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GLORIOUS Model I Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 19, 2022 at 12:16 pm
GLORIOUS Model I Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
8.6
Video Games (FPS)
8.1
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.2
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The GLORIOUS Model I is a lightweight multi-genre gaming mouse with an ergonomic, right-handed design. This mouse marks GLORIOUS' first entry into the multi-genre gaming market, and it's similar in design and function to popular multi-genre mice like those found in Logitech's G502 series and Razer's Basilisk lineup. However, unlike those mice, this mouse is designed to be as lightweight as possible. On the left side, there are four buttons, and two of them are magnetic, meaning you can swap them out with the additional button pieces that come included.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The GLORIOUS Model I is a decent mouse for office use. It has a right-handed design with a thumb rest and feels comfortable to use. There's a cluster of buttons along the left side and a pair of buttons behind the scroll wheel, all of which you can reprogram to perform several helpful functions. Two of these buttons are magnetic, and you can swap them out for a differently-shaped button or a flat piece that disables the button depending on what you need. Unfortunately, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and a free-scrolling mode. Also, it lacks Bluetooth compatibility as it's a wired-only mouse.

Pros
  • Many reprogrammable buttons.
  • Feels comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and free-scrolling mode.
8.6 Video Games (FPS)

The GLORIOUS Model I is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. Overall, it feels well-built and has excellent click latency, so it's well up to the task of competitive gaming. The mouse is pretty lightweight, as is its cable. The feet glide smoothly on mousepads or desks without causing drag. Performance-wise, you can adjust the CPI precisely in steps of 50 within a very broad range and adjust the lift-off distance and debounce settings. Unfortunately, this mouse is fairly large and isn't well-suited for small hand sizes.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Too big for small hands to use comfortably.
8.1 Video Games (MMO)

The GLORIOUS Model I is a very good mouse for MMO gaming. Although it doesn't have as many buttons as some dedicated MMO mice, all of its buttons are reprogrammable in the companion software. Also, you can swap out two of the four side buttons as they're magnetic, so you can replace them with differently-shaped buttons or with a flat panel that disables the button. Performance-wise, you can precisely set the CPI in steps of 50 within a very wide range, and its click latency is excellent. Unfortunately, it's too big for small hands to use comfortably.

Pros
  • Many reprogrammable buttons.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and free-scrolling mode.
  • Too big for small hands to use comfortably.
8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming

The GLORIOUS Model I is an amazing mouse for ultra-light gaming. It's lightweight and feels well-built. The cable and feet are high-quality and offer a smooth gliding experience without causing drag. Thanks to its ergonomic, right-handed shape with a thumb rest, it feels comfortable to use, but it's too big if you have small hands as you can't reach the furthest forward button with any grip type.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Feels comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Too big for small hands to use comfortably.
5.2 Travel

The GLORIOUS Model I is inadequate for travel use. It's bulky, so it won't easily fit into laptop bags and cases. Also, it's wired-only, so you'll have to worry about the cable while bringing it around. On the plus side, it has onboard memory, so you can save your custom settings to use on systems that don't have the software.

Pros
  • Feels comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Too bulky to fit into laptop bags.
  • Too big for small hands to use comfortably.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.6 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.2 Travel
  1. Updated May 19, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated May 09, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The GLORIOUS Model I has a matte black shell with honeycomb cutouts on the palm rest area and underside. It has a similar aesthetic to other GLORIOUS mice with a logo on the back end and a strip of RGB lighting on each side and in the scroll wheel. You can program the RGB in the companion software, but the zones aren't independently adjustable, meaning any changes will apply to all zones. The side buttons and the two buttons behind the scroll wheel are glossy, black plastic. Also, this mouse comes with modular buttons. You can remove and replace the furthest forward side button and the furthest back button in the trio along the side with a differently shaped button to better suit your needs.

Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (128 mm)
Height 1.7" (42 mm)
Width 2.9" (74 mm)
Grip Width
62 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.59 inยณ (403 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
103 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
71 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
71 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The GLORIOUS Model I feels well-built. However, it does make some noticeable creaking noises without much pressure applied, and there's some minor flex on the bottom of the mouse. There's also a slight side-to-side wobble in the L/R click buttons, though this isn't noticeable or distracting during use. Otherwise, the honeycomb body feels solid, and there's no rattling or loose parts inside the mouse.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The GLORIOUS Model I has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest for added support. It feels comfortable to use, though it's slightly on the larger side, so if you have small hands, you may want to look for a smaller option as you'll have difficulty reaching the furthest forward side button.

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

If you have small hands, you'll have difficulty reaching the furthest forward side button using a palm grip.

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

If you have small hands, you'll have difficulty reaching the furthest forward side button using a claw grip.

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

Although the GLORIOUS Model I isn't designed for fingertip grip, if you have large or extra-large hands, you can still use it with this grip type. However, if you have small or medium-sized hands, you can't reach the furthest forward side button.

0
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
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 I uses the same paracord-like cable as other GLORIOUS mice. It's very light, has good flexibility, and glides nicely across a desk. However, it does retain kinks from the packaging.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The GLORIOUS Model I has outstanding feet. They're similar to the feet found on other GLORIOUS mice, and they offer a very smooth gliding experience on mousepads and desks, with only a slight scratchiness on desks. They're also slightly thicker than average. Unfortunately, there are some sharp corners, which can cause marginally more resistance on surfaces than rounded edges.

Design
In The Box

  • GLORIOUS Model I
  • 4x modular side buttons
  • GLORIOUS branded stickers
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Glorious BAMF
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The GLORIOUS Model I uses the GLORIOUS BAMF sensor, based on the PixArt PAW3370. The polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can use the companion software to program four CPI settings per profile and cycle between them using the CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel. You can also configure the lift-off distance in the software and set it to 1mm or 2mm.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
9
Number Of Side Buttons
4
Number Of Programmable Inputs
9
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the GLORIOUS Model I to perform as media controls, macros, or shortcuts. However, you can't reprogram the up/down scroll inputs. Also, two of the four side buttons are magnetic. The furthest forward button along the thumb rest and the furthest back button in the trio along the side comes with two additional button pieces. One of which is a slightly different button shape, and the other is a panel that sits flush to the mouse body and disables the button. However, you should note that these buttons are difficult to remove, and you may require a small tool to help you pop the buttons out, though you'll run the risk of scratching the mouse body or the button pieces. The L/R click buttons use proprietary GLORIOUS switches, which are rated for 80 million clicks.

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

The GLORIOUS Model I's scroll wheel is similar to other recent GLORIOUS releases. It feels precise with smooth but pronounced step definition, and the rubber covering has deep grooves, so it feels grippy. It's also quiet to use.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.7
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
8 ms

The GLORIOUS Model I's click latency is low enough for any gaming genre. We obtained this latency measurement with the debounce settings at 0ms.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Glorious Core
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 I uses the Glorious Core software. It's straightforward and has a clean-looking interface, so it's easy to program macros, reassign buttons, and customize the RGB lighting. The software also allows for more sensor customization options, like adjusting the lift-off distance and the debounce time.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

All default button functions work on Mac, but the companion software isn't available for macOS. Also, users online report an issue where the mouse doesn't work after updating to the most recent firmware (v1.2). Fortunately, GLORIOUS offers a solution to get the mouse back up and running, which can be found here.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The GLORIOUS Model I comes in two colorways: black and white. We tested the black variant, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The GLORIOUS Model I is a lightweight multi-genre gaming mouse that's the first of its kind from GLORIOUS. The Model I is their answer to the popular Logitech G502 HERO and Razer Basilisk V3. It's much more lightweight than these other mice and still keeps some impressive features like RGB lighting. However, it's important to note that it's still a gaming-focused option as it lacks a free-scroll feature and L/R tilt inputs that would make the mouse more useful for productivity tasks. Also, this mouse has modular buttons. Two of the four side buttons are held in with magnets so you can change them out for differently-shaped buttons or a flat piece that disables the buttons. Otherwise, its performance and click latency are on par with similar mice.

