Note: This review was first published on 27 July 2021.
The new MSI Clutch GM41 lightweight wireless gaming mouse is a familiar sight. With many manufacturers getting into the ultralight space, the Clutch GM41 joins an increasingly crowded market. At first glance, it reminds me a lot of the Razer Viper Ultimate, with a very similar shape and curves, and even an included wireless charging dock.
The Clutch GM41 is basically a larger Razer Viper Ultimate, both longer and with more pronounced curves that taper out toward the back. This leaves an ergonomic contour in the middle for resting your thumb and ring and pinky fingers. Its shape feels very comfortable, but this is a very big mouse that is best suited to those with larger hands. With a rather flat profile just like Razer's mouse, there isn't a prominent hump that can fill your palm, in case you prefer that. The shape is relatively versatile and can accommodate the palm and claw grips. However, it's less suitable for the fingertip grip because of how long it is, which leaves no room between the back of the mouse and your palm for you to pull it down.
The side grips are coated in diamond-patterned rubber, which helps provide some extra purchase. Overall, the mouse is pretty solidly built, with no flexing, creaking or rattling. The scroll wheel has well-defined notches for precise adjustments, but it emits an audible noise even when scrolling slowly. The buttons are really well done however, with nice and crisp Omron switches rated for 60 million clicks. There is minimal post-travel too, both on the primary and side buttons. The mouse feet offer a smooth, unfettered glide right out of the box, and I don't see anyone having any issues with them.
At 74g, the mouse isn't exactly on the cutting-edge of weight reduction, but it does the job well and is nimble enough for quick adjustments without feeling cumbersome. The sensor is a PixArt PMW3370, a 20,000 DPI flagship that offers up to 50G of acceleration and 400 IPS tracking. As expected, tracking is flawless, with no noticeable acceleration or jitter. A DPI button at the bottom lets you toggle between different DPI stages.
The wireless version of the Clutch GM41 comes with its own dedicated charging dock and 2.4GHz USB dongle, not unlike the Razer Viper Ultimate. The dock is tiny and will fit anywhere on your desk, so you don't have to worry about it occupying too much space. It's a welcome convenience compared to manually plugging the mouse into your system. The rubber base could be a lot more stable though, and it doesn't grip your desk as well as I'd like.
You can insert the dongle into the dock as well to bring it closer to the mouse, in case your PC is too far away. Wireless performance is smooth and seamless, and I didn't experience any drops in connection or input lag. MSI is claiming up to 80 hours of battery life on a full charge, and 9 hours of use after just 10 minutes, which is neat if you need to recharge in a hurry.
You can charge the mouse either by mounting it on the dock or connecting the included FriXionFree cable, which unfortunately still uses a dated micro-USB connection. The cable doesn't really live up to its name though, and it's a stiff braided cable that drags plenty.
RGB lighting on the mouse is relatively muted and limited to just the MSI dragon logo on the back. You can customise it in the MSI Dragon Center software, although you'll have to click through lengthy Terms of Service agreements before you get to use it. You're then put through a rather long load time before the software starts up. The interface itself is rudimentary and rough around the edges, and navigating it feels less than intuitive and a little buggy. It gets the job done, but MSI could really polish it up a little.
At S$109, the Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless offers great bang for your buck. It's significantly cheaper than the Razer Viper Ultimate, while still offering a near-identical feature set. If you're in the market for an affordable wireless mouse, you might want to give the Clutch GM41 a look. The stiff, braided cable is a bit of a letdown, but it doesn't matter too much on a wireless mouse anyway, and MSI has checked most of the right boxes.