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MSI GM30 Clutch gaming mouse review: Mechanical, symmetrical

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The MSI GM30 Clutch gaming mouse options an ergonomic, symmetrical design that is comfy for each claw and palm grips. It additionally has 6 programmable buttons, an adjustable DPI sensor, and customizable RGB lighting between the primary buttons to match your different RGB parts and peripherals or add a contact of non-public aptitude to your setup. And with an elevated wire mount, there’s much less drag when transferring the mouse round whereas enjoying video games or working. The MSI Center desktop app lets you create and save as much as 3 completely different structure, DPI, and lighting profiles and change between them so that you’re all the time able to take in your favourite video games, most-used packages for work, or change between work and gaming on the finish of the day.


  • 6 programmable buttons
  • Ergonomic, symmetrical design
  • Customizable DPI
  • Texture-molded grips

Don’t Like

  • No on-board reminiscence
  • Not ambidextrous
  • MSI Center can really feel clunky


The GM30 Clutch retails for $54.99 (£40, AU$78, CA$69), which places it in the identical tier because the Corsair Ironclaw ($49.99), SteelSeries Rival 5 ($59.99), and the Razer Basilisk Essential ($49.99). It’s pretty reasonably priced for a mid-tier gaming mouse with as many perks because it has, although there are a number of drawbacks which make the worth tag really feel a contact too excessive.

Quality and efficiency

The physique of the mouse has a symmetrical design that matches the palm very properly and reduces hand, wrist, and forearm pressure by holding every part in a extra impartial place. And for the reason that physique is symmetrical, it is potential to make use of the GM30 Clutch together with your left hand in the event you’re a southpaw. However, the MSI Center app does not let you remap the left and right-click buttons, and the thumb buttons are solely on the left facet thumb relaxation, so it isn’t a very ambidextrous mouse; however in the event you’re prepared to take care of some minor inconveniences, it is nonetheless a snug and intuitive sufficient expertise. 

The sides of the mouse have built-in, textured grips for safer dealing with throughout fast-paced video games in addition to working in packages like Photoshop and Lightroom. And for the reason that texture is molded straight into the facet panels, you will not have to fret about them peeling away over time; although the considerably deep grooves do have a tendency to carry dust, so I like to recommend cleansing your GM30 Clutch with a sanitizing wipe not less than as soon as per week to stop gunk build-up. 

The high of the mouse and the primary buttons additionally function a barely matte texture that gives a bit extra safety whereas utilizing a palm grip, however it might change into considerably slick in case your hand will get sweaty or is oily; so be sure you give the entire mouse an everyday wipe-down not solely to maintain it trying its greatest, however to maintain it sanitized (which is particularly essential in the event you share your laptop with others) and freed from build-up that may lower the lifetime of your mouse. 


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The primary buttons use Omron mechanical switches that are rated for 20 million clicks whereas the thumb buttons use Huano Blue switches that are rated for over 10 million clicks, making certain dependable presses and sturdy buttons. The sensor has a max DPI of 6200, which is nice for quite a lot of sport genres, together with: first-person shooters, RPGs, MMOs, and platformers. 

You also can use the MSI Center app to set the sensor to one in all 5 DPI ranges or customise the sensitivity and polling price to fit your private preferences and playstyle. You’ll additionally get a extra dependable connection to your laptop with the gold-plated USB plug, which is designed for sooner information switch for much less lag between your button presses and on-screen actions.

The physique of the mouse weighs simply 98 grams, which makes it what I might contemplate a light-weight mannequin. The low weight and raised wire mounting makes the GM30 Clutch straightforward and cozy to make use of for lengthy durations of time, which is ideal in the event you’re in search of a mouse that can be utilized for each work and gaming or have common marathon gaming periods. 

The backside of the mouse options built-in PTFE toes for smoother motion on fabric or hard-surface mouse pads and even naked desk surfaces. One disadvantage to the GM30 Clutch’s design is that it does not come packaged with any further toes to switch the built-in ones in the event that they ever change into broken or worn; you possibly can’t even purchase them individually from the mouse from MSI or licensed retailers. So if the toes ever change into so broken or worn which you can’t reliably use the GM30, you will be pressured to switch your entire mouse. 

I’ve largely been diving again into Rocksmith to provide myself motivation to follow with my guitars, however I used to be capable of run the GM30 Clutch via its paces with a number of different video games like DayZ, Hardspace Shipbreaker, and Saints Row: The Third. In DayZ, having the ability to rapidly change DPI presets helped make aiming with each weapons and melee weapons a bit simpler and extra correct, particularly whereas in third particular person view. 

