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MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 13, 2021 at 10:42 am
MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE Picture
7.3
Office/Multimedia
7.5
Video Games (FPS)
7.1
Video Games (MMO)
7.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE is a wired gaming mouse with a right-handed shape, textured plastic side grips, two side buttons on the left, and a thumb rest. It also includes a set of weights you can add to the mouse to adjust its weight distribution. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a somewhat wide range, and it has a low lift-off distance, though some users prefer it lower. Unfortunately, you can't set any configurable profiles within the customization software, and there's only one configurable CPI setting. Also, the GM20 ELITE has high click latency, and if you play fast-paced or reaction-based games, you may prefer a more responsive option.

Our Verdict

7.3 Office/Multimedia

The MSI GM20 ELITE is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built and has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest suitable for any grip type and all but small-sized hands. You can also reprogram all of the buttons using the customization software. Unfortunately, it's a wired-only model without any wireless connection options, and the scroll wheel lacks both L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and doesn't have a free-scrolling mode.
7.5 Video Games (FPS)

The MSI GM20 ELITE is a good FPS gaming mouse, but it has high click latency and may not feel responsive enough for all gamers. That said, it feels very well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and all medium and larger hand sizes. You can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within an adequately large range. It also has a low lift-off distance, though not as low as some gaming mice. Unfortunately, there's no way to set custom profiles within the software, and you can only configure a single alternate CPI setting. Also, its rubber cable isn't very flexible, and the mouse feet only provide a decent gliding experience.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • High click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Rubber cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks from packaging and storage.
7.1 Video Games (MMO)

The MSI GM20 ELITE is satisfactory for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all of the buttons it does have using the customization software. It feels very well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape, suitable for all grip types and all except for small hand sizes. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within a somewhat wide range. It also has a low lift-off distance, though not as low as some mice. Unfortunately, it has a high click latency for a gaming mouse.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
Cons
  • High click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
7.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The MSI GM20 ELITE is decent for ultra-light gaming, but it's significantly heavier than a dedicated ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, and it has high click latency. Nevertheless, it feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for medium and larger hand sizes using any grip type. You can adjust the CPI by increments of 100 within an adequate range, and the minimum lift-off distance is low, though not as low as on some mice. Unfortunately, its mouse feet are only decent, and it has a fairly standard rubber cable that isn't very flexible and retains kinks from packing and storage.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
Cons
  • High click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Heavy.
5.2 Travel

The MSI GM20 ELITE is inadequate for travel as it's bulky and likely won't fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only model without any wireless connection options, making it cumbersome in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels very well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and all except for small hand-sizes. It also has onboard memory, so you can save your custom settings and use them on computers without installing the software.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 5.1" (130 mm)
Height 1.6" (41 mm)
Width 3.2" (83 mm)
Grip Width
67 mm
5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
26.48 inยณ (434 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
146 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
112 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
102 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
Yes

This mouse includes a set of 1 x 5g and 2x 3g weights that you can add to the inside of the palm area of the mouse to adjust the overall weight and weight distribution.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE
  • 1x 5g weight
  • 2x 3g weights
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3309
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
200 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
6,400 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The polling rate options for the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. The sensor on our unit is somewhat inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI by -7.96% during slow movements and -12.32% during fast movements.

6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE, but the scroll up/down inputs aren't programmable. Also, you can only set one alternate CPI setting in the software and use the CPI button behind the scroll wheel to switch to it by default. However, you can assign CPI+ or CPI- buttons using the software to manually adjust the set CPI by increments of 100 on the fly.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
20.5 ms
Operating System And Software
7.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name MSI Dragon Center
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
Yes

The MSI Dragon Center is easy to use, but it doesn't offer any configurable profiles, and there's only one configurable CPI setting.

Note: We had to run the software as an administrator to get it to run, which is unusual, but didn't affect our tests.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE we tested is black, and there are no other color variants available. You can see the label for our CLUTCH GM20 ELITE unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE is a good, budget gaming mouse. Compared to other gaming mice, it has a large and fairly wide body, and it's very well-suited for all grip types. However, its size makes it unsuitable for small hands. It also has very good build quality for a mouse at its price point, and it has a thumb rest, which is a feature that's more common on MMO gaming mice or more premium, full-featured mice. Unfortunately, while it has good all-around sensor performance, it has high click latency compared to most gaming options. Also, its cable and mouse feet are only decent. That said, the GM20 ELITE may make a good choice if you prefer a larger, heavier mouse and aren't too interested in extra features or a high level of customizability.

For other recommendations, see our picks for the best gaming mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best cheap gaming mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE is a good FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious is much lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly, a higher CPI range, and significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the MSI feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It also has a lower minimum CPI and a set of weights you can add to adjust the weight distribution.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired gaming mouse than the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE. The Razer is significantly lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a higher maximum CPI, and much lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button using the customization software to enable a secondary layer of controls. On the other hand, the MSI has a thumb rest and a somewhat more consistent sensor. It also includes a set of weights you can add to adjust the weight distribution.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is a slightly better wired gaming mouse than the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE. The Razer is much lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a higher maximum CPI, and significantly lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of controls. On the other hand, the MSI feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It also has a much more consistent sensor and includes a set of added weights.

Corsair M65 RGB Elite

The Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a better wired gaming mouse than the MSI CLUTCH GM20 ELITE. The Corsair feels sturdier and has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It has two additional programmable buttons, including one extra side button on the left. It also has a wider CPI range, a much more precisely adjustable CPI, and significantly lower click latency. Its software is compatible with both Windows and macOS, while the software for the MSI is only compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the MSI includes a set of added weights.

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