If you're looking for more options, check out the recommendations for the best gaming mice, the best wired mice, and the lightest mice.

GLORIOUS Model D

The GLORIOUS Model D and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight gaming mice, but the Model I performs better overall. The Model I is a lightweight, multi-genre gaming mouse with a cluster of side buttons on the left, some of which are modular. It has better click latency and a lower minimum lift-off distance, and its CPI is more precisely adjustable. On the other hand, the Model D is a more FPS-focused mouse.

GLORIOUS Model O

The GLORIOUS Model O and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight gaming mice intended for different uses. However, the Model I mouse performs better overall as it has lower click latency and a wider CPI range within which you can adjust the setting more precisely. It has a right-handed shape, and it's designed to be a multi-genre mouse. On the other hand, the Model O is a symmetrically-shaped mouse better suited for FPS gaming. It's slightly lighter than the Model I.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO and the GLORIOUS Model I are both multi-genre gaming mice. However, they have some key differences. The Logitech has a scroll wheel with a free-scrolling mode, and it has more programmable inputs thanks to a shift feature in the software that adds an additional layer of programmability. Also, it feels better built and more comfortable to use. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is significantly lighter, and its feet and cable are higher quality and don't cause drag.

Razer Basilisk V3

The Razer Basilisk V3 and the GLORIOUS Model I are both multi-genre gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall. The Razer has better click latency, a free-scrolling mode for its scroll wheel, and it has many more programmable inputs thanks to its Hypershift feature, which adds an additional layer of inputs. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is significantly lighter, has modular side buttons, and its cable is slightly better.

GLORIOUS Model O Wireless

The GLORIOUS Model O Wireless and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight gaming mice with key differences. As the name implies, the Model O Wireless is a wireless mouse, and it has a symmetrical shape that's better suited for FPS gaming. On the other hand, the Model I is a wired-only model with a right-handed slant and a cluster of buttons on the left side as it's designed to be used for a larger variety of game genres.

GLORIOUS Model D Wireless

The GLORIOUS Model D Wireless and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight gaming mice with some key differences. The Model D Wireless, as its name suggests, is a wireless mouse while the Model I is wired-only. Both mice have right-handed slants, but the Model I has more side buttons on its left as it's designed to be a multi-genre gaming mouse while the Model D Wireless is better suited for FPS gaming.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight gaming mice, but they have some key differences. The Logitech is a wireless mouse that's about 10g lighter than the GLORIOUS, and it has a symmetrical shape with two side buttons on the left. Conversely, the GLORIOUS is a wired-only mouse that's designed to be used with a variety of gaming genres. It has a right-handed slant with a cluster of side buttons on the left. Overall, their click latency is comparable, but the Logitech has better stock feet and the GLORIOUS has a more flexible cable.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the GLORIOUS Model I are two lightweight gaming mice, but they're intended for different uses. The Razer is a symmetrical, true ambidextrous mouse with two buttons on either side, and it's better suited for FPS gaming. Also, it connects wirelessly. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is a wired-only mouse with a right-handed slant. It's designed to be a multi-genre gaming mouse, so it has a cluster of buttons on its left side.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

The ROCCAT Kone Pro and the GLORIOUS Model I are similar wired-only, gaming mice. They both have a right-handed shape with a slight thumb rest for extra support. However, the ROCCAT is better suited for more hand sizes and grip styles whereas the GLORIOUS is too big for small hands to use comfortably with any grip type. Otherwise, they have similar CPI ranges and click latencies.

GLORIOUS Model D-

The GLORIOUS Model D- and the GLORIOUS Model I are lightweight, wired-only gaming mice. Both mice have a right-handed slant, but the Model I has more buttons on its left side, while the Model D- is slightly smaller so it's better suited for smaller hands. However, the Model I feels much more solidly built than the Model D-. 

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