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 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.
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.
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.
|MODEL NAME||CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS|
|SENSOR||PixArt PAW-3370 Optical Sensor|
|PRESET DPI SWITCH||400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz / 1 ms|
|MAIN KEY SWITCHES||OMRON 60M|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7|
|CABLE||MSI FriXionFree Micro USB|
|WEIGHT||74g (without cable)|
|MAX DPI||20000 (software)|
|Button Durability||60 Million Clicks|
|CABLE (M)||2m Braided with Gold-Plated Connector|
|DIMENSION||130.1 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 SPEED||Get 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 GAMING||OMRON switches are rated up to 60 million clicks. These crisp, reliable mechanical switches register every click register with deadly precision.|
|MSI FRIXIONFREE CABLE||The 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 BEFORE||Pure 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 LIGHT||Light 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 CENTER||Access an array of settings such as lighting control, button remapping, precise DPI changes, and macro recording in MSI Dragon Center.|