MSI today officially starts selling the new wireless mouse MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless. Yes, it is an infinitely long name-received ultralight model with an asymmetrical body, top optical sensor, good autonomy, and a beautiful price in its class. Fans have already appreciated the previously proposed wired version of GM41 Lightweight to collect frags in dynamic FPS. Let’s see what can surprise the new modification, giving an additional degree of freedom.
The mouse comes in a medium-sized cardboard box, decorated in black and white.
Inside is another cardboard box with damping elements that securely fix the elements of the kit. In this form, the manipulator is perfectly protected when transporting.
Delivery includes the mouse itself, a portable docking station for charging the battery with a separate compact USB wireless receiver, and a USB cable to connect the dock or the mouse itself. The conductor has a reusable rubber screed to adjust the length. Also in the box is a short paper guide with the designation of items.
Design, layout, platform
Once removed from the box, it becomes obvious that we are dealing with a medium-format model that has a symmetrical body design.
The mouse’s dimensions are 130.1×67×38.3 mm. At the first contact, perhaps surprised by the unexpected ease, as for a wireless model of this size. MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless weighs just 74 grams. The indicator is typical for devices with multiple end-to-end holes on the body but not for a model with a solid shell.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless has received a platform with a new Pixart PAW-3370 optical sensor that can offer up to 20,000 DPI resolution, 400 IPS tracking speed, and 50g acceleration.
The base of the case is plastic. The surface has an efficient semi-match coating. In combination with the graphite color of the material, this allows you to fight handprints on the surface of the device very effectively. There are no special questions about the quality of assembly and fitting of the hull elements. Despite the small total mass, the strength of the structure is also all right. The panels do not sag or crunch when squeezed.
On the side, faces are used special inserts made of polymer, on a tactile feeling resembling rubber. The panels have an attractive riff that refreshes the overall design of the device.
Given the symmetry of the body, the mouse will be comfortable for a hybrid and claw-type grip. These options are facilitated not only by the form but also by the excellent work of pressing on the main buttons with effort in the central part.
The classic palm grip may not be the best option, yet the overall height of the case is not very large, so the occupancy of the sub-lading space may be questioned. However, here a lot depends on the size of the hand and its anatomical features.
The mouse is equally convenient for those who use the finger fold of the 1/2/2 and those who are more comfortable with 1/3. The area between the buttons is quite large to hold the middle finger.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless has six buttons, five of which can be customized.
The main buttons are separate panels that are not connected to the overall body back array. At the same time, the keys have ergonomic molding for the convenient arrangement of fingers. The plates have the same practical coating as the backs of the case.
The right and left buttons use OMRON switches with a claimed resource of 60 million clicks. The click of both keys is very similar, clear with an average soundtrack.
On the left are two black back/back auxiliary buttons with a glossy coating. The keys have relatively small dimensions. There is a small backlash of plastic overlays. The click of both buttons is similar. A slightly more accented feedback has a “forward” key.
Despite the symmetrical shape of the case, the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless is still focused on right-handers. The right panel is devoid of additional buttons.
The sensor sensitivity switch button is placed on the bottom panel. This arrangement of this key becomes almost a trend of recent times. It is unlikely to please those who in practice uses sensitivity switches directly during the game, but this model is still not so common.
There is also a two-position tumbler on/disabling the mouse on the bottom of the panel. In the case of the wireless model, this is a must-have attribute.
In the central part, you can also see the formed landing pad and a couple of contacts. They are needed to connect the mouse to a complete docking station to charge the built-in battery.
Let’s also pay attention to the white Teflon linings used to improve the sliding on the work surface. Interestingly, in the case of the wireless version of MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless, three pieces of overlay are used at the bottom edge, while the wired version of the mouse is a complete “horseshoe.” At the same time, the Teflon insert also frames the optical sensor with the Teflon insert. Alas, there are no replacement areas in the set. It will be possible to talk about durability only after a long period of use of the device.
Dragon Center app
The MSI Dragon Center is available to customize the mouse settings. Here you can redistribute the purpose of the five main keys.
Options with standard actions for mouse buttons are available, the ability to select a feature from a set of media keys, and the list of sensitivity adjustments. You can also link a macro cell to a specific button with a recorded sequence. The app allows you to write down up to 30 macros.
Despite the abundance of customization capabilities, there are not many additional keys on the mouse to adjust to specific situations. You can pre-configure and save three different profiles.
In the sensor settings section, you can change the survey frequency (125/250/500/1000 Hz), select the height of the climb, activate the movement smoothing features, and Motion Sync.
Sensor sensitivity is adjusted by a slider ranging from 100 to 19,100 CPI with a 100 CPI increment across the entire range. A separate option will allow you to get the maximum 20,000 CPI available for the optical sensor used. It is also possible to identify five sensitivity presets that will be sequentially switched when you press the appropriate button on the bottom of the mouse. The default profiles are 400/800/1600/3200 and 6400 CPI.
In the same section, with the sensor’s settings, the indicator of the charge of the built-in battery is also displayed.
