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Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3
Reviewed Oct 21, 2022 at 09:19 am
Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium Picture
7.5
Office/Multimedia
8.7
Video Games (FPS)
6.1
Video Games (MMO)
6.7
Travel
Type
Standard
Connectivity Wireless

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium is a lightweight, wireless gaming mouse and a continuation of the Finalmouse Starlight-12 lineup. Like other mice in the series, it has a magnesium alloy shell with a honeycomb design to keep the mouse very light. This version retains the same sensor and overall construction but has a new visual design, featuring a silver body with an anodized metallic finish and a black stripe down the center, as well as an engraved 'Starlight' motif on the right-click button. Finalmouse also advertises minor improved build quality controls with this batch and has included a set of its ' InfinitySkins 2.0 ', which are adhesive polyurethane pieces you can add individually or in layers to adjust the size and feel of the mouse.

Note: Finalmouse releases its mice in drops of limited quantities, meaning they're only available until stock runs out. At the time of writing, the drop for the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is over, and all units are sold. Currently, you can only purchase this mouse from third-party resellers.

Our Verdict

7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is a fairly good office and multimedia mouse, though it isn't designed for this usage. It feels very sturdy and has a comfortable shape suitable for most hand sizes. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth and lacks software for reprogramming buttons.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
  • Comfortable size and shape for most hand sizes and grip types.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • No customization software.
8.7 Video Games (FPS)

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is an excellent FPS gaming mouse. It's extremely lightweight but feels very sturdy and has a comfortable shape well-suited for most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has excellent overall sensor performance and click latency, and its feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and directly on desks. Unfortunately, you can only choose between four fixed CPI settings, and there isn't any software for customizing sensor behavior or button mapping.

Pros
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
  • Comfortable size and shape for most hand sizes and grip types.
  • Feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.
Cons
  • Only four fixed CPI settings and no customization software for sensor adjustments or button remapping.
6.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is a mediocre option for MMO gaming as it only has two side buttons, and none of its buttons are programmable. That said, it does feel very well-built and has excellent sensor performance and click latency.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
  • Comfortable size and shape for most hand sizes and grip types.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
  • Only four fixed CPI settings and no customization software for sensor adjustments or button remapping.
6.7 Travel

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is only adequate for travel use and isn't designed with this usage in mind. While most travel mice use a small USB receiver or Bluetooth to connect wirelessly, this mouse lacks Bluetooth and has a receiver that doesn't plug directly into your PC. Instead, you must connect the receiver to the PC using a USB-A to micro-USB cable. That said, it does feel very well-built and is comfortable for most hand sizes and grip types.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built and sturdy.
  • Comfortable size and shape for most hand sizes and grip types.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Wireless receiver isn't designed for portability.
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.7 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 21, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 14, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ has Medium and Small size variants. We purchased and tested the Medium size variant. We haven't tested the Small version, but similar to other Small-size variants within this lineup, we expect it to be approximately five grams lighter and be more suitable for smaller hand sizes but perform very similarly otherwise. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is a continuation of the Starlight-12 lineup and features a new silver colorway and included side grips. Finalmouse also indicates some minor tweaks to the manufacturing process to address misaligned scroll wheels and double-clicking issues that were noted on previous versions. Otherwise, this mouse remains an exceptionally lightweight, high-performance FPS-focused mouse. It's significantly more expensive than other gaming mice, in part due to its limited release and subsequent availability only through third-party retailers.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best lightweight mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium are lightweight wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The Logitech has better sensor performance and click latency, but the Finalmouse is lighter.

Razer Viper V2 Pro

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium and the Razer Viper V2 Pro are lightweight wireless gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The Razer has better sensor performance and click latency. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is lighter.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium and the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium are very similar mice in the same lineup. They share the same dimensions and weight but different visual designs. The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ is a more recent release and includes some minor manufacturing improvements related to build quality.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small and the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium are very similar mice in the same lineup. The Starlight-12 Small is an earlier version and a Small variant, while the Starlight Pro - TenZ is the larger Medium sized variant and has minor manufacturing improvements. These two mice have similar performance in most respects, but the newer Starlight Pro - TenZ has lower click latency.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are very similar mice in the same lineup but are slightly different sizes with different visual designs. They also have very similar performance, but the Starlight-12 Poseidon Small has somewhat lower click latency. On the other hand, the newer Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ includes very minor manufacturing improvements.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ shares the same shape and dimensions as previous Starlight releases, but the visual elements of this version are different. This mouse has an anodized silver metal coating with a black stripe down the centerline. The side buttons, mouse wheel, and DPI switch are also black, and there's a cursive 'Starlight' motif engraved onto the outside edge of the right-click button.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 1.5" (37 mm)
Width 2.5" (63 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium is the larger of the two size variants for this model and shares identical dimensions of other Medium-sized Starlight mice in the series. For the Small version's dimensions, see the review for the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small.

