The esports team Fnatic have had a few attempts at releasing its own hardware already. In 2014 it ran a sponsorship with SteelSeries to release branded editions of the manufacturer’s kit, and since then the team has expanded into producing its own mice and keyboards too.
The Clutch G1 is its newest mid-range gaming mouse, designed with FPS players in mind. Don’t get too excited though, as there’s enough problems here for me to be weary recommending it to even the most loyal Fnatic supporter.
As far as mid-range mice go, the build quality of the Clutch is pretty nice. It’s got a drag-reducing braided cable, hitting a good mid-point between the durability of a braided cable and the smooth, unimpeded movement that comes with standard ones. The feet look like a glossy plastic, which can seem a bit on the cheap side, however they provide enough traction for the lightweight frame to not get tugged around. The LED lighting on the scroll wheel is bright and vivid, and transitions between colours smoothly. It’s a good looking mouse, especially for its price point.
It’s a good looking mouse, especially for its price point.
However, there are a few areas that could’ve been improved. The shape isn’t very comfortable, especially with claw or hybrid grips, so it took a few days of hand cramps before I settled into it. With a palm grip it works well for smaller hands, but my brutish ham hands tended to hang over the edge quite easily. The scroll wheel is also incredibly stiff, and trying to scroll quickly can be both difficult and noisy.
I’d also would’ve liked to have the RGB lighting be consistent across the mouse, as the three small DPI pips on the left flank are locked into an orange light that doesn’t fit with the rest of my desk’s colour scheme.
A maximum of 5000 DPI, which frankly isn’t all that high
The configuration program, while looking very basic combat to the likes of Razer Synapse or Roccat Swarm, is surprisingly effective. Three different profiles can each have their own DPI stages (up to a maximum of 5000 DPI, which frankly isn’t all that high compared to some other mice) and polling rates (up to 1000Hz), as well as individual bindings on the two macro keys on the left flank.
Macro recording is probably the most intuitive I’ve seen in a configuration program yet, and I had zero difficulties setting one of the macro buttons to my in-game screenshot keybind. As mentioned previously, the scroll wheel’s light has numerous different colour options and glow effects, but the DPI pips are limited to just the usual Fnatic orange.
Unfortunately, my biggest problem with the Clutch is one that pushes this into something I just can’t recommend: the sensitivity. Most of the time the mouse works fine – movement and clicks are responsive, and in-game testing I had few problems. But there is a reoccurring problem with tremors.
A reoccurring problem with tremors.
Camera views in-game, and the desktop cursor outside of them, sometimes jutter and flicker around ever so slightly. It’s a very subtle shake but it’s enough to be very annoying, especially when I’m sat playing PC games on my TV and the mouse on the other side of the room is making things wiggle all over the shop. I’ve tested multiple mice in the exact same conditions – same port, same mouse mat, same everything – and not experienced the tremors on any of those. It’s something unique to the Clutch G1.
The Clutch G1 is… an attempt. It certainly looks the part with its slick braided cable and flashy LED, but actually using it gives away that Fnatic aren’t all that established in the hardware space. The form is uncomfortable and the sensor is buggy, which means it fails at the basic requirements for a mouse. There are better mice at this price range you could go for, even ones with the Fnatic branding if that’s all you wanted.
A review unit was provided by the manufacturer for the purposes of this review.
Input: 1x USB 2.0+
Release date: Out Now
- Stylish design
- Robust configuration program
- Good cable
- Uncomfortable grip, especially for bigger hands
- Some lights are not RGB configurable
- Cursor tremors
The Fnatic Clutch G1 looks the part, but it fails to nail the basics. There are better mice out there for this price.