MSI Clutch GM30 Gaming Mouse
Gaming mice have seen a lot of price creep in recent years. Yes things like the Razer Boomslang were expensive when they first launched, but in general mice all cost around the same amount. The rise of online and competitive gaming has seen a serious uplift in the needs of the users, with almost everyone wanting high end sensors, multi-million click switches and a whole host of extra features in an attempt to give them an edge over the competition. What was once a specification that would have had the average punters drooling into their cornflakes is now almost the baseline for something to be considered a gaming mouse at all. This, naturally, has an effect upon the amount that the components cost and the price manufacturers have to charge.
But what if all you want is a sensor which is more than enough for an average human, with some fancy lights to look the part, but haven't got unlimited funds? The MSI Clutch GM30 might be the very thing for you.
Undoubtedly the lighting is the star of the show. We're used to mice which might light up the manufacturer logo on the palm section, and at the high end there are mice which will light up the wall behind your desk whilst also providing a cool glow on your gaming surface. Few mice at the sub-£40 price point offer quite as much lighting as the GM30. The scroll wheel lights up in a soft fashion which looks nice without being distracting out of the corner of your eye. The U section around the DPI cycle button definitely wins points for the smooth gradients and rich hues it offers. It helps lift the Clutch GM30 above the norm into something we'd expect to find at a mid-high pricing. Lastly the MSI Dragon logo at the rear has the most uniform lighting we've seen in a long time, particularly on such a large logo. It's excellent.
Mice aren't just about lighting though. The GM30 is comfortable in the hand with a light weight and gentle curves which help keep it resolutely under your control at all times. This is aided by the very soft and heavily textured rubber sides. The main buttons are large so they are easy to find in the heat of battle, but haven't got any of those strange sculpted edges that might lead to an unwanted click as you're moving your fingers around. It's very comfortable. Inside the GM30 are two names which should be familiar to anyone who has had any interest in current gaming mouse technology. The buttons are Omron, a brand that is so ubiquitous that we're struggling to remember another company that makes mouse buttons. They are fast, crisp, and will last for years. The sensor is a similarly famous brand, Pixart. In this case the PAW-3327 sensor which is an optical offering supporting up to 6200 DPI, a figure which would have placed it very much in the pantheon of "best in class" only a few short years ago, and is still more than enough for most people.
With outstanding lighting, great performance and comfortable through longer sessions all wrapped up in a very affordable price tag the MSI Clutch GM30 wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.