Glorious Model D Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jan 29, 2020 at 08:34 am
Glorious Model D Picture
6.7
Office/Multimedia
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.1
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
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

6.7 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.

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.
8.4 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 Glorious Model O-. Its feet are great, and you can even stick the included larger skates if you prefer them.

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.
7.1 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.

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.
8.7 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.

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.
4.9 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.

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.
  • 6.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

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
Shape
Length 5.0" (127 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
64 mm
5.5
Design
Portability
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.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
106 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
68 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
68 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

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. If you want a lightweight mouse but aren't a fan of the honeycomb design, check out the even lighter Razer Deathadder V2 Mini.

7.0
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. If you're looking for a similar mouse but with a more solid-feeling build quality, check out the XTRFY M42.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

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
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
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. If you prefer something for smaller hands, check out the Glorious Model D-.

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

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

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly. If you prefer a wireless option, check out the Glorious Model O Wireless.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
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.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

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

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3360
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
12000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-7 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz
6.6
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

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.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb 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.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
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. If you prefer something with even lower click latency, then check out the Cooler Master MM720.

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. If you prefer a mouse with software support for macOS, check out the SteelSeries Aerox 3.

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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Glorious Model D. It's also available in a smaller size, called the Glorious Model D-, which we'll be getting soon to provide a 3D scan. We expect the performance to be similar in both sizes.

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

The Glorious Model O and the Glorious Model D are both ultra-light gaming mice that perform very similarly. 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 more flex than the Model O.

Razer DeathAdder V2

The Glorious Model D and the Razer DeathAdder V2 are two great gaming mice that both have a slanted design. The Glorious is lighter and feels a bit cheaper, although it still feels premium. Its cable also feels lighter and is very flexible. On the other hand, the Razer has a shorter lift-off distance and has more programmable buttons, although both mice only have two side buttons.

Razer DeathAdder Elite

The Glorious Model D is a better gaming mouse than the Razer DeathAdder Elite. It's noticeably lighter and has one of the best cables we've tested. The Razer feels a bit better built, but the cable can keep many kinks from packaging and creates drag when moving the mouse.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Glorious Model D is a much lighter mouse than the Logitech G502 HERO. The Glorious might not feel as solid and well-built as the Logitech, but its cable is much more flexible and lightweight. On the other hand, the Logitech has a comfortable thumb rest and comes with multiple weights. It also has a lot more programmable buttons, and you can unlock the wheel for infinite scrolling. The software is also available on macOS, which isn't the case with the Model D.

Razer Viper Mini

The Glorious Model D and the Razer Viper Mini are both amazing gaming mice, but the Razer performs a bit better overall. The Razer is slightly smaller and lighter, it has more programmable inputs, and its click latency is lower. The Glorious features two RGB strips on the sides and around the scroll wheel and has a honeycomb body, which some people may prefer. Its bigger shape makes it more suitable for larger hands.

Razer Viper

The Glorious Model D and the Razer Viper are both excellent choices for ultra-light gaming. The two mice have a similar shape and weigh almost the same, but the Glorious features a honeycomb body and has multiple RGB zones, giving it a more gamer-centric look. On the other hand, the Razer has an ambidextrous design that feels more solid overall. It also has two side buttons on each side, while the Glorious only has two standard ones on the left side. Performance-wise, the Razer has a better sensor with a wider CPI range, less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance.

Glorious Model D-

The Glorious Model D- is slightly better for ultra-light gaming than the Glorious Model D because it's lighter. The Minus is smaller and better suited for those with small hands, while the Model D is aimed at those with larger hands. Besides that, both mice have the same performance.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The Glorious Model D is better than the BenQ ZOWIE EC2. The Glorious has a wider and adjustable CPI range, a slightly lower click latency, RGB lighting, and software to remap the buttons. On the other hand, the BenQ is fully compatible with macOS.

Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse

For FPS players, the Glorious Model D is a better mouse than the Logitech G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The Glorious is noticeably lighter, which allows for quicker movements, and it's also one of the most comfortable mice to use. It even has a very flexible and very lightweight cable. On the other hand, the Logitech software is compatible with macOS, and you can be a lot more precise with your CPI adjustments than the Glorious' software. The Logitech also feels a bit better-built than the Glorious.

Glorious Model O Wireless

The Glorious Model O Wireless is better for most uses than the Glorious Model D thanks to its wireless design. The Wireless has much better build quality, a wider CPI range, lower lift-off distance, and is a bit more consistent at various speeds. Its wireless design also makes it easier to take around with you. However, the Model D is a better choice for those with small hands using the palm grip. Some people also may prefer its wired-only design and slightly slanted body.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT performs slightly better overall, but the Glorious Model D is still amazing for ultra-light gaming. The Logitech is smaller and lighter, and its ambidextrous design should fit most hand sizes and grip types. It has a wider CPI range, less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. It’s possible to use it wired or wirelessly. That said, the Glorious has a more unique look, with a honeycomb pattern and multiple RGB strips. It also has better feet and a more flexible cable. However, it may not be comfortable for smaller hands using a claw or a fingertip grip.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Glorious Model D are very different mice. The Logitech is very versatile and performs impressively well for gaming, working, and even traveling. It’s well-suited for most hand-sizes using any grip type, and you can use it wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range, practically no CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance. On the other hand, the Glorious is wired-only and very lightweight, making it a better option for fans or ultra-light gaming. It also features a honeycomb body and more RGB strips, which some people may prefer.

