Usage & Final Thoughts
As I mentioned in the beginning of this review the Glorious PC Gaming Race sort of came out of nowhere and they seem to have a target audience of serious gamers and their products really reflect that. With the GMMK Glorious gives games the choice of having a pre-built keyboard or customizing it themselves on the Glorious website. Our version of the GMMK was a pre-built with Gateron Brown mechanical key switches, but if you wanted to customize you have the choice of pretty much all of the Gateron and Kailh switches, different keycaps, and o-rings as well. I really like the idea of fully being able to customize a keyboard, not just pick different switch types, and I didn’t mention you can choose a size (full-size, tenkeyless, or micro) for the keyboard as well.
Our pre-built version of the GMMK was a very solid keyboard, you can tell that as soon as you pick it up. We received the tenkeyless version, which happens to be my favorite form factor for a keyboard. In use the keyboard performed as it should and felt quite good too. The Gateron switches are good and I do prefer them over Kailh, but I still think Cherry MX switches are the best. The keycaps on this keyboard are interesting, while they are ABS they are double-shot so they feel a lot better than many other keycaps we’ve seen on other keyboard. The aluminum top-plate on the keyboard insures that you have absolutely no flex in the keyboard.
Like all gaming keyboards you do have RGB backlighting and it is pretty much your standard affair, which is not to say anything bad about it. The RGB lighting can be controlled on the keyboard itself or with the Glorious software. The Glorious software definitely needs some work, we talk about how software can ruin a product and I wouldn’t say that is the case here, but it is close. Glorious definitely needs to work on the software.
The thing that really makes this keyboard different from other is that it is modular, meaning that you can completely remove the switches and swap them out. I like this idea as many people might want a different switch for their WASD keys or keys they use often in a game. The switches are pretty easy to remove and install and the keyboard supports Gateron, Cherry MX, and Kailh mechanical key switches. It would be nice to be able to completely customize the keyboard on the Glorious website it terms of picking each switch type for every key on the keyboard.
Right now the pre-built tenkeyless version of the keyboard is selling for $109.95, which we think is a very fair price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Glorious PC Gaming Race GMMK Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard an 8 out of 10 score.
– Solid design
– Removable USB cable
– Can swap out switches
– Some customization available on the website
– Available in three different sizes
– Minimalist design
– Software needs a lot of work
– Can’t fully customize the keyboard on the website
– Only 1 “pre-built” version