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Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 26, 2021 at 10:21 am
Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium Picture
7.2
Office/Multimedia
8.3
Video Games (FPS)
6.3
Video Games (MMO)
9.0
Ultra-Light Gaming
6.9
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is an exceptional ultra-lightweight, wireless gaming mouse. Its honeycomb top shell body is magnesium alloy, making it remarkably lightweight but also very sturdy-feeling. It has a comfortable ambidextrous shape well-suited for a palm or a claw grip for all but extra-large hands or a fingertip grip for all except for small hands. Performance-wise, it has a high polling rate, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and a low click latency. It doesn't have a CPI range nearly as broad as most other gaming mice, but most gamers likely won't find this a major issue. Unfortunately, you can only cycle between four preset CPI settings. Also, there isn't any customization software for re-programming buttons or adjusting other sensor settings.

Note: Finalmouse releases its mice in drops, so they're only available while supplies last. At the time of publishing, the Finalmouse Starlight-12 drop is over, and all units were sold. Although Finalmouse has pledged to produce more, it's unclear when this will be, and right now, you can only purchase them from third-party resellers, which is how we had to buy our unit.

Our Verdict

7.2 Office/Multimedia

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built, and it has an ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can use it with its charging cable or connect it wirelessly with its USB receiver. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth. Also, there isn't companion software for adjusting sensor settings or remapping buttons, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • All default controls work on Windows and macOS.
  • Connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Can't reprogram any of the default buttons as there's no customization software.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
8.3 Video Games (FPS)

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is great for FPS gaming. It feels very well-built, and it's extremely lightweight. It has an ambidextrous shape well-suited for most hand sizes. It connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver, and its mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise, it has a high polling rate, a very low lift-off distance, and great, low click latency. Unfortunately, you can only choose between four CPI settings, and there isn't any software for making other adjustments to the sensor or button mapping.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Great click latency.
  • Mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.
Cons
  • Only four CPI presets.
6.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is mediocre for MMO gaming since it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as most dedicated MMO gaming mice, and you can't reprogram any of them as there isn't any customization software. Nevertheless, it feels very well-built and has an ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. It also has a very low lift-off distance and low click latency, and though it doesn't have a very wide CPI range, it should be sufficient for most gamers. Unfortunately, it only has four default CPI settings.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Great click latency.
  • Mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as most dedicated MMO mice.
  • No customization software for programming buttons or adjusting sensor settings.
  • Only four CPI presets.
9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is an outstanding ultra-light gaming mouse that's remarkably lightweight, and it feels very well-built. Its ambidextrous shape is well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can connect it wirelessly with a USB receiver, and it has mouse feet that glide very smoothly on desks and mousepads. It also has impressively low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a high polling rate. Unfortunately, its CPI range isn't as wide as most other gaming mice, and there are only four preset CPI settings.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Great click latency.
  • Mouse feet glide very smoothly on mousepads and desks.
Cons
  • Only four CPI presets.
6.9 Travel

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is adequate for travel use, but it's somewhat bulky and may not fit in all laptop cases. Also, it doesn't support Bluetooth and only connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. That said, it does feel very well-built and is suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Pros
  • Feels very sturdy.
  • All default controls work on Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • Lacks an internal storage compartment for its USB receiver.
  • 7.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.3 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.0 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 6.9 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 30, 2021: We originally uploaded several photos in this review cropped to the incorrect aspect ratio. We've re-uploaded these photos cropped to the correct (16:9) aspect ratio.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium has an ambidextrous, low-profile shape and two side buttons on the left. Its honeycomb body is magnesium alloy, and our unit is painted in the Hades color scheme. Most of the mouse is painted black, and it has embossed gold filagree towards the front of the mouse and silver accents between the left and right-click button and on the scroll wheel.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 1.5" (37 mm)
Width 2.5" (63 mm)
Grip Width
58 mm
5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.15 inยณ (281 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
86 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
50 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
50 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

According to Finalmouse, the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium weighs 47 grams. 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.

We obtained an exact weight of 49.51 grams, which we round to the closest whole number according to our methodology.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium build quality feels outstanding. The top shell is made of magnesium alloy and feels extremely sturdy. Finalmouse warns that the underside isn't nearly as strong as it's Ultem, a kind of plastic that lets the wireless signal escape. This bottom panel flexes when pressure is applied, but this is unlikely to present any problems during everyday use.

