Thanks to its unique combination of meme-born branding, striking honeycomb shell design, and lightweight, the Glorious Model gaming mice took no time endearing itself to its very specific and niche audience.
Following Glorious Model O’s release back in 2019, Glorious have since added the Model D and the Model O Minus, as well as, most recently, the Model D Minutes, to their product lineup.
While having more products to choose from is always a good thing for us consumers, this creates a small albeit important dilemma, which is choosing the best Glorious Model Mouse.
Now, all four performance-focused gaming mice are plenty capable. The average gamer likely won’t regret purchasing any one of these four gaming mice. However, the Model D, Model O, Model O minus, and the Model D Minus, weren’t built to merely cater to casuals.
Keep in mind, the products, as well as the brand itself, pride themselves on creating products aimed specifically towards hardcore gamers.
This means that, despite their numerous similarities, each one of Glorious’ gaming mice remains distinct enough in their own right to be considered a better option depending on a user’s preference.
|Name||Weight (g)||Size||Length (mm)||Grip Width (mm)|
|Glorious Model O||67/68g||Medium to Large||128mm||59mm|
|Glorious Model O Minus||57/58g||Small||120.5mm||58mm|
|Glorious Model D||68/69g||Large||128mm||63mm|
|Glorious Model D Minus||61/62g||Small to Medium||120mm||61mm|
The Glorious Model O
Hand Size: medium to large | Weight: 67/68g | Dimensions: 128 x 66 x 37.5mm (LxWxH) | Grip Width: 59mm
The Glorious Model O was the first gaming mice released by Glorious. It is an ambidextrous gaming mouse fitted with a Pixart PMW-3360 sensor. This is widely considered as the best and most accurate mouse sensor on the market. This is then paired with an Omron Mechanical switch that’s rated for 20 million clicks.
The Glorious Model O has a DPI and DPI range of up to 12,000 DPI, with a 250+ IPS tracking speed, and up to 50G of acceleration. It uses Glorious’ version own proprietary lightweight and flexible braided cable named the “Ascended Cord”, which Glorious claims gives the mouse an “almost wireless feel.”
To further cement the status of the Glorious Model O as a performance-oriented gaming mouse, Glorious fitted it with their very own G-skates.
Unlike stock mouse feet, the G-skates are made out of 100% pure Virgin PTFE material with rounded edges. This specific design choice allows the mouse to glide through different mousepad materials with ease. The added thickness also helps with longevity.
As is the case with modern gaming mice, the Glorious Model O comes with RGB lighting. And although it is technically a driver-free and plug-and-play mouse, you can use Glorious’ free software to configure the LED effects and DPI settings of the Model O.
While the Glorious Model O is accurate, its main selling point is its ambidextrous design and its lightweight.
At just 67 grams for the Matte model and 68 grams for the Glossy model, the Glorious Model O was one of the lightest gaming mice on the market upon its release and remains right up there as among the most lightweight available today.
The Glorious Model D
Hand Size: large | Weight: 68/69g | Dimensions: 128 x 67 x 42mm (LxWxH) | Grip Width: 63mm
Following the success of Glorious Model O (and its smaller sibling, the Model O Minus), Glorious set their sights on capturing another niche market with specific needs.
While many people loved the design and lightweight feel of the Glorious Model O, others felt that it was a bit too small and less ergonomic for their tastes. Thus, Glorious came up with the Model D, which makes for a more comfortable grip, especially for gamers with larger hands.
At first glance, the Glorious Model O and Model D are hard to distinguish from each other. This is because they utilize the same perforated design, which is the reason why these gaming mice are so light. This is especially evident with the Model D.
Despite its added height and width compared to the Model O — the Model D measures 128mm (L) x 67 mm (W) x 42mm (H) vs 128mm (L) x 66 mm (W) x 37.5mm (H) of the Model O — the Model D is able to keep the weight difference between the two is negligible.
The Model D also uses the same sensors and switches, as well as boasts the same RGB lighting features and other software options that are available on the Model O, as well as the Model O Minus.
The Glorious Model O Minus
Hand Size: small to medium | Weight: 58/59g | Dimensions: 120 x 63 x 36mm (LxWxH) | Grip Width: 58mm
Smaller than the Glorious Model O, the Model O Minus was designed to cater to gamers who preferred smaller gaming mice, as well as those with smaller hand sizes.
Both the Model O Minus and the Model O are essentially identical. They also sport the same internal hardware. This includes everything from the sensors down to the switches, as well as everything else like the DPI/CPI range, acceleration, IPS tracking speed, and even the RGB lighting.
As already mentioned, the main difference between the Model O and the Model O Minus is their measurements.
The most glaring difference is the weight.
Whereas the Glorious Model O was already considered light as 67 grams (Matte) and 68 grams (Glossy), the Glorious Model O Minus is even lighter. The diminutive gaming mice weighs just 58 grams and 59 grams for its Matte and Glossy models, respectively.
In addition to this, the Glorious Model O Minus is also noticeably smaller, shaving off a couple of millimetres in order to fit better in smaller hands.
The Glorious Model O Minus’ official measurements are 120mm x 63mm x 36 mm.
