Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Dream Machines may be a company that never enters your headspace when it comes to looking for a new gaming mouse, but in the time we have known them, we feel that it should. What started as a company with one solid mouse design that is comfortable for many right-handed gamers, has blossomed into a set of mice, all virtually identical on the outside.
However, we know that more times than not, it is what is on the inside that matters most, and with what we have seen with Dream Machines thus far, they have no qualms about changing components to stay relevant and at the top of their game.
In the pursuit to stay relevant, and up to date with the latest offerings out there, once again, we are looking at another DM1 design. What we mean by this, is that the shape, design, and layout is the same as what we have seen from Dream Machines, on each of the mice we have tested to date.
If you are a fan of the ambidextrous shaping without the left-handed buttons, and you like a lighter weight product that feels good in your hands, no matter the preferred grip style, and you are looking for a mouse that is touted as the next big thing in FPS gaming, it is highly likely you will want to keep reading.
What we have on the desk today is the Dream Machines DM1 FPS Noir, one of four color choices for this product. While at first glance, one may assume that this is the same as all the rest, it is not until you dig into the specifications of the internal components that you can find the major changes that have evolved over the year or two we have seen Dream Machines products.
What we can say, is that after looking around under the hood, and getting in many hours of gaming and general usage, we can say that if the mouse shape fits to your liking, things will only get better with use.
Following the chart provided by Dream Machines as to the specifications of the DM1 FPS, things are just sort of thrown together, but we will do our best to sort it all out. Inside of the box, you will find either a Noir (white with black trim), Blizzard White - Matte, Ocean Blue, or Blood Red -Glossy finish on the top of the mouse.
All variations measure in at 126mm from front to back, 68mm from side to side, and the DM1 FPS stands 39mm tall. The weight of the mouse is taken without the shoelace covered cable, and is shown to be 83 grams. Also, said cable is 1.8 meters in length, and the UCB 2.0 connection is gold plated.
As to the components, under the hood is a PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor. This sensor is capable of tracking movements up to seven meters per second, and can be set at 400, 800, 2400, 3200, 4800 or 16,000 DPI. Holtex has provided the MCU for the DM1 FPS, and opting for Huano switches over Omron options.
These Huano switches are shown to last for up to twenty million clicks under the main buttons, but the side buttons are shown to last for only three million clicks. Lastly is the TTC switch used for the scroll where, where again, we see a twenty million-click lifespan.
The last bit of information we have not addressed has to do with lighting, where the DM1 FPS has lost the lighting on the heel, in favor of just illuminating the center of the scroll wheel this time.
When it comes to finding the DM1 FPS, we are left with two alternatives. The first, on this side of the pond, is to look for it in whatever search engine you choose, and you will find only eBay listings with the price set to $68. However, the only other avenue is to buy the mouse from Dream Machines directly. On the site, the offerings are listed in PLN for the currency, and you have to change the site location to the USA to get US dollar pricing.
To start, the DM1 FPS is listed at 219 PLN, and converting that to US dollars gets us to $56.86. However, when the location on site is changed, we see that the listed price is only $49.99 plus another $9 for USPS shipping. All told, direct from the manufacturer, the DM1 FPS will only set you back $58.98 to get what Dream Machines feels is the best mouse for FPS gaming out there.
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