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GLORIOUS GMMK 2 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 04, 2022 at 12:41 pm
Latest change: Writing modified May 17, 2023 at 02:18 pm
GLORIOUS GMMK 2 Picture
8.3
Gaming
1.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.4
Office
7.7
Programming
2.8
Entertainment / HTPC

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2, also known as the GLORIOUS Modular Mechanical Keyboard 2, is a wired-only, mechanical keyboard available in a barebones version without switches or keycaps or a fully-assembled version with linear GLORIOUS Fox switches installed. It also comes in two different size variants, a 96% full-size and a 65% compact size. Like the other keyboards in GLORIOUS' GMMK lineup, this one is also hot-swappable, meaning you can change out the stock switches for any of your choosing without having to solder. In addition to its hot-swappable PCB, it also comes with screw-in stabilizers, so you can easily replace those.

Our Verdict

8.3 Gaming

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is an excellent keyboard for gaming. It feels very well-built, and its latency is amazing, making it suitable for any genre of gaming. All its keys are macro-programmable and individually backlit with bright RGB lighting, which you can customize using the companion software. Although the pre-travel distance on the stock linear switches is a bit higher than other linear-style switches, this keyboard is hot-swappable, meaning you can change out these switches for any of your choosing. Unfortunately, its overall ergonomics are only okay as it's a high-profile board and lacks a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Hot-swappable PCB for easy switch replacement.
  • Full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
  • Amazing latency.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No wrist rest included.
1.2 Mobile/Tablet

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 isn't suited for use with mobile devices as it's a wired-only keyboard.

7.4 Office

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is a very good office keyboard. Its typing quality is excellent. It has double-shot ABS keycaps that feel nice to type on, and the linear GLORIOUS Fox switches feel light to actuate and don't make much noise, which is great for open office environments. Although linear switches may not be the best for typing as they lack tactile feedback, this keyboard is hot-swappable, so you can change out the stock switches for any that you prefer. In addition to its excellent build quality, this keyboard is also fully compatible with Windows and mostly compatible with Linux and macOS, with the exception of a few keys. Unfortunately, it's a high-profile board, but it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which would improve the comfort overall. Also, it's wired-only, so it's not suitable for a multi-device setup.

Pros
  • Hot-swappable PCB for easy switch replacement.
  • Full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
  • Doubleshot ABS keycaps feel higher quality compared to others.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No wrist rest included.
7.7 Programming

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is a great keyboard for programming. It feels very well-built and excellent to type on. The RGB backlighting shines through each key individually, so the key legends are easy to see in the dark. Each key is macro-programmable using the companion software; however, the companion software is only available on Windows. That said, it has onboard memory, so you can carry your saved settings to other operating systems like Linux and macOS, where the keyboard works as intended with the exception of a few keys. On the downside, it's a wired-only keyboard, so you can't pair it wirelessly with multiple devices. Also, it has a high profile and doesn't come with a wrist rest, which would improve the overall comfort during use.

Pros
  • Hot-swappable PCB for easy switch replacement.
  • Full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
  • Doubleshot ABS keycaps feel higher quality compared to others.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No wrist rest included.
2.8 Entertainment / HTPC

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is a poor keyboard to use with a home theater setup. It isn't wireless, so you'll have to connect it directly to your HTPC, which means more cable management across the room. It also lacks a trackpad or any navigational tool, so you'll have to use a separate peripheral to navigate on-screen menus. Also, the media keys are only accessible through hotkeys rather than being dedicated, which may be annoying if you want to quickly pause or rewind content. On the upside, its RGB backlighting is bright and makes the keys easy to see in the dark.

