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MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless Review

Immediately in the name of our heroine – MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless – the main advantages are indicated – lightness and wireless connection. At its core, the mouse is a wireless version of a familiar model. I propose to understand the differences in the course of the review.

Specifications

  • Number of buttons: 6.
  • Sensor: Pixart PMW-3370, optical.
  • Polling rate: 1000 Hz.
  • Sensor resolution: up to 20,000 DPI (software interpolation), 19,000 DPI (native).
  • Speed: 400 inches / s.
  • Switches: Omron mechanical, 60 million clicks.
  • Body materials: hard plastic and soft-touch rubberized pads.
  • Backlight: RGB, logo.
  • Connection: wireless via transmitter, wired via USB 2.0.
  • Cable: removable microUSB in a fabric braid, 2 meters.
  • Dimensions: 130.1 x 67 x 38.3 mm.
  • Weight without cable: 74 grams.

Appearance and ergonomics

The design of the novelty is fully inherited from the wired progenitor. This is a large symmetrical palm or finger grip mouse with an excellent size-to-weight ratio. The abandonment of wires increased the weight to 74 grams – this is a remarkable result.

The materials also have not changed: the top is made of hard, smooth plastic of a graphite color, a hard plastic with an unobtrusive texture is used in the center between the keys, and another type of simpler hard plastic is used at the base. Thin glossy bevels serve as decoration. You can only complain about the easily soiled side buttons.

On the sidewalls, slightly soft overlays with a polygonal texture and soft-touch coating are applied – at the same time tenacious and non-marking. Both the thumb and little toe lie in shallow moldings that also contribute to the grip.

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The backlight remains intact despite being powered by a battery: the logo is adorned with RGB LEDs. With the backlight turned off, the MSI dragon is clearly visible. The glow is configured with keyboard shortcuts or through a proprietary utility, but more on that later.

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Iron and performance

All switches are mechanical, in the main keys – Omron for 60 million clicks. This is a quality solution with a clear click and no double positives. The manufacturer of the wheel encoder has not been disclosed, but the impressions from it are positive. The stroke is stepped, the force for pressing is less than that of the main keys. In my case, this is very useful since the middle finger pressing the wheel is clearly weaker than the index finger.

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The location of two additional buttons on one side level the symmetrical shape, in front of us is a mouse for right-handers. The kinematics are correct: minimal backlash before actuation muffled click, and short spring-loaded stroke after. Both keys are remapped through the utility.

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The sensor has changed relative to the wired version. It uses the Pixart PMW-3370 optical sensor. Its native resolution reaches 19,000 DPI, but MSI has provided overclocking up to 20,000 DPI. Among the chips – the ability to choose from two levels of separation height. There are no problems with motion recognition. The sensor is accurate and smooth. The back has been changed to match the wireless essence of the updated version. A power switch appeared to the left of the sensor, and below – a magnetic pad with a pair of contacts. The DPI change button remains in place. Switching between five presets is accompanied by a blinking backlight.

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Connection and autonomy

The main way to connect wirelessly is through its own USB transmitter. The refresh rate is 1000 Hz, the call quality is perfect. Sleep time is not configurable. Exit without delay with the first move. Alternatively, the Clutch GM41 can be wired.

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The micro-USB connector is recessed into the body and molded to accommodate a USB transmitter. This chip can be used while carrying the mouse in a bag or backpack.

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The standard wire is inserted end-to-end and does not play at all. Damage to the connector is excluded. The width and shape of the slot also allow the use of third-party wires.

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The magnetic pad on the backside is used for installation on a charging dock connected to a computer with a standard micro-USB cable. Among other things, the station has a USB for the receiver. Thus, the best reception is ensured, and there is no need to occupy two computer connectors.

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The company’s autonomy reaches 80 hours, but the exact use case is not disclosed. With the maximum refresh rate, backlighting at 50% brightness, and Motion Sync enabled (more on that later), the mouse lasted 5 days, which is about 40-50 hours of work. Turning off the glow and Motion Sync seriously increase the performance: in 10 days, which is at least 80 hours of operation, in this mode, the Clutch GM41 Wireless was discharged by only three quarters.

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Dragon Center Utility

One proprietary Dragon Center application supports all MSI-compatible peripherals. Our heroine is no exception. First of all, it allows you to remap all keys except the DPI switch. The list of actions is limited: standard mouse actions, multimedia functions, and macros. In the sensor settings, in addition to the usual resolution adjustment, there are two heights of separation from the surface, anti-aliasing and Motion Sync. The last option is designed to minimize parasitic trajectory smoothing. According to subjective impressions, there really is an effect! All parameters are recorded in three profiles, but you cannot change them with keyboard shortcuts or assign them to launch applications.

The backlight is configured in the Mystic Light section. There are 4 effects in total: static glow, color cycling, ripple, and custom mode. But there are only 3 useful ones because a custom mode paired with a single backlight zone duplicates a static glow. If you connect other Mystic Light-enabled devices, the settings can be synced.

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In fact, you can customize the backlight without a utility using hot combinations:

  • DPI + PCM button – brightness adjustment (three levels or complete shutdown);
  • DPI button + wheel – switch modes (four effects or complete shutdown);
  • DPI button + front side button – change the speed of the effect;
  • DPI Button + Rear Side Button – Change direction or color.

With the spring patches, Dragon Center has become a thrifty use of system resources. The total consumption of the process group does not exceed 150 MB. You can only quarrel about unloading not all tasks after closing the application in the tray.

Feedback after two weeks of use

The criterion for the success of a wireless mouse is connection quality and size ratio. The new MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless with this complete order! Even against the background of its tailed prototype, the novelty does not feel heavy, and the dimensions remain the same. The list of advantages is also fully inherited. I will note the design continuity with other brand peripherals, advanced hardware, and a good wire. The main difference I noticed is another sensor with higher resolution and just as much accurate tracking.

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Pros:

  • appearance in the style of other MSI peripherals;
  • unusual anti-slip pads on the sides;
  • weight is only 74 grams;
  • advanced hardware from Pixart and Omron;
  • less effort for clicking the wheel;
  • convenient charging via the dock;
  • control of the glow by combinations of buttons;
  • built-in memory for three profiles.

May not like:

  • gloss on additional keys;
  • microUSB instead of modern Type-C.

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