While not as straightforward or correct as a thumb-paddle throttle like what you’d discover on the Razer Basilisk V3 or Corsair M65 Ultra, it nonetheless is sweet to have the ability to go from a twitchy digital camera to keep watch over environment whereas raiding city for camp provides to a slower digital camera for smoother aiming whereas smacking a zombie with a brush deal with or frantically jamming a water bottle silencer in your 1911 to waste your previous couple of rounds on a zombified helicopter pilot so you possibly can snatch some soiled rags and a half-eaten can of vienna sausages earlier than you die of hunger and blood loss. 


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While enjoying Hardspace Shipbreaker, my gameplay benefitted essentially the most from having the ability to remap sure actions to the thumb buttons. The premise of the sport is to tear aside decommissioned passenger and cargo spaceships for salvage as a way to repay your $1trillion debt to the corporate and get again dwelling. And whereas the essential idea is straightforward, nothing feels fairly as satisfying as having the ability to laser-lasso nuclear reactors and whip them right into a holding space earlier than they attain important mass and switch you right into a Kentucky Fried Space Guy, whereas jamming in your jetpack for sufficient momentum to fling your self to the other facet of the ship for extra high-value components earlier than your shift ends and you come to your company-owned dorm for a dinner of dietary paste and reconstituted water. Re-mapping jetpack acceleration and braking to the thumb buttons relatively than the L. Shift and L. CTRL buttons made transferring round in Zero G extra comfy since I did not should splay out my left hand as a way to carry out fundamental maneuvers. 

Saints Row: The Third is an older sport, however a favourite that I return to steadily. It was launched in 2011, which was the height of Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty’s stranglehold on gaming’s collective consciousness, and the truth that SR III did not take itself critically in any respect was a breath of contemporary air (the colourful, neon coloration palette was additionally a welcome reprieve from the boring browns and grays of different prevalent shooters on the time). Having particular actions like throwing grenades, reloading weapons, and setting waypoints mapped to thumb buttons relatively than keyboard inputs or primary mouse buttons made frantic gunfights simpler and streamlined common gameplay since I did not should pause the sport to open a map as a way to set a customized waypoint.

Even although the GM30 Clutch does not have as many buttons as another mid-tier gaming mice, the 2 thumb buttons and the flexibility to remap some actions do assist to streamline gameplay in sure genres, particularly first-person shooters for reloading or quick-swapping weapons or RPGs for firing your most-used spells or quick-healing.


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The scroll wheel, brand, and a piece between the primary buttons function RGB lighting which you can customise with 10 completely different results and thousands and thousands of colours. It’s a bit extra pronounced than what you’d see on one thing just like the HyperX Pulsefire Haste or Razer Deathadder V2, so in case your gaming PC doubled as a piece laptop, or in the event you share a gaming or work house, the lighting may be distracting to co-workers and buddies if you aren’t utilizing the mouse. 

If you favor a palm grip, you possibly can nonetheless admire your custom-made colours and results with the center lighting part, whereas a claw-style grip allows you to see the brand as properly. It’s potential to vary lighting results with out the desktop app, as a substitute utilizing a mixture of button presses to regulate brightness, change results, and impact velocity, however I like to recommend utilizing the app as a result of it is 1) a lot simpler and a pair of) offers a better degree of management over how your RGB results look.

MSI Center app

The MSI Center app replaces the Dragon Center desktop program that MSI had used for years. The up to date program streamlines the expertise by combining packages like Mystic Light for controlling your RGB lighting, Game Center for remapping mouse buttons, and even a program for recording and posting sport highlights to social media. 

When you first obtain the app, it can solely have the Game Center program put in, and you may cherry-pick others from the primary menu to curate a extra personalised expertise. This is particularly useful in the event you use a number of MSI-branded peripherals or parts. Each program has a number of tabs for customizing RGB lighting (the place obtainable) or syncing results for a extra unified look throughout your complete PC construct, customizing button layouts, or monitoring working temperatures and efficiency metrics for core parts like GPUs to catch points earlier than they destroy your costly new graphics card or brick your complete system. You also can entry technical and buyer assist from the app’s primary dashboard to troubleshoot points, register for warranties, or request product returns and exchanges.


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The Mystic Light program is what you will use to customise your GM30’s RGB lighting colours and results. You can create as much as three completely different profiles, which is nice in the event you’re a content material creator and need your lighting to match a sure sport’s aesthetics, or you possibly can set the lighting to sync to in-game actions for reactive results; flashing purple if you take injury, inexperienced for therapeutic, and many others. You also can management any appropriate ambient lighting like Govee hexagon light panels, sensible gentle bulbs just like the Philips Hue, or LED gentle strips to create a private visible model or match a selected sport’s coloration scheme for streams. 

