Cheap gaming mice round-up: budget mice

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MSI: Interceptor DS200 & Clutch GM40

MSI is joining ASUS and Gigabyte as traditional component manufacturers that are also active in the mouse market. The Interceptor DS200 is one of the first mice from the manufacturer that we are reviewing. The device costs about 42 pounds and it has the looks of your average gaming mouse, although it is on the heavier side. Fans of a mouse with some weight behind it can even add some more heft to the mouse, using the included weights.

MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse

MSI has added quite a number of extra buttons. The left side of the Interceptor features three buttons that can be configured using the software, a bit further up we find a fourth multi-functional button. There's little to complain about in terms of the software, however it's a shame that you can't synchronize the lighting with MSI Mystic Light hardware. A non-disclosed laser sensor with a resolution of 8200 dpi is used, and it clearly favours a plastic mouse pad. The speeds on cloth mouse pads leave something to be desired.

MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse

  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
  • MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse

The Clutch GM40 is slightly cheaper, at 35 pounds, and available in white, matte black and red colours. It's a slightly smaller rodent with the same amount of buttons as the Interceptor, however the mouse is ambidextrous. No software is included and the RGB lighting has been replaced with simple red LEDs.

The simple recipe is completed by an optical PixArt PMW3310 sensor, which features a nice and low lift-off distance and significantly higher speeds than the Interceptor. Unfortunately we do measure some positive acceleration.

MSI Clutch GM40 White

MSI Clutch GM40 White


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