The Glorious PC Gaming Race (or Glorious for short) has many fans around the world. Their wired versions of the Model series of gaming mice lit up the scene with their ultralight construction and great price, and were a staple example for competing brands to compare.
However, since their original release, other device makers have since caught up with what Glorious has to offer. Everyone from Razer, Steelseries, Corsair, HyperX and more has released different versions of their own lightweight gaming mice, both in wired and – more importantly – in wireless form, which deliver great performance and different types of ergonomics. So Glorious has a bit of catching up to do.
The company is finally dipping its toes into the wireless form factor with its famous Model series, keeping the same design while cutting the cord. And the transition has been almost flawless. The wireless version of the Model D we’re reviewing today is a near-perfect wireless mouse, with fantastic ergonomics and lag-free performance, which, at $ 80, is pretty much a given.
Design and functionality
Glorious has kept the design changes to a minimum, but they have made a crucial change that will be welcomed by many users. Compared to the wired version of the D model, the wireless version has no holes on the mouse buttons. This was a point of contention for many, as some thought the mouse buttons have holes in them – a place where you’ll have the most tactility when holding a mouse – to be uncomfortable after awhile. So it’s good to see Glorious rectify that while keeping the same design.
On top of that, the design and form factor are almost identical. You still have the cheese grater shell on your body, two RGB stripes on the mouse curvature, and the bearded Glorious logo just below the two thumb buttons. The mouse feels solid in the hands, and even after almost a month of use there are no squeaking or quality control issues so far. Glorious has a reputation for poor build quality, and while they may have tightened that up for newer mice, your mileage may vary as a month is still too early to comment on long-term use.
The Wireless Model D is intended for medium to large hands, so the overall construction is that of a full size mouse with a nice hump in the middle to accommodate the palm. If you’re looking for something smaller, the O / O-Wireless model or even the D-Wireless model offers slightly smaller and flatter ergonomics.
The matte coating of the mouse is especially nice because it doesn’t seem to deteriorate easily with fingerprints or oil stains. However, the mouse buttons already have slight stains, so it’s not exactly stain resistant. If you are a sweaty gamer or like to consume snacks while gaming, you might want to be careful with the mouse here.
In terms of grip, the matte coating worked really well for us. There are no additional handles on the side, but we never had an issue with slipping during quick maneuvers in online games. Would some form of grip hurt, though? Not really, and we would much rather replace the Glorious logo, which to be honest we’re not a huge fan of.
The mouse weighs around 69 grams, compared to the corded version of the Model D which weighs around 68 grams. Glorious somehow managed to add just 1 gram of extra weight with the wireless version despite the built-in battery, which is an impressive technical feat in itself.
The Model D is a right-handed mouse, so you have your standard LMB and RMB buttons, two big thumb buttons, a DPI selector in the middle, and the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is richly covered with a smooth rubber-like material and has good grip and tactile steps to let you switch weapons with precision in games.
At the bottom of the mouse you’ll find a next-gen BAMF sensor surrounded by a tiny DPI LED to indicate which profile you’re currently using, the wireless on / off switch, and four small G-Skates feet. These feet are some of the best stock feet we’ve used, and they glide smoothly over just about any surface. Glorious has also included two extra taller feet if you want to further customize the glide area.
Software and performance
You can pair the Model D wirelessly with the Glorious Core companion app to customize the mouse as you like. There’s not much, it’s a fairly lightweight app that lets you change DPI levels, adjust RGB brightness, configure keyboard shortcuts, and set polling rate, distance take-off and rebound time.
The mouse uses the next-generation BAMF sensor, made in collaboration with PixArt, a company known for its sensors in gaming mice. Coupled with the lag-free 2.4GHz wireless connection, the Wireless Model D performs admirably. We spent many hours in Apex Legends and Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta, and the mouse held up well with precise tracking and smooth target acquisition.
We didn’t notice any lag, stuttering, or drop in wireless performance, and the sensor was able to track our erratic movements with ease. There was also no noticeable difference between wireless and wired modes.
The switches of LMB and RMB also work the same. Co-developed by Kailh, these switches are satisfactorily crisp (although not as sharp as mechanical switches) and have very little pre-travel for fast performance.
However, we recommend setting the debounce time to 0ms in the software to remove any kind of latency. The side buttons are also nice and crisp, and their large footprint makes them easier to reach. They don’t dig into the shell and are pleasantly tactile for performing quick in-game adjustments, or even just using it as a Back / Forward button on your browser.
Glorious claims 71 hours of battery life at full charge with RGB turned off, and that’s pretty much what we got. We used the mouse as our daily driver for work and games, and only charged it twice in almost a month. If you’re a heavy user you’ll obviously need to reload more often, but that should easily last around a week, which is fair play in our books.
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