Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Fnatic Gear has dropped their second generation of mice upon the globe, with the intent to not only offer something for their eSports players, but to involve the typical users as well, and give them a mouse to be proud to own. Typically when a new generation of a previous product is released, we see a few minor changes, possibly fixing things missed in the original run, but it is more likely they are merely adding features that have come to market since the original was offered. However, Fnatic Gear appears to keep only the name, with what is essentially a, from the ground up, redesign of all parts and components of the mouse.
Comparing what we have now to the original Clutch mouse, just by spending a minute or two in comparison to them, we found that there are over a dozen obvious changes to be had. Internal layout and components used are swapped out for better ones, the CPI has increased due to this, as Fnatic Gear is offering the best optical sensor on the market this time. The dimensions have changed, the weight has changed, and even the styling and grip surfaces have been modified. No matter which part of the mouse you are looking at, it is easy to spot that Fnatic Gear is not ones to put lipstick on a pig and call it a new product.
While we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the Fnatic Clutch G1 mouse from the past, everything about the new Clutch 2 is so worth all of the development and implementation. Gamers developed the Clutch 2 for gamers and even incorporation things like rage-ability into the design. In most reviews, we tend to hold our tongue until the end, but with what we have seen in the Clutch 2, while gaming and in daily tasks, we cannot contain the smile this mouse has put on our face. For those of you in the market for a new mouse to help you become a top-notch player in whatever game you choose, you need to give the Fnatic Gear Clutch 2 Optical Gaming Mouse a long hard look.
On-site, Fnatic puts the Flick 2 and Clutch 2 mice in the same chart, and as you can see, most of the specifications are identical, with only two differences between the two, on a technical level. The Clutch 2 is black on the top, and the bottom of it is made of bright orange plastic. The exterior has a rough coating to add grip, but either side of the mouse is also impressed with micro-dots also to ensure grip is not lost in the heat of battle. Fnatic Gear logos can be found on the left side and the heel of the mouse, while the right side sports the Clutch name. Dimensionally, this relaxed and claw-grip mouse design is 131mm from front to back, it is 66.2mm wide, and at the highest point, the Clutch 2 is 43mm tall. The weight of the original Clutch was 90 grams, but this time, the Clutch 2 comes in with a seven-gram weight gain.
The sensor onboard is a PixArt 3360 optical sensor, which boasts a top CPI setting of 12,000, and it can be adjusted in 100 CPI increments. The sensor can track movement with up to 50Gs of force and has a 12,000 FPS framerate. In layman's terms, that means that 12,000 images as second are taken, so that this mouse can track any and all movement the human hand is capable of inducing on the Clutch 2. The cable has lost its braided cover this time and is instead rubberized to lessen drag. The MCU is no longer built by Holtek, in favor of an NXP 32-bit processor. Omron makes the main switches with a fifty million click lifespan, and a two-year warranty backs the entire mouse.
In most instances, when a company goes this far to redevelop a product, there is usually a hefty price to pay for such effort. The reality is entirely different, however. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to locating the Clutch 2 on this side of the pond, you have two options. The first is to try your luck with Google Shopping links, and it is there where we found Best Buy of all places to offer the only link to purchase the Clutch 2. The other option is to buy the mouse from Fnatic Gear. In both instances, we see that the Clutch 2 demands just $59.99 to own. We completely expected an $89.99 to $99.99 price tag for something with so many new add-ons, but Fnatic Gear shows that they want the masses to enjoy what they develop. They want to make money the old-school way, of taking a few dollars on multiple sales, rather than to take a handful of cash from a much smaller group of sales. In our opinion, Fnatic Gear is a stand-up company in a sea of companies which may have lost their way, and if just for that reason, the Clutch 2 should be on your short-list of must-have mice.
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