While this may only be the third attempt at making a gaming mouse for Dream Machines, they seem to have hit the nail right on the head with the DM1 Pro S. Its feel is great, no matter your hand size, but it is built for right-hand users only. Each click of the mouse requires a fair amount of pressure, so just the resting hand will not input anything that is not desired, the segmented scroll wheel is easy to use, and the DPI selector just behind it is within easy reach and is easy to change on-the-fly if needed.
The weight of the DM1 Pro S, or lack thereof, may be odd for some users to get accustomed to, but we found it to be a pleasure, specifically at the lower DPI range where larger movements across the desk are needed. There is no fatigue from this design, no matter your grip style or length of time using it, it is just smooth, comfortable, and with the rubberized matte finish on this model, even if it is hot and sweaty, keeping control of the DM1 Pro S is of little concern.
We do have a few of issues to address, but in the grand scheme of things, it does little to affect the overall rating or performance of this design. First of all, we have the discrepancy between what Dream Machines says is under the scroll wheel and what we saw inside. While Omron switches are the gamer's switch of choice, and lifespan is important, the blue TTC switch used for the scroll wheel click is fine, it is just not what we were told it was supposed to be. The second thing we found to be a bit of an issue is the huge jump in DPI at the higher-end. While most users will not use more than the 4800 DPI setting, we would have liked another option or two between it and the top end of 12,000 DPI. The last thing is more of a personal issue, and it is based on the LED coloration. While we like that you can easily tell what DPI setting is in use by the color of the LEDs illuminating the mouse at that time, we wish we could adjust it, even if just to match it to the other peripherals on our desk. Of course, since this design lacks any software controls, you are stuck with what Dream Machines sees as the best setup.
We also like to tinker with LOD settings, and it would be good to have other options as well, but we can also appreciate a design that is plug and play, without all that hassle associated with programming and saving profiles to keep things for everything we want to do. The DM1 Pro S is just a straight forward design with a lot to offer, without all the bloat and busyness that tends to leave some users overwhelmed once the software suite is opened.
The DM1 Pro S is a well thought out design that offers everything you need, along with some bragging rights of the 12,000 DPI, even if you never use it. Keeping things simple in a world where most other manufacturers are leaning toward bells, whistles, and five or more windows of settings to mess around with. No, there aren't multiple profiles, and no, you cannot program Macros or reassign the button layout. Dream Machines delivers the DM1 Pro S with a feel of long ago before all the hype and technical jargon hit the peripherals market, and for just $49.99, we believe you get plenty of bang for the buck.
This mouse may not be for everyone, but for us, simplicity has its benefits, and we found ourselves not missing all the extras all that much that come with many other offerings. In this instance, the right components, a good feel, and excellent tracking abilities make this DM1 Pro S from Dream Machines a pleasure to use, and we are saddened that we have to remove it from our daily driver position to get on with testing other products.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
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- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: It may be more simplistic than other offerings, but at this price, you get everything you need! Tracking is on point, it feels great in your hand, and has none of the bloat of many other designs. The DM1 Pro S takes us back to when we started gaming, where you get all the basics to get the job done, but nothing more.
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