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Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3
Updated Oct 21, 2022 at 01:26 pm
Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small Picture
7.3
Office/Multimedia
8.9
Video Games (FPS)
6.1
Video Games (MMO)
6.7
Travel
Type
Standard
Connectivity Wireless

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is an ultra-lightweight wireless gaming mouse and a continuation of the Finalmouse Starlight-12 lineup. Weighing under 45g, it's among the lightest gaming mice available to date. It has the same symmetrical shape and honeycomb magnesium alloy shell found on the previous versions, but the major difference is that it comes in a blue colorway. Finalmouse also claims to have made some minor build-quality tweaks, and like the rest of the Starlight-12 lineup, this mouse uses the company's latest firmware to improve the wireless connection. As Finalmouse releases their mice in limited drops, the only way to purchase this mouse is through a third-party seller unless the company does another drop in the future.

Our Verdict

7.3 Office/Multimedia

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is a decent mouse for office use. It feels very solidly built, and it's comfortable to use if you have small or medium-sized hands. It connects wirelessly using a USB receiver, or you can use it in a wired mode with its flexible cable. Unfortunately, its scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs, and the mouse lacks Bluetooth support. Also, it doesn't have companion software to remap buttons or customize any settings.

Pros
  • Incredible build quality.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • High-quality feet and cable don't cause drag on desks or mousepads.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free scrolling mode and L/R tilt inputs.
  • No companion software for customization.
  • Too small for large and extra-large hands to use comfortably.
8.9 Video Games (FPS)

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. Thanks to its magnesium alloy shell, it feels very well-built and is extremely lightweight. The high-quality feet and cable offer a drag-free gliding experience on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise, it has remarkably low click latency and a very low lift-off distance. It has four CPI presets that you can cycle through using the button behind the scroll wheel, but since there's no companion software, you can't adjust the CPI settings or reprogram any buttons.

Pros
  • Incredible build quality.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • High-quality feet and cable don't cause drag on desks or mousepads.
Cons
  • No companion software for customization.
  • Too small for large and extra-large hands to use comfortably.
6.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is an acceptable MMO gaming mouse. It doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice, and it doesn't have companion software, so you can't remap the side buttons it does have. On the bright side, it does feel very well-built and comfortable to use, and its high-quality feet and cable don't cause drag during use. Also, the click latency is very low. Although you can't adjust the CPI settings precisely, you can cycle through four presets using the button behind the scroll wheel.

Pros
  • Incredible build quality.
  • Remarkably low click latency.
Cons
  • No companion software for customization.
  • Too small for large and extra-large hands to use comfortably.
6.7 Travel

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is an okay travel mouse. It feels well-built and comfortable to use, and all default button functions work as intended on both Windows and macOS. However, it doesn't have a storage compartment for the USB receiver, and it isn't Bluetooth compatible, so you're more likely to lose the receiver if you're bringing the mouse around. It also lacks companion software and onboard memory, so you can't customize anything on the mouse.

Pros
  • Incredible build quality.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • High-quality feet and cable don't cause drag on desks or mousepads.
Cons
  • No companion software for customization.
  • Too small for large and extra-large hands to use comfortably.
  • No storage compartment for USB receiver.
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.7 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 21, 2022: We've added a link to the recently reviewed Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ within the Style section of this review.
  2. Updated Sep 06, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3. This update adds a new Sensor Latency test and makes minor changes to several of our existing tests, resulting in test result changes in several sections. For more information, you can check out our full changelog here.
  3. Updated Aug 09, 2022: Following the update to Test Bench 1.2, some of our test results have changed within both the Weight and CPI sections. We've added or modified some of the text in this article to clarify these changes.
  4. Updated Aug 01, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update simplifies our Weight test and expands on our CPI test from Test Bench 1.1, resulting in changes to test results in both sections. For more details, you can see our complete changelog here.
  5. Updated Jul 20, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update revamps our Click Latency test and results in changes to test results. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  6. Updated Jun 06, 2022: Review published.
  7. Updated May 27, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is only available in one colorway. There's a larger version of this mouse available called the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Medium. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is a continuation of the Starlight-12 lineup, and it features a new colorway and some minor tweaks to the manufacturing and quality assurance process. Like the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom that was released earlier, the Poseidon uses Kailh 8.0 switches rather than the Omron switches found on the earlier models of the Starlight. The scroll wheel on this unit is centered and doesn't have the operational issues present on other models. Also, this mouse offers the best performance in terms of click latency if you have the firmware updated to the most recent version. This mouse is among the lightest available on the market currently. However, it's only available through third-party resellers as Finalmouse launches its mice in limited drops.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the lightest mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best wireless mouse.

Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium

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.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are two ultra-lightweight, wireless gaming mice. The Logitech is better suited for more hand sizes, and it has companion software so you can adjust the sensor settings and remap buttons. Also, its click latency is lower than the Finalmouse, and its feet are rounder, so they provide a better gliding experience. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is 15g lighter than the Logitech, and it has a slightly better build quality thanks to its magnesium alloy outer shell.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are both lightweight gaming mice. The Razer is wired-only, and it has companion software for you to make adjustments to the sensor. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is about 20g lighter, which is impressive as it's a wireless mouse.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are essentially the same mouse in different colorways. The Phantom has a black and gold palette, while the Poseidon has a blue and light-blue palette.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Small and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are very similar ultra-lightweight gaming mice. However, the Poseidon performs better overall. Its click latency is lower, and it has a better build quality and a straight scroll wheel. Also, it has upgraded Kailh 8.0 switches rather than the Omron switches used in the original Starlight-12. Otherwise, the two mice are extremely similar except for their color schemes.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are two wireless gaming mice with some key differences. The Logitech is suitable for a wider range of hand sizes, and its sensor settings are customizable as it has companion software. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is about half the weight of the Logitech and has a better build quality.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are both light-weight gaming mice with some key differences. The GLORIOUS is a wired-only model with a slightly larger, right-handed shape. Also, it has companion software, meaning you can customize the settings. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is a symmetrical, wireless gaming mouse with a small shape. It has a significantly better build quality thanks to its magnesium alloy outer shell. Also, its latency is slightly better, and it's 24g lighter than the GLORIOUS.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small has a symmetrical, low-profile shape with two side buttons on the left made of black matte plastic. The honeycomb shell is made of solid magnesium alloy and has an embossed filigree on the left and right-click buttons, the mouse wheel, and the CPI button. It looks nearly identical to the other mice in the Finalmouse Starlight-12 lineup, but it has a blue and light blue color metallic color scheme. If you're interested in another model within this lineup with a different color scheme, check out the Finalmouse Starlight Pro - TenZ Medium.

Design
Shape
Length 4.5" (115 mm)
Height 1.4" (35 mm)
Width 2.4" (60 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
5.9
Design
Portability
Volume
14.71 inยณ (241 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small feels very well-built. The isn't any rattling, loose parts, or wobble present. Similar to the other Starlight mice, the Poseidon has a magnesium outer shell that exhibits no flex whatsoever. The bottom of the mouse is a high-quality plastic called Ultem, which allows the RF signal to escape. Since the bottom is plastic, it does exhibit some flex if you apply pressure, but this doesn't impact regular use. Finalmouse advertises that this model features some upgrades to its quality control. Specifically, on our unit, we found that the scroll wheel is better aligned than the other Finalmouse models we've tested.

9.7
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
43.7 g
Default Weight
43.7 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

Finalmouse advertises the weight of this mouse as 42g, but they also indicate that the weight can vary by around 2 grams due to manufacturing tolerances. The exact weight obtained was 43.74 grams.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small has a symmetrical shape, but it's not truly ambidextrous because the side buttons are only on the left. It's a small mouse, so it's well-suited for small and medium-sized hands. If you have larger hands, you'll likely find the Medium version of this mouse more comfortable.

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

If you have large or extra-large hands, you'll likely find this mouse is too small to use comfortably with a palm grip.

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

If you have large or extra-large hands, you'll likely find this mouse too small to use comfortably with a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip 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 find this mouse too small to use comfortably with 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 advertises a continuous battery life of around 160 hours, though the actual battery life will depend on how frequently you use the mouse.

9.0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
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 Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small comes with an excellent paracord-like cable that's very flexible and doesn't drag on surfaces. It also doesn't retain kinks from the packaging.

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

The feet on the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small are outstanding. Overall, the Virgin-Grade PTFE and the mouse's light weight create a very smooth gliding experience. However, they make a slight scratching sound directly on a desk, and there are a few sharp edges.

Design
In The Box

  • Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small
  • 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

You can use the CPI button below the scroll wheel to cycle between the four preset CPI settings. Also, there's a power switch on the bottom of the mouse. Unfortunately, you can't program any of the buttons as this mouse lacks companion software. The left- and right-click buttons use Kailh 8.0 GM switches, which are rated for 80 million clicks.

9.0
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
4.1 ms
Wired
2.8 ms
Receiver
4.1 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small has remarkably low and stable click latency. Playing games in any genre feels extremely responsive.

9.6
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-0.13%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.08%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.33%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.31%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.30%
Worst Tracking Error
4.63%
Minimum CPI
400 CPI
Maximum CPI
3,200 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
N/A
8.5
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
16.1 ms
Delay At Half Movement
5.2 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
5.5 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

The only available polling rate on the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small is 1000Hz. It has four CPI presets: 400, 800, 1600, 3200, which you can cycle through 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-12 Poseidon Small is precise and quiet to use. It has a rubberized finish which adds grip. The scroll wheel on this unit is more centrally-aligned than previous Starlight versions, though some users online have reported that their scroll wheels were off-center or crooked.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
Operating System And Software
0.3
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 RGB

There isn't any companion software, so you can't customize any of the sensor settings or button functions.

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

All the default button functions on the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Small work on both macOS and Windows.

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