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Glorious GMMK PRO Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 03, 2021 at 10:23 am
Glorious GMMK PRO Picture
8.7
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.0
Programming
5.4
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (75%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard that doesn't come with keycaps or switches. It's highly customizable since you can change the cable, get a different rotary knob color, and even replace the included aluminum PCB switch plate for a brass or polycarbonate one. While we got Glorious Panda switches with Glorious PBT keycaps, you can purchase and install any switches or keycaps that you'd like. It's a 75% compact board with spaced dedicated navigation keys, including arrow keys. It has RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and you can customize the lighting and set macros to any key within the Glorious Core software. Unfortunately, while it has a fairly high profile, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you may need to buy one separately. At the time of writing, the board can only be reserved and purchased from the Glorious website.

Note: We purchased the Glorious Panda switches and Glorious PBT Rain Forest keycaps from the official website, but your experience will vary if you purchase and install different switches and keycaps.

Our Verdict

8.7 Gaming

The Glorious GMMK PRO is excellent for gaming and feels incredibly well-built thanks to its all-aluminum chassis and base plate. It has RGB backlighting, macro-programmable keys, and a programmable rotary knob. The Glorious Panda switches we purchased require some force to actuate, but the overall feeling is still somewhat light and responsive. However, this feel may vary if you buy it with different switches. It also has low latency, but you need to update it to the latest firmware to achieve the low latency.

Pros
  • Feels incredibly well-built.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Programmable rotary knob.
  • Extremely customizable.
Cons
  • No wrist rest or incline settings.
3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Glorious GMMK PRO is a wired keyboard that isn't meant for mobile or tablet use.

7.6 Office

The Glorious GMMK PRO is good for office use. Thanks to its all-aluminum chassis and base plate, it feels incredibly well-built. It's sold barebones, so it doesn't come with switches or keycaps; however, it's hot-swappable, so you can easily put in whichever switches you prefer based on your needs. The Glorious Panda switches we purchased require some force to actuate a key, but the overall feeling remains somewhat light. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest despite its fairly high profile, and it doesn't have any incline settings.

Pros
  • Feels incredibly well-built.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Programmable rotary knob.
  • Extremely customizable.
Cons
  • No wrist rest or incline settings.
  • Wired-only board.
8.0 Programming

The Glorious GMMK PRO is great for programming. Its all-aluminum body feels incredibly well-built, and it also has programmable RGB backlighting, remappable and macro-programmable keys. Unfortunately, since it's a wired board, you can't connect it to more than one device at a time, but it's compatible with Windows, Linux, and macOS, although a few functions don't work on macOS. Also, despite its fairly high profile, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, and it doesn't have any incline settings.

Pros
  • Feels incredibly well-built.
  • All keys are macro-programmable.
  • Programmable rotary knob.
  • Extremely customizable.
Cons
  • No wrist rest or incline settings.
  • Wired-only board.
5.4 Entertainment / HTPC

The Glorious GMMK PRO isn't for use with a home theater PC since it's a wired keyboard. It doesn't have a trackpad, so you have to have a mouse on the side to navigate. However, it does have superb backlighting, media keys, and a programmable rotary knob.

Pros
  • Feels incredibly well-built.
  • Programmable rotary knob.
Cons
  • No trackpad.
  • Wired-only board.
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.0 Programming
  • 5.4 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Nov 02, 2021: Updated the firmware to v0041 and retested the latency.
  2. Updated Jul 08, 2021: Measured the latency with the QMK firmware flashed onto the keyboard.
  3. Updated Jun 03, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated May 31, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 13.1" (33.2 cm)
Depth
5.3" (13.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
3.88 lbs (1.760 kg)

The height and weight of the Glorious GMMK PRO that we measured includes the switches and keycaps that are bought separately.

