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Glorious O Minus and D Minus Review

Big Quality, Small Package

Robert Baddeley Updated: Posted:
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Glorious Gaming is fast becoming a company to keep an eye on in the PC gaming world.  Their GMMK is frequently talked about on the mechanical keyboard subreddit and they’re one of the first gaming peripherals companies to do a DIY version of their mechanical keyboard.  But I’m not here to talk about keyboards today.  A few weeks ago (before my glorious vacation in Kauai) I was able to take a look at the Model O gaming mouse - an ambidextrous solution for all your clicking needs.  I came away pretty impressed, especially by the quality to price ratio, though I do remember thinking that it was quite close to being too big for my hands (yes: I have little dainty baby man hands).  Well, glorious was obviously far ahead of me and both the model O and D (ambidextrous and right-handed ergonomic) are available with the ‘minus’ tag, shrinking their size a little bit and amazingly becoming even lighter than they were before.  In this article, we are going to be taking a quick look at both and if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at a Glorious mouse you should check out our Model O review.

Specifications

  • Current Price: $79.99 (Model O- / Model D-) <- Link here or to vendor site if unavailable
  • Sensor: Glorious BAMF Sensor (proprietary)
  • Switch: Omron Mechanical Switches (20 Million Clicks)
  • Buttons: 6
  • Max Tracking Speed: 400 IPS
  • Weight:
    • Model D-: 67grams +/- 2g
    • Model O-: 65grams +/- 1.5g
  • Acceleration: 50G
  • Max DPI: 19,000
  • Polling Rate: Default 1,000Hz (1ms)
  • Max Lift Distance: 2mm
  • Cable Type: Ultra Flexible USB-C
  • USB Type: 2.0
  • Cable Length: 2m / 6.5ft
  • Mouse Feet: G-Skates Premium Mouse Feet
  • Feet Thickness: 0.81mm
  • Dedicated DPI Indicator: Yes (color indicator on bottom of mouse)
  • Default DPI Settings (adjustable): 400 (yellow), 800 (blue), 1600 (red), 3200 (green)
  • Remappable DPI settings: Yes, with GloriousCore Software
  • RGB: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 Years

The minus series are the smaller siblings of their full-size counterparts, the Model O and Model D.  The Glorious mice are meant to fill a rather substantial void in the gaming market: quality parts at prices that don’t break the bank.  They feature best-in-class ceramic mouse feet, sturdy plastic bodies with honey-combed cutouts to lighten the weight, and a proprietary mouse sensor that boasts a maximum DPI of 19,000 and an industry-standard polling rate of 1,000Hz.  All of this comes with some sleek RGB, a battery life to rival the mars rover (with lighting off), in a $60 package that makes the standard O and D models well worth the price.

Just like their bigger brothers, the first thing you’re going to notice is the quality of the build.  Even for a mouse so light (58 grams for the model O and 61grams for the model D) you aren’t going to detect an ounce of cheap-feeling material on the mouse.  The honey-combed exterior still feels strong and steady in your hand and the RGB lighting is just as vibrant.  There’s no indication that any of the quality parts were sacrificed to shave off size and weight - right down to the best-in-class ceramic pads on the underside.  

The Glorious mice have provided me with one of the best wireless experiences I’ve had in my years of gaming.  Not once have I had a signal hiccup between the wireless sensor and the mouse - something us wireless users know is a defect that plagues the industry.  The ceramic feet glide across any surface I can throw at it like it’s not there and I’m using some magical frictionless mouse pad.  With RGB on I can get a solid day or two of gaming without having to recharge.  With the RGB off I don’t have to charge for a few days at a time - the mouse I linked up to my laptop that gets a couple of hours of use a day is still on its first charge - and that was almost two weeks ago.  And if you aren’t someone that digs the wireless vibe the cable provided fits into the mouse like it was meant to be there the entire time with no worry of it falling out.

Now the size difference isn’t really that extreme but it does make a noticeable difference in your hand.  While I only have the model O for a direct comparison the ratios seem to match from the specifications of the full-sized D model to the D- and the minus series manage to keep the exact same width while shaving off about 8mm on the palm-to-finger orientation of the mouse.  Like I said before, it really doesn’t seem like or sound like much of a change at all but it makes a significant difference in your hand - especially if the full-size models were just at the edge of what’s comfortable for your hand size.

Other than the size and weight changes, however, there really isn’t much to write home about.  They use the same great BAMF sensors as their big brothers and boast the same 80 million click switches.  There’s really nothing you sacrifice by choosing the bigger over the smaller or vice versa - as it should be when you consider one of the founding philosophies of the company is to not force consumers to make sacrifices on their gear to save money. 

Final Thoughts

All in all, I’ve been so impressed with the mice in general that I’ve just ordered their GMMK keyboard on my own dime because they seem like a company worth supporting (and largely because I’m a keyboard hoarder).  If you’re looking for a new mouse, have big or small hands, and like quality products at affordable prices don’t leave mice from Glorious off your list.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

8.5Great
Pros
  • Small and Light without compromising parts
  • Great quality to price ratio
  • Top-tier ceramic skate feet
Cons
  • RGB eats through battery in wireless mode
  • Possibly too light for some users


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Robert Baddeley

Robert got his start at gaming with Mech Warrior on MS DOS back in the day and hasn't quit since. He found his love for MMORPGs when a friend introduced him to EverQuest in 2000 and has been playing some form of MMO since then. After getting his first job and building his first PC, he became mildly obsessed with PC hardware and PC building. He started writing for MMORPG as his first writing gig in 2016. He currently serves in the US Military as a Critical Care Respiratory Therapist.