In September MSI launched a new mouse, the Clutch GM30, which is positioned in the price range around 40 Euro – currently the model is available for € 39.90. In return, MSI promises extensive RGB lighting and a PixArt PAW-3327 as a sensor with up to 6,200 DPI. Additionally there are the usual Omron buttons under the two main buttons as well as Huano switches for the side buttons.
The following test will show whether the chosen combination is sufficient to make the Clutch GM30 a good choice in this highly competitive price segment.
Scope of Delivery
In terms of the scope of delivery, MSI sets great store by the minimum, in line with the price: apart from the mouse itself, there is only a user manual in the colourfully printed cardboard box, no other accessories are included.
Design and Workmanship
The MSI Clutch GM30 is based on a basically symmetrical case with two thumb keys placed exclusively on the left, so that the mouse is only really suitable for right-handed users. As usual, a third additional button is located behind the rubber mouse wheel and is used for changing the DPI.
The body of the mouse is mostly made of smooth, matt black plastic. MSI promises an anti-slip surface on both sides; in practice, this is simply two structured areas. As a third surface type, the Clutch GM30 also has accents made of high-gloss plastic: this can be found both on the top of the additional keys and on a strip on the back of the mouse. The mouse’s workmanship is impeccable throughout: the housing is optically perfect and the individual parts are firmly connected to each other.
In the targeted price segment of the Clutch GM30, MSI of course has to set certain priorities, because to satisfy all demands, the cost-related restrictions are simply too high. Instead of using a particularly good sensor or extensive equipment with additional keys, MSI relies on prominent RGB lighting for the mouse. This is achieved in particular by a U-shaped area on the back of the mouse.
The area in question is illuminated by a total of seven RGB LEDs, which can be controlled individually and thus enable clean color transitions and a fairly even brightness distribution. The two usual RGB LEDs under the logo on the back of the mouse and on the mouse wheel are also installed. Those who prefer an outstanding RGB lighting will get their money’s worth here.