SteelSeries Rival 3

The SteelSeries Rival 3 and the Glorious Model D are both good wired gaming mice. The Glorious is a bit lighter and is better suited for a palm grip, which the SteelSeries is better suited for a claw grip. The Glorious has a much nicer cable, a slightly lower click latency, and a higher max CPI. On the other hand, the SteelSeries has more programmable buttons, and its software can be installed on both Windows and macOS.

XTRFY M4 RGB

The Glorious Model D is slightly better than the XTRFY M3 RGB. The Glorious is lighter, has lower click latency, and software for customization. However, the XTRFY has a better build quality and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is an amazing FPS gaming mouse, while the Glorious Model D is an excellent choice for ultra-light gaming. The Razer has an ambidextrous design with two side buttons on each side and feels a bit more solid and comfortable overall. It has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and more programmable inputs. Also, it can be used wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver, making it quite versatile. That said, the Glorious is slightly lighter and features a honeycomb design with RGB strips. It’s well-suited for most hand sizes using any grip type.

Glorious Model O-

The Glorious Model D and the Glorious Model O- are both excellent ultra-light gaming mice that perform quite similarly with slightly different designs. The Model O- is smaller and lighter and has an ambidextrous design that feels a bit more solid overall. It’s a good fit for most hand sizes, except for extra-large hands using a palm or a claw grip. On the contrary, the Model D has a right-handed design that’s slightly bigger and heavier. Smaller hands may have a hard time using it with a claw or a fingertip grip.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Glorious Model D and the Logitech G403 HERO have different designs, but both are excellent gaming mice. The Glorious is designed for ultra-light gaming, with a honeycomb pattern that makes it very lightweight. It also has better feet that glide very smoothly. On the other hand, the Logitech has a more neutral look and is a bit more versatile, as it also performs well as an office mouse. Its sensor has a wider CPI range, less CPI variation, and a lower lift-off distance.

Cooler Master MM710

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 Cooler Master is noticeably smaller and lighter, but its build quality isn't the best. The Glorious also has a right-slanted design, which is better for a palm or claw grip, while the short body of the Cooler Master is better for a fingertip grip.

Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury

Overall, the Glorious Model D is better than the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury. The Glorious is much lighter, a lot more comfortable to use, and it has a higher-quality cable that doesn't get in the way. On the flip side, the Logitech has a better build quality, lower click latency, and its customization software is compatible with macOS.

G-Wolves Hati

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

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town

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.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini is better than the Glorious Model D. The Razer is better built and is a bit lighter than the Glorious. The Razer also has a lower click latency and more programmable buttons. However, people with larger hands might be more comfortable with the Glorious thanks to its bigger size, and it's quieter to use.

Endgame Gear XM1r

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Glorious Model D are similar ultra-light gaming mice. The Endgame Gear has an ambidextrous shape, a solid plastic body, and better click latency, but it lacks RGB, companion software, and only has four onboard CPI settings. The Glorious is lighter, has a honeycomb design, and has companion software that allows for the customization of lighting, button programming, and sensor settings, but the software isn't compatible with macOS.

XTRFY M42

The XTRFY M42 and the Glorious Model D are both excellent wired ultra-light gaming mice. The XTRFY is lighter, has a more ambidextrous design, and features modular back panels. However, it has limited CPI preset options. The Glorious has a right-handed ergonomic shape, lower click latency, and software for customization, which the XTRFY lacks.

Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+

The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ is a bit better than the Glorious Model D. The Mad Catz is better suited for people with small hands using the claw or fingertip grips, has a better-performing sensor, and has much more programmable buttons. However, the Glorious is lighter and has lower click latency. 

Cooler Master MM720

The Cooler Master MM720 is better than the Glorious Model D. The Cooler Master is much lighter, has more programmable inputs, and lower click latency. However, the Glorious is better suited for any hand size using the palm grip.

ROCCAT Burst Core

The ROCCAT Burst Core and Glorious Model D are wired gaming mice with ambidextrous shapes. The Glorious is slightly lighter and has a honeycomb body, a wider CPI range, and a lower lift-off distance.  It also has a more flexible cable and better mouse feet. On the other hand, the ROCCAT has a solid plastic body, a sturdier-feeling build quality, and lower click latency. Both mice are well suited to all grip types, but those with small hands may have difficulty reaching both side buttons with a fingertip or claw grip.

Ducky Feather

The Glorious Model D and the Ducky Feather are excellent ultra-light gaming mice with different shapes. The Glorious has a right-handed design, while the Ducky has an ambidextrous design with buttons on either side. The Glorious also has dedicated software that allows you to reprogram some buttons, while the Ducky doesn't have dedicated software.

Logitech Precision Pro

The Logitech Precision Pro and the Glorious Model D are both excellent for different uses. If you want a lightweight gaming mouse with RGB, the Glorious is an amazing wired mouse with a honeycomb design. It offers a wide and adjustable CPI range, and its sensor feels very responsive for gaming. If you're looking for an office-oriented mouse, the Logitech is a better choice thanks to its infinite scroll feature, multi-device pairing capabilities, and more ergonomic shape.

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