Inside the DM1 FPS
If you want to access the interior of the mouse, all of the feet need to be removed to access a pair of screws at the front, as well as a pair at the back. Once separated, we can see the top shell is not connected in any way, with all of the componentry installed to a single red PCB, and we are a fan of keeping things simple, as Dream Machines has done here.
In this image, we can see the blue bodies Huano, twenty-million click switch, which requires medium force to actuate, and gives a solid click noise when used. The TTC switch on the scroll wheel is to record the scrolling movements of the wheel and is segmented in movement, but not as heavily as many we have had in our hands. The pair of side buttons are the softest to actuate, and when used deliver a thud rather than a crisp click.
In the center of the PCB is the PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor. Since we have already explained its capabilities, we move on to the small pad style switch to the right of it. This is for the DPI selection, and while easy to press, the click is crisp and audible, and also when pressed a Windows 10 notification pops up to sell you which level is in use.
Helping to keep costs down, the PCB and design is obviously from another design, where they have limited the light of the scroll wheel LED, and as to the heel of the mouse, there is an LED there, but is entirely covered with tape. Peeling that tape also allowed us to view the MCU, which in this instance is the Holtek HT68FB560, and while only an 8-bit processor, it is plenty of grunt to run the DM1 FPS without issue.
The last pair of switches are seen in this image. The blue one is under the right main button of the mouse, and it feels like the other one, and delivers the same lifespan. The black bodied Huano switch behind it is for the press of the scroll wheel. It take s a fair bit of pressure to use, and offers a crisp click when used, but the level of noise is less than what is heard from the blue bodied Huano switches.
From this angle, the backlit scroll wheel is hard to see, but there is a constant amber color shining through that clear plastic center. Other than that, when the mouse is plugged in, not much has changed aesthetically from the moment we took it out of the box.
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- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Dream Machines DM1 FPS Gaming Mouse]
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