach, or if you have extra-large hands, your fingers will extend past the front of the mouse.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

You can connect to this mouse wirelessly with its included 2.4 GHz USB receiver. LAMZU also offers a 4k Dongle, which allows you to increase the polling rate up to 4000Hz, but it's sold separately. It has a rechargeable battery that LAMZU claims has up to 80 hours of charge at 1000Hz and up to 40 hours of charge at 4000Hz.

The mouse also has a low-power mode, which likely prolongs battery life at the expense of performance.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse has a high-quality, flexible paracord-like charging cable that easily glides across desks and mousepads with little drag. However, it retains some kinks from its packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

This mouse has excellent feet that glide very smoothly across soft and hard mousepads but are slightly scratchy when used directly on desks. Replacement feet are available directly from LAMZU and from third-party sellers.

LAMZU includes a skin that adheres to the bottom of the mouse to prevent dust and debris from getting inside. The skin was easy to install and sits below the mouse's feet, so having it on doesn't affect the gliding experience. You can see images with it in place here, here, and here.

Design
In The Box

  • USB receiver
  • USB receiver extender
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Set of adhesive grips
  • Skin for underside of mouse
  • Extra PTFE feet
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Main Button
Switch Type
Optical
Switch Model
Not Specified

This mouse's left- and right-click buttons use optical switches, but LAMZU doesn't specify which model.

6.9
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on the LAMZU THORN, including the CPI button on the underside. However, left-click must always be assigned, and you can't reprogram the scroll up or down inputs.

9.2
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
3.2 ms
Wired
2.5 ms
Receiver
3.2 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The LAMZU THORN has remarkable click latency. It provides a highly responsive experience suitable for casual and competitive gaming. We tested this mouse at its native polling rate of 1000Hz and the lowest debounce setting of 0ms. We also conducted this test with High Power (HP) mode and Peak Performance mode turned on.

We also tested this mouse at 4000Hz using LAMZU's 4K Dongle, which they sell separately. We found the click latency to be even better at an outstanding 1.6ms. Here is the graph of our results, and here is the video.

9.4
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.38%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
0.00%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.42%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.58%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.53%
Worst Tracking Error
-8.50%
Minimum CPI
50 CPI
Maximum CPI
26,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has outstanding CPI performance. It tracks your movements extremely accurately with little variation. We tested this mouse at its native polling rate of 1000Hz. We also conducted this test with High Power (HP) mode and Peak Performance mode turned on and Motion Sync turned off.

8.6
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
13.0 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.1 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
7.2 ms

This mouse has amazing sensor latency performance overall. It reacts quickly to your inputs and is suitable for competitive and casual play. We tested this mouse at its native maximum polling rate of 1000Hz, with High Power (HP) and Peak Performance modes turned on and Motion Sync turned off.

We also tested this mouse at 4000Hz using LAMZU's 4K Dongle, which they sell separately. We found that sensor latency was better overall, with the delay to start of movement being 12.6 ms, the delay at half movement being 3.0 ms, and the delay to end of movement being 5.2 ms. You can see graphs of our results here and here, and here is the video.

We also tested this mouse in wired mode and found its latency performance to be slightly better overall. With Motion Sync turned off, the delay to start of movement was 14.2 ms, the delay at half movement was 3.4 ms, and the delay to end of movement was 5.5 ms. Here is a graph of our results, and here is a graph of our results when we ran the test with Motion Sync on.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3395
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. This mouse features motion sync, a sensor setting synchronizing sensor data with polling events. It can improve how closely your mouse movements are matched on-screen but usually adds around 1 ms of latency. It also features a High Power mode, a Low Power Mode, and a 'Peak Performance' mode. LAMZU doesn't specify what these settings do. However, we expect that High Performance and Peak Performance settings prioritize performance, while they likely intend Low Power mode to extend battery life at the expense of gaming performance.

LAMZU also offers a 4K Dongle which allows you to increase the polling rate up to 4000Hz, but it's sold separately.

We've ordered the 4K Dongle, and we will update this review once we have tested the mouse using it.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel Type
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel Type
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The scroll wheel on this mouse operates fairly quietly and precisely and has well-defined steps. A textured rubber coating that provides ample grip covers it. Unfortunately, you can actuate the scroll click by applying pressure to the right, as mentioned in the Build Quality section.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The buttons and the scroll wheel on this mouse are fairly quiet and won't bother those around you.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name LAMZU Gaming Mouse
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
No
RGB On/Off
No RGB

LAMZU's companion software is easy to use and feels less bloated than the software options from larger mouse manufacturers. This software allows you to change settings like CPI, lift-off distance, debounce settings, custom profiles, motion sync, and other sensor settings.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All default button functions work in Windows and macOS.