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Clutch G1 Optical Mouse Review: Coming Up Clutch

/ Dec 14th, 2016 No Comments

Clutch G1 Optical Mouse

Most gaming mice look like they’ve been plucked from the future, and the future is full of sharp edges and buttons. However, a gaming mouse doesn’t have to overcomplicate its design to be effective.

The Clutch G1 optical mouse features a simple, understated design that makes it easy to use. Yet, this look doesn’t get in the way of its performance.

Gaming in the Clutch

Simple and elegant best describes the Clutch G1’s design. It doesn’t have the over-the-top design that many gaming mice feature. Instead, it is a solid black with lights, and it looks like a typical mouse.

It is also wired, which is a bit disappointing, but it does mean players won’t ever have to worry about being disconnected during gameplay sessions. Its sturdy design also means it won’t tug back during gaming sessions or quickly wear out.

The mouse has a nice bit of weight, but it offers little resistance due to soft rubber on bottom and a drag-resistant cable. It glides smoothly on common surfaces for a solid gameplay experience.

Clutch G1 Optical Mouse

Switching profiles changes the lighting.

Button placement is mostly straightforward and isn’t overwhelmingly different from a typical mouse. This makes it a good introductory gaming mouse for those who have never used one.

Two buttons in the middle of the mouse can be used to switch DPI rates and user-programmed profiles. Assigning unique profiles to buttons allows users to quickly adjust how the mouse reacts to movement, which is important for different types of uses. If you’re browsing the internet, you likely will not need the same level of precision as you would if you are playing a first-person shooter.

Having preset configurations help users who just want to plug the mouse in and be ready to play, but more advanced users can fine tune and customize the G1’s settings to their liking. The mouse has a max 5,000 DPI with a 1,000 Hz rate and 30G acceleration. Regardless if you’re editing photos in Photoshop or playing Rocket League, the Clutch G1 delivers a great response time and just the right amount of sensitivity.


The Clutch G1 optical mouse is a solid introductory gaming mouse. It doesn’t offer all the buttons or advanced lighting that can be found on other gaming mice, but it is easier to use and performs admirably.

Priced at around $60, the Clutch G1 is an affordable gaming mouse that isn’t strictly for gaming. The look and feel is similar to a typical PC mouse, but there is a lot more under the surface.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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Gaming Illustrated RATING



The Clutch G1 features a simple and sleek design, making it easy to hold and not confusing to look at. It's a modern mouse for a modern age in terms of design.


Despite it's simple appearance, the Clutch G1 has a wide range of settings to match any gamer's style and genre. It responds quick and offers no resistance when in the throes of gaming.


The Clutch G1 still comes in at a reasonable cost and offers the expected quality for its price tag.

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