9.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Glorious GMMK PRO feels incredibly well-built. It's made of a full aluminum chassis and base plate, both of which feel very solid and don't flex at all. There are four small circular rubber feet on the underside that provide great grip, although the heavy weight of the board might help with this. The GPBT Rain Forest keycaps we purchased for the board have dye sublimation legends that feel great and durable, but this may vary depending on the keycaps you install. While the alphanumerical keys have a slight wobble to them, it isn't very noticeable while typing. However, the Tab, Caps Lock, | \ key, and the right Shift all wobble a lot more and are noticeable when typing.

To see a detailed shot of our unit with no keycaps and with no switches, click here.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
N/A
Wrist Rest No

The Glorious GMMK PRO has unremarkable ergonomics. It's a straight board with no incline settings and a fairly high profile. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a wrist rest, but Glorious does sell some.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

The Glorious GMMK PRO has superb RGB backlighting, with individually-lit keys. You can adjust the brightness levels and customize the colors and effects from the Glorious Core software. The board is only decent at color mixing, so if you want to set your lighting to white, there are some hints of pink in some areas. The Glorious GPBT keycaps we bought aren't shine-through, so it's hard to see the key legends in a dark room; however, you can buy and install any shine-through keycaps you prefer instead if this bothers you.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

Our Glorious GMMK PRO unit comes with a black, USB-C to USB-A braided cable. It feels good quality, but it does kink easily. Note that if you get the White Ice variant, the cable is white.

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Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

The Glorious GMMK PRO has many extra features, including a clickable and programmable knob which you can easily swap out for a different color. While the secondary functions aren't labeled on the GPBT keycaps we bought, there are many hotkeys to control media, lock the Windows key, and cycle through profiles and layers. You can find all of them in the online user guide. The RGB strips on both sides of the board flash when Caps Lock is on.

Design
In The Box

This is a barebones keyboard which doesn't come with switches or keycaps. We divided our list below by what comes in the box with the board and what we purchased separately. While our photo above shows the switches and keycaps installed, you can see a photo of the board disassembled here.

Included in the box:

  • Barebones Glorious GMMK PRO keyboard
  • Detachable cable
  • Keycap puller tool
  • Switch puller tool
  • Braided USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Stickers
  • Extra gasket strips
  • Advisory/Warranty card
  • Pamphlet about where to find user guide online

Sold separately:

  • 3 boxes of Glorious Panda mechanical switches (36 switches per box)
  • GPBT Rain Forest keycaps

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Glorious Panda
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
60 gf
Actuation Force
48 gf
Pre-Travel
2.4 mm
Total Travel
3.5 mm

The Glorious Panda switches we purchased for our Glorious GMMK PRO unit require some force to actuate and may cause fatigue for some, but the overall feeling remains somewhat light. However, since the barebones board doesn't come with switches, you can install any switch you want, so these results may vary depending on the brand and type you install.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Our Glorious GMMK PRO unit with GPBT Rain Forest keycaps and Glorious Panda switches provides an excellent typing experience. The switches provide nice tactile feedback, and although they require some force to actuate, the overall feeling is still somewhat light. The board has a fairly high profile, and it doesn't come with a wrist rest, so this may cause wrist strain for some people. The alphanumerical keys, Spacebar, and Enter key all wobble a small amount, but it isn't too noticeable during regular use. Unfortunately, the Tab, Caps Lock, | \ key, and right Shift key wobble noticeably while typing. Note that our results are only applicable if you get the same switches and keycaps that we did. Since you can install any switches and keycaps you want to the board, your results may vary.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Our Glorious GMMK PRO unit is quiet, but this can vary depending on the switches you install.

8.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
6.8 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

Update 11/02/2021: We updated the firmware to v0041, and there's now an Input Latency setting in the software, as you can see here. By setting the Polling Rate to '1000Hz' and the Input Latency to '2ms', the latency of the keyboard is greatly reduced from 26.5 ms to 6.8 ms. You can also adjust the latency setting using hotkeys. Make sure you have the latest firmware and have the setting at '2ms' to get the lowest latency possible.

