Glorious Model D Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jan 29, 2020 at 08:34 am
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Test Methodology v0.8.1
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office/Multimedia
5.0
Travel
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Glorious Model D is an excellent gaming mouse that's designed to be as light as possible. It's a more ergonomic version of the ambidextrous Glorious Model O and performs very well. It's very comfortable to use and is better suited for palm or claw grips. Its honeycomb pattern design makes it very lightweight, the feet glide very well, and it even comes with additional skates. It features RGB lighting and can be customized with presets inside its software.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Glorious Model D is a good overall mouse. It's mainly designed to be an ultra-light gaming mouse with amazing sensor performance, a lightweight honeycomb body, and great gliding feet. Its cable is one of the best we tested so far. You can easily use this mouse to browse the web or work, but it really shines if you're looking for a light gaming mouse.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.5 Office/Multimedia

The Glorious Model D is a good office mouse. It has a comfortable right-slanted design and is very well-built. The two side buttons can also help with making web browsing a bit easier. Although its cable is amazingly light, it still doesn't offer the versatility of a wireless design.

5.0 Travel

Like most wired-only gaming mice, the Glorious Model D isn't designed for travel. It takes a lot of space, especially with the non-detachable cable. It isn't the easiest to use in a restricted space like on a train or plane.

8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Glorious Model D is great for FPS games. Its click latency is very low, it's a very lightweight mouse, and its right-slanted design is comfortable to use. However, if you use a fingertip grip, you'll be better off with an ambidextrous mouse like the Model O, and smaller hands might even prefer looking at the Model O minus. Its feet are great, and you can even stick the included larger skates if you prefer them.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The Glorious Model D is a very good MMO mouse. It has two side buttons which give you extra inputs, but it won't be as amazing as a dedicated MMO mouse with a plethora of side buttons.

8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. Its honeycomb pattern design makes it one of the lightest mice we've tested so far. It also glides very well thanks to the great feet. Also, it has one of the best cables we've tested so far and even has very low click latency.

  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office/Multimedia
  • 5.0 Travel
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Very lightweight.
  • Comfortable to use for a wide range of hand sizes and grips.
  • Amazing cable.
Cons
  • Has a bit more flex than the Model O.
  • Model O is a better option if you use a fingertip grip.

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Glossy Black Model D
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Matte White Model D
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Glorious Model D is very similar in style to the Glorious Model O, but it has a more ergonomic shape with a right-slanted design. It features two RGB strips on the sides and around the scroll wheel. Its body is covered by a honeycomb pattern, which reduces its weight. You can get this mouse in black or white, and you can choose between a matte finish or a glossy one.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
106 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
68 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
68 g

The Glorious Model D is very lightweight, especially if you take away the weight from the cable by using a mouse bungee. However, without modding the mouse, there's no weight optimization.

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 2.6" (6.7 cm)
Volume
22.33 Cu. Inch (366 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Like most wired-only mice, the Glorious Model D isn't very portable. It won't be the ideal travel companion and it might be hard to put in a laptop case, but people looking for a gaming mouse for their home setup shouldn't be bothered by this.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. The mouse is made from hard plastic and feels very solid, although the joints where the RGB lights and the left/right-click buttons meet at the back panel have a decent amount of flex, which the Model O doesn't have. There's no major issue with this mouse, but it does feel a bit flimsier when squeezed. However, most people won't notice it and will be satisfied with this build. The feet are also very good and glide well, and you can even put on the included larger skates if you prefer.

9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
64 mm

The Glorious Model D is very comfortable to use. Its right-slanted design and body shape are very pleasant to hold and make the mouse suitable for a wide range of grips and hand sizes. It's better suited for a palm or claw grip, and we suggest getting the Glorious Model O if you're a fingertip user.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes are appropriate for using a palm grip with this mouse. You shouldn't have any issues reaching all buttons and the scroll wheel.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

When using a claw grip, people with smaller hands might have trouble reaching the front side button and the scroll wheel.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Although you can use this mouse in a fingertip grip, we suggest getting the ambidextrous-designed Glorious Model O instead. The right-handed ergonomic design won't be ideal for a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.0 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Glorious Model D's cable is amazing. The new 'Ascend' cable, which now also ships with more recent Model O mice, is very flexible, lightweight, and doesn't create any drag when moving the mouse.

Design
In The Box

  • Glorious Model D mouse
  • Extra Glorious Model D skates
  • Stickers
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
11 ms

The click latency of this gaming mouse is very low. The mouse clicks feel responsive and you won't notice any delay when using the mouse. We tested the mouse at the lowest debounce setting, which can be set inside the software.

9.4
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
1.0 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Glorious Model D's performance is fantastic. It has a wide CPI range, which can easily be customized in the software as well. This model has an advertised lift off distance of 2mm, while the Model O has an advertised lift off distance of under 0.7mm. Just like most gaming mice, the polling rate can be adjusted between 125-250-500-1000Hz.

7.6
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Glorious Model D has two side buttons, which is enough for most people who mainly play FPS games, but won't be great for MMOs. Although you can create multiple profiles using the software, you'll have to cycle between them inside it, as you can't program a button to change profiles. The side buttons also have a decent amount of pre-travel, but all buttons are clicky and the side buttons are slightly bigger than the Model O buttons, which better suit an ergo-shaped mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

This mouse has a fairly standard scroll wheel. Its increments are distinct, yet fairly quiet and soft. It's pretty much identical to the Glorious Model O.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Glorious Model D Software
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Glorious Model D software is great and offers easy customization to the lighting or sensitivity settings. However, if you have the Model O, note that this software is different from the Model D's, and will require another download.

Note: There's a known issue that the software doesn't detect the Model D at first. You need to install a separate firmware updater for the mouse before the software can detect it.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

Just like the Model O, this mouse is fully compatible with Windows, but the software can't be downloaded on macOS. This means you won't be able to reprogram the buttons or the lighting effects, although they do work if you save them to the on-board memory from a PC.

Compared to other mice

The Glorious Model D is an excellent lightweight gaming mouse, although there are some lighter options like the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. However, the Model D has a nice and comfortable ergo, right-slanted design that's very comfortable for a wide range of grips and hand sizes. It also has dedicated software for customization options and it feels very well-built. See our recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and the best mice overall.

Glorious Model O
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The Glorious Model O and the Glorious Model D are very similar performing lightweight gaming mice. The main difference is the shape of these two mice. The Model O is an ambidextrous mouse while the Model D has a right-slanted design. The Model D also has a higher lift-off distance and seems to have a bit more flex than the Model O.

G-Wolves Hati
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The Glorious Model D and the G-Wolves Hati are excellent ultra-light gaming mice. They're similarly sized, but the Model D will be better for a claw or palm grip due to its ergonomic slanted design, while the ambidextrous design of the Hati is better for fingertip grip users. The cable of the Model D is slightly better, but the Hati doesn't seem to have any flex to its body like the Model D has.

Cooler Master MM710
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Amazon.com

The Glorious Model D is a slightly better mouse than the Cooler Master MM710. The main difference between those two ultra-light gaming mice is that the MM710 is noticeably smaller and lighter, but its build quality isn't the best. The Model D also has a right-slanted design, which is better for a palm or claw grip, while the short body of the MM710 is better for a fingertip grip.

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town
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The Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town and the Glorious Model D are two amazing lightweight gaming mice, but for different reasons. If you want the lightest option, go for the Finalmouse, but if you prefer an ergo-shaped design with a right slant, then the Model D will be a better option.

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