The button combinations to change all of the settings are nice, as we do tend to appreciate products without a bunch of software bloat. However, we feel that by doing it in the way Dream Machines has, complicates things while in-game. By the time you remember the key combo to change what you want, make that change, then look back at the screen, you will likely be dead. If you take the time to play around with the DM3 Mini before trying to be competitive, you will find a sweet spot and be able to game easily at that point.
We do wish there were more buttons on this mouse, as programming could have been made easier, as well as the love we have to a page back button for browsing, but we digress and nowhere in the name of this mouse does it mention use outside of gaming. The reality is, however, that people do use a PC for more than just games, and for those that do, you may want to look at other devices. If gaming is all you do, and you want a mouse with accuracy and smoothness, as long as you keep the sensor tracking continuously, then the DM3 Mini is right up your alley.
Dream Machines does build a solid mouse with a fair amount of grip. It is smaller and lighter than many we test, and this makes it easy to handle, as well as being easy to throw around on the mouse pad, and the concave side panels make lifting the mouse a breeze too. With two DPI scales, ambidextrous design, and the use of top-tier components, Dream Machines came very close to delivering the perfect tool for gamers.
It does not matter if you are right handed or left handed, the DM3 Mini delivers a comfortable fit to your hands. Had they included a Velcro strap on the cable, it would have led us to praise it for traveling too, as its simplicity and compact size lends itself to get by with a familiar mouse at a friend's house or while out and about in the world with a laptop.
It is strange this; while there is much we like about the DM3 Mini, it seems for every pro we find a con. Sadly, Dream Machines is so close to a perfect device, yet the issues we find with it can easily be a deal killer for those looking to not only game but use the PC for other things as well.
We knew that at $52 the Dream Machines DM3 Mini had the cards stacked against it right out of the box. While the DM3 Mini offers a slew of customizations and options, we feel that the key combination system is awkward and complicated, and only after much use with they become second nature and usable on-the-fly as intended. We also feel that at this price point, the DM3 Mini needs more.
Things like profiles, the full RGB scale of optional colors, and more buttons just to name a few. If this mouse were in the $30 range, we would be more than happy to recommend it wholeheartedly. As things are currently; unless all you do is game on your PC, we do feel there are better options out there.
Not just in price, but the bang for the buck is higher in many other solutions which cost the same, which negates the whole point of the DM3 Mini. Dream Machines made a hell of a go at the DM3 Mini, and are very close to perfection, but we feel they lost touch with what is needed in games, or when it comes to switching game titles or using it on a basic level.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: With complicated customizations, and the twitchiness of the sensor in daily use, we find the DM3 Mini tough to recommend fully! It does incorporate top-tier components, and the feel is sublime, but there are too many things which complicate life with this mouse to do so!
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