Glorious is a community driven company that specializes on ultra-lightweight gaming mice with a skeletal frame. They are designed to be fast and give you an edge in FPS and other fast paced genre. The mouse does have a minimalistic button layout to diminish any distractions.
This company continues to prove their quality and keeps surprising with their attention to detail. It’s no difference for the Glorious Model D-. It doesn’t only shine in great RGB, but also with it’s excellent sensor and key switches. You can get this bad boy for about $ 50,00, which is incredibly competitive for what it hides under the hood.
The branding is inspired by Reddit’s community and represents the “master race” banter. It’s very eccentric and might be a tad too much for some, but I personally enjoy it.
Design of a glorious Model
Glorious likes to ship a bunch. Next to the mouse you can find some stickers, cards from the company and some bigger mouse feet in the packaging.
One of the main design elements of Glorious is the honeycomb pattern to save weight. The pattern exposes the PCB within and makes for a fast lightweight mouse. As for color options you can opt for either white or black and choose between a matte or glossy finish. The matte coating I tested is grippy, doesn’t attract dirt or fingerprints and is easy to clean.
The open design allows for an incredibly low weight of just 2.15 ounces (61g). It’s bigger brother, the Model D, weighs in at 6.35 ounces (67g). If you’re looking for the lightest Glorious option, then make sure to check into the Glorious Model O-, which comes with just 2.08 ounces (59g).
Weight that low allows for fast and snappy movements and comes in handy in fast paced FPS, or when you’re a God at flicking. The left and right mouse buttons feature fast Omron mechanical switches and the PTFE feet ensure for quick and precise movement across your table.
The Model D- is medium sized and feels good to use with all hand sizes. It uses an asymmetrical shape, with the left side of it being slightly raised, making it a good pick for any grip style. The mouse stays slim all the way to the front where the mouse buttons then flare out.
The white feet are made of >99% PTFE. You can add the additional mouse feet to enhance the smoothness of the D- gliding across your mousepad. At least so in theory. In practice the bigger surface isn’t thoroughly even, resulting in an overall worse experience.
This mouse doesn’t feature cockpit-like amount of buttons, but rather likes to keep it basic. The simple six button design gives enough input for shooter players without making the mouse feel stuffed.
The Model D- comes with Glorious’ “Ascended Cord”. It’s a flexible, braided cable with a lenght of 2m. The cable is available in the following different color variants: Blue, black, gold, green, pink, purple, red and white. It can be easily exchanged in a self-installing process. The flexibility ensures the Ascended Cord to be a pleasure to use and easily outperforms any average mouse cable.
One of the things I really love about the Model D- are the three RGB zones. The design is simple, but great. There’s a RGB line along each side, as well as a RGB scroll wheel. The lightning is bright and uses a lot of individual LEDs in the zones, resulting in very smooth, vibrant patterns.
You can find the brand’s logo across the side where your thumb goes, as well as the underside. On the right side of the mouse there’s also a “Glorious” stamp on it.
If you’re a diligent reader of my articles, then you probably know that my main testing of gaming mice happens in FPS. This plays the Model D- perfectly in it’s cards, as that’s exactly what it was designed for.
The Glorious Model D- rocks a Pixart PMW 3360, which is capable of 12.000 CPI and a maximum tracking speed of 250 IPS. The mouse comes with four pre-defined profiles which are set at 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 CPI.
While testing on low CPI, the sensor showed reliability and accuracy, even when I almost flicked the mouse off my table. Watching different CPI settings in a testing environment showed minimal deviance of about 1% to the nominal CPI. This is pretty low number and a very good result. There was no jitter monitorable up to 3200 CPI – jitter level at 12000 CPI was high, which realistically is to be expected on any mouse though.
The overall build quality of the Model D- is great. The switches are rated to last over 20 million clicks and have a short pre and post travel distance, while ensuring a pronounced and satisfying click response. The side buttons use Huano switches with low actuation and are in a good position to be easily reached by your thumb.
Just like everything about this mouse, the scroll wheel’s ideal for shooters as well. Scrolling doesn’t create any unwanted sounds and every increment is separated nicely. The firmness is just about right to not accidently hit it in the heat of a fight. The wheel is clickable, using another Huano key switch.
However, there is one questionable design decision and that’s having the CPI indicator light on the underside of the mouse. When you like to change your CPI settings in-game, it may be hard to track in which of the six profiles you currently are. If you only need two different settings you can work around by only setting the profiles to those two CPI numbers, but it still isn’t a good solution.
On the bright side though, Glorious’ software is a pleasure to use. It’s straightforward and gives you everything you need in a single window. You can set the CPI profiles and choose one of six colors for the corresponding indicator light on the underside of the mouse. The lift of distance can be changed and x and y-sensitivy can be adjusted independently. The polling rate can be set to either 125, 250, 500 or 1000 Hz. The software also allows you to lower the debounce time, which is essentially the cooldown time after a switch input has been registered on your mouse buttons. The standard value here is 10ms, but it can be set as low as 4ms. All the saved profiles will then be stored to the on-board memory.
The software does feature eight available color presets for the three RGB zones. The speed and direction of the presets can be adapted to your likings.
The Glorious Model D- is perfectly at doing what it was designed for. Honestly, this lightweight FPS mouse is probably one of the best in it’s field. There are some minor possible turn-offs like the CPI indicator on the bottom or the heavy branding, but the performance is undeniably good.
Awesome key switches and quality components have been used across the board. It features an option rich software, low click latency, strong RGB effects, a flexible cable and excellent PTFE feet.
Deciding between the many different Models comes down to your own preferences. While the D- and the O- are a tad smaller, there’s always the option to go with the Model D or Model O. Those are also great for hybrid grip players and will fill out a palm nicely.
The difference between the Model D and Model O primarily just the shape. Which one feels better to you will depend on what you’re used to from your previous mice. If you’re used to playing with an asymmetrical shape, then the Model D will suit you best.
Glorious targets a specific niche and if you find yourself to be in this target group, then the Model D just might be your best bet.