There is even the choice for voice instructions throughout the app through the use of MSI’s “Hey Lucky” instructions; that is significantly useful in the event you’re a content material creator and have to rapidly make modifications with out tabbing out of your present program or sport. The greatest a part of Hey Lucky is which you can toggle it on and off with a single click on throughout the app’s settings; no signing up for separate accounts or downloading proprietary digital assistants. There’s a developer’s model of Mystic Light as properly in the event you’re serious about creating your individual lighting results for parts and peripherals. Though you will should be fairly educated in each Microsoft Visual Studio C++ and C# programming languages to have the ability to take full benefit of the software program.

The Gaming Gear program is the place you will do your whole button structure configurations for the GM30 Clutch (or different MSI gaming mouse) and tweak settings for different MSI-branded peripherals like keyboards and headsets. Like with Mystic Light, you possibly can create as much as three separate profiles with customized button configurations and DPI sensitivity to fit your private playstyle and favourite video games. You can arrange 5 completely different DPI ranges to cycle via with the on-board button, utilizing the slider to set sensitivity ranges and a drop-down menu to regulate the polling price from as little as 125Hz to as excessive as 1000Hz. This offers you tons of management over how your mouse will behave in each video games and work packages like Lightroom, Photoshop, or Final Cut Pro. 


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The largest disadvantage of the GM30 Clutch is that it does not have any kind of on-board reminiscence to retailer your customized profiles. This signifies that if you wish to change your structure, you need to open up the app, select the brand new profile, apply the settings, shut out, after which return to your sport or program. While it actually does not take that lengthy to manually change profiles, it may be a ache when working in a number of packages and you could rapidly change enter configurations to streamline your course of. 

Compared to one thing just like the Razer Deathadder V2, with its on-board reminiscence for as much as 5 profiles and quick-select button for biking via them, the GM30 Clutch falls woefully quick. Streamers and content material creators particularly will discover this irritating when switching video games mid-stream or recording in-game footage for a big venture; it is only one other thing to have to recollect when organising.


The GM30 Clutch from MSI is a strong, mid-tier gaming mouse that’s fitted to all kinds of sport genres and work packages, making it a superb choice for anybody who’s in search of a mouse to drag double obligation. With 6 programmable buttons and three customizable RGB lighting zones, you possibly can create customized configurations to streamline your actions in your most-played video games or most-used packages. The built-in texture panels present further management throughout quick and frantic gameplay whereas the symmetrical form is comfy in each palm and claw grips. 

With the MSI Center app, you possibly can create customized button enter configurations and lighting results, sync RGB lighting throughout your whole MSI-branded parts and peripherals, and even management ambient lighting. The lack of on-board reminiscence to retailer customized button structure and lighting profiles is a mark towards the mouse, however is simple sufficient to work round in the event you have a tendency to stay to the identical varieties of video games or work in only a few packages with related controls. 

At round $55, this mouse is on the upper finish of reasonably priced, however nonetheless fairly priced to suit extra modest budgets (particularly in the event you can catch it on sale). In the top, the GM30 Clutch is a serviceable sufficient gaming mouse for each informal and severe gamers alike.

Other gaming mice to think about

If you are still on the fence and wish to evaluate the MSI GM30 Clutch to different gaming mice available on the market, listed below are a number of alternate options to think about that are in the identical value vary and have related options:

The Corsair Iron Claw has a really related design to the GM30 Clutch. It has 7 programmable buttons, injection-molded facet grips, and RGB accent lighting to sync to your different peripherals or exhibit your private fashion. The primary buttons use Omron switches that are rated for over 50million clicks, and the optical sensor has a max DPI of 18,000, making it good for ultra-twitchy shooters.

The SteelSeries Rival 5 is similar value because the GM30 Clutch, however has a number of premium-grade options like gold-plated connections and switches, and a thumb paddle that you should use as a DPI throttle for extra correct aiming in shooters like Sniper Elite or Fortnite. It has 9 buttons in whole, which you’ll individually re-map for extra environment friendly in-game controls, and the mouse weighs simply 85 grams, making it light-weight sufficient to remain comfy to make use of throughout marathon gaming periods.

The Razer Basilisk Essential is a stripped-back, wired model of the Basilisk Ultimate. It prices $10 lower than the GM30 Clutch, however that does not imply it has fewer options. The nicest function is the thumb paddle which might act both as a DPI throttle for extra correct aiming or to set off fast actions like reloading or enabling push-to-talk in Discord. And the most important benefit it has over the GM30 Clutch is that it has optical switches, which use a laser beam relatively than a mechanical or membrane change to register clicks. This helps to stop registering unintentional button presses and ghosting that may trigger points throughout gameplay.