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Dream Machines DM1 Pro Optical Gaming Mouse Review (Page 1)

Dream Machines DM1 Pro Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Dream Machines' DM1 Pro optical gaming mouse is a bit outdated now, but it's still relevant in that it offers a solid experience at a great price.

By Chad Sebring from Nov 8, 2016 @ 11:11 CST
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Dream Machines

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


Not that long ago, we took our first trip with Dream Machines, as we tried to coordinate our review with the release of their latest mouse to be released. In our time with the DM1 Pro S mouse, we were left feeling good about the product we had tested and were excited to see what else they had to offer. Oddly as it may seem, we had also been sent the original version of that new design, but our schedule was pushing its review back, and Dream Machines asked us to move up the successor, rather than to deliver our opinion on this mouse first.

From what we have already seen, we can see where the DM1 Pro S got its looks, functionality, and designs based on high-end componentry. Of course, with the mouse we are about to see being developed first, we also see why Dream Machines took the idea back to the drawing board. There is nothing wrong with the original design per say, but what you are about to see is a bit more archaic in its design and build quality, but at the same time, Dream Machines was still trying their best. Even with their first go at an optical gaming mouse, they knew what it was going to take to impress the masses.

At this time, we are bringing you the DM1 Pro from Dream Machines, and what you are about to see is roughly 90 percent of the way to the DM1 Pro S. By this, we mean that the DM1 Pro is very similar in its design and internals, but as time had passed since the release of this mouse, Dream Machines decided to change a few things along the way. Most notably, the two things that come immediately to mind is that the DM1 Pro was made before the introduction of 12,000 DPI. The second and more essential difference is the build quality. Basically what we are here to find out, is does any of this matter to the average user.


Dream Machines provides the chart we see above, and they are forthcoming with everything they could list about the DM1 Pro. Initially, they start with informing us of the maximum speed of this mouse, where it is shown to track movements at speeds of four meters per second. By default, the DM1 Pro offers a 1000Hz polling rate, so it is ready to read anything you do. There are six buttons on this mouse, and that does not take the scroll wheel movement into account. This design in based on the Pixart PMW3310DH optical sensor, which is a very good start in its own right. There are 1.8 meters of red and black braided cabling, and it terminates with a gold plated USB 2.0 connection. We also see that there are color options for the logo and the scroll wheel, but it is determined by the DPI level setting. At 400 DPI the LED is red, at 800 it is blue, at 1600 is it green, at 3600 the lights are violet, and if you use the 5000 DPI maximum setting, the mouse LEDs will glow orange.

Lift Off Distance is set from Dream Machines at 1.8mm, and is not adjustable, as there is no software accompanying this mouse. The main switches inside of the mouse are 20 million click Omron switches, which is what everyone wants in their mice. The side switches, as well as the DPI switch, are pad style switches, offering three million clicks, and the scroll wheel is backed with a TTC switch with the same lifespan. Dimensionally, the DM1 Pro is 126mm from the back to the front, 68mm from side to side, and it stands 39mm at its highest point. What we also like is that the DM1 Pro weighs in at only 89 grams. This mouse sports a rubberized coating for improved grip in the heat of battle, they send along an extra set of feet for it, and the Dream Machines DM1 Pro is backed by a two-year warranty.

Looking to try to purchase the DM1 Pro, we found three solid options. First, we found the mouse at Amazon, but it is also the location with the highest pricing, set currently at $49.99, and if you are not a Prime member, get ready to add shipping costs as well. If you go with Newegg to get this mouse, you can save $5, as they list it at this time at $44.99, but to our door, there is another $5.99 required for shipping cost. The third option is to buy the DM1 Pro directly from Dream Machines. It is there where we found the best initial pricing of $39.99.

Not many good mice are sold at this price range, as most gaming mice cost double and even triple of what Dream Machines is asking. Again, do we need all the software and bloat that comes with other devices, just to be able to play a game, especially considering the price hike that is associated with it? Probably not.

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