MSI recently sent us a GM50 Clutch gaming mouse along with the Agility GD70 mousepad to try out. Both the mouse and the mousepad come across as some great buys on paper given the technical specs but are they actually good products? Does the mouse deliver solid gaming performance in the real world and is the mousepad worthy of your precious desk space?
Before I dive right into that, here are the technical specs of the MSI GM 50 Clutch mouse.
SENSOR TYPE: Optical
INTERFACE: USB 2.0 Gold-plated connector
POLLING RATE: 8ms/4ms/2ms/1ms (Default)
LED LIGHT: Scroll Wheel / Dragon LED /U-Shaped Tail Light
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
WEIGHT (PRODUCT / PACKAGE): 87g (without cable) / 268.3g
DPI SWITCH: Default: 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400, max: 7200 (step: 100)
SENSOR: PMW-3330 gaming sensor
CABLE: Soft & Tangle Free TPE Cable (2.0 m)
MAIN KEY SWITCHES: Omron GAMING (20 Million+ Clicks)
MODEL NAME: CLUTCH GM50 GAMING MOUSE
And next up, the Agility GD70 Mousepad:
SURFACE: Silk Gaming Fabric Surface
BASE: Natural Rubber Base
WEIGHT (PRODUCT / PACKAGE): 640g / 775g
MODEL NAME: AGILITY GD70 GAMING MOUSEPAD
Starting out with the MSI GM 50 Clutch mouse, MSI has clearly tried to impart a sense of flashy design to it. There’s a U-shaped RGB LED light ring at the bottom of the mouse that immediately lights up when the mouse is plugged in. The sides of the mouse have “Dragon Scale Anti-Slip Texture” strips which feel great when holding the mouse in your hand. There’s an LED in the mouse wheel and the MSI dragon logo on the mouse itself lights up too. The overall aesthetic of the mouse doesn’t exactly scream “Premium” but it does feel great in your hand.
The U-shaped RGB LED light ring has a see-through plastic which looks rather weak and not as refined as the light rings seen on competing brands products. MSI if you’re reading this, you need to address this. It “cheapens” the look of an otherwise extremely good product. Holding the mouse in your hand, if you use a palm or claw grip, it feels fine. The textured grips on either side feel extremely pleasing to the touch and you’ll acclimatize to the mouse quite quickly when using it.
While a lot of gaming mice in 2021 have transitioned to being 50 grams or lighter, the GM50 still felt good to use and some gamers may find the heavier mass to be more appealing.
Bafflingly though MSI have opted to make the mousepad a non-standard shape with a tiny cut-out portion making it slightly less rectangular.
Gamer, writer, self-proclaimed chemistry hobo. Always looking to make use of a good pun in the name of fun.
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16 September 2021
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