To set up the mouse backlight, you’ll need to go to the Mystic Light app section. Here you can choose several modes of dragon glow on the back of the device. The list of available effects is relatively small – a constant glow, pulsation, and rainbow with a consistent busting of the color palette. It is possible to adjust the speed of the effects and the brightness of the illumination. One of the modes involves disabling the illumination.
However, there is no excess illumination in this case because when using a mouse, the palm closes the logo. Rather, it helps quickly find a manipulator on the table with poor external lighting in the room.
If you have other components on the system that support RGB Mystic Light, you can sync the backlight of all devices. For MSI PC owners, this comprehensive approach is logical and convenient, but for those who have got just a mouse, it would not hurt a lighter utility to set it up.
When Dragon Center is launched, the app also automatically checks for new firmware, offering to update the microcode if a new version is available.
A radio interface (2.4 GHz) is used for the mouse’s wireless communication with the system, and a compact USB receiver is used to receive/transmit the signal.
There is no Bluetooth connection. Often this interface can not provide the necessary responsiveness for game mice because it is only occasionally maintained as a backup channel.
You don’t need to set up and synchronize your mouse. It is enough to connect the transmitter in a free USB port and a tumbler on the bottom panel to activate the manipulator itself.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless has a built-in state battery. Therefore, there is no need to search and install AA/AAA batteries on your own. Both types of solutions have their pros and cons. In terms of convenience and minimal extra mass, the option with a built-in battery is preferable.
As we mentioned, the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless comes with a compact battery charging dock. There are two contact pins on the cradle and a special magnetized platform for simply connecting and holding the mouse while recharging.
The docking station connects to the system’s USB port (Type-A) with a complete interface cable. The USB 2.0 (5 B; 500 mA) connector is sufficient to operate and charge the battery fully.
The cable itself has a micro-USB connector and an additional groove for the display of the interface cable. Perhaps it would be good to see a symmetrical Type-C connector here, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need to connect this cable often.
The docking station also has a USB Type-A port that conveniently connects the USB receiver. In this case, you don’t need to occupy an additional interface connector in the system. And the transmitter itself will be closer to the mouse, although there were no questions about the range of work from the source – at a distance of 3-4 m reception confident.
According to the manufacturer, the battery capacity will last for 80 hours of active mouse activity if you use it without illumination or up to 55 hours with additional illumination. It takes about 90 minutes to charge the battery fully, and after 10 minutes, the refillable capacity should be enough for 9 hours of operation.
If you can not even for a few minutes to leave alone your weapon of victory, the mouse can always directly connect the cable and continue virtual feats. At this time, the battery will also be recharged. The conductor, called FriXionFree, is somewhat harsh, although it holds the form well. In the case of a wireless mouse, this connection, in any case, is short in time, so it does not cause inconvenience.
If we talk about autonomy, during practical tests after 2 days of operation, 4-5 hours accounted for active combat in the city of Champions and Apex Legends (oh, hard work), the mouse battery ran out to 67%. At the same time, RGB lighting has always been turned on with maximum brightness.
In this mode, you can expect 5-7 days of battery life. With an even more intense load, you may have a little more often to put the mouse on a charge, but the process is straightforward and does not require much time. In our case, to charge the battery from 67% to 100% had to hold the mouse on the credla for about 25 minutes.
Of the practical features, it is worth noting a technical option on the mouse to carry a USB receiver. Next to the micro-USB connector, there is a special niche in which you can fix a compact receiver, but at first glance, in this position, it is not fixed very reliably.
The slip test was carried out on a plastic mat with the average fraction size on the surface. The results are quite convincing. Teflon legs provide a very smooth running. The absence of cable allows you not to worry about its physical characteristics. An additional degree of freedom at the same level of responsiveness is only welcome.
From today, the official sales of MSI Clutch41 Lightweight Wireless begin. The recommended retail price of the new model is $80. Curiously, this cost corresponds to the global MSRP, declared by the manufacturer – $79.99.
The wired version of the mouse MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight, which went on sale in February this year, is now offered in our market for $51. Identical format, but another optical sensor, even smaller weight (65 g) and wired binding.
Utilitarian symmetrical design with zest; Practical materials of the case; Optical sensor characteristics (20,000 DPI, 400 IPS, 50G); Lightweight, as for wireless models with a solid body; Tenacious side panels OMRON switches with 60 million clicks A user-friendly docking station with a landing seat for a USB receiver; Customization RGB-illumination of the logo on the back
Dragon Center heavy software package; Minimum backlash of the additional “back” button; No spare Teflon legs in the kit
Conclusion: Should you buy MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless?
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless is a lightweight wireless mouse with a symmetrical shape, practical body materials, and a good optical sensor. The battery charge will last for 5-7 days of active gaming battles, while the complete docking station makes the process of recharging the battery as much as possible. MSI has a balanced, lightweight model of the middle category, which should take a closer look at fans of active FPS, looking for a lightweight gaming mouse with good characteristics at a reasonable price.