Setup & Software
Getting the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse setup and ready to go is very easy. Take the charging dock with the USB dongle installed in it and plug it into your PC using the included USB cable. It will take a few second for Windows to recognize it, but once it does you’ll be all setup and ready to go. All you have to do now is turn on the switch on the bottom of the mouse and it should start working.
To charge the mouse simple place it on top of the charging dock. I really like how the charging dock basically displays your mouse when you are not using it. When you do place the mouse on the charging dock it will light up different colors to let you know how charged it is. 70-100% is green, 30-70% is yellow, and 0-30% is red. MSI tells us that the mouse will charge from 0% to 100% is just 90 minutes and that if you just charge it for 10 minutes that will give you 9 hours of battery time. Overall the mouse will give you 80 hours of playing time without the lights on and if you choose to have the lighting on that is cut down to 55 hours.
Now the mouse will work no problem without any software, but if you want to customize anything you’ll need to download MSI’s Dragon Center software. For mouse customization you’ll need to go into the “Gaming Gear” section of the software. You should see a Mouse icon, click on it.
Here you’ll be able to reprogram the five different buttons on the mouse. Each button can be set to another mouse button, multimedia control, macro, or DPI switch. There are also three different profiles you can save to.
The second tab on this screen is “Sensor”. Here we can set our polling rate, DPI for each of the 5 different DPI levels, lift off distance, angle snapping, motion sync, and get a reading on our battery level. Interestingly enough there were no options to put the mouse to sleep or to turn the RGB lighting off after a set amount of time. I know many times I just walk away from my PC it would be nice if I wasn’t just draining the battery. It also appears that there is not an auto-sleep or shut off on the mouse as I let it sit for a good 20 minutes and the RGB lights were still on.
To control the lighting on the mouse we need to go into the Mystic Light section of the software. Since there is only one LED zone that is all we can configure. There are a handful of different effects we can choose from or simply have the LEDs off on the mouse.
The RGB lighting on the mouse is just the MSI Dragon logo. It looks pretty good, but is nothing to write home about.