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MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60 Review

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MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Testing

When it comes to the testing part, I was fortunate enough to have a good amount of time with both mice. During this time it was used in everyday use: surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, video editing, and gaming. A mouse is very personal to each and every individual, as each person has a slightly different idea of their perfect mouse. This part of the review is completely subjective, but is the only way to really provide verbal feedback rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. While this part is my opinion alone, it should give a good indication of what I love and hate about this mouse. If you were to purchase one today and test it out yourself, I would hope your experience would be somewhat similar to mine.

Testing Setup:

 

MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Results

Everyday Use:

Both the Clutch GM70 and GM60 are USB plug and play mice for the basics, but the MSI Gaming Center software will need to be installed if you want to control any of the many sub-settings, like RGB lighting or point snapping. Things like double click and scroll speed can be changed inside Windows mouse settings if you don't want to or cannot install the software. But let's be honest, if you are buying this mouse, it's either for looks / RGB, sub-settings, or both.

It's great to know the mouse will perform the same basic functions as a $5 one that came with the computer, but that is not the point of having a gaming mouse. This, of course, is not a bad thing, as some mice have strange DPI or button settings by default that make using a mouse a chore without the appropriate software. MSI, however, was kind enough to allow the DPI to be set on-the-fly in three steps by pressing down on the button located right below the wheel on either mouse. This is an excellent feature to have handy straight out of the box. As for everyday use, I didn't find anything wrong with the mice and, as I said before, it is actually a little better than most of these types of mice because the software is not required to change basic functions.

 

Gaming:

After all that complaining I did about MSI's software earlier, this is where it all pays off. MSI really does have a load of settings that most people have never heard of or knew it was an option to change. This can take some time to get used to it. I should also note that these mice will work in MOBA and MMOs, but they are not primarily designed for that, even with the macro function, due to the button placement. If you use the keyboard for all your macros, then this mouse will work just fine.

That being said, back to the main selling point of these mice, which are FPS games. Playing a round of Quake Champions really showed off how much precision and high DPI can give the edge. Games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in custom AWP matches gave the feeling like the mice and I were one. Some luck and skill are involved with any game, but that extra bit of help from all the tweaks you can edit brings the MSI Clutch mice to a whole new level.

I'm not going to call out other brands I've used, but both these mice felt genuinely better while playing FPS games after I investigated what all the functions did. MSI really hits a home run with this mouse series as a whole, if not for the software blunder. They excel for gaming if you are patient enough to learn how all the sub-settings play a part in the grand scheme of things.




  1. MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI Clutch GM70: Closer Look Continued
  3. MSI Clutch GM60: Closer Look Continued
  4. MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: MSI Software
  5. MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Specifications & Features
  6. MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Testing & Results
  7. MSI Clutch GM70 & GM60: Conclusion
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