MSI Clutch GM41 Review: Lightness and Performance

    After several days of testing, it's time to give you our full review of the MSI Clutch GM41 “Lightweight” gaming mouse.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Among the important players in the market for gaming peripherals, it has been necessary for several years now to rely on component and computer manufacturers such as Corsair, Asus and MSI. And it is precisely the latter that we find today for a mouse test gamer MSI Clutch GM41 « Lightweight ».

    Riding the wave of ultralight mice, MSI has therefore decided to launch a model whose weight does not exceed 65 grams and which seems to have all the arguments to convince demanding players. Offered for around sixty euros when it was released, the GM41 is therefore positioned as a rather accessible mouse.

    Almost perfect ergonomics

    Once the mouse is in hand, we can only appreciate the direction taken by MSI regarding the shape of its Clutch GM41. The mouse indeed offers a symmetrical shape (but not ambidextrous), quite flat and which extends in length. The mouse is positioned very well in the palm of the hand and allows all styles of grip. For comparison, it comes very close to the shape of the Razer Viper.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    In terms of materials, the main hull is here entirely full and made of a dark gray plastic which does not seem particularly qualitative. On the other hand, we take advantage of grips soft plastic sides on the edges, a feature far too rare these days on mice in this range.

    The two clicks are separate from the mouse body and house Omron switches guaranteed for 60 million clicks. In use, these buttons are particularly responsive, although a little noisy. FPS players will clearly find their account there.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    The central wheel is covered with the same coating as the edges and offers not sufficiently marked notches which unfortunately do not allow to obtain a precision as good as in some competing mice. This wheel is also quite noisy, but we will appreciate the responsiveness of its click.

    As for the two buttons located on the left edge, and although they fall perfectly under the thumb and offer good responsiveness, they would have benefited from being a little firmer. However, it remains a detail and they will satisfy the vast majority of players.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    Unlike some competitors, the Clutch GM41 does not ignore RGB lighting and thus has a light zone on the upper shell that reveals the brand's usual dragon.

    Now let's go under the mouse to discover the 3 skates that should offer excellent glide. There is also the already well-known PixArt PMW 3389 optical sensor as well as a button to navigate between the different sensitivity profiles of the mouse. The location of this ultimate button may seem surprising, but some brands like MSI argue that it prevents unintentional activations.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    Let's finish with the only real disappointment of this model: the cable. MSI offers here a very light mouse since it weighs only 65 grams. Unfortunately, the braided USB cable of approximately six feet is in our opinion far too rigid for a mouse of this range. Some competing models now offer very light cables that are quickly forgotten. This is not the case here and we will advise you to be equipped with a bungee so as not to be hampered by it.

    Test complet de la souris MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Despite this small hitch, the MSI Clutch GM41 mouse is almost flawless in terms of design and ergonomics. The field mouse is comfortable and well built. If we omit this little cable problem, we should enjoy a very pleasant to use and powerful mouse.

    A pilot to review

    If there is one point where historic brands like Razer or SteelSeries have a head start, it is in their software suite. This claim is once again verified with MSI and its Dragon Center, which clearly does not live up to what its competitors can offer.

    Here we find an austere and very crude interface. If all the features are present, we clearly have the impression of going back ten years in terms of general ergonomics. Not to mention the translations which make certain settings totally incomprehensible.

    Dragon Center - MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    The tool obviously lets us configure the options of the GM41 buttons with a whole bunch of features ranging from keyboard keys to macros that will be possible to record within the Dragon Center. There is also an interface for managing the different levels of sensitivity of the sensor.

    The lighting functions, which are, as we recall, limited to the simple logo on the back of the mouse are rather complete. The color picker of another age, on the other hand, really does not do the mouse a favor. Pity.

    Dragon Center - MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Finally, note that it is logically possible to save the various settings in profiles that we will associate with our games and applications. The Dragon Center is thus objectively functional, but its interface leaves much to be desired. We therefore hope that MSI will correct this for its future devices.

    Logically very good performance

    We cannot repeat it enough: today it is very difficult to come across an objectively bad mouse in terms of performance. All manufacturers use more or less the same sensors and MSI is no exception to the rule since the Clutch GM41 is equipped with a PixArt PMW 3389 optical sensor.

    The latter is able to go up to an (unnecessarily) high sensitivity of 16,000 DPI and will be able to withstand accelerations up to 400 IPS. In this regard, we are clearly sure of the very classic since this sensor is used on a large number of models, all brands combined.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    In practice, we logically benefit from a very powerful mouse that will satisfy players from all backgrounds. Equally at ease with demanding games such as FPS or MOBA, the GM41 is also pleasant in office automation. We also appreciate its controlled release distance which avoids involuntary cursor movements when placing the mouse in the middle of the mat.

    Like all light mice, the GM41 is very agile and requires little effort to move. Its PTFE pads allow it to move with very low friction on a fabric mat. Only its too rigid cable tarnishes this beautiful picture, as explained at the beginning of this test.

    MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight

    Source: Edouard Patout for Frandroid

    The good reactivity of the different buttons thus completes the already very convincing experience offered by this mouse. Here we take advantage of a model that perfectly meets the requirements of players.

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