GLORIOUS GMMK PRO Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
61/100

Customer Score (From 211 Reviews)
4.3/5

Overview

The GLORIOUS GMMK PRO is a barebones keyboard offered since 2020, promising unlimited customization for gamers, programmers, and enthusiast keyboard users. This model has great features, rivaling the best keyboards on the market. It has a hot-swappable PCB, allowing users to install and change the switches without the need for soldering.

With a high-quality aluminum frame, this device provides durability. It has excellent RGB backlighting with per-key illumination. Continue reading our GLORIOUS GMMK PRO review and see how it compares with the top-rated gaming keyboards on the market today.

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent build quality
  • All keys are macro-programmable
  • Programmable rotary knob
  • Highly customizable barebones design

Reasons to Not

  • Lacks a trackpad
  • It doesn’t come with switches or keycaps

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Unlike the GLORIOUS GMMK, a full-size pre-built keyboard, the GMMK PRO is a 75% barebones keyboard. Users need to purchase the keys and switches separately since they don’t come with the PRO. The GMMK PRO has a programmable rotary knob, which is not available with the GMMK.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: While the GLORIOUS GMMK Pro is a barebones keyboard that doesn’t come with switches or keycaps, the Keychron Q1 is a pre-built keyboard with a hot-swappable board. The Keychron doesn’t come with a rotary knob, unlike the Glorious keyboard.

While the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a 60% compact keyboard with no dedicated function keys or arrow keys, the GLORIOUS GMMK PRO is a 75% sized device. The Anne Pro 2 has a much lower 1.8 ms latency compared to the 6.8 ms latency of the GLORIOUS keyboard.

Critic Consensus

Product testers were impressed by the GLORIOUS GMMK Pro, endorsing it for gaming and office use. Reviewers at Tom’s Hardware praised its RGB backlighting with individually lit keys. They were pleased with its excellent construction, featuring an aluminum chassis and PBT keycaps.

Users who require lower profile keys should see our HyperX Alloy Elite 2 review. Analysts at The Verge lauded its 75% compact size. However, if you need a larger 96% size keyboard, check out our Glorious GMMK 2 review. All keys are macro-programmable, and the keyboard has a programmable rotary knob. A unit with Glorious Panda switches needed a 60 gf operating force and clocked a 2.4mm pre-travel distance.

See our HyperX Alloy Core RGB review if you prefer membrane switches. The typing experience was great, and the keyboard was remarkably quiet during tests. Users who prefer an ergonomic split keyboard should see our ErgoDox EZ review. The GLORIOUS keyboard is a barebones device, allowing users to use any switches or keycaps. Testing revealed a 6.8 ms wired latency.