The Glorious PC Gaming Race brand, inspired by the official PCMasterRace-Subreddit, has been a niche player in Germany so far. But the Model O Gaming Mouse is about to change this. With an effective RGB lighting, a very low weight and a high-quality sensor the mouse should be able to convince above all Shooter players.
Will Glorious’s first work succeed or is the name just sound and smoke?
The Model O comes in an eye-catching cardboard box. If you open it, you will first find the prominently placed mouse. Below it is a Quick Start Guide, two stickers, a thank-you note and an info sheet introducing Glorious’s clear product range.
Replacement skates and a microfiber cloth to clean the mouse would have been useful accessories, but are unfortunately not included in the packaging. This is the case with most mice.
Design and Features
Model O is available in two colours (black, white) and just as many surface textures (matt, glossy). The test sample is the glossy-black version.
Probably the most striking element of the mouse is the back of the top. A honeycomb pattern has been incorporated into this. This not only looks chic, but also lowers the weight. A nice side effect is the passive ventilation of the palm. Thus the hand sweats less.
For Palm Grip players with larger hands, the mouse made of plastic and rubber may be too short to operate the scroll wheel comfortably. However, fingertip and claw grip do not lead to any ergonomic problems. However, Claw-Grip users have a better alternative from the same source: the model O-. This is a bit smaller (and therefore also lighter) than the normal Model O.
Left and right mouse buttons also partly have the honeycomb pattern. The Omron buttons under the two buttons provide a well audible, but not annoying click noise and should, according to the manufacturer, endure 20 million clicks.
Between the two buttons is the coarsely grooved and rubber-coated scroll wheel. The scrolling itself has a strongly defined grid and is relatively quiet, with a dark tone.
The DPI cycle button is located behind the scroll wheel. It switches, on pressure, between six predefined DPI settings. An LED on the underside, which was placed next to the sensor, informs about the currently used DPI setting.
The Sides and the Underside
On the left side of the ambidextrös formed mouse are two additional keys, which are mapped by default with “Forward” and “Back”. The company logo has been printed underneath.
The other side of the mouse has no additional features except for a “Glorious” lettering.
The underside was almost completely perforated. This also serves to reduce weight. The Pixart-PMW-3360 sensor was placed in the middle. Next to it is the already mentioned DPI setting LED. A white mouse skate was placed in each corner. If these skates are worn out after some time, you can easily reorder them. This should take some time, because the skates have an above average thickness.
The Cable and the Lighting
The cable with a fabric sleeve has a length of 2 metres and a gold-plated USB 2.0 type A connector. Unfortunately, the fabric sleeve was not attached very tightly and is therefore somewhat loose. Also annoying is the fact that the cable is hardly smooth. However, this is only an optical disadvantage. It doesn’t bother at all when gambling, in fact it’s the lightest and most flexible mouse cable I’ve ever had.
Of course, the Model O also has addressable RGB lighting. Two strips form a sandwich with the scroll wheel and on each side there is also an RGB strip. Some light is emitted through the perforated back of the mouse.
The whole mouse is covered with a kind of piano lacquer. This increases the weight by one gram compared to the matt version. Unfortunately the varnish magically attracts fingerprints. The user’s hand may slip a bit due to the slightly smooth surface.
Those who think that the many holes make the mouse unstable are wrong. The mouse doesn’t creak and clatter, only the two primary keys have a bit too much play.
|Product||Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O|
|Length x Width x Height (in mm)||128 x 66 x 37,5|
|Weight (in g)||67 (matt) / 68 (glossy)|
|Switch type||Omron (max. 20 million operations)|
|DPI||400 – 12.000 (adjustable in 100-DPI steps)|
|Max. Polling rate||1.000 Hz|
|Lift-Off-Distance||approx. 0.7 mm (adjustable)|
|Cable length||2 m|
|Price||€ 52.89 *|
The clear and almost 5 MB large software of the Model O is very successful. In the middle of the window there is a model of the mouse on which each key has a number. To the left of it each key can be assigned a different assignment. Besides the classic functions like “Forward” or “Scroll Up”, several clicks per keystroke or macros are also possible. Likewise applications (among other things the pocket calculator or Browser) can be started in such a way. The DPI can be set to a predefined number at the press of a button. And if you want to completely deactivate a key, you can do so.
Below the key configuration is the macro editor. Here the user can record key combinations, save them and assign them to a key later. There is also an option to execute the macros directly between one and 255 times.
The lower left side of the window offers the possibility to save a maximum of three profiles. These profiles can be imported as well as exported.
The Software Rider Armada
On the right side you will find the DPI settings. Here you can preset six DPI profiles, between which you can switch at any time with the DPI cycle button. If you wish, you can even define different DPI settings for the X and Y axes.
The tab below provides access to the illumination settings. Here you can choose between different effects, their speed and direction. Of course, the lighting can also be completely deactivated.
Behind the next tab is the option to set the lift-off distance. Values between 2 and 3 mm can be configured.
Below this, the user has the possibility to set the polling rate in four steps (125, 250, 500 and 1,000 Hz).
The last setting affects the debounce time. Between 4 and 16 ms are possible.
Fortunately, the settings are saved on the onboard memory of the mouse. So you can connect the mouse to another device and keep the settings.
The software therefore makes a good overall impression. Only one surface calibration might be missing.
In games like CS: GO, many users lower the DPI to 400 or 800 to aim more accurately. Due to the low cursor speed, the mouse must often be lifted and returned to the beginning of the mouse pad. Glorious’ lightweight has an advantage here, of course, with the very small lift-off distance of just under one millimetre also pleasing.
The precisely scanning sensor and non-existent angle snapping also help with targeting.
The many holes make it easy for skin scales, hair and other dirt to penetrate the inside of the mouse. Glorious therefore recommends that you occasionally blow out the mouse with compressed air.
As expected, the Model O does not pose a challenge for office use. But if you are looking for a simple mouse for office use, there are better alternatives, for example Logitech’s MX Master 3, which offers many useful macros and shortcuts for some popular programs.
Glorious’s initial work is convincing. The precise sensor is complemented by a very light outer shell, which allows the Model O to show its strengths especially in shooters. The clear software as well as the good ergonomics are also very popular. The small equipment literally doesn’t matter when it comes to the intended use.
Minor processing deficiencies are noticeable negatively, but according to Glorious they have already been fixed in the second batch of the mouse products. Moreover, the cable is unruly, at least in terms of its appearance. But there is nothing to criticize about the flexibility.
Despite this: If you are looking for a very light mouse with good performance at a fair price, you will be happy with the Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O. However, you should reach for the matte models that require less cleaning and offer more grip. If you want a mouse with more features, you have to go for competition.
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