The rear-right view of the GM41 with the RGB MYSTIC LIGHT set to MSI red

Introduction

The gaming mouse market is evolving. Firstly, the traditional mainstays of the gaming mouse industry such as Logitech and Razer have been working to improve their offerings. In addition, new territory is being explored by newcomers such as Finalmouse and Glorious by incorporating new technologies and embracing emerging trends. And finally, there is a cadre of companies building up their offerings and looking to provide real competition to established brands. Enter MSI Gaming Gear hardware and peripherals.

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS Front Box Shot

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS Mouse

Today, we’re going to take a look at MSIs recently launched lightweight wireless offering, the CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS, which is a wireless take on their CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT, representing MSIs entry into the competitive mid-range FPS gaming mouse market for $94.99 MSRP.

The CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS (CLUTCH GM41 ‘LW’) is a symmetrical, mid-sized, right-handed wireless mouse. Housed in a classic shape reminiscent of OEM desktop mice. The weight-optimization needed to meet the needs of FPS gamers is clearly apparent.

Coming from the mouse that came with your computer, you’ll find that the CLUTCH GM41 LW feels quite natural. The classic shape guides your fingers comfortably into position.

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS Full Bottom Shot

The Package

Included in the box with the CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS, MSI has included the mouse itself, a USB-A dongle for wireless connectivity, a base station that serves as a combination USB dock for the GM41 and port for the transceiver, and a Micro-USB to USB-A MSI FriXionFree cable that can be connected to the mouse directly or to the dock. The CLUTCH GM41 LW is controlled through MSI’s Dragon Center software hub.

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS UNBOX SHOT

The CLUTCH GM41 LW uses an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be charged either by docking the mouse to its base station or by plugging it in directly. When docked to the base station, the CLUTCH GM41 LW can fully charge in 90 minutes and can be topped up for a nine-hour session in as little as 10 minutes- a welcome alternative to wireless mice that use removable batteries or lower capacity rechargeable cells.

And while USB-C connectors have become all the rage lately, they’re larger than the Micro-USB connecter and at the same time, most users are almost certain to have such a cable available should they find themselves needing to charge the CLUTCH GM41 LW on the go.

Specifications

MODEL NAMECLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS
SENSORPixArt PAW-3370 Optical Sensor
PRESET DPI SWITCH400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
INTERFACEUSB 2.0
BUTTON6
Polling Rate1000 Hz / 1 ms
MAIN KEY SWITCHESOMRON 60M
LED LIGHTRGB
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
CABLEMSI FriXionFree Micro USB
WEIGHT74g (without cable)
PACKAGE WEIGHT354g
MAX DPI20000 (software)
Button Durability60 Million Clicks
CABLE (M)2m Braided with Gold-Plated Connector
DIMENSION130.1 x 67 x 38.3 mm

For the CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS, MSI went with the proven PixArt PAW-3370 optical sensor and OMRONs 60M-rated switches. Integration of both the sensor and the switches into the chassis results in an appreciation of the tight tolerances. Devoid of common take-up issues, the main triggers exhibit a barely perceptible amount of pre-travel and wiggle and the thumb buttons are surprisingly.

The mouse shell itself is devoid of flex no matter which way it is squeezed. The CLUTCH GM41 LW is a tribute to MSIs focus on durability. This achievement stands in contrast to the extreme lightweight techniques that have yielded questionable weak points on other mice. Top to bottom, left to right, front to back- squeeze any way you want, the CLUTCH GM41 LW doesn’t give. In hand it leaves the impression that it’s not going to succumb under even the most intense gaming sessions.

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS Mouse Features

EXTREME ACCURACY AND SPEEDGet pinpoint accuracy thanks to the PixArt PAW 3370 optical sensor with up to 20.000 DPI sensitivity and 400 IPS movement tracking.
RELIABLE AND DURABLE for EXTREME GAMINGOMRON switches are rated up to 60 million clicks. These crisp, reliable mechanical switches register every click register with deadly precision.
MSI FRIXIONFREE CABLEThe detachable MSI FriXionFree cable can be connected to the charging dock or directly on the mouse, allowing you to keep fighting if your battery ever runs low.
GLIDE LIKE NEVER BEFOREPure PTFE skates provide a near frictionless glide for accurate high-speed mouse movements. The skates have a single-directional surface texture and double-cut edges to reduce friction.
CHARGING DOCK & USB DONGLE INCLUDED!Charge the GM41 Wireless from 0% to 100% in just 90 minutes, for up to 80 hours* of usage on a full charge. Need to keep playing? 10 minutes of charging time can recharge up to 9 hours of battery life. The USB dongle can be stored in the mouse for traveling.
ULTRA LOW LATENCY!Built with the latest 2.4G RF wireless technology, latency is reduced to just 1ms resulting in responsiveness almost 10x faster than the typical wireless mouse on the market.
RGB MYSTIC LIGHTLight up the battlefield with millions of colors or approach with stealth with the lights turned off. Choose from predefined effects or synchronize lighting with the rest of your RGB setup.
DRAGON CENTERAccess an array of settings such as lighting control, button remapping, precise DPI changes, and macro recording in MSI Dragon Center.