In a nutshell, the Model O Minus is a smaller version of the Model O.
The Glorious Model D Minus
Hand Size: small to medium | Weight: 61/62g | Dimensions: 120 x 67 x 40mm (LxWxH) | Grip Width: 61mm
Currently in the pre-launch phase, with an estimated August 2020 release date, is the Glorious Model D Minus.
As you might have guessed by now, it’s a smaller version of the Glorious Model D. This means that everything else is the same between the two (or all four of Glorious’ gaming mice, for that matter). This includes the same ultra-lightweight barebones frames, as well as all the hardware and technology inside.
Officially, the measurements of the Glorious Model D Minus is 120mm (L) x 67mm (W) x 40mm (H).
This makes the Model D Minus noticeably shorter and more svelte compared to the Glorious Model D. However, the overall design profile remains the same.
The key difference between the two is that the Model D Minus was built specifically to fit better in the hands of people who preferred an ergonomic design but whose hands were too small to comfortably enjoy gaming on the Model D.
Which One Should You Buy?
The average gamer likely won’t notice a huge difference between all four models.
Most of the time, users will just be happy to have such a lightweight and comfortable gaming mice to use, especially in shooters where this high-quality PTFE foot padding found in each gaming mice feel like they were made specifically for twitch-action gaming.
The negligible difference in weight and relatively ergonomic design found in all four mice are all also good enough for any kind of handgrip and size.
Not to mention, all four are sold at the same price point.
But, here’s the thing, personal preference and comfort are important in gaming.
Hardcore and professional gamers alike value comfort because of how many hours they put in every single day. This means that they want a mouse to feel comfortable. Not just after an hour, but after hundreds if not thousands of hours of gaming.
Ambidextrous vs Ergonomic Design
Subtle as they are, there are significant differences between the four Glorious mice.
Case in point, the Model O and Model O Minus use an ambidextrous design. On the other hand, the Model D and Model D Minus both sport an ergonomic design.
What this means is that, of the two, the Model O and Model O Minus were designed to follow a more neutral curvature. As a result, both gaming mice will feel relatively the same on your right and left hand. But, for the Model D and Model D Minus, this isn’t true. Instead, their ergonomic design means that both gaming mice are shaped and contoured to follow the natural flow of one hand, which usually is the right hand.
Claw and fingertip grip mice users will feel more at home on the lighter, smaller, and more svelte profile of both the Model O and Model O Minus. Meanwhile, palm grip style mice users will prefer the more ergonomic design of the Model D and Model D Minus, which tends to lend itself well to the grip’s more relaxed position.
Now, if you’re wondering what kind of grip style you have, it’s relatively simple.
If you rest your entire hand on your mouse and rest your thumb on one side, with the little finger on the other, then you have a palm grip style. However, if you prefer to rest your palm on your mouse and arch your index, as well as middle fingers as if holding up a claw (hence, the name), then you have a claw grip style.
Fingertip grip mice users are similar to claw grip style users. The main difference is that they don’t rest their palms onto their mouse. Instead, they rest the tips of their fingers, with their hands slightly arched. This means that there’s minimal contact between the mouse and the hand of the players.
TLDR; claw and finger grip style users = Model O and Model O Minus, palm grip style users = Model D and Model D Minus.
To borrow the now-famous phrase of Donut Media, an automotive-focused digital media content company, “does more lighter = more better?”
Well, it depends.
Weight definitely plays a significant factor because of fatigue. Although all four of Glorious’ gaming mice are considered some of the lightest gaming mice around, all four don’t exactly weigh the same. This means that hardcore gamers will want to choose wisely between all four, especially if they don’t want to feel as tired after prolonged gaming sessions.
Of course, many gamers prefer “heavier” gaming mice as well, especially palm grip style users, because the added weight helps add a bit more heft and accuracy to their movements in-game.
So, Which is Which?
The thing here is that choosing a gaming mouse is more of a preference and comfort thing, rather than an exact science.
This means that there aren’t actually any hard set rule when it comes to choosing. Even if you have smaller hands, but you are more comfortable using a larger gaming mouse like the Model D and Model O, then there’s really no stopping you from buying it.
The same thing applies if you have larger hands yet prefer the smaller size or lighter weight of the Model O Minus and Model D Minus.
Of course, certain gaming generalizations do hold true and apply here.
Gamers who are into high-skill shooters such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Apex Legends will benefit the most from the lightweight and more ergonomic design of the Glorious Model D and Glorious Model D Minus. However, gamers who are into titles involving high-speed, repetitive movements such as League of Legends and Starcraft, might prefer the smaller profile of the Glorious Model O and Model O Minus.
With that said, we do recommend getting a feel of all four gaming mice first.
This way, you’ll have both a subjective and objective way of telling the difference between all four, and you’ll be able to make a more informed purchasing decision.
Glorious has, so far, managed to establish themselves as makers of quality gaming peripherals. In fact, the argument already exists that they’re one of the best manufacturers out there, which is no easy feat all things considered, especially since their target market are a finicky bunch.
Ultimately, what we’re trying to say here is that you’re getting a quality product either way.