Finally unveiled after weeks of teasing on Twitter, the team behind Finalmouse have revealed a gaming mouse that looks like an absolute stunner.
The whole shtick behind the Finalmouse products is combining a larger sized chassis with bugger all weight. And when I mean bugger all, I'm talking 67 grams. That's a fraction lighter than the Razer Abyssus - which is Razer's lightest and smallest mouse that they sell in Australia, unless you import the baby-sized Salmosa - and almost 20g lighter than the small-sized offerings from Logitech, Zowie, Steelseries, Coolermaster, Roccat and so on.
Gamers, particularly those into CS:GO, Overwatch, Quake Champions or any FPS that rewards a high degree of precision, are always on the hunt for light mice. Common thinking goes that you want the lightest mouse possible to reduce fatigue, but you don't want a shape that's so small that it's uncomfortable to hold.
That's the Finalmouse pitch, or a version thereof anyway. Today was a big day on social media, only because Finalmouse stock has been nigh on impossible to grab. The launch of the company's Sunset mice earlier this year were sold out instantly, with Australians not even getting a look in.
Anyway, Finalmouse's latest mouse - along with a fresh batch of supply for Australians, which you can get through PC Case Gear - dropped today. It's the Phantom, which is basically code for a black-skinned mouse that has a white splatter effect on the surface. It's designed to look like stars, although the coating looks more like drops of paint rather than actual stars.
The extra add-on - and part of the reason why the Phantom is priced at $129 locally - is the addition of a special cable. It's designed to appeal to users who were custom modding their mice to add a paracord, which is essentially an ultralight, flexible cord that won't shift the mouse around. Problem is, paracord cables were a custom job, involving that you take apart the shell and remove the existing cable, as seen below:
Most people, it's safe to say, don't want to mess around with tweezers and a soldering iron.
So all in all, it's not hard to see why people are pretty keen on this. Sadly, local stock of the Ultralight Phantom has sold out already - within minutes:
This is actually insane. Australia sold out in minutes. Europe looks like its also sold out possibly? And from the numbers we are seeing on our site, once morning rolls around and the stars fade in real life.... We may be sold out as well. pic.twitter.com/R0r9th3wwi
— Finalmouse (@finalmouse) July 10, 2018
Fortunately, you can still get the other Ultralight mice (which are still around 70g with that neat honeycomb shape, but with a heavier braided cable) here. Just note that if you do take the plunge, stock will take at least a fortnight to ship as they work through all the orders.