The Taiwanese family of gaming mice has a new member such as the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight . It is committed to a design of maximum simplicity with an ambidextrous palm-type grip, to obtain maximum speed with the best control thanks to only 65 g of weight. Inside we have a top sensor such as the PixArt PMW-3389 with 16,000 DPI, OMRON main buttons and of course lighting. Are you going to miss it? Let’s start with your analysis!
The MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight uses a simple cut design optimized for professional gaming use. These types of mice tend to leave out ergonomics a bit for a specific grip and focus on giving maximum versatility to the user . In fact, it is ambidextrous and has a palm-type grip as a favorite, although on the right side we do not have side buttons.
Starting from the upper area, we have a fairly wide area for the grip with 130 mm long and 67 mm wide , which is not small. For her, a soft curvature has been chosen that is maintained both in the buttons and the back area until it practically reaches the support surface. The low 38.3mm height makes a claw grip much easier, and having the main buttons separate from the body also makes a fingertip grip possible.
The main buttons are equipped with OMRON switches that support up to 60 million clicks . They have a slightly wider travel than other versions, but their click is smooth and requires very little effort, making them ideal for quick control.
The entire device is made of good quality plastic and thin to give us only 65 g of weight , so speed is going to be one of the great allies. The color of the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight is a graphite gray in which a black base with a rather original glossy gray is used. The rear area could not miss the MSI logo provided with customizable RGB lighting on-board.
The central area is only presented with the wheel, as the DPI button has been moved to the lower area so that it does not hinder the user during games. This wheel consists of a hard plastic cylinder with spokes to lighten the weight, and a surface lined with ribbed rubber to improve grip. The central button and the scrolling jumps hardly generate noise, being smooth and direct.
The side areas will be exactly the same except for only having buttons on the left side . These have a slight downward curvature and are quite long, with a click of medium hardness and excellent accessibility. Not being very out, the accidental click is quite well controlled. Both areas have ribbed rubber grips to improve comfort in hand.
Finally, the base of the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight is made up of a huge rear leg that adjusts to the curvature of the mouse. Two more at the front will complete a fairly good sliding system with good resistance surfaces and hardly any friction. On the side of the sensor we find the button for DPI selection.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Performance
As for the performance of the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight , it is a mouse similar to for example the Cooler Master MM711 also analyzed by us. The sensor equipped will be the same, more specifically a PixArt PMW-3389 with a maximum resolution of 16,000 DPI. The sensor supports a maximum tracking speed of 400 IPS, accelerations of 50G, and a lift-off distance of approximately 2mm.
These are quite high figures for a mouse that can be placed in the mid-range, and which until recently were typical of the high-range. Scrolling speed will not be a problem, although in this case the level of customization will be low. The DPI button has 5 jumps already predefined and associated with a rear RGB logo color . The maximum polling rate will be 1000 Hz , so the expected latency will be 1 ms.
Regarding the lighting control, it is done directly with combinations of mouse buttons, in this way we could save accessing software. The combinations to be carried out will be the following:
- DPI + right button : brightness power
- DPI + wheel button : animation mode
- DPI + Forward Side Button : Animation Speed
- DPI + back side button : animation color
It has three animations , pulse mode, rainbow and fixed color, as well as the option of total off.
The cable used for this MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight has been called FriXionFree , which has a braided finish that should ensure low friction on the table. For practical purposes it is similar to that of other mice such as Corsairs, although the braiding of the thread seems to be tighter and firmer. This means that in the end it will be a fairly rigid cable and not very manageable in small spaces.
Dragon Center Software
At this point in the movie, the software management capabilities for the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight could not be lacking , although in this case it is going to be a bit limited to the basics. The main software will be Dragon Center , a suite that takes care of the entire ecosystem of MSI products.
From it we can manage the functions of all the buttons , including the main ones. In this reassignment we will have the basic functions and some other multimedia, but beyond that it will not be possible to perform macros or assign shortcuts or advanced functions.
Changing the DPI jumps will also be a possibility, and although the jumps cannot be increased or decreased, at least we can configure the resolution in steps of 100 in 100 DPI . The polling rate can also be modified in three speeds, and the lift-off distance in high and low mode . Even finally the angle adjustment for situations in which we move the mouse in a straight line, being useful for designers and architects, for example.
Grip and sensitivity
We are going to tell you a bit about our experience with the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight , what sensations it gives us and the performance of its sensor. Its design makes it clear that the best grip is the Palm Grip type . The wide measurements of the mouse make it comfortable for both small and large ones, and the wide legs make the device move very well even when the full weight of the hand is applied to it.
If we want greater mobility in a certain area, the best option will be a claw-type grip , controlling the rear area with the support of the hand on the ground and applying a high DPI for frantic actions in the game. A sniper button or the ability to customize advanced functions would have been an advantage.
Otherwise, it is a straightforward plug and play mouse, with not much software interaction, but high performance. The scrolling is really fine and the click of the buttons accompanies. Let’s now look at the main tests with which we evaluate its basic performance.
Movement variance : The test consists of moving the mouse sideways, at different speeds and at a certain constant distance. The performance will be perfect regardless of the travel speed as long as we keep the angle assistance disabled . For a perfect gaming experience we must deactivate this type of guide system.
Pixel skipping : When making slow movements and at different DPI, the pixel skipping is not appreciated in any case. The best way to avoid pixel skipping on rapid scrolling is to set the polling rate to 1000 Hz .
Tracking : There is no pixel tracking, and the pointer never experiences strange jumps. Both in a high and low lift-off distance, the performance is very similar, although for landing and take-off maneuvers it is best to use the “low” option.
Surface performance : As always, the mouse has performed well on hard surfaces such as wood, metal, and of course on mouse pads.
MSI adds and continues, and does not stop launching new peripherals to meet the needs of all types of users. In this chaos we have a very versatile mouse , with a well-worked design and aesthetics to provide satisfactory use both in games and at work or daily, and a high-performance sensor.
The PMW 3389 sensor is already well known to us and it does not disappoint. Their high resolution and especially their high speed performance make them the perfect quality / price ratio component. The performance in all types of games is perfect and seamless, although we miss more configuration options.