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So the Glorious Model D Minus is the smaller version of the original Model D. Glorious did the same with the Model O of course, releasing a smaller Model O Minus. They also entered the wireless market recently with the release of the Model O Wireless. So The D Minus has the same specs, nothing has changed. A PMW3360 under the hood with the Ascended Cord and G-Skates PTFE feet. No reason to change a winning recipe. Doing a little size comparison with the Model D, the biggest change is the length, which has been cut down to 12cm (from 12.7cm) . Also a bit smaller in terms of grip width and height. I used the Model D and there is a notable difference when holding the Model D Minus. With a medium hand size of 18x9cm, the Model D filled out my hand and palm more, whereas the D Minus doesn’t feel so full in the hand. A little bit heavier than advertised at 64g, but still very light.
Glorious have been in the game for a while now, so I was hoping to see an improvement in build quality. I’ve used the Model O, O Minus and Model D, and my experience has been hit and miss as far as build quality. Rest assured, the Model D Minus has an excellent build. The first thing I check for with a honeycomb mouse is looseness on the shell, and then I check for vertical or side play on the primary buttons. The D Minus passed both of these initial tests, so that is already a big positive. I’ve been kind of frustrated lately, as I used some good honeycomb mice where shell looseness ruined the experience for me, whether it was the back shell or sides. It’s a relief to see that the D Minus isn’t plagued by any shell issues. The next thing I look for is creaking, and there is some creaking on the Model D Minus, however nothing major and I don’t think it’s a cause for concern. Something to keep an eye on though, as some previous Glorious units were fine initially but developed shell looseness over time. Finally I check for bend in the frame. The back and side shell feel strong, and only bend when applying above average force. You’d never use this much force when gripping the mouse normally. I think Glorious did a stellar job with the build here, and hopefully the QC is also up to scratch. I can’t comment on the longevity of this mouse yet, so we’ll see how it holds up.
Overall a good clicking experience, with medium travel on the primary and side buttons. Many ergo mice suffer from excessive post travel due to the shell design, but I was happy with the post travel here. The primary buttons didn’t feel mushy at all. The Omron switches are nice and light with good tactile feedback.
This is an ergo mouse so obviously the best grip style will be palm, but ergo shapes work great for claw grip as well. I wouldn’t really recommend this for fingertip, as I think ambidextrous shapes are better for that style. The ideal hand size is going to be small to medium. I think measurements of 15-17cm is going to be perfect for palm. For claw and fingertip we can go a bit higher, and 19cm and under should be fine. I like the shape of the Model D and D Minus, gradual side curves and comfortable finger grooves on the primary buttons. Very similar to the Zowie EC2B shape, although it felt lower profile to me.
Every time I review a Glorious mouse I have high praise for the G-Skates feet, and the D Minus is no different. The glide was exceptionally smooth on my Asus ROG Sheath. These skates really give you great accuracy and speed. I wish I could put these on my Matar MT-X24. You can’t go wrong with the PMW3360. Flawless tracking with low LOD. The Ascended cord felt weightless, and I didn’t experience any cable drag. On lighter mice it is easier to feel cable drag, so this Ascended Cord is really impressive as I was never aware of it. Extremely light, thin and flexible. For me 60-65g is a sweet spot as far as mouse weight; it gives me a good combination of speed and control. The D Minus felt just right at 64g, great for fast flicks and swipes, but enough heft to maintain my accuracy and precision. As far as my preference, the ergo shape doesn’t really work that great for my fingertip/palm hybrid grip. For me ergo mice feel kind of weird with a fingertip grip because of the weight distribution and higher clicking point. With that said, it still felt really good in CSGO and my level didn’t drop by much. I really hope Glorious make a GPW shaped mouse in the future, as I just haven’t found one that suits my grip style and hand size, but I love everything else about these mice.
So these Glorious mice have quite an extravagant design, but I love it personally. The D Minus has two RGB strips on the sides, as well as on the scroll wheel. Then you have that big logo on the back left, with some more branding on the front right. I love the look of the white unit, and it just goes so well with the rest of my setup. There are 8 RGB modes accessible via the software, and you can also control the speed and direction. For some modes you can set the colour with an RGB palette. The DPI is adjustable in increments of 100 with a range of 400 to 12000. Just make sure you have the polling rate set to 1000hz, and take the debounce down to 4ms. The LOD can be set to 2 or 3mm.
So in summary, the Model D Minus is another excellent addition to the Glorious line up. The build quality has definitely improved by leaps and bounds, and you know you’re gonna get uncompromising performance with the 3360, G-Skates and Ascended cord. All this at a very affordable price of $50. A definite recommend if you’re in the market for a smaller ergo mouse.