Note: The scroll wheel on our unit is very slightly off-centered to the right. This seems to be a somewhat common issue that other users and online reviewers have experienced. However, it doesn't affect the usage of the scroll wheel.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium has an ambidextrous shape that's likely slightly more comfortable for most people than its smaller counterpart due to its larger size. However, those with smaller hands may still prefer the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small.

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

Extra-large hands may find their fingers extend past the front end 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

Extra-large hands may have to curl their fingers very sharply to comfortably use 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

Small hands may not be able to comfortably reach the front side button using a fingertip grip.

7.0
Design
Wireless Versatility
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 the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium has a battery life of 160 hours, an average use life estimated at three weeks, a below-average use life estimated at seven weeks, and an idle use estimate of 16 weeks. However, this isn't something we test. There's a light inside the mouse that flashes when the battery is low.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable on the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is excellent. It's flexible, doesn't retain kinks from packaging, and moves with minimal drag across desks.

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

The mouse feet glide very smoothly on all surfaces. However, they make a slight scratching sound directly on desks.

Design
In The Box

  • Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium
  • Quick guide card
  • User documentation
  • Micro-USB to USB-A cable
  • Wireless receiver

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Finalsensor
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
3,200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
6%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium has four preset CPI settings of 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. You can cycle between these presets with the button behind the scroll wheel.

4.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The buttons aren't reprogrammable as there isn't any configuration software. The two side buttons function as front and back buttons by default, and the button below the scroll wheel allows you to cycle through the four CPI presets.

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 mouse wheel on the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium feels precise and has well-defined steps.

Note: The scroll wheel on our unit is slightly off-center towards the right. Other users and online reviewers have also reported this issue. We found it didn't affect the normal use of the mouse in any way.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
13 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium has great click latency. It should provide a responsive-feeling experience for both casual and competitive play.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium we tested is the Black/Gold Hades color variant. It's also available in a Red/Silver Ares variant, a Silver/Gold Zeus variant, and a Gold/Silver Achilles variant. There is also a smaller version of this mouse, the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small, which is available in the same colorways. Our unit number is 1552/2500, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is a remarkable ultra-light gaming mouse. In many ways, along with its smaller version, it improves on the formula of Finalmouse's last release, the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. The magnesium alloy shell feels much studier, and the Medium version weighs essentially the same as its predecessor, even with the addition of a rechargeable battery and wireless capability. That said, the Medium is likely the better choice for a broader range of people as its larger size makes it much more accomodating for more hand sizes.

For other recommendations, check out our picks for the best lightweight mice, the best gaming mice, and the best wireless mice.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium are comparable, wireless ultra-light gaming mice. The Finalmouse is lighter and feels sturdier, but it only has four default CPI settings. Comparatively, the Logitech has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and a much lower click latency. It also has customization software, which the Finalmouse lacks. The Logitech is almost universally suitable for all grip types and hand sizes, while the Finalmouse is well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent wired ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is a remarkable wireless ultra-light gaming mouse. The Finalmouse is much lighter and feels sturdier. It connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has a lower minimum lift-off distance. Unfortunately, it only has four CPI presets and lacks customization software. Comparatively, the Glorious has a much higher maximum CPI, a CPI you can adjust by increments of 100, a much lower click latency, RGB lighting, and customization software for Windows. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is the larger version of the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small. In addition to being slightly larger, the Medium is 5g heavier and has a marginally lower click latency. It's also more suitable for a wider range of hand sizes. On the other hand, the Starlight-12 Small is only suitable for smaller hands using a palm or claw grip and small to large-sized hands using a fingertip grip.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium are outstanding wireless gaming mice. The Finalmouse has a honeycomb body made of magnesium alloy that's lighter and feels sturdier. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has a lower lift-off distance. Unfortunately, it has no RGB, no customization software, and no internal storage compartment for its USB receiver. On the other hand, the Razer is a wired-only mouse with a solid plastic body. It has a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and lower click latency. It also has customization software, though it's only compatible with Windows.

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is a better ultra-light gaming mouse than the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. The Starlight-12 Medium has a magnesium alloy body that feels sturdier, and It connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a higher polling rate and a lower lift-off distance. Comparatively, the Cape Town has a somewhat lower click latency. It's also best-suited for smaller hands using any grip type, while the Starlight-12 Medium is suitable for all grip types and a slightly wider range of hand sizes.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Medium is an exceptional, wireless ultra-light gaming mouse, while the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is an excellent, wired ultra-light gaming mouse. The Finalmouse is lighter and feels sturdier. It connects either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. Comparatively, the HyperX has a wider CPI range, customization software, and RGB lighting, which the Finalmouse lacks. Both mice are well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes.

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