Designed in collaboration with Sentinels star player Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, the mouse is the last Starlight drop of the year due to production complexities with magnesium alloy and global supply shortages.
It adopts the same shape as the Starlight-12 that came before it — and is also available in Small and Medium — but with a few key differences.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Starlight Pro.
What’s the difference between the Finalmouse Starlight Pro TenZ and the Starlight-12?
Finalmouse has implemented a slew of improvements on the Starlight Pro. For starters, the chassis has been upgraded. It is still made of lightweight magnesium alloy, but is now stronger than before. The Ultem bottom has been redesigned to eliminate flexing, providing a more rigid base.
Ultem is a high-strength plastic material that allows wireless signals to pass through, unlike magnesium alloy. However, it is not as rigid as magnesium, and was previously susceptible to some flexing at the bottom of the mouse.
The upgraded base also improves side rigidity, according to Finalmouse, because the base can no longer warp.
On top of that, the mouse sports a new look, comprising an anodized metallic finish with a glossy ceramic center line, designed to retain the raw look of magnesium.
The weight of the mouse remains unchanged, coming in at around 42g for the Small and 47g for the Medium.
At the same time, the mouse now features built-in “overclick” protection to minimize stress on the Kailh GM 8.0 switches. These switches have been known to suffer from double-clicking issues on the older Starlight-12, so it remains to be seen if these changes will help mitigate the issue. The buttons have also been tweaked to make the clicks feel more responsive and snappy.
On top of that, the Starlight Pro does not require any of the firmware updates Finalmouse has been rolling out for its Starlight-12. Starlight-12 owners were advised to take advantage of the update, which introduced wireless radio frequency signal improvements for better channel hopping and more reliable communication between PC and mouse.
More stringent quality control measures and tighter tolerances have also been implemented, but it’s not yet clear whether this will fix issues plaguing the older Starlight-12 models such as the off-centered scroll wheel.
Finally, every Starlight Pro comes with new and improved InfinitySkins 2.0. These were first introduced on the Ultralight 2 Cape Town, taking the form of stackable layers that can be used to customize the size and feel of the mouse.
The new Infinity Skins have been updated with a new adhesive that does not leave any residue, and it is made from a black synthetic PU that provides better grip. That said, PU leather peels when exposed to sweat, so it remains to be seen how this will hold up over time.
Other features that carry over from the Starlight-12 include the 20,000 DPI optical sensor, a 1,000Hz polling rate (unlike the 500Hz on Finalmouse’s wired rodents), and a lithium ion battery that is rated for over 160 hours of continuous use.
This is also the first Finalmouse mouse to not sell out immediately after launch. With 40,000 units available and stronger bot protection, this is the largest drop to date.
If you missed out, it is still available from resellers on eBay.