Pros
  • Full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No wrist rest included.
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 1.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.7 Programming
  • 2.8 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated May 17, 2023: We've added links to the newly-reviewed NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75] in the Typing Noise section of this review.
  2. Updated May 12, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We've also added a new Ergonomics test box, and made some minor adjustments to the scoring of our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here..
  3. Updated Apr 24, 2023: We've added a link to the newly reviewed Keychron Q Pro Series in the Wireless Versatility section of this review.
  4. Updated Apr 04, 2023: We've added mention of the newly-reviewed IQUNIX F97 in the Keystrokes section of this review.
  5. Updated Mar 22, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We've also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we've simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.
  6. Updated May 04, 2022: Review published.
  7. Updated Apr 28, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 comes in a 96% full-size and a 65% compact size. It also comes in three colorways: black, white, and pink. We purchased the pre-assembled, full-size unit in black, which comes with linear GLORIOUS Fox switches. We expect the results to remain consistent across colorways and size variants, though the keystrokes and typing experience will feel different with other switches installed. You can also purchase a barebones version of the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 that doesn't include pre-installed keycaps or switches and choose from a wider selection of switch brands and types to buy separately. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is a wired-only, mechanical keyboard designed for gaming use. The pre-assembled version only comes with linear GLORIOUS Fox switches, which have a higher pre-travel distance than other linear-style switches, like Cherry MX Reds. However, this keyboard is fully hot-swappable and customizable from the PCB up, like other keyboards in GLORIOUS' GMMK series, so you can change out these stock switches for any you prefer. Overall, the latency on the GMMK 2 is low enough to handle fast-paced games without a delay; however, it's still a bit higher than premium pre-built options like those from Razer, Corsair, and SteelSeries.

If you're interested in other options, check out the picks for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best keyboards.

GLORIOUS GMMK

The GLORIOUS GMMK and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are very similar mechanical keyboards that are designed to be customizable. However, the GMMK 2 has some improvements over the GMMK including lower latency, a better build quality, and better RGB backlighting. Also, the full-size of the GMMK 2 is slightly smaller as it eliminates a few keys and the spaces between the Numpad, arrow keys, and alphanumeric keys.

Ducky One 3

The Ducky One 3 and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are both wired-only, hot-swappable mechanical keyboards that come in a variety of sizes and colorways. You can purchase the Ducky pre-assembled in a wide range of switch brands and styles whereas the pre-assembled GLORIOUS only comes with one type of stock switch. That said, you can also purchase a barebones version of the GLORIOUS and choose from more switch options to purchase separately and install yourself. Performance-wise, the Ducky has lower latency, but the GLORIOUS comes with companion software so you can program macros and customize the RGB backlighting.

GLORIOUS GMMK PRO

The GLORIOUS GMMK PRO and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are two similar hot-swappable keyboards, but they have a few differences. The GMMK PRO comes in a 75% form factor and has a programmable knob in the top right corner whereas the GMMK 2 comes in a 96% full-size or a 65% compact size. The GMMK 2 has slightly improved latency over the GMMK PRO.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are both mechanical keyboards designed for gaming use. However, the SteelSeries performs better overall for this use as it has lower latency, and it has a unique feature that allows you to adjust the pre-travel distance on a per-key basis. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is hot-swappable, so you're able to swap out the stock switches for any of your choosing.

HyperX Alloy Origins 65

The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are mechanical gaming keyboards, but the HyperX performs better for this use. The HyperX has better latency, and a better build quality as it uses PBT keycaps rather than ABS. Also, it's stock switches have a shorter pre-travel distance than the stock switches on the GLORIOUS. That said, the GLORIOUS is hot-swappable, so you can change these switches out without needing to solder.

Keychron Q Pro Series [Q1 Pro, Q2 Pro, etc.]

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the Keychron Q Pro Series are highly customizable mechanical keyboards. The GLORIOUS is a wired-only model with a plastic case and a Comapct (96%) layout. It has slightly better ergonomics than the Q Pro Series boards, as it has a pair of flip-out feet that provide an additional incline setting. On the other hand, the Keychron Q Pro Series keyboards are wireless and have aluminum cases. The Q Pro Series boards also have a gasket-mounted design that provides a softer, more cushioned typing experience.

Keychron Q4

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the Keychron Q4 are both customizable keyboards with some key differences. The GLORIOUS is designed for gaming as it has significantly better latency. However, the pre-assembled version only comes with linear switches, so if you want a different switch type, you'll have to buy a barebones version to purchase and install the switches yourself. On the other hand, the Keychron is better suited for general use or typing as it has a better build quality out of the box. Also, you can choose from more switch options when purchasing a pre-assembled version.

Drop CTRL

The Drop CTRL and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are two hot-swappable, mechanical keyboards designed for different uses. The GLORIOUS is better suited for gaming and has better latency and more gaming-oriented extra features. Also, it has companion software, so you can program macros to any key and customize the RGB backlighting. On the other hand, the Drop uses PBT keycaps, which feel more premium, and it has an additional USB-C port to plug in additional devices if you need to.

Keychron Q5

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the Keychron Q5 are two full-size (96%) customizable keyboards designed with different uses in mind. The GLORIOUS caters to a more gaming-oriented crowd and has significantly better latency, while the Keychron is better designed as a hobbyist or typist keyboard, so it has a more premium build quality and includes a small toolkit to help you customize the keyboard.

Keychron Q6

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the Keychron Q6 are both hot-swappable, customizable keyboards designed for different primary uses. The GLORIOUS is more gaming-focused and has significantly better latency. On the other hand, the Keychron is more oriented towards office and productivity tasks. It has a better overall build quality and includes a small toolkit to help you customize your keyboard.

NuPhy Halo96 [Halo65, Halo75]

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the NuPhy Halo96 are mechanical keyboards. The GMMK 2 is a wired-only model with a 96% compact form factor. It also has lower latency, making it a better choice for competitive gaming. On the other hand, the NuPhy Halo96 is a wireless model with a 96% compact form factor but is also available in smaller-size variants. The NuPhy Halo keyboards also feature layers of sound-dampening silicone and have an RGB lighting strip around the outside edge of the keyboard.

IQUNIX F97

The IQUNIX F97 and the GLORIOUS GMMK 2 are mechanical keyboards with Compact (96%) form factors. The IQUNIX is a wireless model that lets you connect via Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously or with a USB receiver. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is a wired-only model that you can purchase as a pre-built keyboard or as a barebones kit. It has better latency, making it more suitable for competitive gaming. It's also designed more with hardware customizability in mind.

NZXT Function

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 and the NZXT Function are both wired-only, hot-swappable keyboards. They perform extremely similarly, but they have different purchasing options. The pre-assembled version of the GMMK 2 only comes with linear GLORIOUS Fox switches. For any other switch option, you'll have to buy a barebones version and purchase and install the switches separately. Conversely, the Function comes with a wide selection of Gateron switches pre-installed, so you don't have to purchase switches separately unless you want to.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (96%)
Height
1.8" (4.5 cm)
Width 14.8" (37.6 cm)
Depth
4.9" (12.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
2.89 lbs (1.311 kg)

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 comes in a 96% full-size layout, meaning it has a row of dedicated function keys, a navigation cluster, and a Numpad, but the space between the sections of the keyboard is smaller to provide a more compact size. It's also missing a few keys from the navigation cluster normally found on a 100% keyboard. It's also available in a compact 65% form factor if you need to open up more space on your desk.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 feels very well-built. The chassis is made from premium-feeling plastic, while the top plate is made from aluminum and carries over the sides of the keyboard. All in all, it feels very solid and well-built. Inside the board, there's sound-dampening foam to help reduce higher-pitched pings and rattles from stabilizers or switches. Although the keycaps are textured ABS rather than PBT, they're doubleshot and feel much higher quality than the ABS keycaps found on the previous version of this keyboard, the GLORIOUS GMMK. Also, since the keycaps are doubleshot, you won't have to worry about the legends fading over time from finger oil. The keys themselves feel very stable; there's a bit of wobble from the larger keys, but it isn't distracting during typical use. This keyboard is also hot-swappable, so you can replace the stock switches easily without soldering. You can easily replace the screw-in stabilizers as well. If you want a full-size (96%) hot-swappable keyboard with an even better build quality, check out the Keychron Q5.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
5.5°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
10.5°
Home Row Height
35.0 mm (1.4")

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 has okay ergonomics. It's a high-profile keyboard with two incline settings that feel stable when in use. However, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, which would help improve the overall comfort for long periods. Fortunately, you can purchase a wrist rest separately from GLORIOUS.

