MSI is one of the most popular, most prominent, and best names as regards PC gaming. They’ve received innumerable awards for their graphics cards, motherboards, and other hardware. Nevertheless, their peripherals business is entirely new for the zealous market. It’s fantastic to see them get some intense competition concerning eSports grade hardware with the Clutch GM41.
Clutch GM41 Design
The MSI Clutch GM41 is as light and swift as you would anticipate from an ultralight gaming mouse, weighing about 65g (2.3oz). Regardless of this small weight, the mouse is firm and properly built, with no part of the case bending or flexing irrespective of the plastic’s apparent thinness. Based on its design, you don’t have to worry about unnecessary dirt, dust, and other contaminants entering through the holes and then damage the internal circuitry.
Regardless of its light frame, the GM41 feels accurately solid. It can’t collapse when subjected to a firm, adrenaline-fuelled grip, and the shell feels firmly built enough to survive considerable damage or depreciation throughout its lifetime.
MSI has chosen an ambidextrous design with the new Clutch GM41. It possesses symmetrical curves both for the left- and right-handed gamers. But, like most mice, their thumb buttons are usually on the left side. Clicking these with your left-hand pinky or ring finger can be a bit challenging, particularly in the midst of intense action. Because of this, most left-handed gamers may likely want to look somewhere else.
However, the hourglass shape of the GM41 feels incredible in hand. All the mouse sides are coated in a ribbed texture that offers a firm grip, improving control over mouse movements. The concave curves support a comfy thumb position that maintains your hand’s stability even as the heat and intensity increase over extended gaming sessions.
Above the left-side grip are the two thumb buttons. They’re small on the slim side, but they extended far enough out that they’re easy to click without much struggle. They’re also adequately positioned, closer enough to the default thumb position to fast and easy access without being too close to cause accidental presses.
There are six programmable buttons with a rubberized scroll wheel, with two of these being placed on the left-hand side of the mouse within the easy reach of your thumb. Even if you have little hands, the Clutch GM41 size and button distances don’t cause any problem. It is possible to scale up to a 16,000 DPI, an incredible range for a mouse within this price range. But the button that performs it is placed below the mouse, which may be an issue for anyone who changes between different DPI settings mid-game.
Completing the inputs is the scroll wheel. It’s relatively a bit smaller than others and possesses a grippy rubber surface that feels amazing to the touch. There’s no dedicated DPI button(s) underneath the wheel; instead, there’s one DPI profile button below the mouse.
While the GM41 displays a braided cable instead of a typical rubber one, it’s worse than lots of cheaper options. It’s a lot firmer than other braided cables, coming together and bending in tight angles instead of draping smoothly across the surface underneath it.
Clutch GM41 Features
Customization is the frail part of the Clutch GM41, and the blame massively lies beneath the MSI’s Dragon Center software. Unlike most competitor apps, Dragon Center needs to install an entire suite of components that are unrelated to peripheral configuration. This takes up significantly more hard drive space than other similar apps and is sure to stress people who enjoy keeping their PCs lean and free of bloat.
After being installed, Dragon Center provides fewer customization options than most of its rivals. You can reassign the thumb buttons, left and right buttons, and scroll wheel click of the GM41, but the interface to perform them is quite limited. Without recording custom macros, the only mappable features available to you are the rest of the mouse buttons, a few various multimedia functions, and DPI switching.
Unlike the HyperX NGenuity or Razer Synapse apps, there are no easy and straightforward shortcuts for controlling the volume, booting certain apps, or other beneficial system-level functions. You can go around this by recording and assigning a custom macro, but that’s a more complicated process that shouldn’t be essential in a piece of modern gaming software.
More than the button mapping, there are few configuration options available. You can improve the polling rate of the optical sensor up to a maximum of 1,000Hz. You can switch the optical sensor’s lift-off distance between “low” and “high,” which causes an effect when the sensor starts and stops tracking movement after you’ve raised the mouse off the mousepad. There’s also support for angle snapping, which smooths out tracking whenever you’re trying to move the mouse in a straight line.
There are five tiers DPI tiers to play with. Each of them can be set anywhere between 100 DPI and 16,000 DPI. Since the GM41’s DPI button is located underneath, you’ll have to lift the mouse to toggle between DPI tiers. This effectively limits your ability to make fast and spontaneous adjustments. No indicator light will let you know which DPI tier you’re presently on. This may confuse you when cycling through the tiers, mainly if the difference in sensitivity between tiers is relatively low.
The significant RGB on the GM41 takes the shape of MSI’s dragon logo, placed on the mouse’s surface where the palm rests. Customization options are small here, too, with three different lighting patterns: rainbow, static, and breathing pulse. It’s sufficient but undeniably not enough if you’re used to the depth of customization offered by most other big rival gaming brands.
There’s also support for “Ambient Link,” which synchronizes lighting effects across several compatible MSI devices and Nanoleaf and Philips Hue smart products. There’s a variety of lighting effects to select from here, besides the ability to sync with specific games so that in-game actions trigger various RGB patterns and effects. Only a small number of games are currently supported, however.
Regardless of the little problem it has, we believe that the MSI’s GM41 is undoubtedly an incredible value for money with excellent performance and specifications. It doesn’t move out from the crowd of affordable lightweight mice presently available, but the massive Razer Viper-esque design is worth considering for people with big hands.