MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse: A mid-range gaming mouse with few frills
Quick verdict: The MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse is a reasonable gaming mouse for its money if you like lightweight mouse designs.
- Inexpensive for a gaming mouse
- RGB lighting is subtle – for a gaming mouse
- Great if you want a smaller gaming mouse
- Light plastic design
- Rough side grips
- Not well suited for southpaws
MSI has long form in the gaming peripherals space for PCs. Its latest gaming mouse, the MSI Clutch GM50 is a mid-priced model with few frills, but enough value to make it worthwhile.
- Very lightweight
- Better suited for right-handed use
- Customisable RGB lighting
- Switches should be quite durable
The MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse is a cabled, USB-A connected gaming mouse with a middle scroll wheel that sits in front of its DPI selector button and two additional side buttons located on the left-hand side. The idea here is that they're in good placement space for your thumb to quickly locate in a hurry.
Once again if you're a leftie, it's not going to be your optimal option unless you're already au fait with a little dextrous switching. It's not as though MSI is the only maker not to particularly think of southpaw users and at least it does note it features a "right-handed ergonomic" design, so it's clear from the start.
Like any other bit of PC kit with the word "gaming" in it, there's RGB lighting on board, although in the case of the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse this is moderately subtle stuff. There's a primary colour band at the back of the mouse just beneath the MSI dragon logo and an RGB light on the right-hand side of the scroll wheel. Because of the transparent middle of the scroll wheel, when it's in use it does appear to light from both sides, but some costs have been cut here, with the actual light only firing from the right-hand side.
The actual build quality of the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse is very much in line with its moderate asking price. It uses Omron switches that should be good across essentially more clicks than you're likely to want out of any mouse. MSI's particular claim is they should last through some 20 million clicks. I don't quite have the time to test that out specifically, but Omron's switches are well regarded for gaming mice generally, so it's probably fair.
- Up to 7,200dpi
- Selectable RGB patterns (of course)
- Light plastic build can be uncomfortable
Like any other USB-connected mouse, the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse will work out of the box pretty much from the moment you plug it in, but if you want the most out of its inbuilt RGB or to customise it you'll need to install MSI's Gaming Centre software. There's a smaller range of functions and choices that work around a combination of the DPI button and the onboard mouse buttons if you need a quick RGB switch, but to get the full RGB experience and set game profiles, you'll need to run MSI's Windows-only software.
The heart of any good gaming mouse is its response and the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse is built on a sensor that shifts from as low as 400dpi up to 7,200dpi. At that higher range you're going to want to have very finely tuned reflexes to make it work at all: use that kind of DPI in regular PC usage and your cursor will rapidly bounce around the screen pretty much out of your control. One caveat here is that by itself, there's no indication on the mouse as to your DPI settings, such as a lighting track to quickly make you aware of your current setting.
That's again not a huge shock for a gaming mouse in the more affordable price segment, but it does mean that if you want to switch around DPI modes, you'll have to cycle through them and pick more by feel than anything else.
The only way to really test out a gaming mouse is to put it through its gaming paces and I've been doing just that for the past few weeks. While the underlying sensor works well enough, the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse is on the smaller and lighter side. That hard and rough plastic casing was a little tough to handle on a hotter summer's day than with other gaming mice.
Should you buy the MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse?
- Buy it if you want a mid-range gaming mouse with a lightweight build.
- Don't buy it if you want a heavier build, grippier sides or more RGB options.
The MSI Clutch GM50 Gaming Mouse isn't the best gaming mouse money can buy, but then it's priced appropriately. So much of what makes it worthwhile or not is rather subjective. If you want a larger mouse body or something with grippier sides, you'll probably dislike it the moment you start using it. If you want a smaller mouse with lightweight build and less obvious RGB options, it could be just the right pick for you.
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