The Glorious GMMK PRO has very low latency as long as you have the firmware updated to the latest version. If not, latency is high, and it's not ideal for gaming.

Software and Operating System
8.8
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Glorious Core
Account Required
No
Profiles
3
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Software
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

Update 11/02/2021: Glorious has released a firmware update (v0041) for this keyboard that adds a Input Latency setting in the software. It allows the keyboard to have the lowest latency possible.

The Glorious Core software is very user-friendly and easy to use. You can set macros, change the key bindings, adjust the polling rate, and customize the RGB backlighting. You can create a maximum of three profiles on the software, but you can also have up to three layers in each profile, giving a total of nine programmable layers. You can save all three profiles and their layers to the onboard memory. You can switch between the profiles by using Fn + Ctrl + Up/Down and the cycles by using Fn + Ctrl + Alt + Up/Down.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

The Glorious GMMK PRO is fully compatible with Windows, but there are some keys and functions that don't work on macOS, namely the Print Screen, Calculator, Web Browser, and My Computer keys. The software isn't compatible with Linux or macOS, so you can't set macros, remap keys, or customize the backlighting, but all the keys work on Linux.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Glorious GMMK PRO is available in Black Slate and White Ice. We tested the Black Slate variant with Glorious Panda mechanical switches and GPBT Rain Forest keycaps. Note that this board comes barebones, and you need to buy the switches and keycaps separately, so your results may vary since you can install any switches and keycaps you want.

Compared To Other Keyboards

Unlike most keyboards we've tested, the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones, hot-swappable board that doesn't come with switches or keycaps. It's designed for people who want to build a custom board, whether you're an enthusiast or a beginner. That said, it offers more customizations than pre-built keyboards we've tested, from the keycaps and switches to the material of the switch plate.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Glorious GMMK

The Glorious GMMK and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both wired gaming keyboards, but the GMMK is a full-size prebuilt board, while the GMMK PRO is a 75% barebones board. The GMMK comes with Gateron Brown switches, but you can always switch them out if you want a different feel. On the other hand, the GMMK PRO doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can buy and install whichever ones you want. Also, it has a programmable rotary knob. Both are compatible with easy-to-use customization software to remap keys, set macros, and adjust the backlighting.

Keychron Q1

The Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones gaming keyboard that doesn't come with switches or keycaps, and the Keychron Q1 we got is a fully-assembled hot-swappable board. However, there's also a barebones variant of the Q1. While the Keychron doesn't come with a rotary knob installed on the board like the Glorious does, you can get one separately and install it yourself. Both boards have RGB backlighting, but since the Gateron Phantom Brown switches on our Keychron have a brown casing, setting the backlighting to white ends up looking red. Neither board has a wrist rest or incline settings, but both could use one due to their high profiles.

Ducky One 2 RGB TKL

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both wired gaming keyboards, but the Ducky is a prebuilt TenKeyLess available with a variety of Cherry MX switches. While the Ducky has customization software, you can only change the RGB backlighting, and all macros need to be set from the board itself. On the other hand, the Glorious is a barebones 75% compact board, so you need to buy and install the switches and keycaps yourself. It has customization software that lets you remap keys, set macros, and adjust the backlighting. 

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is an amazing prebuilt keyboard for gaming, whereas the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard suitable for various uses. The Obinslab is a 60% compact board with no dedicated function row or arrow keys, but you can use it wired and wirelessly. It has incredibly low latency when used wired, making it an ideal choice for gaming. It's available with a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches. On the other hand, the Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can choose whichever ones you prefer. It has a programmable rotary knob, media hotkeys, and a Windows key lock.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both gaming keyboards, but the SteelSeries is a full-size and prebuilt board, while the Glorious is a 75% compact barebones board. The Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can install whichever ones you prefer. On the other hand, the SteelSeries comes with proprietary OmniPoint linear switches, which lets you adjust the operating force to your preference. If you plan on playing fast-paced games, the SteelSeries is a better choice since it has a lower latency.

