Glorious Model O- Review
Pros: Great cable, size options, relatively simplistic
Cons: No onboard memory, few buttons
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Glorious Model O-
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|Pros||Great cable, size options, relatively simplistic||Optical switches, onboard memory, customizable scroll resistance||Braided cable, infinite scroll option||Optical switches, supple cable||Great sensor, good for fingertip and claw grip, simple design|
|Cons||No onboard memory, few buttons||Asymmetrical, grips hard to clean||Fixed polling rate, too heavy for FPS games||Relatively limited customization||Relatively low tracking speed, limited onboard memory|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight, 6-button mouse has top-shelf hardware, few customization restrictions, and a shape that works for both right and left-handed players||This mouse balances highly customizable features and high-end performance with a price tag that won't zero out your pocketbook||This mouse is a standout on account of its adjustable weight. However, the unit has high-end hardware and ample customization, too||A solid mouse at a manageable price||This economic device boasts elite hardware to get the job done, but you'll have to make up for the lack of supporting features with talent|
|Rating Categories||Glorious Model O-||Razer Basilisk V2||Logitech G502 HERO||Razer DeathAdder V2||Logitech G203 Prodigy|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Glorious Model O-||Razer Basilisk V2||Logitech G502 HERO||Razer DeathAdder V2||Logitech G203 Prodigy|
|Sensor/ Type/ Flawless?||PMW 3360/ Optical/ Yes||Focus+/ Optical/ Yes||Hero 16K/ Optical/ Yes||Focus+/ Optical/ Yes||Mercury/ Optical/ Yes|
|Number of Buttons||6||10 (+1 on bottom)||11||7||6|
|Wire/Charging Cable (feet, inches)||6'6"||7'||6'6"||7'||6'6"|
|Weight (grams)||59g||91g||119 - 137g||80g||87g|
|Polling Rate (Hz)||125, 250, 500, 1000||125, 500, 1000||1000||125, 500, 1000||125, 250, 500, 1000|
|DPI/CPI (in steps of)||400, 800, 1600, 3200 (remapable)||100 - 20000 (50)||100 - 25600 (50)||100 - 20000 (50)||200 - 8000 (50)|
|Tracking Speed (IPS/FPS)||250+||650||400+||650||200+|
|On-Board Memory (# of profiles)?||No||Yes (5)||Yes (5)||Yes (5)||Yes (1)|
|Switch Type (Manufacturer)||Machanical (Omron)||Optical (Razor)||Mechanical (Logitech)||Optical (Razor)||Mechanical (Logitech)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
What sets this unit apart from the competition is its incredible light weight and overall deadly simplicity. The mouse keeps the buttons to a minimum but there are few restrictions on the ability to remap them and create macros. Moreover, this unit has one of the better shell designs that we have tested as it's both symmetrical and comes in two sizes.
When we talk of performance we are talking about the quality of hardware like the sensor and button switches. Additionally, we are referring to the glide (the ease with which the mouse traverses both hard and soft surfaces) as well as weight. We favor lower-weight mice because low inertial mass equates to faster response times. We are aware that weight is preferential but one can't long argue with physics. When the Glorious Model O-'s marks in each of these categories are tallied up, it proves to be nothing less than a high-performance gaming mouse.
In truth, all the mice in our evaluation delivered impressive numbers in this evaluation as this is largely what makes a mouse specific to gaming. But what does this mean? First of all, the Glorious Model O- has a flawless PMW 3360 Optical sensor. Flawless means that the unit is devoid of "corrective" firmware that alters the user's inputs and optical means that the sensor uses reflected light to interpret movement. Moreover, the PMW 3360 sensor has an adjustable DPI/CPI of 400 to 3200, a tracking speed of 250+ inches per second, and a polling rate that maxes out at 1000 Hz. The unit is also very light at just 57 grams which keeps it light on its feet and the glide silky smooth. If this sensor was a human, it would be a Shaolin monk — trim and adaptable with lightning-fast reflexes.
Like performance, customization is a key component of what defines a gaming mouse. Specifically, customization refers to the ability to remap the buttons, alter the lighting effects, adjust scroll wheel resistance, change the weight, and whether the unit can be used with both the right and left hand. While the Glorious Model O- has quality customization options where it counts most, overall it below-average in the class.
The main issue with the Glorious Model O- is that it lacks weight and scroll wheel resistance adjustments. Additionally, much of the button and lighting alterations require the user to engage the software. Yet, the software hosts a great deal of customization options despite the extra step involved.
Ease of Use
The ease of use metric looks at the time required to learn and operate the software supporting the mouse and how straightforward it is to make on-the-fly adjustments to the mouse. Additionally, this evaluation covers the cable attaching the mouse to the computer. Preferably, a cable will go entirely unnoticed although stiffer, shorter cables rarely achieve this ideal. Fortunately for those interested in this mouse, the Glorious Model O- has one of the best ease of use ratings of the group.
The reasons that the Glorious Model O- did so well in this evaluation are simple enough. First off, it has an awesome cable - soft, flexible and reasonable long at 6 feet 6 inches. Second, the software is easy to learn and operate albeit because the customizations are relatively limited. Finally, we did not experience any in-game on-the-fly adjustment limitations. All told, this unit is a smooth operator.
Lastly but not leastly is the button evaluation. As one may have deduced, the button evaluation assesses the mouse's buttons. To put a bit finer point on it, this evaluation assesses button action, scroll wheel action — including scroll wheel clicking — and the sound produced when actuating these components. Happily, the Glorious Model O- received average marks in a competitive group. It is all but silent in all aspects of operations. Its scroll wheel's 24 steps give it a nice, easy action, its scroll click is firm enough to rarely get triggered by accident but not so stiff as to be annoying to push, and its Omron switches are just about perfect.
Occasionally, we come across a product that fairly and accurately reflects its quality and specs in its price. The Glorious Model O- is one such product. One gets just what they paid for with this mouse.
This hands-on review of the Glorious Model O- gaming mouse covers every pertinent detail of the device such that the reader can quickly appraise whether this unit belongs on their desktop or not. Namely, we looked at performance specs relevant to the switches and sensor, customization options pertaining to lights, buttons, and handedness as well as ease of use and button characteristics. We hope our insights kept your shopping time to a minimum and, in the end, helped you to level up.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer