Dream Machines DM5 Blink Gaming Mouse
Our first glance at the DM5 Blink is of its left side, where we find lots to discuss. The top button near the front, we can see is sculpted, and makes its way back to the halfway point of the mouse, at which the hell of the mouse begins, with a defined body line separating the sides section. At the top of the side panel, are a pair of buttons, we typically find on gaming mice, but the DM Shot button lower and more forward is new.
Not that a sniper button is unique, but the magnetic attachment and swap-ability is, On top of all of that, we also see eight milky-plastic lines running down the grip area, which are defines grooves for added grip, as well as slits which the RGB lighting can get out of the mouse.
The view from the back allows us to see that the heel of the DM5 Blink is raised slightly, but is comfortably rounded for those palm grip users. On either side, we can see the tail end of the lighting strips and high upon the ergonomically tilted top profile, we find the DM logo, which is also backlit when powered.
With the design of the DM5 leaving the right side of the mouse shorter than it is on the left, we do lose a ling of RGB goodness, as this side offers seven strips. These strips are also slightly wider than we saw on the other side, and doing so provides more grip when the time comes to have to lift the mouse.
The front of the mouse is where the ergonomic slant is most prevalent. The left button is concave to keep your pointer finger in place, but following a wave design, the right button is convex, letting your middle finger rest wherever is most comfortable to the user. The nose is blunt, and the tips of the main buttons are extended past the cable retainer. We also like the mix of shiny plastic used in the gap for the scroll wheel.
On top of the mouse, we can better see the chevron pattern of the rubber grip that surrounds the white plastic scroll wheel. As with the heel and the strips on the side, the white plastic will also glow with RGB lighting. Just behind the scroll wheel are the DPI selector buttons, which cycle up and down through the predefined 400, 800, 1600, 2400, 4800, and 16,000 DPI selections.
As the cable leaves the mouse on its 1.8-meter journey to the gold-plated USB 2.0 connector, we immediately feel the difference of the "shoelace" covering. It is a braided cloth, but the material is less tight and much smoother. We find a Velcro strap for maintaining the wire length or easing travel with this DM5, and even if a bit old-school, we do appreciate inline ferrite chokes.
Under the DM5 Blink, we find three feet supporting it. There is a single wide foot used at the front, with standard-sized feet on either side at the back. The product sticker surrounds the centrally located eye, and here as well as on the bottom of the box are where the serial number can be found. On either side of the eye is a switch. The one on the left allows users to turn on and off the lighting without the need for software. The switch on the right is where you can change the polling rate, but if you desire to use the 125Hz option, it must be selected in software.
Last updated: Dec 19, 2019 at 11:13 am CST