Ducky One 2 Mini V1

The Ducky One 2 Mini V1 is an excellent prebuilt keyboard for gaming, while the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard for mixed usage. The Ducky is much more compact and lacks the dedicated function row and arrow keys that the Glorious has. The Ducky is available with a variety of switches and in different colors. On the other hand, the Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can choose whichever ones you want. It comes in two colors, and there's a programmable rotary knob which you can also swap for a different color. The Glorious also has lower latency, as long as you have it updated to the latest firmware.

Drop CTRL

The Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones, compact 75% keyboard, while the Drop CTRL is a prebuilt, hot-swappable, TenKeyLess board. We purchased the Glorious with a set of Glorious Panda switches and Glorious PBT keycaps, but you can separately buy and install any switches or keycaps you like. The Glorious also has much lower latency and customization software, which the Drop keyboard lacks. On the other hand, the Drop we bought has Cherry MX Brown switches and PBT keycaps, but it's also hot-swappable and available in a range of other stock switches. While it doesn't have customization software, you can adjust settings with the QMK firmware tool on the Drop website.

Drop ALT

The Drop ALT and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both compact gaming keyboards. However, the Drop ALT is a 65% compact prebuilt board with a USB passthrough. It's available with many different switch types, and you can also buy it barebones if you prefer to add the switches and keycaps yourself. On the other hand, the Glorious is sold as a barebones board only. It has dedicated navigation keys as the Drop does, but the Glorious also has a programmable rotary knob and a dedicated F-row.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both gaming keyboards; however, the HyperX is a full-size prebuilt board, while the Glorious is a 75% compact barebones board. The Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can buy and install any type you prefer. On the other hand, the HyperX is available with linear Hyper X Red, tactile HyperX Aqua, and clicky HyperX Blue switches. Also, its customization software offers cloud sync and the option to create and save more profiles.

Ducky One 2 Mini V2

The Ducky One 2 Mini V2 is a great gaming keyboard if you want something prebuilt, while the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard for mixed usage. The Ducky is a compact 60% keyboard with no dedicated function row or arrow keys. It's available with a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, Kailh, and TTC switches. On the other hand, the Glorious doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can choose whichever ones you like most. It comes in two colors and has a programmable rotary knob which you can also swap for a different color. The Glorious also has much lower latency once you update it to the latest firmware.

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL and the Glorious GMMK PRO are both mechanical keyboards, but the SteelSeries is a prebuilt gaming board, and the Glorious is barebones and doesn't come with switches nor keycaps. The SteelSeries has an OLED screen and a USB passthrough, and it's available with SteelSeries Red, Brown, and Blue switches. On the other hand, the Glorious can be physically customized much easier, from its switches and keycaps to its cable and PCB switch plate. It's available in two colors, Black Slate and White Ice.

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 is a good prebuilt keyboard for office use, while the Glorious GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard suited for many uses. The Keychron is a 65% board that you can use both wired and wirelessly, and it's available with Gateron Red, Blue, or Brown switches. On the other hand, the Glorious is a wired 75% board that doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, so you can get any ones you prefer. Unlike the Keychron, the Glorious comes with customization software, so you can remap the keys, set macros, and customize the RGB backlighting. Both have dedicated navigation keys and arrow keys, but the Glorious has a dedicated F-row and a programmable rotary knob.

Mountain Everest Max

The Glorious GMMK Pro and the Mountain Everest Max are two customizable keyboards, but they're customizable in different ways. The Glorious is a 75% barebones keyboard that doesn't come with any switches or keycaps, meaning you have to buy those separately to personalize it to your liking. On the other hand, the Mountain is sold with keycaps and switches, and it's a full-size modular keyboard, so it comes with a numpad and media dock, but you can place them how you like or remove them entirely. Also, the switches are hot-swappable, so you can put in whichever you prefer, and the Mountain is also sold in a barebones variant like the Glorious.

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