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September 17, 2022 · Cody · 5.0 Min Read

Best Finalmouse Starlight-12 Alternative 2022

Cheaper and more available options for one of the top mice in FPS gaming

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Poseidon Colourway (via Finalmouse.com)

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Finalmouse Starlight-12 Pulsar Xlite V2 Mini Wireless Logitech G Pro X Superlight Razer Viper Mini
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Connection Wireless Wireless Wireless Wired (Drag-Free Cord)
Weight 41g (small) / 46g (medium) 55g 60g 60g

The Finalmouse Starlight-12 (as well as the Starlight Pro TenZ) is definitely the most controversial mouse on the market, as is the usual for any Finalmouse release (just google "Finalmouse reddit"). Regardless of opinions there is no doubt the mice are highly sought after and many reviewers do agree that the starlight-12 is one of the top picks in the FPS gaming space.

The Starlight-12 features Finalmouses classic lightweight honeycomb design, and weighs only 41g for the small model and 46g for the medium. This is thanks to an unusual choice of magnesium as the main material rather than plastic. For Finalmouse the Starlight-12 is also the first foray into the world of wireless mice, which has started to become the norm for gaming mice over the past couple of years.

Getting your hands on one is tricky however; all Finalmouse releases are limited edition and are never reproduced. This causes the mice to have astronomical aftermarket prices if you aren't lucky enough to pay the already premium retail price. At the time of writing this article Starlight-12's can be found anywhere from $250-$600 USD on amazon, ebay or stockx.

Because of crazy prices and limited availability, it's natural to ask the question of whether there are any similar mice on the market that are more attainable in both price and availability. Here I'll highlight a few of my top picks as alternatives to the Finalmouse Starlight-12 (or Starlight Pro TenZ).

Similar Alternative - Pulsar Xlite V2 Mini Wireless

This mouse first came onto my radar after Hiko started using it, and I quickly started to see it mentioned on r/MouseReview and elsewhere while doing research for this article.

I chose this mouse over other contenders for this spot like the GLORIOUS Model O- Wireless and the Yuki Aim Vancer Gretxa because of how frequently I saw it being recommended because of its precision and overall quality. It is also the lightest of the three (much closer to the Starlight-12 at 55g, compared to the others at 65g and 69g respectively) which is a large focus and selling point for Finalmouse.

The Pulsar Xlite V2 Mini Wireless retails for $79.95 USD making this a very affordable mouse considering it's both wireless and very lightweight.

 Pros
  • Exceptional precision
  • Very reasonable price
  • Lightweight and wireless
  • Sleek minimal design and variety of colors
 Cons
  • Battery doesn't last as long as other options
  • Software isn't great
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Popular Alternative - Logitech G Pro X Superlight

The Logitech G Pro mouse was really the mouse that cemented wireless mice as the top choice for esports pros and serious gamers, and it's followup the G Pro X Superlight took that design to the next level. It was created with top esports pros in mind, and the quality of the mouse reflects that.

Although not quite as light as the Starlight-12 the superlight weighs only 60g and notably doesn't have a honeycombed or perforated shell like many other mice. This is preferential to many people for both grip and increasing the structural integrity of the shell.

This mouse is by far the most popular among esports pros (especially FPS) as well as streamers and content creators, so for many it's a dependable and overall great choice. This is why it was chosen over some other mice like the ROCCAT Burst Pro Air, Razer Viper V2 Pro, or Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro.

The cost is definitely on the higher end for mice, but still not as expensive as the Starlight-12. A G Pro X Superlight will usually retail for $160 USD but can often be found on sale for ~$145 USD.

 Pros
  • Battery life is one of the best on the market
  • Solid, dependable build
  • Top of the line sensor, scroll wheel, feet, and other components
 Cons
  • Not quite as light as Starlight-12 or Xlite V2 Mini
  • Not quite as cheap as other options
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Budget Alternative - Razer Viper Mini

If wireless isn't a necessity or you're just not looking to spend a lot of money, the Viper Mini is by far the best choice. This mouse is so cheap I'm sure many people would write it off at first, but make no mistake this mouse is actually one of the best small sized mice on the market. It's even top ten on Rocket Jump Ninjas list of top FPS mice.

The previous release from Finalmouse, the Ultralight 2, is essentially the wired version of the Starlight-12 and if this list was an Ultralight 2 alternative list I'd probably have the Viper Mini as #1. I personally own the Ultralight 2 as well as the Viper Mini and sometimes I can't beleive I spent $200+ on one and $20 on the other.

It has the reliable and solid build and components that fans have come to know from razer, and the nice ambidextrous shape of the viper series but in a small 11.7cm shell (Starlight-12 is 12.1cm for medium and 11.5cm for small). I actually prefer and love both the side buttons and scroll wheel on the Viper Mini to the Ultralight 2, but it is of course slightly heavier than any of the Finalmouse models at 60g.

The Viper Mini retails for $40 USD but can usually be found on sale for ~$20 USD.

 Pros
  • Best mouse for your money
  • Solid, dependable build
  • Similar size and shape to Starlight-12
 Cons
  • Not quite as light as Starlight-12 or Xlite V2 Mini
  • It's wired
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