Finalmouse Ultralight 2 Cape Town Review

Love them or hate them, Finalmouse is a company that has defined the current era of extremely lightweight mice. While their previous designs were medium to large sized mice, the Ultralight 2 is one of the smallest gaming mice on the market. Once again the Ultralight 2 uses a familiar ambi design that should appeal to the #freethinkers out there. Think the Air 58 but even more minimal and shrunken down.

Dimensions 

116mm length x 53mm width x 36mm height

Weight 

50g *with cable

Packaging and Presentation

This was definitely a disappointment as the box felt cheaply printed and there were hardly any extras to speak of. The package does include the optional Infinity Skins but compared to other companies the unboxing experience was quite lacking.

Shape & Build Quality

As one of the smallest gaming mouse on the market period, the ultralight 2 feels immediately different from the competition. It’s shockingly light, short and narrow forcing most users into a fingertip or claw grip. The shape is pretty familiar but if you’ve never used this mouse before it will take a bit of getting used to as it really does feel like a shrunken down experience overall.

The mouse 1 and 2 buttons use Chinese Omron (D2FC-F-7N0) switches (rated for 20 million clicks) which feel extremely light and snappy. There is very little pre-travel and a tiny bit of post travel but overall the main mice buttons perform excellently. If you like stiffer or crispier clicks these won’t be for you. The side M4/M5 buttons have a decent tactile feel to them and are a good size for the overall mouse. They are comfortable and don’t require a ton of force to depress so I would rate them as very responsive. I think the clicks on this mouse feel great and are one of the most underrated aspects of this design. There’s also an included DPI switch button that allows the user to scroll between 400,800,1600 and 3200 DPI.

The mouse wheel misses the mark for me and is probably the most annoying aspect of this mouse. There aren’t very clearly defined steps and the smooth glide of the wheel makes it hard to know exactly where you’re at with your scrolling motion. Additionally my mouse makes an annoying clicking noise when I scroll upward which makes me feel like the durability of the mousewheel just isn’t great. The click on the mousewheel however is pretty good and have no complaints about that. That being said, the mouse wheel should really feel more tactile for a gaming mouse. The PTFE white teflon feet on this mouse feels quite smooth and I’d rate above average as well. They lack rounded edges but that is a bit nit-pickey when it comes to real-world use.

I am actually a fan of the beige colorway of the mouse which is paired with a paracord-esque orange cable. The cable itself is relatively light and flexible, it falls short of a true paracord but it definitely is well above average when it comes to comfort.  The material feels matte to the touch and is not the grippiest surface out there. I actually did not use the included infinity skins because I hate the aesthetic of them and I found the mouse performed fine for my hand without them. I’ve also heard reports that if you remove the applied infinity skins it can leave a residue on the mouse which sounds no beuno to be honest.

Performance & Conclusions

Flat out I will say that I do perform really well with this mouse. It feels so light and responsive and I have hit some impressive flicks with it. Additionally tracking aim on it feels really precise. The mouse uses the industry standard PMW 3360 sensor and I had no issues at all with it in terms of tracking, spin-outs or errors.  I got some great results in CS:GO, Quake Champions and Apex Legends with this mouse and it was not much of an adjustment coming from the Logitech G305. Flat out, I  play great with the Ultralight 2 as it forces me into a claw or fingertip grip. I can default to a palm grip on larger mice for comfort reasons and this mouse is just too small to palm grip permanently. I feel like I was hitting some shots with this mouse that I would normally miss and that is a fantastic feeling. However there is a tradeoff with the performance as I do get some cramping and discomfort after playing with this mouse during longer gaming sessions.

While Finalmouse refuses to mass produce their mice in order to justify their higher prices, I will say the company does at least bring some unique insights to the industry. I think many other manufacturers were resistant to bringing out super lightweight small mice as they would be too niche of a product. That being said it is annoying that this mouse is greatly overpriced at its’ retail price of $120 USD. You’ll also have to be mindful that if you decide to main this mouse it might be hard to continue to find working copies of it in the future. You can still track down the mouse on secondary markets like eBay, Amazon and European buyers can still find on sale over at Max Gaming.

 

Pros

  • Shockingly light at 50 grams
  • Small Ambi design is great for fingertip grip
  • Great responsive clicks and decent build quality overall
  • Decent PTFE feet have very smooth glide

Cons

  • Not a good mouse for palm grip
  • Overpriced and the Infinity Skins are not well executed
  • Lack of any extras for the price
  • No compatible software is provided

Rating & Bottom Line

8.5/10

Get this mouse if you want the smallest, lightest mainstream ambi mouse on the market. You’ll be paying a premium but if you don’t expect great value from your purchase it is still a unique gaming experience playing with it. Luckily if you don’t want to spend up on a Finalmouse, there are a lot of similar mice on the market that compete directly with it, just none as small and light as this.

Where to Buy

eBay