8.7
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Plate-Mounted
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
5-pin Cherry
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
Yes
10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 has outstanding RGB backlighting. Each key is individually-lit, and you can easily customize the colors and effects using the companion software.

8.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

The color mixing is improved over the previous versions of this keyboard, so the whites are very clear. The top key legends are shine-through, but the hotkey legends printed on the side of the keycaps aren't. It means you can view them clearly while seated, but the RGB backlighting won't illuminate them, making them hard to see in the dark.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.4 ft (2.0 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 comes with a good quality, braided USB-A to USB-C cable. You can detach it, so you can replace it with another cable if you desire. Unfortunately, it does retain kinks from packaging.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard. If you're interested in a customizable keyboard that connects wirelessly, check out the Keychron Q Pro Series.

4.0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 has a few extra features. Most importantly, it's hot-swappable, so you can change out the stock GLORIOUS switches for any you want without having to solder. The media keys, lighting settings, and profile settings are all accessible through hotkeys, which you can find in the user manual. Using the companion software, you can also change your set polling rate to a maximum of 1000Hz and alter the input latency. In addition, this keyboard also has full N-key rollover, so you won't have to worry about missing a keypress.

Design
In The Box

  • GLORIOUS GMMK 2
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Switch puller
  • Keycap puller
  • Extra GLORIOUS keycap
  • GLORIOUS branded sticker
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
Glorious Fox
Switch Type
Mechanical
Feel
Linear

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 comes with linear GLORIOUS Fox switches. However, since this keyboard is hot-swappable, you can change out these stock switches for any that you want without having to solder. If you want a hot-swappable keyboard with a wider range of stock switch options, check out the IQUNIX F97 or the NZXT Function.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
50 gf
Actuation Force
50 gf
Pre-Travel
2.7 mm
Total Travel
4.3 mm

Although the GLORIOUS Fox switches have a fairly high pre-travel distance compared with other linear switches, they don't take much force to actuate, so they still feel responsive. They also don't have a tactile bump to overcome, so the whole keypress feels smooth.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 provides an excellent typing experience. The doubleshot ABS keycaps have a slight texture, which feels nice to type on. Although they don't feel as premium as PBT keycaps, they still feel more high quality than most ABS keycaps on comparable boards. While the board is slightly more compact to save space, the keys have a standard layout and don't feel cramped to type on. The keys themselves feel stable; there's a bit more wobble on the larger keys, but it isn't distracting. The sound dampening foam inside the board gives the typing a satisfying sound while typing. On the downside, this keyboard has a high profile and lacks an included wrist rest, which would help to alleviate some of the wrist fatigue from straining your wrists upwards during use.

7.2
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
53.5 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is quiet to type on with the linear GLORIOUS Fox switches installed. Since this board is hot-swappable, you can easily replace the stock switches for any switches of your liking; however, different switches make different sounds, and some, like a clicky switch, are noisier than others. If you're interested in a quieter keyboard that has layers of silicone sound-dampening material inside the case, check out the NuPhy Halo96.

8.8
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
6.1 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 has amazing latency. These test results were obtained using the lowest (2ms) input setting and highest polling rate (1000Hz) in the software. The latency is low enough to handle fast-paced and competitive games.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Glorious Core
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
3

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 uses the Glorious Core companion software, which is simple to use. Using the software, you can set macros, reassign keys, adjust the input latency and polling rate, and customize the RGB backlighting. You can save three profiles onto its onboard memory, and you can have up to three layers of programming and lighting settings per profile. The profiles are accessible through hotkeys found in the user manual.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux
0
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Not Compatible
iOS
Not Compatible
iPadOS
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible

The GLORIOUS GMMK 2 is fully compatible with Windows. Most keys work as intended on Linux and macOS, except that the Print Screen button and a few hotkeys, like the calculator button, don't work on macOS. There's no software available for Linux or macOS, but you can save your settings to the keyboard's onboard memory on a Windows system, meaning you can access them on devices that don't have the software.