John Tharp

Long-time follower of computer gaming and computer assembly from the days of the i386, photographer, husband, and lover of gaming peripherals

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17 Comments

  1. While it uses an internal battery, is it replaceable or are we looking at a dead-weight when the battery life goes to hell in a handbasket?
    1. It’s integrated into the mouse, so replacement will probably require a custom solution
  2. I want to thank everyone who checks out this review. This is our very first peripheral type review, specifically a mouse. We plan to do more of this kind in the future, expanding on peripherals. John Tharp (LazyGamer) will be heading these reviews. Feel free to give us feedback on the review format, and testing, and feel free to ask questions and provide suggestions for future reviews. We will take note of content to add for future reviews. The review format can evolve moving forward.
  3. Product made me think of this:

    Good review – tells you about everything you can know without holding the mouse yourself.

  4. What about battery life between charges? I bought a rechargable Corsair Harpoon for a laptop and it doesnt fair well at all.
    My old Logitechs used to run forever on a AA….
    1. Depends on whether you leave the LED on, but with it left on it went several days between charges.
  5. It’s integrated into the mouse, so replacement will probably require a custom solution

    Thanks. I’m not a big fan of investing in disposable tech. Its bad enough that I am forced into it with Cell Phones. :(

    1. Well, if it used AA cells, there’d almost certainly need to be other compromises made, so it’s definitely a user preference thing.

      MSI was targeting users that value lower weight while keeping the battery life and build quality up.

      That they managed to include a convenient dock is just icing, and given the out of box endurance, I’d expect to get many years out of the GM41 LW.

  6. Nice review

    I have a feeling something other than the battery will be the first thing to give out. Don’t kid yourself – all peripherals are disposable. Personally I’m not a fan of wireless but they have their place. They don’t need recharging too often so battery life cycles probably won’t be a constraint.

    Being MSI, was there mention of warranty?

    1. Looks to be one year from manufacturing date:

      https://www.msi.com/page/warranty

      As far as something other than the battery failing first, it’s certainly possible.

      Only time will tell if the sum is more or less than the whole, what I can tell you is that they’re off to an impressive start!

  7. Thanks, @LazyGamer, and @Brent_Justice for getting this rolling. Gaming peripherals are a complex market and I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about them. So much has changed over the decades and it has expanded greatly.
  8. Very nice review. Also I am glad to hear that you will be expanding into peripherals.
    One thing I would like to see done in mouse reviews is size comparisons via pictures. Helps give people some perspective when looking to buy a new mouse. I hated that part when I was looking for a new mouse. The numbers don’t always tell you everything about its size.
  9. Very nice review. Also I am glad to hear that you will be expanding into peripherals.
    One thing I would like to see done in mouse reviews is size comparisons via pictures. Helps give people some perspective when looking to buy a new mouse. I hated that part when I was looking for a new mouse. The numbers don’t always tell you everything about its size.

    So, my SO is my primary photographer (I’m technical, they’re artistic), and that’s actually on the list, thanks for the suggestion!

  10. Thanks, @LazyGamer, and @Brent_Justice for getting this rolling. Gaming peripherals are a complex market and I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about them. So much has changed over the decades and it has expanded greatly.

    Just so annoying these things are so **** subjective, I found some of the best reviewed mice to be complete garbage in my hands (looking at you G502).

  11. Just so annoying these things are so **** subjective, I found some of the best reviewed mice to be complete garbage in my hands (looking at you G502).

    I know how you feel!

    Some of the best mice I’ve ever gamed with myself have been some of the cheapest, usually because they were the smallest and thus the lightest. Still, while it’s difficult to distill something as personal as an input device into a broadly applicable review, we’re trying to do just that.

    A big part of that is focusing on size and weight, in addition to things like sensor performance, fit and finish, and software customization. Having owned quite a few Logitech 500-series mice myself, there’s two basic observations I can give: first, they’re quite nice especially for their price bracket, being solidly built with proven components, and second, they’re large and they’re heavy.

    That first point tends to overwhelm the second for many media, and when it comes to comparing mice in terms of ounces or grams, the differences on paper don’t seem to reflect the impact of significantly higher or lower weight, in my opinion. So we’ll try to address that too.

  12. Just so annoying these things are so **** subjective, I found some of the best reviewed mice to be complete garbage in my hands (looking at you G502).

    Strangely always found MS peripheral hardware to be really good actually which is kind of weird.

  13. When Microsoft put the Intellimouse back on sale, I grabbed two for my father. They’d been a long-time favorite of his.
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