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MSI Clutch GM30 Review

The MSI Clutch GM30 prioritizes comfort with a design that caters to the palms and fingers. Its reliable sensor has room to grow specs-wise but is aided by a gamer-friendly button layout. However, MSI really needs to fix the companion app.

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FEATURES OF MSI CLUTCH GM30

Unboxing of MSI Clutch GM30

The MSI Clutch GM30 isn’t quite entry-level but cuts costs with a lower CPI (counts per inch) count than some similarly priced rivals, as well as fewer buttons. But what it lacks there it makes up for with a fabulous design with RGB lighting and a build you’ll appreciate from your fingertips to your palm. 

The MSI Clutch GM30 isn’t the lightest gaming mouse around, especially when compared to first-person shooter-focused ones offering lightweight designs that make flinging it across your best mouse pad a breeze. Instead, the MSI Clutch GM30 has a bit of weight to it at 3.46 ounces (without the cable) compared to the honeycomb-style Glorious Model D’s 2.4 ounces or even the Razer DeathAdder V2 (2.9 ounces). But it’s still on par with something like the HyperX Pulsefire Raid (3.35 ounces). Very competitive gamers seeking a lightweight design should look elsewhere, but others might appreciate the MSI Clutch GM30’s substantive feel.

The contents of the box can therefore be summarized as:

The MSI Clutch GM30’s gunmetal grey top matte finish has decent grip, also matching other components on offer in MSI’s lineup. Measuring 128 millimeters long by 62 wide and 35 mils high, this mouse is a little longer which fits medium to larger hands well, a low profile design which fits into the bottom of the palm.

The main buttons are OMRON switches with over 20 million click lifespan,/ and the sensor is a PixArt PAW-3327 optical type, with 6200 DPI precision, 1000 hertz poll rate. The 3327 handles 220 IPS or Inches per second, over 5.5 meters a second, and up to 30G, as in G-force. During testing we found the lift-off distance is roughly 3 to 4 millimeters from the pad until it loses tracking, and it’s Perfect Control Speed is high enough that we couldn’t hit the MSI Clutch GM30’s limit to make it spin-out in game, that’s very good.

MSI Clutch GM30 Design

The matte black Clutch GM30 measures 5.03 x 2.01 x 1.38 inches (LxWxH), which is pretty standard (the Deathadder V is 5 x 2.43 x 1.68 inches). It’s the perfectly curved rear (hello!) that made it fit so nicely in the palm of my hand that I almost thought the mouse was made for me.My palm made a home there similarly to how my cheek does a well-fluffed pillow.

The MSI Clutch GM30 provides RGB fanatics with three independently-controllable RGB zones (more in the Features and Software section): the scroll wheel, the channel framing the CPI button and the Lucky Dragon logo kissing the palm. It’s nice for so much of that to be in between the left and  right buttons, where they’ll usually remain visible. The mouse looks best with prismatic effects flowing from the top of the scroll wheel down to the dragon logo.

 

The MSI Clutch GM30’s optical PixArt PAW3327 sensor fared well in the Nordlys story of Battlefield V. At work here is a sensor with polling rates of 125, 250, 500, or a speedy 1,000 Hz with 30G acceleration and a max tracking speed of 220 IPS. The CPI switch toggles between 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 or 6,200 and was easy to swap through on the battlefield without straining my pointer finger, as I was easily able to reach into the groove where it lives with the tip of my finger or, more easily, the middle of the index. 

Other mice in this price range bring higher CPI counts (the DeathAdder V2 goes up to 20,000, and the PulseFire Raid goes to 16,000). But I could easily do rapid scans of the Norwegian battlegrounds and quickly stop to pinpoint an enemy’s small helmet. The mouse also kept up with my most erratic movements, such as jerking my head about to locate an enemy.

The Cable

Unfortunately, the Clutch GM30’s wire isn’t braided and looks as vulnerable to damage as any other typical, standard cable. But at least its connector seems pretty solid with extra thick plastic and gold plating inside. Additionally, the cable has a plastic casing to ensure that that part of the cable stays 4.8mm (0.19 inch) off the desktop. You can slide that rubber bit up and down the wire with a good amount of effort.

Software

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After you obtain the Dragon Center software and install it, the first thing you see is where you will need to accept the terms of use along with the privacy policy. Not much out of the ordinary in either agreement, but MSI does use language that users can understand instead of confusing you with legalese. Once ready, simply click OK.

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conclusion

MSI comes out swinging and has delivered a mouse worthy of some attention, but is it worth it to own one? Starting from the beginning, once the box was opened, there was dust on everything! Even after some preemptive dusting, we spent hours and hours editing these images to look more professional, not distracting with all of the tiny white dots all over our pictures. A bit more quality control or installation of filters at the manufacturer would solve this issue. However, the user experience is lower, looking at what seemingly shipped to us through a dust storm!

As a whole, the Clutch GM30 is solid, and will take the wear and tear most gamers will apply to it, but once in parts, we noticed that the plastic frame components were very weak. We believe this is done to save weight, but even the Model O is more structurally sound than the Clutch GM30. While this may seem harsh to come out of the gate like this at MSI, if you want to make money in the peripherals market, other manufacturers have set the bar so high, that things like this shouldn’t even come up.

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