MSI Clutch GM41 wireless gaming mouse review

The lightweight MSI Clutch GM41 Wireless Mouse is reminiscent of MSI’s attempt to recreate the magic of the Razer Viper Ultimate. It’s a lightweight, full-size gaming mouse with an asymmetrical design, clicky OMRON switches, a high-performance 20,000 DPI sensor, and long battery life. All this for a suggested retail price of $95, about $50 less than the Viper.

I’ve been using the GM41 exclusively for the past few weeks and love its nice feel in the hand, quick response to my in-game commands, and precise control over my target. Dying Light 2 and Lost Ark have been my obsession lately, and the GM41 performed flawlessly in both games. I’ve also used it with my work MacBook for fine design work, and even there it worked well without any of the oddities that often come with using a Windows peripheral on a Mac.

But I’ve noticed some issues that potentially explain the lower price. While the GM41 is certainly an ergonomic mouse that feels comfortable in the hand, the build quality isn’t quite up to the level of Razer rodents. First, on my device, the scroll wheel made a noticeably loud rattle when rotated, and one of the thumb buttons on the side was quite loose.

The rest of the GM41 is pretty solid. The hard plastic body doesn’t creak otherwise, and I’m a big fan of the textured rubber side grips that make it so comfortable and grippy. The theoretically symmetrical design means that even left-handers can use this mouse, but they’ll have to ditch the side buttons unless they have very nimble little fingers.

At 74 grams, the GM41 isn’t the lightest rodent you can lay your hand on, but it’s light enough not to get in the way, yet strong enough to remind you you’re still holding a gaming mouse. There are plenty of PTFE skates underneath to keep the GM41 moving smoothly on most surfaces.

The overall design of the GM41 is simplified and subdued. The only luxury is the Mystic Light-powered dragon logo on the back and the distinctive textured rubber sides. This Mystic Light has very limited customization as it is a single zone so your options are limited to color-changing or pulsing.

Specifications of MSI GM41 Clutch

DPI: 20 000
Sensor: PixArt PAW-3370
Battery: Up to 80 hours
Interface: USB 2.0 + wireless
Buttons: 6
Ergonomic: two-handed
Weight: 74 g
Price: $99 | £70

For the switches, MSI used Omron mechanical switches, which the company says will guarantee you a lifetime of over 60 million headshots, which I don’t think I’ll ever do. They feel crisp and responsive, although most gaming mouse switches in this price range are very similar at the moment.

The same is true for the Pixart PAW3370’s 20,000 DPI optical sensor with 400 IPS tracking. For most of us, anything over 4000dpi is unsuitable for gaming or work, and I still don’t understand why manufacturers keep trying to increase the number of zeros here. Luckily, you don’t have to use all of these DPIs and can set whatever you want using the MSI Center software and then switch between them with a button on the base of the mouse. The GM41 is a wireless mouse that operates in the 2.4GHz band via a tiny USB dongle that can be connected to a computer or the included charging puck. MSI claims a 1ms response time and I honestly didn’t notice a difference compared to any wired mouse, which is a testament to how good wireless gaming mice are today. The mouse also has a handy nook on the front for storing your travel key.

The GM41 also works great with the included USB cable if you absolutely want to avoid lag, interference, or just want to keep your battery charged. But unfortunately, MSI decided to use the Micro-USB connector on the GM41, which is absolutely mind-boggling. Why MSI? Literally, every modern device in 2022 uses USB Type-C. It is possible that you need to charge your device on the road, and suddenly you find that no one has a Micro-USB cable handy.

Thankfully, given its excellent 80-hour battery life, you shouldn’t be in that situation, especially if you leave the mouse overnight on a charging puck. I consistently got a full week of battery life before needing to be recharged. It’s also great that the GM41 can quickly charge in just 10 minutes, which gives you 9 hours of battery life, which can certainly happen in clutch mode (pun intended).

MSI Clutch GM41 is a good and safe wireless gaming mouse. It won’t blow your socks off, but it won’t disappoint either. There are some build quality issues that make it impossible for me to tell how well the mouse will perform for a long time, and there’s also an annoying issue with the Micro-USB. However, it feels very comfortable in the hand, offers great battery life, and performs close to the best wireless gaming mice without having the same high price tag. If you’re looking for a tailless rodent, be sure to check out our guide to the best wireless gaming mouse.


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