At the start of this, we had super high hopes for the Model O, as it is the originator to the "put a mouse on a diet with many holes plan," and we wanted it to do well. Thankfully, we have found the Model O to be a terrific addition to our gaming, and we feel that there is something to all this ascend business! We love the form and feel, as it fits our medium-sized hands like a glove, and with its lightweight, you do soon forget it's there. The glide is smooth, the weight doesn't slow you down, and with the Ascend Cable, there is little to no drag there. All of it comes together, right out of the box, to help you win at whatever the game is you are playing! The lighting isn't as overdone as we have seen in other mice, with just enough of it for our tastes. We also dig the addition of the PC Gaming Race logo on the left side of the mouse, and it is a smart addition. As far as usability and functionality, we have no complaints whether you opt to use the software or not.
With the good comes a bit of "the other side of the fence" talk. While it may be perfectly fine to use the type of cable the Model O comes with, it raises some red flags for us. There is less to protect the individual wires, which means breakage could happen, especially for anyone that travels with this product. We also think of times we have knocked the mouse off the desk and find it hanging by the cable. While they aren't things everyone may run across, they do concern us. We could say that the DPI indicator LED could have gone at the top, but as we said, we stopped looking at that years ago, and tend to go by feel. We do wish the Macro editor was a bit more involved, but it will get most users by, and oddly, without the XY independent button ticked, the sliders and values are independent anyways. Other than these few minor details, the Model O is robust and ready to take on what you throw at it at the desktop level, or in a game.
The major sticking point is that we have compared the Model O to the Cooler Master MM710 for most of this review, and we can find that mouse for just $49.99 at any location this side of the pond, reliably. However, when it comes to the Model O, on this side of the pond, you need to pay double that, and that is direct from the manufacturer through Amazon, not some random third party! We realize that the MSRP is $9.99 and that some may have access to the Model O at that price. Sadly that is not the case for us, and to be blunt, this isn't $80 worth of mouse! If the Glorious PC Gaming Race team could do something about the pricing problem, we are confident many more would adapt to this highly praised gaming mouse. The reputation and hype that preceded the Model O's arrival are all true and worthy of your attention, just not at the price we have to pay to get it right now!
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
The Bottom Line
The Glorious Model O hype, and much of what you read is all true! We see now why others are cloning it. However good it is, we still feel that the cost is going to turn users away, but if you can find a deal, get it, you will not be sorry you did!