AZIO Atom Testing and Conclusion
I tested the AZIO Atom both with the GMP-XXL pad and with my glass CorePad over a couple weeks to get used to the smaller size and weight. Surprisingly I found the lower height less of an issue due to the length and quickly got used to the feel.
My Atom testing overlapped nicely with a Battlefield 1 DLC release so the majority of my time was spent playing the new maps. I ended up most comfortable at 1600 DPI with some 1200 DPI sessions. My palm grip did lead to some wrist drag, making the GMP-XXL a nice addition, but the shape is familiar and comfortable. I could easily see this as a solid claw grip choice.
The side grip was also better than expected but I would have found a rubberized grip surface a nice upgrade. The ability to switch the buttons from left to right is a fantastic call for my left handed friends and the shape doesn’t seem to suffer from it.
Several times during testing I wondered why there was an option to turn off both sides rather than turning them both on to provide extra buttons for more demanding games. Possibly a limitation from the hardware only driver setup? I also would have preferred to have the DPI on top to make select on the fly possible.
Truly I liked the feel of the AZIO Atom much more than I expected. AZIO seems to have avoided the awkward shapes some ambidextrous mice seem to have and provided a comfortable gaming experience. The subtle lighting provided a nice accent with no distractions. The addition of the hardware only configuration is a nice bonus.
Overall I found the AZIO Atom to be a well-designed gaming mouse that would be successful for both left and right handed gamers without breaking the bank. I can’t wait to see what AZIO does next for gamers!
Comfortable light weight shape
Simple button implementation
Placement of the DPI select
Minimal side grip