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Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Oct 21, 2022 at 09:19 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 30, 2023 at 09:34 am
Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium Picture
6.5
Work
9.0
Video Games (FPS)
6.8
Video Games (MMO)
9.1
Raw Performance

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

6.5 Work

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.
  • Wireless receiver isn't designed for portability.
  • No customization software.
9.0 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
  • Wireless receiver isn't designed for portability.
  • Only four fixed CPI settings and no customization software for sensor adjustments or button remapping.
6.8 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.
  • Wireless receiver isn't designed for portability.
  • Only four fixed CPI settings and no customization software for sensor adjustments or button remapping.
9.1 Raw Performance

Pros
Cons
  • Wireless receiver isn't designed for portability.
  • 6.5 Work
  • 9.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.1 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jan 30, 2023: We've added mention of the recently-reviewed Zaunkoenig M2K in the Weight section of this review.
  2. Updated Jan 10, 2023: We've added details of the newly-released Starlight Pro - The Last Legend to the Differences Between Variants section of this review.
  3. Updated Dec 09, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.4. This update modifies our Hand Size Recommendation test, adding a more granular hand size recommendation chart. We've moved several minor tests into different test groups, removed the Travel usage, and added a new Raw Performance usage. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Oct 21, 2022: Review published.
  5. 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 sizes available. We purchased and tested the Medium size version. We haven't tested the Small version, but similar to other Small-size models within the Starlight-12 lineup, we expect it to be approximately five grams lighter and more suitable for smaller hand sizes but perform very similarly otherwise. You can see the label for our unit here.

There's a variant of this mouse called the Finalmouse Starlight Pro Last Legend. This variant has a black and silver color scheme and is available in both medium and small sizes, with the exact dimensions and advertised weights as previous models in this series. The Last Legend features several differences, including Omron 20M instead of Kailh 8 switches, a new TTC gold mouse wheel encoder, firmware updates, and minor production and assembly differences meant to address some of the build quality issues with previously released versions in the Starlight-12 lineup.

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 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 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 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.

Zaunkoenig M2K

The Zaunkoenig M2K and the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium are both lightweight gaming mice. The Zaunkoenig is a wired-only model that's significantly lighter and has a carbon fiber shell. It also has a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz. However, it lacks side buttons and is only suitable for use with a fingertip grip. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is a wireless model with a magnesium alloy shell. It also has two side buttons on the left and is better suited for a wider range of hand sizes and grip types.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
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)
Width 2.5" (63 mm)
Height 1.5" (37 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No

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
Box Volume
17.15 inยณ (281 cmยณ)
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. if you're looking for an even lighter option, you may be interested in the substantially lighter Zaunkoenig M2K. However, this mouse is also only available from third-party retailers at this point and can be very expensive.

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

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.

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
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
Profile Auto-Switching
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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