(Pocket-lint) – Glorious has plenty of affordable mice for PC gamers to consider, but the Model I is instantly appealing for a number of reasons – not just price. At first glance, we seem to have a feature-rich, lightweight gaming mouse with an ergonomic design, similar to the popular Razer Basilisk Ultimate and Logitech G502.
These factors, coupled with the all-important low price, make it one of the most intriguing options in this competitive market. However, what is it like to play with and how does it compare to like-minded competitors? We played with it to find out.
The Glorious Model I ticks many of the boxes we usually look for in a gaming mouse. It’s affordable while still offering some player-friendly specs, interesting features, and a great-looking design. We also appreciated the large frame, its comfortable ergonomic shape and the many buttons, although we also accept that the shape may not be to everyone’s taste. All in all, the Model I is a great option with a lot of appeal. It’s a brilliant and affordable alternative to devices like the Logitech G502.
Lightweight and ergonomic
- 69g (subject to variance)
- Glorious Switches rated to 80 million clicks
- 400 (yellow), 800 (blue), 1600 (red), 3200 (green) default DPU settings
The first thing that struck us about the Glorious Model I is its shape. It’s larger than many other mice we’ve tried recently – both bigger and longer – so of course it fits better in larger hands. In addition, there is a pleasant ergonomic fit with a sloping side and a comfortable palm rest.
Of course, this design means it only works for right-handers, but it’s certainly comfortable – especially for the palm-grabbers out there. Like other Glorious mice, it’s also riddled with holes to keep the weight down, meaning it officially weighs in at just 69 grams (with a slight variance – ours was 72g, as shown above). It’s wired, but we found the attached cable to be slack, flexible and light enough to ensure you don’t really notice it while gaming.
The holey body makes it easier to grip, we found, as does the matte finish, which also doesn’t pick up too much oil or dirt when playing. We used the black model during our testing and found that it had no issues with getting dirty.
Swappable side buttons
- Nine buttons
- Magnetic swappable buttons
- Customizable in Glorious Core
The other highlight of the Glorious Model I are the interchangeable buttons with a total of nine buttons on this mouse. Two of them are removable – the sniper button and the rear (back) button. There are several other types included in the box too, meaning you can change the shape to suit your preferences.
These two interchangeable buttons are held in place with magnets and require quite a bit of persuasion to dislodge. And that’s really a good thing, because you certainly don’t want them to bounce off in the middle of a gaming session. There are different shapes to replace them as we say and you also have the option to use a blank panel instead. We were a bit disappointed that you couldn’t change all the buttons, but it’s a nice touch to have the option to change their shape. Key action is satisfying too, and you’ll get a good response from each, although we’ve also found that there’s a difference in the sound of each – something to keep in mind if you’re fussy about feedback.
Behind the mouse wheel are a couple of buttons to toggle the DPI up and down. You can see what level you’re in from an indicator on the bottom of the mouse, which is a bit counterintuitive if you ask us, but again, not a big deal once you get used to it. There are a number of fixed DPI levels, but you can also adjust these settings using the Glorious Core software.
Swift and slick
- Glorious BAMF Sensor
- 400 IPS speed, 50G acceleration, 1,000 Hz (1 ms) polling rate
- 1mm lift-off distance
- Pure PTFE feet
- DPI range 100 – 19000
The Glorious Model I, as you’d expect from the name, is pretty glorious in terms of specs and capabilities. At first glance, the specs are similar to other pro mice we’ve tested, which is obviously not a bad thing. Combine that with the lightweight frame, smooth PTFE feet, and flexible cable, and you’ve got a capable mouse that’s really fun to use.
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