5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.15 inยณ (281 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The overall build quality of the Finalmouse Starlight is Pro - TenZ Medium is superb. The body retains the same magnesium alloy material, though it's now coated in an anodized metal covering. As is the case with previous versions, the 'Ultem' plastic covering under the mouse flexes slightly, but this won't present issues during regular use. Finalmouse claims to have made several changes to their manufacturing process and improvements to their quality control to address a range of issues, including double-clicking and misaligned scroll wheels, two commonly reported issues reported on previous versions. The scroll wheel on this unit is properly aligned, and no double-clicking issues were experienced during testing.

9.5
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
49.5 g
Default Weight
49.5 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

According to Finalmouse, the medium Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ weighs 47 grams, and the small variant weighs 42 grams. However, they also indicate the magnesium chassis may vary in thickness due to the manufacturing process, and they indicate the actual weight of each mouse may vary by up to 2 grams.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium has a symmetrical shape identical to other Medium-sized mice in the Starlight series, and its size is well-suited to most hand sizes and grip types, though those with smaller hands may prefer the Small size variant instead. If you're interested in our hand size recommendations for the Finalmouse Starlight Pro TenZ Small, check out the review for the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small, which has identical dimensions.

Note: This mouse also includes a set of Finalmouse 'Infinity Skins 2.0' in three different thicknesses. These are adhesive strips you can use individually or layered to add grip and slightly adjust the size and feel of the mouse.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No

If you have extra-large hands, your fingers will extend past the front of the mouse using a palm grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
No

If you have extra-large hands, you'll need to curl your fingers too aggressively to be comfortable using this mouse with a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

If you have small hands, you may have difficulty reaching the front side buttons using a fingertip grip.

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

Finalmouse claims that the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - Tenz has a continuous battery life of around 160 hours. They indicate this represents an average use case life estimated at three weeks.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
5.8 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ has a very flexible and lightweight paracord-like cable that doesn't retain any kinks from its packaging and glides well across mousepads and desks without snagging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The feet on this mouse glide very smoothly on mousepads. Gliding directly on desks produces a faint scratching sound, though this doesn't affect the gliding experience.

Design
In The Box

  • Finalmouse Starlight Pro TenZ Medium
  • Finalmouse 'Infinity Skins 2.0' in three thicknesses (1.2mm , 2.0mm, and 2.5mm
  • Micro-USB to USB-A cable
  • Wireless receiver
  • User documentation

Control
4.2
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

None of the buttons on this mouse are programmable, as there isn't any companion software. The CPI button behind the scroll wheel cycles between four preset CPI settings. There's also a power button on the bottom of the mouse. The left- and right-click buttons use Kailh 8.0 switches rated for 80 million clicks.

8.6
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
5.5 ms
Wired
2.5 ms
Receiver
5.5 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ has very low and consistent click latency, providing a very responsive feeling experience for gaming in any genre.

9.3
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.23%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.42%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.50%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.29%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.24%
Worst Tracking Error
5.88%
Minimum CPI
400 CPI
Maximum CPI
3,200 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
N/A
8.3
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
18.5 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.4 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
6.6 ms
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Finalsensor
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

This mouse has a fixed polling rate of 1000Hz and four preset CPI settings of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. You can cycle between these CPI settings using the CPI button behind the scroll wheel.

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

The scroll wheel on the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ feels precise and has well-defined steps with fairly soft transitions. Unlike previous mice in this lineup which had filigree engravings on the scroll wheel, this scroll wheel has a rubber grip with a smooth finish.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

This mouse has no companion software.

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

All default button assignments on the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ function on both Windows and macOS.

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